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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Duane Allman 'Skydog' Encore Edition coming November 5

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Duane Allman’s acclaimed box set, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, was a critical and commercial success. Now, on November 5, 2013, Rounder Records will release an encore edition, with all the music and the original booklet in an elegant new presentation.
Duane Allman was one of the defining musicians of the rock era, rated second only to Jimi Hendrix in Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest guitarists. A founding member, with his brother Gregg, of the Allman Brothers Band, Duane was also active as a session musician, and as a member of the all-star Derek & the Dominos.
Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (released on March 19, 2013) received nothing but the highest praise from the press and music communities, which heralded the collection as a must-have for all rock music lovers. raved, “Highly recommended, and hopefully to be on the receiving end of a few awards next time the Grammys roll around.”  Uncut proclaimed, “To say the resulting seven-disc box set — with 129 tracks, 33 of them either previously unreleased or unissued on CD — has been worth the wait would be a gross understatement. Skydog is an addictive, endlessly captivating aural history of a towering figure in rock history, with each disc forming a distinct chapter in the sprawling narrative.”
The initial limited-edition run of 10,000 numbered copies completely sold out to loyal fans in a matter of weeks (the package included a gold velour-lined box that represented a guitar case, a replica of Duane’s guitar pick, a “Skydog” sticker, and vellum disc sleeves).  Now, in response to overwhelming demand, the Duane Allman fan will have access to the most important ingredient of the collection — the full breadth and depth of his music and work, offered in a slimmed-down package at a lower price.
The seven-CD set, produced by Duane's daughter Galadrielle Allman and esteemed reissue producer Bill Levenson, ranges from his early recordings (with Gregg) in bands such as The Escorts, The Allman Joys, and Hour Glass; to his studio work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, and many others; to a live jam session with the Grateful Dead. The set includes performances available only in this collection, many classic Allman Brothers songs, and a collector’s cache of rare singles.  Also in the encore edition are the original 72-page book with essays by Scott Schinder and Galadrielle Allman, and many rare Duane Allman photographs. 

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Friday, August 16, 2013

James Booker's 'Classified: Remixed & Expanded' on Rounder is glimpse of New Orleans piano legend's career

Package, available as CD and double-LP vinyl on Rounder Records on October 15, coincides with festival screenings of Lily Keber’s film                                 Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Bayou Maharajah. The Piano Pope. The Ivory Emperor. The Bronze Liberace. Music Magnifico. Gonzo. The Piano Prince of New Orleans. James Booker coined more than a few extravagant nicknames for himself, and he lived up to every one of them.
James Carroll Booker III was also an unheralded genius of American music, a New Orleans pianist whose dizzying technique and mastery of the keyboard was matched only by his imagination and his soulfulness. His short and often flamboyant life was also marked by struggle and lost opportunity. 
Classified, recorded in October, 1982, was one of only two studio albums released during his lifetime, and this remixed and expanded edition offers a poignant and often surprising look at his music, for if James Booker is often cited in the piano lineage that passes from Jelly Roll Morton to Professor Longhair to his own student, Harry Connick Jr., New Orleans tradition was only his jumping-off point.
On October 15, 2013, Rounder Records will release James Booker’s Classified: Remixed and Expanded. The expanded volume’s 22 tracks, which include nine never-before-released performances, range from the pure rhythm and blues of “All Around the World,” to the light classical “Madame X,” to his astonishing version of the jazz standard “Angel Eyes.” Among the unreleased songs is the slow blues instrumental, “I’m Not Sayin’,” and his syncopated reading of Nino Rota’s  “Theme From the Godfather.” Whether playing solo or accompanied by saxophonist Alvin “Red” Tyler, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich, Booker ties together a giddy array of musical influences with virtuosity and an often quirky sense of humor. If New Orleans was the only place that could have produced such a talent and such a character as James Booker, the scope of his musical vision was boundless, and he stands alone in the New Orleans piano pantheon.
All Music Guide cites the original edition of Classified as arguably Booker’s best album (even if that mythical collection may still reside in the live recordings his passionate fans have traded over the years). Three decades later, with the new material and dramatically improved sonics, it stands as a lynchpin in his discography.
Included are new notes by co-producer Scott Billington and several new photographs. Classified will be released both on CD and as a limited edition double-LP vinyl set. Lily Keber’s film, Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, has been playing to rave reviews, and that interest in James Booker is expanding beyond his devoted cult following.
According to Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston, “James Booker and Professor Longhair and Dr. John are the three biggest influences and inspirations for the New Orleans piano renaissance that is happening more and more, and James’s music is even more influential now than when he was alive. He is my biggest overall piano influence and has been since I first heard his recordings in 1982. It’s so great to have everything here from his final studio sessions.”  
Track Listing:

1.  Classified 
2.  If You're Lonely  
3.  Warsaw Concerto*  2:47
4.  Lawdy Miss Clawdy (solo piano alternate take)* 
5.  Medley: Tico Tico /  Papa Was a Rascal / So Swell When You're Well* 
6.  All Around the World  
7.  Angel Eyes  
8.  Lonely Avenue*  
9.  Professor Longhair Medley: Tipitina / Bald Head  
10. King of the Road  
11. Theme from The Godfather*  
12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy  
13. I'm Not Sayin'* 
14. Hound Dog  
15. All These Things*  
16. Yes Sir, That's My Baby*  
17. Baby Face  
18. If You're Lonely (solo piano alternate take)* 
19. Madame X 
20. One For the Highway  
21. Three Keys  
22. Amen 
*previously unreleased 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Rounder Records artist: George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Remastered release review

A second release from Rounder, the reissue and remaster of George Thorogood & The Destroyers first recording is on my desk today and all of the raw passion of a young Thorogood is apparent. Opening with Earl Hooker's You Got To Lose, Thorogood is romping right out of the gate. With raw energy and backed by Jeff Simon on drums, Billy Blough on bass and Ron Smith on second guitar occasionally, this is the beginning of the retro blues. Now memorable hit for Thorogood, Elmore James' Madison Blues was then a great rockin blues giving young Thorogood a chance to play slide like it wasn't heard since the likes of Hound Dog Taylor. Super track. On Mr John Lee Hooker's One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer Thorogood really captures a lot of the original feel laid down by Hook but with a little bit of modern flare. Love the foot stomp. Thorogood does an exemplary job on Robert Johnson's little remembered Kind Hearted Woman, possibly the best interpretation on the release. Keeping much of the feel of the original track, Thorogood really isn't as far from his roots as much of his music may sound to the general masses. Really cool stripped down slide work highlights this track. Another Elmore James track, Can't Stop Lovin', is really smokin with driving rhythm and hot hot slide riffs. Bo Diddley's Ride On Josephine follows the traditional Diddley rhythm and Thorogood has already developed his famous voice and understated guitar riffs. The first original track on the release, Homesick Boy, is a straight up blues rocker with fully developed style and taste. A really primitive version of the traditional John Hardy with Thorogood on harp, guitar and vocals is a nice addition to fill out his hand of cards, showing that he isn't confined to one style. Junior Parker's I'll Change My Style is a perfect R&B track to return to the more modern blues style. Thorogood demonstrated a great balance in singing and slide work on this classic track. Wrapping up the release is another Thorogood original track, Deleware Blues. With classic Rollin and Tumblin trigger lines, this is a terrific track with a lot of rhythm and flashy slide work. This is a classic album and one that is still fresh after so many years. Excellent!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rounder Records artist: George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Move It On Over - New Release Review

I just received the new remastered recording of George Thorogood's Classic Move It On Over which will be released on July 30, 2013 and it sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it. Thorogood opens the release with a ripping rewrite of Hank Williams' classic Move It On Over. With reckless abandon, Thorogood plays his slide guitar and it was the sound that changed the face of rock/blues for a long time to come. Bo Diddly's Who Do You Love? follows and Thorogood does a great job in enhancing an already classic track. On Elmore James' The Sky Is Crying, Thorogood plays super primitive slide guitar style and with his fresh singing style does a terrific job of delivery on this superb track. A western attack of Cocaine Blues is a nice breather from the down and dirty giving the listener a finger pickin exhibition. On Chuck Berry's It Wasn't Me, Thorogood (and band, Jeff Simon on drums and Billy Blough on bass) delivers a fairly straight forward rendition of the track with flashy rock guitar riffs. On Willie Dixion's That Same Thing, Thorogood really has the deep grindy deep voice and cool slide work that he has become known for. Brownie McGee's So Much Trouble is done rockabilly style with a lot of spunk. Thorogood really hit on all cylinders with this entry release and it's no surprise listening to it over 30 years later and finding it still is fresh and invigorating. James Moore's I'm Just Your Good Thing is a strong R&B style blues track giving Thorogood a chance to sing in more of a ballad set up. Homesick James' Baby Please Set A Date is done Elmore James style with flaming slide guitar riffs but with Thorogood's trademark romp. Finishing up with Elmore James' New Hawaiian Boogie, Thorogood puts a flaming hot exclamation point on a really superb release! I personally have owned this recording since it's first release and sitting back and listening to it today for the first time in a decade it reminds me just how good it really is. More than a coup for existing Thorogood fans but a major find for any blues and rock listener who may not have recently or ever heard this fine set! Bravo Rounder!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

George Thorogood's early Rounder albums to be reissued

Remastered recordings, set for release on July 30, 2013, are 1977’s
 George Thorogood & The Destroyers and 1978’s Move It On Over
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — When George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers burst onto the national scene in 1977, roots rock music was all but absent from contemporary radio. Yet, the focus and excitement that George brought to the classic songs of his idols such as Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Jimmy Reed was undeniable. Rounder Records had its first hit artist and the late 1978 release of his second album soon had Thorogood’s interpretations of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” and Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over” blanketing the airwaves.
On July 30, 2013, Rounder Records will re-release Thorogood’s first two albums, 1977’s George Thorogood and 1978’s Move It On Over.
The band’s stamina in its early years is legendary. In 1981, just before opening 11 dates for the Rolling Stones (and later their 1982 European tour), George and the band embarked on their “50 States in 50 Dates” tour, traveling in a Checker Cab (flying only to Alaska and Hawaii).
The Destroyers went on to continued and greater success after leaving Rounder, when the label entered a joint venture with EMI for George’s fourth album, Bad to the Bone, but their first two albums are the essence of everything that makes the band great. Recorded live in the studio, George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Move It On Over capture perfectly the energy of their live shows. There’s not a wasted note, and if George never aimed for the pyrotechnics of later blues rockers such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, the directness of his approach cuts straight to the heart of each song.
Thirty-five years later, these performances still ring true. Mastered from new digital transfers of the original analog tapes, these albums have never sounded better, and if you’re a George Thorogood fan, it doesn’t get any better than this.  

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  1. You Got To Lose
  2. Madison Blues
  3. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  4. Kind Hearted Woman
  5. Can’t Stop Lovin’
  6. Ride On Josephine
  7. Homesick Boy
  8. John Hardy
  9. I’ll Change My Style
  10. 10. Delaware Slide
Move It On Over  
  1. Move It On Over
  2. Who Do You Love
  3. The Sky Is Crying
  4. Cocaine Blues
  5. It Wasn’t Me
  6. That Same Thing
  7. So Much Trouble
  8. I’m Just Your Good Thing
  9. Baby Please Set A Date
  10. 10. New Hawaiian Boogie

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rounder Records : History's Swamp People Celebrate The History and Culture of the Deep Delta - New Release Review

I just received History's Swamp People, and new release from Rounder Records. This 13 track compilation showcases current and past masters of regional music. Opening with Steel Bill's Swamp People, this is a Cajun house party. Dominated by a contemporary blend of funk, fiddle and blues rock, this track also features a nice clean guitar solo from Bill. Next up is a 1969 hit track, Amos Moses, by Jerry Reed. This track was always a crowd favorite and has just a taste of country picking on an otherwise rock track. Buckwheat Zydeco comes on pure cajun with Zydeco La Louisianne and an accordion romp. Everybody loves Tony Joe Whites Polk Salad Annie, up next and another top track from 1969. Amanda Shaw plays French Jig, a cajun fiddle track accompanied primarily by drums. Nice track. The Neville Brothers come on with the high polish on Fire On The Bayou, a funky track with sophisticated instrumentals and vocals. This is a track with real movement and voodoo overtones. Very cool. Chris Ardoin is up next with What's In That Bayou, an accordion lead swinger. Nice vocals harmonies and concise instrumentation makes this one of the coolest tracks on the release. Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet delivers a traditional arrangement of Kolinda in french for a real flavor of the regional roots. Hank Williams (Sr.) is a really great addition here with his version of Jambalaya. This of curse is an absolute standard of delta country roots. Excellent! Zachary Richard performs a funky hop track, Cocodrie, with lots of horns and and solid vocals. Keys provide much of the bottom of this track and there is also a really tasty guitar solo here as well. Jumpin' Johnny Sansone lays down the Crawfish Walk, a springy twisting rocker. Nice sax work and hot harp plays over this modern track. Very cool. D.L. Menhard plays Cajun Saturday Night, another regional country style track. This track has a real warm, welcoming sound to it with slide and fiddle. I really like it. Bobby Charles' 1955 hit See You Later Alligator, is a great finish to what is not just a compliation of related tracks but actually a pretty cool cd to listen to when you need a pick me up.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Swamp People'® CD celebrates music/culture of Deep Delta


Collection from the heart of alligator country
featuresthe Neville Brothers, Hank Williams, Jerry Reed,
Tony Joe White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Zachary Richard, 
 Bobby Charles and introducing Steel Bill
Thirteen-song set, due out May 21 on Rounder Records
through Concord Music Group, in partnership with HISTORY®,
captures the spirit of the top-rated series of the same name
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The storied backcountry of southern Louisiana is a place of rich history and fascinating cultural lineage. Its inhabitants — the Cajuns and their “Swamp People” brethren — are part of a unique tradition that dates back some three centuries to the immigration of Acadian refugees. In the 21st century, the region boasts not only a flavorful cuisine, distinctive music and a vastly vibrant culture, but also a deep and reverent appreciation for the land that continues to provide these people with refuge and a way of life.
Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, has partnered with HISTORY® to celebrate that legacy with Swamp People®, a 13-song compilation that showcases the music of current and past masters whose styles and sensibilities are rooted in this region.  Set for release on May 21, Swamp People®, which serves as an ideal companion piece to the Cajun-flavored series, features the music of the Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Hank Williams, Beausoleil with Michael Doucet and several others. Many of the tracks have been culled from Rounder’s vast catalog of southern Louisiana music and the title track, which leads off the set, is a new song written specifically for Swamp People® by vocalist Steel Bill, aka Billy Joe Tharpe, a native of Livingston Parish, Louisiana, who could best be described as a country rapper. The track is a favorite of Troy Landry, the inimitable, gator-hunting lead from the Swamp People® TV series.
“There are so many great songs about alligator hunting and swamp life, hit records that reach back 50 years and more recent material from the Rounder catalog,” says Scott Billington, Grammy®-winning producer, Vice President of A&R at Rounder and producer of Swamp People® (who also plays harmonica on Steel Bill’s title track). “I love this music and this culture, and I’ve spent a great part of my life in the region. These joyful, wonderful songs are the perfect complement to the show, and, I think Swamp People® fans will be delighted.”
Executive Producer Pete Elkins agrees: "The joie de vivre of the Swamp People® is present in their lifestyle, food and music. Rounder Records and the entire Concord Music team, have captured the spirit and joy of swampers everywhere in this amazing collection of music.”  
Now in its fourth season, Swamp People follows the current generation of the Landry family and their contemporaries, who have been part of the region for generations and have made their living by carrying on their ancestors’ trades and traditions of hunting alligators and living off the swamp’s bountiful resources, while at the same time giving back to the swampland they call home.
Swamp People   Steel Bill
Amos Moses    Jerry Reed
Zydeco La Louisianne   Buckwheat Zydeco
Polk Salad Annie   Tony Joe White
French Jig    Amanda Shaw
Fire on the Bayou   The Neville Brothers
What’s in that Bayou  Charles Ardoin
Kolinda    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Jambalaya (On the Bayou)   Hank Williams
Cocodrie    Zachary Richard
Crawfish Walk    Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone
Cajun Saturday Night    D.L. Menard
See You Later, Alligator   Bobby Charles


Friday, January 25, 2013

Duane Allman 'Skydog' retrospective coming on Rounder


Seven CD set, due out March 5 on Rounder Records,
 includes rare recordings by Allman’s early bands:
the Escorts, Allman Joys, the 31st of February, and the Bleus.
Extensive liner notes are accompanied by
a tribute from Allman’s daughter.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Even if he’d never formed the Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman would be a major figure in American popular music. Long before his name became known to mainstream audiences, he had already established his credentials as a once-in-a-lifetime guitar visionary, leaving his unmistakable stamp on a broad array of recordings. On March 5, 2013, Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, will release the most ambitious retrospective of Allman’s short but influential career titled Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective.

The deluxe seven-disc collection, carrying a list price of $139.98, contains the guitarist’s best-known and most commercially successful recordings with the Allman Brothers Band and Derek & the Dominos, as well as session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ronnie Hawkins, Otis Rush, Laura Nyro, Lulu, the Sweet Inspirations, Laura Lee, Spencer Wiggins, Arthur Conley, Willie Walker, the Lovelles, the Soul Survivors, Johnny Jenkins, John Hammond, Doris Duke, Eric Quincy Tate, Herbie Mann and more.

The set was produced by Galadrielle Allman (Duane’s daughter) and two-time Grammy® winning producer Bill Levenson. Rounder Records’ Scott Billington served as executive producer. Scott Schinder contributed comprehensive historical liner notes, complemented by additional notes by Galadrielle Allman.

In her recollection of her father, who died when she was a young child, Galadrielle writes, “I am very lucky that my father is Duane Allman, an artist who left behind a wealth of incredible music . . . Working on this retrospective, I have gotten closer than I ever have been to understanding my father’s development as a musician and a man.”

Duane Allman, known to his bandmates as Skydog, was born in Nashville in 1946. With Gregg, his only sibling, Duane had his first moment of musical revelation upon witnessing a late ’50s R&B bill that featured B.B. King and Jackie Wilson. By 1960, both Duane and Gregg owned guitars and played in a series of neighborhood garage bands in Tennessee and Florida. Continuing their interest in blues and R&B in the shadow of blues radio station WLAC-AM’s continent-spanning signal, as well as absorbing the influence of the British Invasion, the brothers launched the Escorts in 1965 and the Allman Joys, who recorded a handful of sides in Bradley’s Barn in Nashville in 1966. By 1967, Duane and Gregg signed to Liberty as the Hour Glass and recorded two albums in Nashville and Los Angeles. When the band sought to defy the label and spread its musical wings, they were dropped. The brothers returned to Florida, hooked up with drummer Butch Trucks, and recorded two sides as the 31st of February, and later at Ardent Studio in Memphis as the Bleus.

By this time Duane had developed a reputation as a leading session guitarist. He was on Fame Studio’s A list, his guitar licks coloring hits by Wilson Pickett. Atlantic Records producer and executive Jerry Wexler took note and hired him to perform on Atlantic sessions by King Curtis, Otis Rush, Arthur Conley, the Soul Survivors and Sweet Inspirations. Wexler signed him to a solo Atlantic deal, resulting in a session that contained the raucous original “Happily Married Man” and more. The session, contained on the Skydog set, was abandoned mid-stream. But by then Capricorn Records’ Phil Walden had noticed the rumblings from Muscle Shoals. Duane gathered up brother Gregg, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jai Johanny Johanson and others and the Allman Brothers Band was born.

According to reissue annotator Schinder, “The [Allman Brothers Band’s] music was complex and adventurous, yet unfailingly accessible. The subtle and harmonic interplay between Duane and Dickey’s dual lead guitars was matched by the three-man rhythm section’s surging, swinging cross-rhythms, with Gregg’s massively expressive singing and organ playing keeping the music firmly grounded in human emotion.” The band’s profile grew with each release — the self-titled debut, Idlewild South and eventually the band’s breakthrough, At Fillmore East.

Testament to his energy and ambition, Duane still found time for side projects. When bandmates would hole up at home after tours, Duane joined fellow world-class guitarist Eric Clapton on Derek & the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. While not an official member, he quickly emerged as a major contributor to the classic album, his twin guitar interplay with Clapton shaping the hits “Layla” and “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad.” He also worked with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Laura Nyro between Allman Brothers Band projects.

By then acknowledged as one of rock’s premier guitarists, Duane and the Allman Brothers Band began recording their follow-up to At Fillmore EastEat a Peach. Tom Dowd, another legendary Atlantic house producer, oversaw sessions at Criteria Studios. Then on October 29, 1971, four days after Fillmore had been certified gold, Duane was riding his motorcycle and swerved to avoid hitting a truck. He crashed and died of internal injuries. He was 24 years old.
The band forged ahead as a quintet on Eat a Peach, which became one of their best selling albums. The Allman Brothers, led by Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, continue to perform to this day.

Schinder notes, “More than four decades after his death, Duane Allman remains a towering figure whose stature has only increased in his absence. His influence lives on, not only in the multiple generations of guitarists who have been motivated by his input, but also in the legions of listeners who have continued to find inspiration in his vibrant vision of American music, which remains as fresh and truthful today as when it was created.”

 “When a musician of my father’s caliber dies, every note he ever recorded becomes even more precious,” writes Galadrielle. “Each song is pressed into the service of telling his story. The longer Duane is gone, the clearer it becomes that there will never be another like him.”

Over seven discs, Skydog tells the Duane Allman story with rare and never-before-heard gems alongside smash hits.

“I hope the celebration of Duane’s life inspires you to live fearlessly and enjoy life,” Galadrielle concludes. “I know that would have made him proud.”

Disc One
 1            THE ESCORTS  Turn On Your Love Light  2:33
  2            THE ESCORTS  No Name Instrumental  3:13
  3            THE ESCORTS  What’d I Say  4:04
  4            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Spoonful  2:27
  5            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Gotta Get Away  2:38
  6            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Shapes Of Things  2:47
  7            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Crossroads  3:32
  8            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Mister, You’re A Better Man Than I  4:45
  9            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Lost Woman  5:23
10            HOUR GLASS  Cast Off All My Fears  3:31
11            HOUR GLASS  I’ve Been Trying  2:39
12            HOUR GLASS  Nothing But Tears  2:29
13            HOUR GLASS  Power Of Love  2:51
14            HOUR GLASS  Down In Texas  3:08
15            HOUR GLASS  Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)  3:01
16    HOUR GLASS  B.B. King Medley 7:07
17            HOUR GLASS  Been Gone Too Long  3:03
18            HOUR GLASS  Ain’t No Good To Cry  3:08
19            31ST OF FEBRUARY  Morning Dew  3:46
20            31ST OF FEBRUARY  Melissa  3:12
21            THE BLEUS  Milk And Honey  2:34
22            THE BLEUS  Leavin’ Lisa  2:43
23            THE BLEUS  Julianna’s Gone  2:59

Disc Two
 1            CLARENCE CARTER  The Road Of Love  2:54
  2            CLARENCE CARTER  Light My Fire  2:49
  3            WILSON PICKETT  Hey Jude  4:06
  4            WILSON PICKETT  Toe Hold  2:49
  5            WILSON PICKETT  My Own Style Of Loving  2:41
  6            WILSON PICKETT  Born to Be Wild  2:45
  7            LAURA LEE  It’s How You Make It Good  2:32
  8            LAURA LEE  It Ain’t What You Do (But How You Do It)  2:05
  9            SPENCER WIGGINS  I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You)  3:01
10            ARTHUR CONLEY  Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  3:00
11            ARTHUR CONLEY  Stuff You Gotta Watch  2:15
12            ARTHUR CONLEY  Speak Her Name  2:39
13            ARTHUR CONLEY  That Can't Be My Baby  2:22
14            WILLIE WALKER  A Lucky Loser  2:20
15            THE LOVELLES  I'm Coming Today  2:59
16            THE LOVELLES  Pretending Dear  2:38
17            ARETHA FRANKLIN  The Weight  2:53
18            ARETHA FRANKLIN  It Ain't Fair  3:22
19            SOUL SURVIVORS  Darkness  2:56
20            SOUL SURVIVORS  Tell Daddy  2:30
21            SOUL SURVIVORS  Got Down On Saturday  3:10
22            KING CURTIS  Hey Joe  2:56
23            KING CURTIS  Foot Pattin'  4:49
24            KING CURTIS  Games People Play  2:46
25            KING CURTIS  The Weight  2:47
26            THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS  Get A Little Order  2:06

Disc Three
 1            THE BARRY GOLDBERG BLUES BAND  Twice A Man  4:26
  2            DUANE ALLMAN  Goin' Down Slow  8:44
  3            DUANE ALLMAN  No Money Down  3:25
  4            DUANE ALLMAN  Happily Married Man  2:40
  5            OTIS RUSH  Me  2:55
  6            OTIS RUSH  Reap What You Sow  4:53
  7            OTIS RUSH  It Takes Time  3:25
  8            THE DUCK & THE BEAR  Going Up The Country  2:34
  9            THE DUCK & THE BEAR  Hand Jive  2:41
10            BOZ SCAGGS  Finding Her  4:10
11            BOZ SCAGGS  Look What I Got  4:13
12            BOZ SCAGGS  Waiting For A Train  2:41
13            BOZ SCAGGS  Loan Me A Dime  13:01
14            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Don't Want You No More  2:26
15            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  It's Not My Cross To Bear  5:01
16            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Black Hearted Woman  5:07
17            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Trouble No More  3:45

Disc Four
 1            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Every Hungry Woman  4:13
  2            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Dreams  7:16
  3            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Whipping Post  5:16
  4            RONNIE HAWKINS  One More Night  2:22
  5            RONNIE HAWKINS  Will The Circle Be Unbroken  2:50
  6            RONNIE HAWKINS  Matchbox  3:05
  7            RONNIE HAWKINS  Down In The Alley  5:08
  8            RONNIE HAWKINS  Who Do You Love  2:13
  9            LULU  Marley Purt Drive  3:21
10            LULU  Dirty Old Man  2:20
11            LULU  Mr. Bojangles  3:08
12            LULU  Sweep Around Your Own Back Door  2:40
13            JOHNNY JENKINS  I Walk On Gilded Splinters  5:16
14            JOHNNY JENKINS  Rollin’ Stone  4:56
15            JOHNNY JENKINS  Down Along The Cove  3:02
16            JOHNNY JENKINS  Voodoo In You  4:50
17            JOHN HAMMOND  Shake For Me  2:42
18            JOHN HAMMOND  Cryin’ For My Baby  2:39
19            JOHN HAMMOND  I’m Leavin’ You  3:20
20            JOHN HAMMOND  You’ll Be Mine  2:42
21            DORIS DUKE  Ghost Of Myself  3:06

Disc Five
 1    ERIC QUINCY TATE  Comin’ Down (demo version)  2:52
  2            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Hoochie Coochie Man (live)  5:00
  3            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Midnight Rider  2:58
  4            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Dimples (live)  4:59
  5            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (live) 9:21
  6            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Soul Shake  3:06
  7            LAURA NYRO  Beads Of Sweat  4:47
  8            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’  3:28
  9            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Living On The Open Road  3:03

10            ELLA BROWN  A Woman Left Lonely  3:23
11            ELLA BROWN  Touch Me  2:59
12            BOBBY LANCE  More Than Enough Rain  5:51
13            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  I Am Yours  3:34
14            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?  4:41
15            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  Have You Ever Loved A Woman  6:52
16            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  Layla  7:03
17            ERIC CLAPTON & DUANE ALLMAN  Mean Old World  3:48

Disc Six
 1            SAM SAMUDIO  Me And Bobby McGee  3:31
  2            SAM SAMUDIO  Relativity  3:14
  3            SAM SAMUDIO  Goin' Upstairs  5:06
  4            RONNIE HAWKINS  Don't Tell Me Your Troubles  2:13
  5            RONNIE HAWKINS  Sick And Tired  2:45
  6            RONNIE HAWKINS  Odessa  3:19
  7            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Gift Of Love  2:09
  8            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Sing My Way Home  4:02
  9            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Statesboro Blues (live)  4:17
10            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live)  13:04
11            GRATEFUL DEAD  Sugar Magnolia (live)  7:20
12            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  One Way Out (live)  4:57
13            HERBIE MANN  Push Push  10:03
14            HERBIE MANN  Spirit In The Dark  7:59
15            HERBIE MANN  What’d I Say  4:57

Disc Seven
 1            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Come On In My Kitchen (live)  3:42
  2            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (live) 4:03
  3            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Poor Elijah / Tribute To Johnson (Medley) (live)  4:54
  4            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  You Don't Love Me / Soul Serenade (live) 19:25
  5            COWBOY  Please Be With Me  3:41
  6            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Stand Back  3:24
  7            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Blue Sky  5:09
  8            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Blue Sky (live)  11:24
  9            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Dreams (live)  17:56
10            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Little Martha  2:07

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Carrie Newcomer's 'Kindred Spirits' collection coming on Rounder

Nineteen-song career retrospective contains two new songs. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On November 13, 2012, Rounder Records will release a new compilation of Carrie Newcomer’s music entitled Kindred Spirits: A Collection. This collection of 19 songs draws from Newcomer’s catalog of 12 Rounder Records releases. It also includes two previously unreleased songs, two songs from her special hunger benefit project (Everything Is Everywhere) featuring Indian classical sarod masters Amjad Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, as well as two currently unavailable live recordings.
Carrie Newcomer’s music has always explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her career she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue.
Newcomer’s ability for sharp observation of the world lead the Dallas Morning News to rave, “She's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, ‘that is so true.’” She has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone has declared that Newcomer “asks all the right questions.” Author Barbara Kingsolver wrote, “She’s a poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace.”

The two new songs, “The Speed of Soul” and “A Long Christmas Dinner,” were recorded and produced by Newcomer, Robert Meitus and David Weber at Airtime Studios.  “The Speed of Soul” is a poignant exploration of a more deliberate relationship to time in an increasingly fast-paced culture.  “A Long Christmas Dinner” creates a portrait of life and family as part of an ongoing continuum.  In the songs “I Believe,” “Geodes” and “Holy as a Day Is Spent,” Newcomer quietly and beautifully describes the presence of something extraordinary in the midst of our ordinary days. She sings, “God walks around in muddy boots, sometimes rags and that’s the truth” and “Folding sheets like folding hands, to pray as only laundry can.”  “Before and After” explores the large and small experiences by which we mark our lives through a haunting duet with Mary Chapin Carpenter, resulting in a remarkable combination of two of acoustic music’s most rich and resonant females.  “The Gathering of Spirits,” featuring Alison Krauss, is a clear-voiced and crystalline celebration of life. “Betty’s Diner” is a hymn to the human condition and the presence of grace in something as small as a shared meal or cup of coffee — “Here we are all in one place, the wants and wounds of the human race . . . let her fill your cup with something kind, eggs and toast like bread and wine.”  Also included are the spiritual and tender “Sparrow” and the wry and raucous “Where You Been.”  The sensual “I Do Not Know Its Name” describes poetically and lyrically the sacred we experience, but which cannot be named. Reaching into her early work, “A Whole Lot of Hope,” “Bare to the Bone” and “My True Name” are snapshots of what has always been present in Newcomer’s songwriting and has only deepened and expanded with each recording.

On the topics of the new collection, spirituality and songwriting, Newcomer writes, “I am one of a growing number of people who don’t want to put the sacred in such a small container. I am disturbed that one very narrowly focused and extremely political brand of Christianity being called the ‘religious voice.’ There are wide communities of spiritual people who believe that walking this world in love and compassion is about feeding the hungry, providing for the poor or sick, caring for our elders, making sure that the table of love includes and welcomes everyone, educating our children and young people, honoring our beautiful and interconnected planet. These communities believe that women are equal spiritual beings, and that the highest and most honorable work is creating a less violent, more just and kind world. Isn’t a life of compassion bigger than a catch phrase or sound byte? Isn’t love wider and deeper than fear?” Speaking more to this point, she shares, “If a spiritual leader is teaching hate, it is not spiritual message, it is political message.”  

“My most effective and powerful voice will always be my truest voice. We all know when a song is candy-coating things or just going for shock value. But when a song places its finger on the open palm of something true, it shakes the world just a little bit. Why would I want to do anything else as a writer, or as a person? Part of my work as a writer is to put into language and music moments of wonder that have no words.”

The result is Kindred Spirits: A Collection, a resonant soundtrack for a world that is both sacred and ordinary, reflective and forward thinking.

The album’s artwork features the work of Hugh Syme, whose sense of magical realism captures Newcomer’s joyous idea about finding miracles in common places.

Kindred Spirits: A Collection Track List
 1. The Speed of Soul                                            
 2. I Believe (featuring Ayaan Ali Khan)          
 3. Breathe In Breathe Out (featuring Amjad Ali Khan)         
 4. There Is a Tree                                                     
 5. Geodes                                                               
 6. The Gathering of Spirits (featuring Alison Krauss)         
 7. Sparrow (Live)                                                      
 8. I Do Not Know Its Name                                             
 9. Before and After (featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter)               
10. Betty’s Diner - Remix (featuring Krista Detor)         
11. Where You Been
12. Angels Unaware
13. Two Toasts
14. Holy as a Day Is Spent
15. If Not Now
16. My True Name
17. A Whole Lot of Hope
18. A Long Christmas Dinner (featuring Krista Detor)
19. Bare to the Bone (Live)