lunes, 26 de diciembre de 2011

3 Doors Down - Another 700 Miles EP

Recorded live in Chicago in front of an enthusiastic crowd, ANOTHER 700 MILES strips away much of the production gloss of 3 Doors Down's studio albums, revealing a surprisingly earthy Southern rock band in top form. The big hits ("Duck and Run," "When I'm Gone," "Kryptonite," "Here without You") are all included here, and they benefit greatly from somewhat looser, bar band-esque interpretations. Lead singer Brad Arnold is a natural and engaging frontman, communicating with the large crowd as if he's out for a drink with some buddies. As a bonus, the disc includes a performance of a previously unreleased song and a faithful cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic "That Smell" (from STREET SURVIVORS), which--in the context of the group's swaggering, distinctly Dixie-fried live vibe--sounds completely appropriate.

6song EP Incl.1 New Track & 1 Cover (Lynyrd Skynyrd).

Recorded live in 2003.

3 Doors Down: Brad Arnold (vocals); Matt Roberts, Chris Henderson (guitar); Todd Harrell (bass); Daniel Adair (drums).

1. Duck and Run
2. When I'm Gone - (Intro)
3. When I'm Gone
4. Kryptonite
5. Here Without You
6. It's Not Me
7. That Smell

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sábado, 30 de julio de 2011

Easy Star All-Stars - Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band

Following the widespread critical and commercial success of 2003’s Dub Side of the Moon and 2006’s Radiodread, Easy Star Records announces the Easy Star All-Stars’ complete reggae re-imagining of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Personnel: Victor Rice (guitar); Michael Goldwasser (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer, percussion); Paul Schellack (acoustic guitar); Antoine Silverman (violin); Jonathan Dinklage (viola); Alex Kadvan (cello); Victor Axelrod (melodica, piano, electric piano, Clavinet, organ); Pamela Fleming (trumpet); Buford O'Sullivan (trombone); Selwyn Brown (piano, organ, background vocals); Eddie "Headdie" Ocampo, Patrick Dougher (drums, percussion); Ivan Katz (percussion); Jennifer Smith (background vocals).

Audio Mixers: Michael Goldwasser; Tony Maimone; Victor Rice.

Recording information: AuH2O Studio, Queens, NY; Blacklindy Studio, London, England; Capture Sound Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Don't Trip Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Drop The Bass Studio, St. Mary's, Jamaica; Homequake Studio, Birmingham, England; KDS Studios, Orlando, FL; Kingston Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Mellowstone Studios, Queens, NY; Music Village, Birmingham, England; Studio G, Brooklyn, NY; Total Running Time, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Arrangers: Michael Goldwasser; Victor Rice.

Billboard (p.63) - "Among the endless stream of highlights are Frankie Paul's lush take on 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,' Max Romeo's delightful 'Fixing a Hole' and Bunny Rugs' and U Roy's profession of unyielding adoration to 'Lovely Rita Meter Maid.'"
Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The band builds polished, chunky rhythms and the music is enhanced by star guests..."

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band feat. Junior Jazz (2:22)
2. With A Little Help From My Friends feat. Luciano (3:13)
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds feat. Frankie Paul (4:32)
4. Getting Better feat. The Mighty Diamonds (3:19)
5. Fixing A Hole (Extended Dub Mix) feat. Max Romeo (4:57)
6. She's Leaving Home feat Kirsty Rock (3:09)
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! feat. Ranking Roger (2:32)
8. Within You Without You feat. Matisyahu (5:13)
9. When I'm Sixty-Four (Extended Dub Mix) feat. Sugar Minott (5:33)
10. Lovely Rita feat. Bunny Rugs and U Roy (4:05)
11. Good Morning Good Morning feat. Steel Pulse (2:50)
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (1:24)
13. A Day In The Life feat. Michael Rose and Menny More (5:52)

Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band


Easy Star All-Stars - Radiodread

It stands to reason that rock revisionists Easy Star All-Stars would follow DUB SIDE OF THE MOON, their dub-inflected take on Pink Floyd's all-time classic DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, with a similarly styled version of Radiohead's OK COMPUTER. Both OK COMPUTER and DARK SIDE OF THE MOON were the landmark statements of sophisticated art-rock in their times, and the All-Stars bring the same respect, care, and creative imagination to RADIODREAD as they did to the Floyd project. Even better, All-Star masterminds Michael G. and Ticklah rope in some top-shelf reggae acts--Israel Vibration, Toots & the Maytals, and Horace Andy, among them--to interpret the songs from OK COMPUTER. The resulting reggae-rock creations are clever, evocative, and highly enjoyable.

Easy Star All-Stars: Daddy Lion Chandell (vocals); Michael Goldwasser (various instruments); Victor Rice (melodica, bass guitar, percussion); Jeremy Mage (piano, keyboards, glockenspiel); Ivan Katz (drums, percussion).

Additional personnel: Citizen Cope, Frankie Paul, Horace Andy, Israel Vibration, Morgan Heritage, Sugar Minott, Toots & the Maytals.

Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Robust horns replace the driving guitars on 'Paranoid Android', while patois-inflected Rasta sits in for the android on 'Fitter Happier'....Thoughtfully considered..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.78) - "The most radical, and best, track is 'Let Down.' Fueled by Toots Hibbert's grainy gospel fervor, it turns Yorke and company's anguished ballad into an uplifting rocksteady tune." -- Grade: B+
The Wire (p.71) - "'Airbag' is the standout track, with its guitar-meets-cello riff and extended disco mix with a dubwise reprise at the album's close."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[O]n hearing Airbag's ominous riff scaling a heavy Two Tone skank before Horace Andy's aching staccato enters, you have to admit it, this works."

1. Airbag (5:00)
2. Paranoid Android (6:27)
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien (4:41)
4. Exit Music (For A Film) (4:23)
5. Let Down (4:44)
6. Karma Police (4:48)
7. Fitter Happier (2:20)
8. Electioneering (4:34)
9. Climbing Up The Walls (4:56)
10. No Surprises (4:02)
11. Lucky (5:45)
12. The Tourist (4:07)
13. Exit Music (For A Dub) (4:39)
14. An Airbag Saved My Dub (4:50)



miércoles, 8 de diciembre de 2010

R.E.M. - RECKONING - 1983

The murmuring continued with this, R.E.M.'s second album, recorded in only two weeks, and yet critical acclaim and a growing fanbase had not made the music any less elusive. From the cover depiction of a winding river/snake, the jangly music within was similarly ambiguous, drenched in alternately murky, then dazzlingly clear, images. The water theme predominates throughout side one's five-song suite, with talk of harbours, oceans and water towers, crowned by the sublime lament of "So. Central Rain." Later, the melancholic eulogy of "Camera" sits comfortably beside the cod-country of "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" and the brisk but disillusioned tour around "Little America." An astonishingly assured and uncommercial half-sibling to MURMUR: file under water.

Recorded at Reflection Sound, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Personnel: Bill Berry (vocals, drums, percussion); Michael Stipe, Mike Mills (vocals); Peter Buck (guitar).

Audio Mixer: Mitch Easter.

Recording information: Reflection Sound Studios, Charlotte, NC.

Photographers: Ed Colver; Mike Cameron.

Unknown Contributor Role: Howard Finster.

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe (vocals); Mike Mills (vocals, bass); Bill Berry (vocals, drums); Peter Buck (guitar).

Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he powerful RECKONING established the band as bona fide leaders of the new American indie-rock underground."

2.7 Chinese Brothers
3.So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
4.Pretty Persuasion
5.Time After Time (Annelise)
6.Second Guessing
7.Letter Never Sent
9.(Don't Go Back To) Rockville
10.Little America




R.E.M. - MURMUR - 1983

R.E.M.'s full-length debut is a landmark album that set the standard for the next 10 years of indie rock. The Athens quartet combined Byrdsy, folk-rock guitar jangle with obscurantist lyrics and a post-punk compositional sensibility to create a vibrant new sound that would soon be imitated by every high-school poet with a Rickenbacker guitar. R.E.M. was also one of the first bands to make the long, hard journey from college radio (when it was still college radio) to mainstream acceptance, and managed the difficult task of maintaining its integrity at every step along the way.

MURMUR, far from an embryonic debut, shows a fully-formed unit with a strong artistic vision. (It was preceded by two legendary underground releases: The "Radio Free Europe" single--which was re-recorded for MURMUR--and the CHRONIC TOWN EP.) Producers Mitch Easter and Don Dixon's lofty reputations would have remained intact even if they had never worked on another record after this one. The gentle-but-insistent arrangements and glorious pop hooks of songs like "Catapult" and "Talk About The Passion" provide the perfect contrast to Michael Stipe's earnest, moody vocal style. Drummer Bill Berry's breathless effervescence provides the perfect backdrop for this album of jumpy, intellectual pop.

Recorded at Reflection, Charlotte, North Carolina in January 1983.

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe (vocals); Peter Buck (guitar); Michael Mills (bass, background vocals); Bill Berry (drums).

Additional personnel: Jefferson Holt, Bertis Downs.

Side one
  1. "Radio Free Europe"
  2. "Pilgrimage"
  3. "Laughing"
  4. "Talk About The Passion"
  5. "Moral Kiosk"
  6. "Perfect Circle"
Side two
  1. "Catapult"
  2. "Sitting Still"
  3. "9-9"
  4. "Shaking Through"
  5. "We Walk"
  6. "West of the Fields" (Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe and Neil Bogan)



R.E.M. - CHRONIC TOWN - 1982

Chronic Town is the debu EP by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1982 on I.R.S. Records. Chronic Town is the first illustration of R.E.M.'s signature musical style: jangling guitars, chords played in arpeggio, murmured vocals, and obscure lyrics.

Reviewer Richard Grabel wrote, "Chronic Town is five songs that spring to life full of immediacy and action and healthy impatience. Songs that won't be denied." Grabel praised the songs' auras of mystery, and concluded, "R.E.M. ring true, and it's great to hear something as unforced and cunning as this." Creem writer Robot A. Hull began his review saying, "This EP is so arcane that I had to play it six times in a row to get a handle on it – and even now, I'm still not sure." Hull praised the EP for "[evoking] the music of the late-'60s without any pretensions, mingling past and present to shape both into concurrent moments." Hull concluded, "Despite its eccentricity, R.E.M.'s record is undoubtedly the sleeper EP of the year."

Side one – "Chronic Town"
  1. "Wolves, Lower" – 4:10
  2. "Gardening at Night" – 3:29
  3. "Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)" – 3:54
Side two – "Poster Torn"
  1. "1,000,000" – 3:06
  2. "Stumble" – 5:40



jueves, 29 de julio de 2010

Dishwalla - Live... Greetings From The Flows State

Recorded live in Los Angeles, California between 2001 & 2003.

Personnel: J.R. Richards (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Browning Cravens, Rodney (vocals, guitar); Jim Wood (vocals, keyboards); Pete Maloney (vocals, drums, percussion); Scot Alexander (vocals).

Audio Mixer: Phil Nicolo.

Recording information: Canyon Club Theater, Ageura Hills, CA; The Coach House, San Juan Capistrane, CA; Warner Grand Theater, San Pedro, CA.

Editors: Jim Wood; J.R. Richards .

Photographers: Dishwalla; Leo Rossi.

Dishwalla: JR. Richards (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Rodney Browning Cravens (vocals, guitar); Jim Weed (vocals, keyboards); Scot Alexander (vocals, bass); Pete Maloney (vocals, drums, percussion).

1. "Stay Awake"
2. "Mad Life"
3. "Once in A While"
4. "Home"
5. "Moisture"
6. "Angels or Devils"
7. "Counting Blue Cars"
8. "Somewhere in the Middle"
9. "Every Little Thing"
10. "Give"
11. "Haze"
12. "So Much Time"

Mp3 Info: 128 Kbps 44 Khz

Live... Greetings From The Flows State