November 8, 2012 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: November 8, 2012

Combine the song-writing genius of Jonathan Richman (plus a touch of his wondrous naivety), the lo-fi humility of Herman Dune and a few guitar moments that Springsteen himself would be proud of, and you get close to the underexposed marvels on display here. Imagination, humour, melodies and chords, twangy basslines of beauty. These things will make you grin. They are a loveable band. The kind of band whose songs you put on all mixtapes, who you urge your friends to listen to. The kind of band you send panties to…

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Light of the Stable debuted in 1979, with a title track featuring backing vocals from Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton. The sublime Rodney Crowell-penned “Angel Eyes,” composed specially for this album, features Rick Skaggs on mandolin and Skaggs and Willie Nelson on vocal harmony, and is just one of many highlights. This radiant acoustic masterpiece–graced throughout with the presence of stellar guests–features both contemporary and traditional gems, and is now expanded with three newly recorded songs.

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Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Vols. 6-10, a 5-EP Sufjan Stevens Christmas boxset.The box follows his first five volumes of Songs for Christmas with five more EPs that were recorded between 2006 and 2010. Interspersed between the holiday classics are 18 original songs, many of which were written in collaboration with musical guests. Those other musicians include Alex Sopp, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Clara Claus, Olivier Manchon, James McAlister, C.J. Camerieri, Marla Hansen, Raymond Byron Raposa, Gabriel Kahane, Daniel, Elin, Lilly & Ida Smith, Casey Foubert, David Stith, Vesper Stamper, Cat Martino, SayardEgan, Rosie Thomas, Sonya Hofer, Sebastian Krueger, Nathan Lithgow and Brian Wolfe.

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Dave Gahan was a deep personal well of darkness: six minutes spent clinically dead following an overdose in 1996; a cancerous tumour in 2009. He draws on it extensively here. British duo Soulsavers have form in this area – their last collaboration was with the similarly troubled Mark Lanegan – and they have coaxed the Depeche Mode singer into a stream of sincere, superbly sung confessionals. As he bleakly puts it at one point: “There’s no confusion, only black. No questions to ask, like ‘Am I coming back?’” The turbulent Take’s “There’s a price that you pay for these games that you play with the Devil” is another killer line. The songs themselves are widescreen epics somewhere between Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, U2 circa One and Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti-western soundtracks, variably adding acoustic guitar, strings, organ, horns and female backing vocals. There’s tenderness, too, but Gahan’s brooding power is central to possibly his best work since Depeche’s 1990 Violator: magnificent songs about demons and failings, morality and mortality, regret, faith and devotion.

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This Double CD of Pentangle’s BBC Recordings is Comprised Primarily of Rare and Previously Unheard Tracks. From 1968 to 1973 Pentangle were Prolific Session Guests on BBC Radio, their Unique Fusion of Sounds Providing Access to Programmes Covering Folk, Pop and Progressive Rock. When BBC Cupboards were Trawled for These Recordings in the Early Nineties They were Almost Bare – a Mere Handful of Tracks Survived in the Tape Archive (Released on the Band of Joy/Strange Fruit Labels). Here at Last, with Previously Unreleased Songs Among Classics from all Six of their Albums, is a Representative History of the Pentangle at the BBC. The Accompanying 12 Page Booklet Includes Comprehensive Liner Notes, a Full Discography of Pentangle’s BBC Recordings, and Several Rare Photographs.

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