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Garcia Band, Jerry - garcia live vol. 16: madison square garden, nov. 15th 1991 [2021]
3 CD-Set! Teil 16 der großartigen und so beliebten GarciaLive-Serie mit herausragenden Konzertmitschnitten aus den schier unerschöpflichen Archiven des legendären Grateful Dead-Gitarristen Jerry Garcia. Mitgeschnitten am 15. November 1991 erleben wir dieses Mal den ersten Auftritt der Jerry Garcia Band im berühmten New Yorker Madison Square Garden überhaupt - und das gerade mal zwei Monate, nachdem Grateful Dead dort spielten. Doch die Jerry Garcia Band wurde an diesem Abend nicht minder enthusiastisch gefeiert, als Dead 8 Wochen zuvor. Überhapt gilt die 1991er Herbsttour der Jerry Garcia Band nicht nur als eine der längsten, sondern auch am meisten gefeiertsten Tourneen der Band (neben Garcia waren das John Kahn (bass), David Kemper (drums), Melvin Seals (keyboards), Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch (backing vocals). Umso erfreulicher, dass dieser tolle Mitschnitt in der GarciaLive-Reihe nun erschienen ist. Nicht nur die Tracklist war exzellent, der Sound dieser CDs ist es ebenso. Abermals ein Fest für die Garcia-Jünger und Deadheads.

Hier die Original-Produktbeschreibung von "Garcia Family Provisions":

GarciaLive Volume 16 finds the world's most recorded musician in the world's most famous arena at the midway point in one of his longest and most celebrated solo tours. While Garcia was no stranger to Madison Square Garden, November 15th marked the Jerry Garcia Band’s debut in the vaunted venue. Though just two months removed from the Grateful Dead's sold-out 9-night residency at the Garden, the crowd’s eruption as the houselights dimmed revealed the immense excitement for Garcia’s return. The buoyant set-opening “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” signaled the feeling was indeed mutual. Love remained a central theme throughout the evening with stunning versions of Smokey Robinson’s “The Way You Do The Things You Do," Van Morrison’s “He Ain’t Give You None” and “Bright Side of the Road," and Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate," among others. A near-automatic highlight of any latter era Jerry Garcia Band set, this performance of The Manhattan’s “Shining Star” is so poignant it became the centerpiece for the 2001 compilation of the same name. The extended takes on “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox” and “Don’t Let Go” which followed offered the band plenty of room to stretch out with the latter yielding the deepest improvisations of the evening. Not one to treat encores as de rigueur, Garcia finds the perfect sentiment to close the night with the timeless “(What A) Wonderful World” sending everyone home walking on air.

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1:
1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
2. Struggling Man
3. He Ain’t Give You None
4. Simple Twist of Fate
5. Lay Down Sally

Disc 2:
1. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
2. My Sisters and Brothers
3. Deal
4. The Way You Do The Things You Do
5. Waiting For A Miracle
6. Shining Star
7. Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox

Disc 3:
1. Don’t Let Go
2. That Lucky Old Sun >
3. Bright Side of the Road
4. (What A) Wonderful World

Art-Nr.: 10337
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 21,90

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Haggard, Merle - i am what i am [2010]
Brandneues Album der mittlerweile 72-jährihen Countrymusic-Legende aus Californien, Haggard, der zusammen mit Buck Owens den Bakersfield-Sound massgeblich mit prägte, zählt zu den ganz Großen der klassischen, zeitgenössischen Countrymusic, dessen Einfluss auf unzählige Musiker nach wie vor ungebrochen ist. Und das er's noch immer kann, beweist er eindrucksvoll mit seinem neuen Werk: Klassischer Haggard-Country ohne jeden modernen "Firlefanz", authentisch auf den Punkt gebracht.

Hier die ausführliche Original-Produktinformation des Labels zu dieser Veröffentlichung:

California country music legend Merle Haggard's debut Vanguard release, I Am What I Am bristles with all the arresting qualities for which this unrivaled artist is prized. Every song is imbued with the near alchemical power of his dazzling vocal performances, and Haggard's interpretive mastery and unmatched phrasing continues to bring on impressive measures of sensitivity, candor and authority. Never conventional, often confrontational, always outspoken, the 72 year old Haggard remains as aggressively bent on revealing unspoken truths as ever.
From the astonishing opener, "I've Seen It Go Away," Haggard throws a flurry of knock-out punches. A stunningly blunt rundown of contemporary America's cultural decay--targeting everything from politics to pop music--it's prescient and pessimistic, but carries an unflinching honesty that trumps mere cynicism. When he sings "I`ve seen it all completely fall apart / and I`ve seen our greatest leaders break their peoples heart" it`s downright chilling, but the album doesn't dwell on woe. It's a typically far-reaching set, but remains centered around a series of contemplations on love, in all of its intoxicating and vexing forms. Examining romance with a poet's beatific vulnerability, Haggard travels from the ardent bloom of romance to the intricate ensemble of family life to the burnt out confusion of fading passion, yet always returns to love`s eternally redemptive power. This is Hag at his best, with his hair down, remarkably intimate and sincere.

Over a distinguished fifty year-plus career that's taken him from a drastically misspent criminal youth to solitary confinement in San Quentin to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Haggard has memorably portrayed, in song, myriad archetypal characters. Whether fugitive, troubadour, misfit or crusader, he's explored each perspective with a critical acuity, a hard-won skill that's allowed him to score no less than 40 number one country hits. With I Am What I Am, Haggard really looks inward, going all the way back to his Oildale childhood on sentimental reminiscence "Oil Tanker Train," which Haggard called "My favorite song on the album--that's a true deal." Rough-edged numbers like "Stranger in the City" and the rowdy "Mexican Band" carries the set all the way up to the singer's still barely-controlled hell-raising ways--on the latter, he unforgettably declares "Agave makes me dance on my hands." But on tracks like "Pretty When It's New," a study of new love's marvelous voltage, and "How Did You Find Me Here" which convincingly takes him from morbid depression to elated joy, Haggard sounds almost re-born, intensely involved and consumed with a sheer sense of wonder that's enhanced further by those characteristically masterful vocals.

Recorded with his ace band the Strangers, many of whom have been at Hag's side for decades, at his Northern California headquarters, the Shade Tree Manor studio, and co-produced by indispensable, longtime cohort Lou Bradley, the album was largely a family affair. "It was pretty much just the Strangers, but Reggie Young and Rob Ikes played on it, and we had an additional drummer that worked with us, George Receli from the Bob Dylan band." Haggard said. "Sometimes we try to find an inspiring player, to come and inspire us." That quality was clearly not in short supply, and Haggard's musical concepts and execution continue to flabbergast.

Equally at ease with hard country realism and jazz-informed expression, Haggard's songwriting is operating at an entirely new and impressive artistic plateau. "Bad Actor" is a remarkable soliloquy on married life and the vortex of hope, guilt, confusion and doubt it can instill. Delivered in the simplest language yet dealing with some highly intricate and subtle emotional issues, it is an altogether moving and unique achievement. Haggard's often closely guarded innocence is completely exposed, showing an incredible tenderness that, considering the counterpoint of his battle-scarred, hardened exterior, creates a profoundly resonant experience.

Closing with "I Am What I Am," the title track's unflinching self-assessment crystallizes the singer's own personal state of the union. Equally relaxed and ornery, confident, focused and as controversial as ever, Haggard knows exactly who he is--"a seeker and a sinner"--and taken with the fierce opening salvo of "I've Seen It Go Away," he still refuses to downplay or shy away from our common, harsh reality. "Its pretty sad actually, it just seems like its one thing after another that we lose every day." Haggard said. "You get up, turn on the radio and something else went down the drain. I guess people like you and I--people that care--have got to bind together somehow, and maybe doing that through the music is the best way." (Vanguard)

Die komplette Songliste:

1 I've Seen It Go Away - 3:00   
2 Pretty When It's New - 3:12   
3 Oil Tanker Train - 3:02   
4 Live and Love Always - 2:30   
5 The Road To My Heart - 2:50   
6 How Did You Find Me Here - 3:55   
7 We're Falling In Love Again - 3:31   
8 Bad Actor - 3:28   
9 Down At the End of the Road - 3:10   
10 Stranger In the City - 2:09   
11 Mexican Bands - 3:27   
12 I Am What I Am - 2:38

Art-Nr.: 6870
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Sugarland - love on the inside ~ deluxe fan edition [2008]
Deluxe Fan-Edition mit 5 Bonustracks! Erfrischend , lebendig, wunderbar! Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles und Kristian Bush) setzen auch mit ihrem von den Fans heiß herbeigesehnten dritten Album konsequent ihren musikalisch eingeschlagenenWeg fort und werden dabei immer besser! Nettles' Stimme war nie kraftvoller, variabler und stärker, Bush's Harmonies, sein Acoustic Gitarren- und Mandolinenspiel waren nie vielfältiger. Dieses Duo ist mit seinem durchaus in Traditionen verwurzelten, aber so modernen, knackigen, dabei alles andere als glamourösen, sondern stets erdigen, exakt auf den Punkt produzierten New Contry-/Country-Rockpop-Sound eine wahre Wohltat für Nashville! Das Album erscheint in den USA in zwei Ausgaben, einer "normalen" Version mit 12 neuen Tracks und einer sogenannten "Deluxe Fan-Edition" mit 5 zusätzlichen Bonustracks! Darüber hinaus kommt die Deluxe-Ausgabe in einer speziellen, edlen Digipack-Verpackung inklusive eines alle Texte und viele Fotos enthaltenden, 20-seitigen Booklets und der Zugangsmöglichkeit zu exklusivem Video-Material. Also, keine Frage: Die "aufgemotzte" Ausgabe ist definitiv die, die es sich lohnt zu kaufen - und deshalb bieten wir auch ausschließlich diese an! Insgesamt ist das Songmaterial im Vergleich zu den beiden mega-erfolgreichen Vorgängern vielleicht etwas "verhaltener" ausgefallen. Will heißen: Der Anteil an Balladen hat im Vergleich zu den Uptempo-Nummern leicht zugenommen. Dennoch strotzt auch dieses Album vor Dynamik und Energie - und das Songmaterial ist einfach nur klasse! Ohne Ausnahme! Toll beispielsweise der froh gelaunte Opener "All I want to do" (gleichzeitig die erste Single und bereits auf dem besten Wege die nächste Nr. 1 des Duos zu werden), mit seinen kernigen Slide Gitarren-Licks (großartig: Gitarren-As Michael Landau), dem trockenen Ambiente und dem wundervollen "Ooh hu hu hu hu"-Mitsing-Refrain, der knackige, sehr melodische Uptempo Rockin' Country-Shuffle/-Boogie "It happens", der traumhafte, einfach herrlich ins Ohr gehende Country-Stomper "We run" mit seinen vitalen Acoustic Gitarren-Rhythmen, dem knackigen Drumming und großartigen Akkordeon-Spiel, die exzellente, leicht folkig angehauchte, einmal mehr wundervoll melodische, Mandolinen-getränkte Country-Ballde "Genevieve", das entspannte "Already gone", der satte, rockige, ungemein melodische Knaller "Take me as I am", das rootsige, viel Americana-Feeling aufbauende, von schöner Slide, Steelguitar und einem klasse Traditional Country-Rhythmus bestimmte "Steve Earle" (einer Huldigung der beiden an die große Roots-/Alternate Country-Ikone), und die wunderschöne, getragene, ruhige, kristallklar in Szene gesetzte, reine Country-Ballade "Very last country song" - eine traumhafte Nummer! Die fünf, auf der Fan-Edition zusätzlich enthaltenen Songs (3 weitere neue Studio-Tracks und 2 bärenstarke, bislang auch nicht als Studioversion existierende Live-Nummern) reihen sich nahtlos an den hohen Qualitätsstandard der übrigen Stücke an und sind somit für den geneigten Sugarland- und New Country-Fan ebenso unverzichtbar! Erwähnenswert hier besonders die brillante Live-Fassung des Achtziger Jahre-/Dream Academy-Klassikers "Life in a northern town", das am 13. Dezember 2007 in Fayettevill/North Carolina während der gemeinsamen US-Tour von Sugarland mit Little Big Town und Jake Owen mitgeschnitten wurde, die sich auch alle gesanglich an dieser tollen Intepretation beteiligten. Sugarland sind und bleiben mit "Love on the inside" (vielleicht sogar ihr ausgereiftestes, bestes Album) eines der absoluten Zugpferde Nashvilles in Sachen knackigem, modernem, qualitativ gochwertigem New Country, inklusive "eingebauter" Hit- und Chart-Garantie! Ein tolles Album - und darüber hinaus mit über 71 Minuten Spielzeit ein wirklich prall gefüll

Ganz interessant: Ein offizieller Sugaland "Song by Song"-Überblick (im Original):

"All I Want To Do"
The duo’s intent here was to have a lot of swing to the lead single of this album. To funk it up a bit, and keep it very hooky. Musically, this number’s somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and Jack Johnson, with some Marvin Gaye and Van Halen thrown in. "I love the flirty sound," says Jennifer Nettles. "We just always want to bring different energies, and we got to play on the lighter side this time." If you listen close, the easy percussion from Matt Chamberlain gives the song its sexy heartbeat.

"It Happens"
Sometimes, you just gotta let go. That’s what this gritty little tune’s all about, says the duo. "We always say we should take the music seriously, but not ourselves," Nettles says. When the guitar comes in at the top, you know this is going to be a little more 80s pop than down-home country. Think "Walking on Sunshine". Because this tune wraps it all up with some very advisable lyrics: "Let go, laughing". And Nettles thinks the ironies, like getting in a fender bender with your ex and his new girl, shows listeners what a grand sense of humor the universe has. It’s a very uptempo way to look at a world that’s out of your control.

"We Run"
New love. Young love. Green love. There’s an excitement to that experience that Sugarland has captured in this intoxicating bluegrassy rocker. Nettles admits this grew from a seed of an idea that Bush had, since he grew up playing mountain music in Tennessee. And this song lends itself to that Appalachian sound, that driving four-on-the-floor beat. You can’t really describe that feeling, so the duo chose to show it rather than tell it. The imagery--of pockets of dirt and reckless weather on the breath--convey how beautiful, messy and powerful love can be.

"Joey"
Teenage love doesn’t always have a happy ending. Especially when a tear-jerker like Bill Anderson has pen in hand. He helped Nettles and Bush craft this modern take on the traditional teen tragedy, and yet much more alternative influences went into the vocals. "We ended up with a haunting wail in the chorus and this R.E.M. background vocal," says Bush of the melancholy music. "It’s simple and dark." The rich texture of this song is built around all those "what ifs" that run through your mind as you explore regret. "Nothing mitigates loss," says Nettles "But everyone has regrets, so we can all relate."

"Love"
Nettles’ powerhouse pipes take center stage in this ballad. And that strength comes though in the form of questions, about how you can possibly define love. Is it the face of a child? Kindness in the eyes of a stranger? In a hotel room in Washington D.C., when Sugarland was chasing down the theme of the whole album, the topic of love came up. "No way could you ever narrow it down," Nettles says of their writing time with Tim Owens ("Settlin’"). There’s love lost, love found, new and old loves. So this tune gets right in the middle, and makes some reaches musically. Bush’s powerful voice is featured for the second half of this song. "When we were writing the back half, Jen said ‘I want you to sing these words I wrote just for you,’" recalls Bush. "I will always feel special singing those words."

"Genevieve"
Nettles said that Bush had the whole first verse worked out. That verse--and his pure, sweet mandolin work--were inspiring enough. But when the idea for some three-part harmony came up, it only made this dirge of a country heartache even better. Nettles says it reminded her of some of the southern Baptist hymns she grew up on, and likes that the story’s not clear cut. "It’s a beautiful thing when we get to play characters that are complicated." There’s a mystery of who this character is that is coping with such a dramatic loss. It’s a little twisted. But that creates an even stronger pull into the lyrics.

"Already Gone"
A waltz-time lope? On a country album? Writing with Bobby Pinson ("Want To"), the duo was determined to do a song in six-eight. And to keep it very personal. "This is the story of coming of age, literally and emotionally," says Nettles. And it’s such a healing tale, about a woman who is growing up, leaving home, falling in love and saying goodbye.

"Keep You"
Is it possible to write an emotional song about being numb? It’s like writing a song about being loud by being quiet, Nettles and Bush think. That irony, blended with a bittersweet epiphany of knowing it’s time to walk away, make this one of the most contemporary done-me-wrong songs of our time. "Subtlety and nuance make all the difference in this song. Painting emotions with broad strokes is easy, but this time we’re using a toothbrush to dig through the finer emotions," says Nettles, comparing the duo to archeologists. And the vocal range she plays with throughout keep this song on the edgier side, because of the way she explodes into huge notes that few singers can even attempt.

"Take Me As I Am"
When the curtain opens, there’s a woman in a hotel room at night. As the song unravels, so does the mystery of why she’s there. In this character-driven narrative, with a Pat Benatar influence and some solid electric guitar work, the empowering message is clear. When you reach that point, when you are comfortable in your own skin, the line about "I’m not perfect, but I’m worth it" makes all the sense in the world. This could very well be the anthem of the unsung heroes who walk among us every day. "This is a very grown-up place to get to in your life," Nettles explains.

"What I’d Give"
Written with Kenny Chesney’s long-time lead guitarist Clayton Mitchell, this one builds a lingering story around some Faces era guitar and mandolin stylings. The kind that Sugarland thinks make for a story of their own. Usually in country, the song ends when the bow is tied off neatly with a lyric. But after the last lyric ends, they still had more to say musically. Nettles vocals are sultrier than they’ve ever been, and she likes the romantic implications of the lyrics. And both she and Bush agree that if you aren’t making out halfway into this six-minute yearning, then you aren’t ever going to be.

"Steve Earle"
If you know anything about Steve Earle, this song will thrill you with its comic pining for his songwriting. If you don’t know him, it’ll certainly pique your curiosity. Both Nettles and Bush share a fondness for Earle’s brand of country. It taught them that country was still viable, and gave them confidence to reimagine the sound. And when the duo found out what a shameless romantic Earle was, they had to set all his comings and goings to music. This upbeat barn burner fueled by a big pedal steel, is a playful way to process a painful subject. Nettles looks at it this way: "There comes a point in life of a troubadour when the character can become heroic. Even legendary."

"Very Last Country Song"
Aptly named, the last song on the album is a look at what would happen if nothing ever went wrong again. "If life stayed the way it was, if those conditions weren’t in our lives, then this would literally be the last country song," says Nettles. Everything is as it should be was the impetus and inspiration behind this song. Co-writer Tim Owens told the duo that someone had once asked him why country music was always so sad. Owens’ answer was that if bad things never happened, then what would we have to write about? The ethereal tones underneath this song stay quiet enough so the insight into the human condition can be felt. Like when you can hear Nettles smile as she sings the verse that looks back on the unexpected joy of an unexpected child.

Plus 5 Bonus-Tacks:

Fall Into Me 4:46
Operation: Working Vacation 3:59
Wishing 4:11
Life In A Northern Town (Live) 4:14
Come On Get Higher (Live)

Art-Nr.: 5848
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 18,90

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Thomas Rhett - center point road [2019]
Thomas Rhett, der Sohn des in traditionellen Countrykreisen sehr geschätzten Achtziger-/Neunziger-Interpreten und heute überaus erfolgreichen Songwriters Rhett Akins, gilt in der heutigen Nashville-Szene unter den jungen Künstlern mittlerweile als einer der Etabliertesten, mit HIts ohne Ende. Da wird auch sein neues Album "Center point road" keine Ausnahme machen, denn er trifft damit erneut den Zahn der Zeit. Rhett ist ein Musterbeispiel der gehypten, aktiuellen Countrygeneration. Kritiker bemängeln die fehlende Countrytradition und die zu hohen Pop-Anteile, doch die Chartplatzierungen geben ihm Recht. Ja, auch das neue Album ist wieder durchaus poppig, aber Rhett verzichtet keineswegs komplett auf Tradition. Nein, er schägt einen gut austaxierten Mittelweg ein und so hat das Werk seine Reize für jedes der beiden Lager, die Pop-Generation, aber auch die Liebhaber traditionell orientierter Songs. Nehmen wir beispielsweise das prächtige "That old truck" ein hinreißender, lupenreiner Midtempo Country Love-Song für einen Truck. Oder auch das wunderbare, mit schöner Steelguitar verzierte, gemeinsam mit Jon Pardi performte "Beer can't fix", das in seiner Lockerheit gar an einen relaxten George Strait-Song erinnert. Aber auch die poppigen Nummern sind absolut okay, zum Beispiel das zusammen mit Little Big Town eingespielte "Don't threaten me with a good time", das mit seinen viel gute Laune verbreitenden Dance-/Funk-Anteilen etwas an deren "Pontoon"-Zeiten erinnert, oder auch "Up", das mit einem feinen "Beach-/Soul"-Groove daher kommt. Insgesamt ist Thomas Rhett ein erstklassiges Album gelungen, das Nashville's aktuellen Mainstream-Country hervorragend repräsentiert. Für jeden Geschmack ist etwas dabei, verpackt in starkem Songmaterial voller Hit-Potential. Hier findet eine jetzt schon große Erfolgsgeschichte seine weitere Fortsetzung - ohne jeden Zweifel.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Up - 3:27
2. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time [feat. Little Big Town] - 3:35
3. Blessed - 3:34
4. Look What God Gave Her - 2:48
5. Center Point Road [feat. Kelsea Ballerini] - 3:36
6. That Old Truck - 3:32
7. VHS - 3:16
8. Notice - 3:42
9. Sand - 2:42
10. Beer Can’t Fix [feat. Jon Pardi] - 3:29
11. Things You Do For Love - 3:26
12. Remember You Young - 3:00
13. Don’t Stop Drivin’ - 3:03
14. Barefoot - 3:00
15. Dream You Never Had - 3:22
16. Almost - 3:11

Art-Nr.: 9825
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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