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Hall of Fame – Tom Waits

Tom Waits became a member of the prestigious US Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame yesterday evening, with Neil Young inducting him at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

About time !!

Photo: Kevin Mazur

Introducing Waits at the same venue where he was inducted by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder in 1995, Young remarked that Waits was “a great performer, singer, actor, songwriter, magician, changeling and spiritual guy.”

The award was in recognition of a career and extensive body of work that has seen him carve a singular path outwith the musical mainstream from his early relatively straightly arranged poetic, character-driven, bar ballads through to encompassing or mixing wholly different styles, including beat boxing and experimental noise-making into his work.

Accepting, Waits said “Thanks, everybody, this is very encouraging. Songs are really just interesting things to do with the air. I was fifteen when I snuck into a club to see Lightning Hopkins. I wore an overcoat, put white-out in my hair, drew on a moustache and said in a deep voice, “One ticket please.” I saw Lightning walk through a door in the back room that said, ‘Keep Out!! This Room for entertainers only.’ At that moment, I realised I wanted to get into show business as soon as possible.”

He then paid gracious tribute to his partner both in life and music, whom he has always acknowledge plays a major role in his work, “I am grateful to my wife and my collaborator Kathleen Brennan. She is the light that helps me find my way and to my kids who have taught me everything I know.”, before painting an image fit for one of his songs with a wise-crack, “Some day, I hope to hear, “Hey Mack, take the cuffs off him, I think he’s a Hall of Famer!”.

Waits performed four songs at the ceremony, Make It Rain, Rain Dogs, House Where Nobody Lives and Get Behind The Mule (with Young accompanying on the last).

Also inducted at the 2011 ceremony were, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Dr John and Darlene Love.

Waits is currently working on a new album.

Tom Wait’s website.
Rock’N’Roll Hall Of Fame website.

Original source: www.qthemusic.com

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March 27, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | , | 1 Comment

Harvest Revisited

The January issue of my favourite monthly music magazine MOJO has as its centrepiece an article on Neil Young’s classic album “Harvest” plus the Top 50 Neil Young songs as chosen by a variety of musicians plus interviews with the man himself and Nils Lofgrin.

To add cream to the cake this months free CD is “Harvest Revisited”

1   Out On The Weekend – Doug Paisley UK Album US Album    
2   Harvest – Kelley Stoltz UK Album US Album    
3   A Man Needs A Maid – Danny And The Champions Of The World UK Album US Album    
4   Heart Of Gold – Jane Weaver UK Album US Album    
5   Are You Ready For The Country – Phosphorescent UK Album US Album    
6   Old Man – Villages UK Album US Album    
7   There’s A World – Neville Skelly UK Album US Album    
8   Alabama – Smoke Fairies UK Album US Album    
9   The Needle And The Damage Done – Sam Amidon UK Album US Album    
10   Words (Between The Lines Of Age) – Chip Taylor UK Album US Album  

“Words (Between The Lines Of Age) – Chip Taylor

Someone and someone
were down by the pond
Looking for something
to plant in the lawn.
Out in the fields they
were turning the soil
I’m sitting here hoping
this water will boil
When I look through the windows
and out on the road
They’re bringing me presents
and saying hello.

Singing words, words
between the lines of age.
Words, words
between the lines of age.

If I was a junkman
selling you cars,
Washing your windows
and shining your stars,
Thinking your mind
was my own in a dream
What would you wonder
and how would it seem?
Living in castles
a bit at a time
The King started laughing
and talking in rhyme.

Singing words, words
between the lines of age.
Words, words
between the lines of age.

[ NEIL YOUNG LYRICS at www.AZLyrics.com ]

Old Man” – Villagers

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.

Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t get lost.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn’t mean that much to me
To mean that much to you.

I’ve been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I’m all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

[ NEIL YOUNG LYRICS at www.AZLyrics.com ]

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My life is changing in so many ways, I don’t know who to trust anymore, there’s a shadow running thru my days…………………”

January 22, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Magazines, New Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Albums Of The Year

Robert Plant - Band Of Joy

Diane Birch - Bible Belt

John Grant - Queen Of Denmark

John Legend & the Roots - Wake Up!

Neil Young - Le Noise

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Seafieldroad - There Are No Maps For This part Of The City

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Lauren Pritchard - Wasted In Jackson

Saint Jude - Diary Of A Soul Fiend

December 30, 2010 Posted by | Video | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

2010 Top 30 New and Old #21

Neil Young gave to the world his new album in September titled “Le Noise” and what a noise it was, produced by Daniel Lanois it was a masterpiece in aural soundscapes and another big success for Lanois as a producer.

Young has over the last few decades kept switching between the sounds of Crazy Hourse era Young and Harvest era Young.

“Le Noise” whilst being a “solo” album it is certainly LOUD! and is quoted as being “explosively intimate”.

“Sign Of Love” – Neil Young

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I had never really bothered with the Delaney & Bonnie story and their association with Eric Clapton, however, this year I read Clapton’s autobiography which I surprisingly enjoyed and it struck me that some of his happiest times were spent as part of their “family” as such I finally bought both the live album and “Home” from which I bring this my favourite track.

“I’ve Just Been Feeling Bad” – Delaney and Bonnie

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December 10, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Music, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Cassandra Wilson

On November 22nd Cassandra Wilson will release her 9th album for Blue Note Records.

“Silver Pony” follows her successful format of mixing traditional blues and jazz covers with covers of other contemporary writers with some original material thrown in as well.

One of the tracks on the album is an all time favourite song of mine which you can enjoy below.

“St James Infirmary” – Cassandra Wilson.

Wilson, whose in possession of a remarkable, husky-tinged vibrato, will be touring worldwide in support of the release which features special guests saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (“Silver Moon”) and R&B singer-songwriter John Legend (“Watch The Sunrise”).

What makes the album special is that it is a unique hybrid live/studio album. Silver Pony moves seamlessly between live recordings from a European tour and studio recordings laid down at New Orleans’ Piety Street Studios.

Silver Pony draws its title from an experience which Cassandra had as a child and which left an indelible mark in her memory bank, and thus on her career itself. “A man came around my neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, with a pony and camera,” she recalls. “You could pay to get your picture taken.” Her brothers declined, but Cassandra was eager. Her mother hesitated — “There were certain things young ladies just didn’t do,” Wilson adds. But Cassandra seized the moment, got the picture. “I’m so happy she let me ride the pony,” she says now. “I was fearless, and I guess she wanted to encourage that in me.” That priceless photo is now featured on the cover of Silver Pony and such fearlessness now fuels Wilson’s work. “I prepare for each recording but you can never truly prepare,” Wilson says. “Because you don’t really know what’s coming. You just place yourself in the circumstances that will allow the project to reveal itself.”

Silver Pony was produced by Cassandra Wilson and John Fischbach (owner of Piety Street Recording Studios) and features Cassandra on vocals and synthesizer, Marvin Sewell on electric guitar, Jonathan Batiste on piano, Reginald Veal on electric bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Lekan Babalola on percussion. Ravi Coltrane adds saxophone on “Silver Moon” and “Watch The Sunrise” features both vocals and piano by John Legend.

A complete track listing is as follows:

1. Lover Come Back To Me 6:51 (Hammerstein/Romberg)
2. St. James Infirmary 7:12 (Traditional)
3. A Night in Seville 3:00 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
4. Silver Moon 6:41 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
5. Pony Blues 9:32 (Patton)
6. If It’s Magic 4:34 (Wonder)
7. Forty Days and Forty Nights 4:58 (Roth)
8. Silver Pony 0:36 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
9. A Day in the Life of a Fool 7:35 (Bonfa/Sigman)
10. Blackbird 6:43 (Lennon/McCartney)
11. Sunrise 3:32 (Laird/Jones/Stephens)

Review from www.artistsdirect.com

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Here are a few of her past covers.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Neil Young – Le Noise (Update)

The new Neil Young album Le Noise, was released yesterday.  Young and producer Daniel Lanois recorded the album in a Los Angeles mansion earlier this year. 

An angry folk album at heart, it braces Young’s stalwart folk-rock songs against a barrage of whirligig sounds usually better suited to emerging electro bands from Brooklyn.

Some though may find this unlistenable whilst others may regard it as another classic epic such is how Young’s music can divide the positive is that he can never be described as boring or even conventional.

Thus the songs and the recording process have some of Neil’s usual weirdness: He only recorded on nights when there was a full moon and brought out his big white electric Gretsch guitar, which was used to record some of his most famous records in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

In summary Le Noise demands more effort than some listeners might be willing to put in, but at its best, it repays that effort pretty handsomely. In that sense at least, it pretty much sums up Neil Young’s entire career.

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September 28, 2010 Posted by | New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment

Le Noise – Neil Young

 

1. “Walk With Me”

2. “Sign Of Love”

3. “Someone’s Gonna Rescue “You”

4. “Love And War”

5. “Angry World”

6. “Hitchhiker”

7. “Peaceful Valley Boulevard”

8. “Rumblin”

 

In a press release for Neil Young’s upcoming studio album, Le Noise, producer Daniel Lanois discusses the experience of recording with the Canadian songwriting legend. The album is a collaboration between Young, on acoustic and electric guitars, and Lanois, who adds his distinctive atmospheric musical touches.

“Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him,” Lanois says. “He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands — one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That’s the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs ‘Love and War’ and ‘Peaceful Valley Boulevard.’ I wanted him to understand that I’ve spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he’d never heard before. He picked up that instrument, which had everything — an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds — and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It’s hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of 50 years of rock and roll, but I think we did it.”

The album, due September 27 on Reprise Records, will be available in digital and vinyl formats, and will also be released as a deluxe CD/DVD and on Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray and DVD will contain eight black and white videos of Young performing the album’s tracks in the studio, shot by cinematographer Adam Vollick, who filmed the 2007 Daniel Lanois documentary Here Is What Is

Source www.americansongwriter.com

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September 17, 2010 Posted by | New News, Video | , | 1 Comment

Neil Young

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Neil Young 12th album in the Archives Performance Series, ‘Dreamin’ Man’ – Live ’92’ is to be released in the UK on December 6.

Originally touted for release this week (November 2), ‘Dreamin’ Man’ features Harvest Moon songs, performed solo and acoustic, recorded live before the album was originally released.

Neil Young’s Dreamin’ Man track listing is:

“Dreamin’ Man”
“Such A Woman”
“One Of These Days”
“Harvest Moon”
“You and Me”
“From Hank To Hendrix”
“Unknown Legend”
“Old King”
“Natural Beauty”
“War of Man”

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November 3, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | , | Leave a comment

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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“Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is the third track on Neil Young’s album After the Gold Rush. The song was supposedly written for Graham Nash after Nash’s split from Joni Mitchell, though Young in interviews has been somewhat tentative in admitting or remembering this. Released as a single in October 1970, it became Young’s first top 40 hit as a solo artist, peaking at number 33 in the U.S. The single was issued with a Crazy Horse version of “Birds” (rather than the solo piano version of the album) on the B-side, apparently accidentally.

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This version however is taken from the recent Neil Young Archives collection and is a live take by Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

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“Only Love Can Break Your Heart” – CSN&Y

When you were young
and on your own
How did it feel
to be alone?
I was always thinking
of games that I was playing.
Trying to make
the best of my time.

But only love
can break your heart
Try to be sure
right from the start
Yes only love
can break your heart
What if your world
should fall apart?

I have a friend
I’ve never seen
He hides his head
inside a dream
Someone should call him
and see if he can come out.
Try to lose
the down that he’s found.

But only love
can break your heart
Try to be sure
right from the start
Yes only love
can break your heart
What if your world
should fall apart?

I have a friend
I’ve never seen
He hides his head
inside a dream
Yes, only love
can break your heart
Yes, only love
can break your heart

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Here is a cool cover version:-

 

By co-incidence you can pop over to the great Vinyl Villian where you can download a MP3 of a version of this version

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

A High Fidelity Moment

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As you can see from below I am currently undergoing somewhat of a High Fidelity moment with the first stage of an epic adventure taking place on the dining room table.

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The overall reorganisation involves changing the three piece lounge suite, which is massive, to two two seater couches to release storage space for the top 1000 CD’s from my collection together with my favourite 200 LP’s and 100 books.

It is safe to say that none of the above was permissable when Mrs D ran the house after all she had some notion about the dining room table being for eating at and lounge being for entertaining!

Anyway it will release some cupboard space upstairs!

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Until the project is complete, target date 31st October, Neil Young says it all.

“A Man Needs A Maid” – Neil Young

 

Harvest

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October 11, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Movies, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

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