Thursday, March 13, 2008
LOVE THIS. BETTER THAN THE REAL ALBUM.
The songs had been unofficially released on a bootleg called The Alice Demos many years before this official release. The source of the bootleg release is supposed to be from studio recordings made for the cast of the play, and was taken when Waits's car was broken into in late 1992 (as confirmed by Waits in interviews. Several different versions of the bootleg album were in circulation before the release of the official version.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
THIS SHIT IS BEAUTIFUL
Dead Man is the soundtrack to the 1995 Jim Jarmusch western-themed film of the same name starring Gary Farmer and Johnny Depp as William Blake. Neil Young recorded the soundtrack by improvising (mostly on his electric guitar, with some acoustic guitar, piano and organ) as he watched the newly edited film alone in a recording studio. The soundtrack album consists of seven instrumental tracks by Young, with dialog excerpts from the film and Johnny Depp reading the poetry of William Blake interspersed between the music. The version of the main theme used over the film's beginning and end credits is not included, but was released as a promo single.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
KILLER ALBUM, BROS. CAN SOMEONE HOOK ME UP WITH THE FIRST SELF TITLED ONE?
Leon Russell and the Shelter People
Released: May 1971
Chart Peak: #17
Weeks Charted: 29
Certified Gold: 2/3/72
Leon Russell didn't get to be the World's Champion Hip Okie by accident. He earned it on Stones sessions, by writing "Give Peace a Chance," by teaming up with Joe Cocker -- and he's just paid more dues with Leon Russell and the Shelter People, one of the best rock albums so far this year. Russell practically invented what might as well be called Okie rock -- with that shit-kicker Gospel sound, heavy on Baptist-revival piano and chorus -- and it gets as good on this album as you'll ever hear. He works wonders on Dylan's "It's a Hard Rain Gonna Fall," wails through a lovingly ironic piano-pounding tribute to Little Richard on "Crystal Closet Queen" and lopes through "She Smiles like a River," a rolling hill-folky ballad apparently inspired by "Life Is like a Mountain Railway." And there's more -- much more.
- Playboy, 9/71.