November 29, 2012 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: November 29, 2012

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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