November 2012 - It Rock And Roll
 

Month: November 2012

Incredibly, it’s been 22 years since Hugh Cornwell left The Stranglers. With his former band he released 10 studio albums in 14 years.Hugh has always been an intellectual, often ignored in his punk roots, and has an urbanity and eccentricity about him akin to David Byrne, so it’s no surprise that Totem and Taboo is a reference to a collection of essays by Sigmund Freud. Cornwell appears to be saying that he walks a different walk, that he sees things differently, that what he enjoys we would revile at. With such a strong claim one might expect the music to be difficult and experimental, but the sound is classic guitar, bass and drums. It has the sound of a 60s band; the bass is, at times, as rumbling as anything JJ Burnel ever put down between grooves and Hugh’s guitar work has always been interesting and individual. In keeping with the 60s sound, ”˜Stuck in Daily Mail Land’ sounds like a Ray Davies number and ”˜God is a Woman’ has a bass line straight from Cream’s ”˜Badge’.Cornwell’s song writing has often revolved around well known phrases and this album is no different, with song titles like: ”˜I Want One of Those’, ”˜Bad Vibrations’, ”˜Love Me Slender’ and ”˜In the Dead of the Night’. But where once his lyrics were mysterious and open to interpretation, now they all too often banal; take this from The Face: “Amongst the faithful there was Paul/he shook my hand in the hall”.

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The Guru return triumphantly with their new album “Go Easy” and it expands on the promise of last years “Native Sun” in a whole bunch of ways!The title track opens the album and what a track! It stands out as a sleek radio single ripe with top notch pop sensibility but nothing is quite like the surprisingly tasteful saxophone on this track. It hints at a campy attitude but is still played expertly and extravagantly over this song. This is a party song all over the place and is sure to cause tons of involuntary head bopping no matter where it ends up.

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Selections from Road Atlas: 1998-2011 is another example of how much care and thought Calexico take in presenting their music to their fans. A distillation of the limited-edition vinyl set of eight tour-only releases — itself a project the band embarked on because fans requested it — it plays like a travelogue through Calexico’s lesser-known musical territory, since many of these songs were never released anywhere else. The whispery, thoughtful Americana of “Half a Smidge” and “Griptape,” culled from 2005’s The Book and the Canal, share a link with the official Calexico albums surrounding it, Feast of Wire and Garden Ruin; the flamenco-surf of “Glowing Heart of the World,” from 98-99 Road Map, evokes the band’s earliest days. The collection favors one of the finest tour releases, Aerocalexico, including four tracks from it, including fan favorites such as the holiday song “Gift X-Change,” the hypnotic take on the traditional “All the Pretty Horses,” and the original version of “Crystal Frontier.” However, none of the tracks here could be called predictable; the version of “Lost in Space” (from Scraping) finds the band rocking out, while “Detroit Steam” (from Tool Box) could be from a blaxploitation movie soundtrack. Selections from Road Atlas: 1998-2011 does its job well: not only will it have fans who haven’t heard all of the tour albums hankering for more, it also reaffirms what a prolific, and consistent, bunch Joey Burns, John Convertino, and company are.

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1977′s Luxury Liner is the third offering in Emmylou Harris’ discography, excluding 1970′s Gliding Bird. Like its two predecessors, it is an eclectic mix of country and rock-and-roll, relying a little more heavily on cover material than her earlier albums had done. Produced by Brian Ahern and backed by her superb Hot Band, Emmylou pays tribute to everyone from Chuck Berry and her late mentor Gram Parsons to The Carter Family, The Louvin Brothers, and Kitty Wells. Though it failed to produce any Top 5 hits, Luxury Liner reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and is Emmylou’s best-selling solo effort.Rodney Crowell, Albert Lee, Glen D. Hardin, Emory Gordy Jr. and Ricky Skaggs all make appearances as members of The Hot Band, while Herb Pedersen, Nicolette Larson, Fayssoux Starling, and Dolly Parton lend their voices to the project. The first single was a cover of Chuck Berry’s 1964 hit “You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie”), which is given a Cajun flavor by Ricky Skaggs on fiddle. It reached #6 on the Billboard country singles chart. For the second single, Emmylou did an about-face and released the very traditional “Making Believe”, a remake of Kitty Wells’ 1955 hit. Emmylou’s version reached #8.Warner Bros. remastered and re-released Luxury Liner in 2004, along with two bonus tracks: “Me and Willie” and the excellent “Night Flyer” which was written by Johhny Mullins. Mullins is best known as the writer of “Blue Kentucky Girl” which had been a hit for both Emmylou and Loretta Lynn.

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The album marks Green s first release on his new record label Sugar Hill Records and is the follow-up to his 2001 collaboration with friend Cory Morrow,Songs We Wish We d Written. Nearly a decade after releasing the first tribute/collaboration with Morrow, Green has sold over 2 million albums, earned three Grammy® nominations, released a string of Top 10 hits and created a ell-earned reputation for bombastic live shows.Tapped in People magazine as the Springsteen of the South West, he has become a cultural force selling out venues from House of Blues in Los Angeles to Nokia Theater in Times Square, down to the Houston Astrodome in Texas.

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Tom Russell had been releasing great records for about 25 years by the time he issued this album, but he outdoes himself here. Eight years in the making, The Man from God Knows Where is a song cycle inspired by America’s pioneers and, particularly, Russell’s own immigrant ancestors; but it probably comes at least as much from the artist’s imagination as from historical fact. Be that as it may, he does a terrific job of conjuring up the hard realities faced by America’s early immigrants. The performances, meanwhile, are even more adventurous than you’ve come to expect from Russell. Featuring guest spots by Iris DeMent, Dave Van Ronk and others, the album mixes music of the American West with that of Ireland and Norway and, somehow, it all holds together. A fine, fine collection.

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Tracks:

1. Living In The Past
2. Aqualung (Live At Madison Square Garden)
3. Bungle In The Jungle
4. Locomotive Breath (Including Dambusters March) (Live At Madison Square Garden)
5. Minstrel In The Gallery
6. Teacher
7. A Passion Play (Edit No 8)
8. Thick As A Brick (Edit No 1)
9. Rainbow Blues
10. Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll (Live At Madison Square Garden)

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Tracks:

01 Do You Realize??
02 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 (Unused UK Radio Mix)
03 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 2 (Not Final Mix)
04 Funeral in My Head (If I Go Mad)
05 Fight Test
06 One More Robot (Not Final Mix)
07 Are You a Hypnotist?? (Not Final Mix)
08 Assassination of the Sun
09 I’m a Fly in a Sunbeam (Following the Funeral Procession of a Stranger)
10 Sunship Balloons
11 In the Morning of the Magicians
12 It’s Summertime (Unedited Final Mix)
13 Up Above the Daily Hum
14 Ego Tripping at the Gates of Dawn
15 Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)
16 All We Have is Now
17 It’s Summertime (Original Version)
18 Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell (Demo)

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Skaggs may be the only one in Bluegrass today  who can afford to carry a seven piece band.  We all know that he would still probably have the best instrumentalists if he trimmed the group to a standard 5 piece outfit.  But we can’t argue with his choice of musicians like Andy Leftwich (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Barry Bales (bass), and Justin Moses (banjo)—and Skaggs himself plays a nifty mandolin on all 11 of the tracks on this album.  But some long time Bluegrass lovers may wonder about some of the “extra” touches here, like Whistle, Accordion, piano and “keyboard programmer”.  Still, the album is well done and about half of it is the kind of excellent Bluegrass that Ricky has given us over the years. There are fine cuts of BLUE NIGHT, LOVING YOU TOO WELL, Don Stover’s great THINGS IN LIFE (Ricky plays clawhammer banjo on this) and TENNESSEE STUD (Ricky’s tribute to Doc Watson). In addition, the band gets in a real groove on a Skaggs original instrumental, NEW JERUSALEM.  These tracks are straight, solid Bluegrass and enough to make this CD a “keeper”. Some may enjoy SOLDIER’S SON, a joint effort of Skaggs and Barry Gibb (of the Bee Gees), and WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR is nicely done, though with piano it’s more of a country performance.

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FROM THE LAND OF MIRACLES is the second full length album release from Police Dog Hogan who have a great knack of fusing a lot of Americana sounds without coming across as pseudo Americans. In fact they can join a growing batch of UK bands who are putting a very British stamp on the Americana genre, if that doesn’t sound too contradictory. Over the course of the eleven recorded tracks, they expertly manage to combine excellent musical arrangements with insightful lyrics as well as covering a diverse number of styles to unveil their versatility.As you would expect from a band setting their stall out to give an interpretation of roots music, the sounds of mandolin, fiddle, banjo and dobra are interwoven with the usual guitar,and percussion input from drums and bass. The album has benefitted from the guidance of experienced producer Eliot James and the finished product is an accomplished record that the band can proudly take forward and promote around the country. Hopefully this will include a busy 2013 festival season and, perhaps, a return visit to Maverick where their set will be eagerly awaited this time.

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Tracks:

01. I Walk The Line – By Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
02. Guess Things Happen That Way
03. Give My Love To Rose
04. Folsom Prison Blues – By Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
05. Home Of The Blues
06. Wreck of the Old 97
07. Next In Line
08. The Ways Of A Woman In Love
09. The Hills of Mexico
10. Train of Love

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After nearly a decade, classic 4AD band Tarnation, led by the angelic Paula Frazer, returns with a brand new studio album. Inspired by events that happened during one summer in San Francisco, August’s Song is a heartbreaking, beautiful testament to love and loss, with a touch of redemption at the end. Like classic Tarnation, Frazer blends alternative country roots with dark, psychedelic tones and warm instrumental accompaniments that perfectly frame her ethereal voice. August’s Song is a return to form for those who miss Tarnation, and an incredible starter for beginners.

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Mr. Trouble is here.  6 new Songs. + 4 live tracks.The musicians here include Stan Ridgway: electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, keyboards, electronics, vocals / Pietra Wexstun: keyboards, electronics, optigon, farfisa organ, vocals, melodica / Rick King: electric and acoustic guitar, bottleneck guitar, elec. bass / Bruce Zelesnik: drums, electronics, tympani, metal breakdrums, percussion / Ralph Carney: saxophones and woodwinds, trumpet / Enrico Deiro: accordion / Lazlo Vickers: violin, viola / Tommy Arizona: pedal steel guitar / Jerome Kelly: acoustic bass.

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