Ad Vanderveen – Presents Of The Past / Requests Revisited (2015)
Blue Rose Records releases a double CD by songwriter/singer/guitarist Ad Vanderveen on May 8 2015.
One disc consists of new songs and is titled: ‘Presents Of The Past’.
The other disc contains newly recorded audience favorites entitled: ‘Requests Revisited’.
As the titles suggest there is a connection between the two and they seem to go together like a kind of concept album.
The listener gets an inside peek into, and an overview of, the musician’s life and work over a 40-year career.
The record has been a year in the making and has all the marks of what they call a ‘career-defining record’
The basis for the new songs on ‘Presents Of The Past’ was recorded live with an acoustic combo in a small theatre without an audience.
The songs breathe an atmosphere of timelessness, rich with roots music influences and traditional instruments.
The M.O. of ‘Requests Revisited’ is more of a studio production with arrangements for band, strings and guest musicians.
The common thread throughout both discs is acoustic under-and-overtones, with musicianship always serving the lyrics. The arrangements are sparse yet effective, with upright bass, percussion, guitars, keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmony vocals and even a gospel choir.