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The Old Stuff, 2018   1 comment

The Old Stuff: Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Reissue, Archival, Live, Tribute, Re-recording, and Compilation Releases of 2018:

1. Bobbie Gentry – The Girl from Chickasaw County : The Complete Capitol Masters The best box set I can recall purchasing, this 8-disc beauty features all the Capitol tracks one knew existed, and a whole bunch we didn’t. Seventy-five—count ’em—75 unreleased demos, alternate and live versions of songs, along with her complete seven album Capitol album run, even more from the BBC, and the elusive “Love Took My Heart and Mashed That Sucker Flat.”  Beautifully packaged with postcards that will never be mailed, a ton of photos, essays…and—most importantly—the music sounds wonderful. Only things missing—as far as I can tell, and it does lay outside the title of the set—is the soundtrack version of “Ode to Billy Joe” [sic] released in 1976 and a deeper dive into recording session dates and details for us liner note fools. It is a lot; I just let it play and play. (Purchased)

2. David Davis & the Warrior River Boys- Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole reviewed here (Serviced CD)

3. Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard- Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 reviewed here (Serviced download) 

4. Lone Justice- The Western Tapes, 1983 Lone Justice was a band that arrived when I needed it to, their debut engaging an interest in tradition-infused, countrified-rock that continues to this day. Not having had the benefit of experiencing the California-based band during their genesis, Lone Justice emerged as a stunning wonder, a slab of black vinyl equal parts (in my mind, at the time) Dolly Parton, Rachel Sweet, The Blasters, and Jason & the Scorchers. From the first listen, I knew I had found that for which I had been searching. While insiders and widely-read writers of the day ‘pooh-bahed’ the album as being too slick—and did worse to the brilliant Little Steven-produced follow-up Shelter—as a digression from their early and legendary live appearances, those of us who didn’t know better believed Maria McKee and her cohorts were damn close to the second coming of Emmylou, Gram, and all the rest.

The Western Tapes, 1983 is a six-song EP capturing the earliest demo renditions of two songs that appeared on that eponymous debut, one of which—”Don’t Toss Us Away”—sounds—begrudgingly, he admits—more incredible than ever: on first listen, by the time McKee got to the chorus a second time, I was a puddle of spent emotion. Also included is a stunning take of “The Train,” a track that eventually appeared—in a different form—on a compilation, as well as “I See It” and “How Lonesome Life Has Been,” numbers I don’t believe previously encountered and immediately loved.

A wonderful wee set, and one waits in anticipation of what Omnivore may still have planned for us. For a group with only two original albums to its name, Lone Justice’s vaults have been fair mined in the thirty-plus years since their dissolution. We can only hope what emerges next is as strong as this brief set. For newcomers, start with the Geffen albums (which, upon listening this week, remain incredible and faithful friends) and work your way to this splendid creation,the vinyl version of which looks beautiful, if unavailable at my favourite haunt; the download edition is quite satisfactory. (Serviced download)

5. Rodney Crowell- Acoustic Classics Not so much stripped down as reinvented, there are ten familiar songs included performed in the manner some of us prefer our music, seemingly intimate, relatively unvarnished, and certainly unplugged. “Shame On The Moon” is completely rewritten, surprisingly for the better although I never thought the original was as awkward as Crowell apparently did; it is now a reflective, spoken-word interlude amongst songs familiar. The very recognizable bulk of songs are refreshed, and a new song, “Tennessee Wedding” fits comfortably within the format. An excellent set. (Purchased CD)

6. Various Artists- Appleseed Records 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches reviewed here (Serviced download) 

7. Various Artists- Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey reviewed here (Serviced download) 

8. Sylvia- Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imaginedreviewed here (Serviced CD) 

9. Jr. GoneWild- Brave New Waves Session I could listen to this one all week. For those of us who taped radio shows and Austin City Limits episodes, waiting for moments of magic, volumes like this are manna. With apologies to The Models, Edmonton’s third greatest band to emerge from the 80s, and therefore forever—behind only facecrime and Idyl Tea—Jr. Gone Wild released essential albums in their day, and thanks to this archival series, a set recorded for the CBC in May of 1988 has been unleashed. Brave New Waves and Brent Bambury were institutions for some of us during the formative, music-hungry years of university. [An aside to this point: at least seven and perhaps eight of the artists listed here were first heard by me during those U of A days.] These performances, including a handful of songs that would eventually appear on Too Dumb To Quit, do not disappoint with a superlative balance of rock ‘n’ twang. Their latest song “Barricades (The Hockey Riot Song)” is pretty good, too. The legend continues…(Purchased CD) 

10. Gene Clark- Gene Clark Sings for You I only started the Gene Clark deep dive this year, and I suppose my timing couldn’t have been better. The majority of these tracks were found on acetates in the Liberty Records vaults, and require absolutely no effort to appreciate. (Serviced download) 

11. The Earls of Leiscester- Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame reviewed here (Serviced CD) 

12. Doc Watson- Live at Club 47 Do we need more archival Doc Watson? No. Are we glad there continues to be a stream of itreleased? Yup. More of the good stuff. (Purchased download) 

13. Roland White & Friends- A Tribute to the Kentucky Colonels reviewed here (Serviced download) 

14. The Louvin Brothers- Love & Wealth: The Lost Recordings reviewed here (Serviced CD) 

15. Various Artists- Johnny Cash: Forever Words- The Music mentioned here (Purchased CD) 

Some wonderful stuff released this year. Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee.


Roland White & Appleseed Recordings reviews   Leave a comment

Over at Country Standard Time, two of my reviews have been published. Roland White (& Friends) latest is a star-studded tribute to his legendary bluegrass group The Kentucky Colonels. Meanwhile, Appleseed Recordings celebrates their 21st anniversary with a three-disc set featuring several previously unreleased cuts by Fervor Coulee faves John Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Russell. The Appleseed set is neatly divided into ‘political action songs,’ ‘singer-songwriter, rootsy kinda stuff, and mostly ‘trad. arr.’ with a broad cross-section represented: the British tradition, as well as African-American spirituals, Spanish-language songs, and old-timey songs that made the transition to being American ‘standards.’ Well-constructed. Both are highly recommended.

Recent reviews at CST- Junior Sisk, Larry Cordle, & Jim Lauderdale, incl. w. Roland White   Leave a comment

Jim Lauderdale- Time Flies

Jim Lauderdale & Roland White- self-titled, from 1979

Larry Cordle- Tales From East Kentucky

Junior Sisk- Brand New Shade of Blue


Roland White- I Wasn’t Born to Rock n Roll   Leave a comment

My review of this very fine reissue is posted at the Country Standard Time site; I only had the digital download to review, but the scanned packaging looks nice. Click on to read the review. Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee, Donald

Walkin’ Talkin’ Dancin’ Singin’- June 7, 2010   Leave a comment

No time for elaboration this week- just the facts; lots of CanCon this week as I narrowed my Polaris ballot:

The Blue Shadows- On The Floor of Heaven I could listen to this one all week- and maybe I did. The bonus disc adds to my appreciation of this 1993 release. Nicely paced. The liner notes- available via download- are excellent.

The album I most enjoyed this week!

Blue Rodeo- The Things We Left Behind Surprising to me, considering the last song of BR’s that I thought was fresh was “Try.” A pretty pleasing disc.

Roland White- I Wasn’t Born to Rock ‘n Roll A great bluegrass reissue.

Susan Cowsill- Lighthouse I’m on a bit of a Cowsill kick; it happens a couple times a year.

The Wilderness of Manitoba- Hymns of Love and Spirits

One Horse Blue- One Horse Blue Who cares if they recycle licks and tricks from the Doobies and Eagles. A heck of an album.

Woodpigeon- Die Stadt Muzikanten

Miranda Lambert- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend One of a few commercial country albums for this week. Starts good, finishes strong…the middle is a snooze.

Alan Jackson- Frieght Train Never has an Eaglesmith song sounded so harmless. Jackson is like George Strait to me- always enjoyable but never lasting. I get bored easily by his albums.

Jeffery Hatcher and the Big Beat- Cross Our Hearts Still great.

The Earl Brothers- The Earl Brothers A masterful album; nothing else like it released in the last year.

Dan Mangan- Nice, Nice, Very Nice One day I’ll get through to track 8 without falling asleep. Just not today. Or yesterday.

Mark Chesnutt- Outlaw Covers of what you’d expect. Is a bad version of “Black Rose” possible?

Various Artists- Highway to Hell (Mojo- June 2010) Fitting soundtrack to my reading of Horns.

Jackson Browne & David Lindley- En Vivo Con Tino Spontaneous purchase this weekend while in the big city. Saw it in Hardly Much Variety and bought without knowing what it was. Only listened to Disc One so far; acoustic, live, in Europe. So far, I’m quite enjoying.

The Farewell Drifters- Wellow Tag Mondays Need to write about this one this week. It is worthy finding.

The Sadies- Darker Circles

Danny and the Champions of the World- Streets of Our Time

The New Pornographers- Together

Billie Joe Becoat- Reflections from a Cracked Mirror

Jill Hennessey- Ghost in my Head

Various Artists- Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall Every buy an album and immediately wonder a) What? and b) Dang? Okay, other than The Doors Greatest Hits, because we’ve all regretting buying that one. Not sure what I was thinking- I traded in the original Buena Vista Social Club album six or seven years ago after one or two listens. This one is lively and quite enjoyable at times, but the piano based numbers put me into an immediate fog. I suspect this one will get traded in on my next visit to the used store.