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“When Exile on Main Street was first released nearly 40 years ago, few expected it to gain recognition as a masterpiece. Though the album was a commercial success, a number of critics thought it was too ragged. Some panned it completely. But it’s since become one of the most influential and adored rock albums of all time, thanks to its raw sound and free-spirited exploration of different styles, from country and blues to soul and gospel.
This week, Universal Records is releasing a remastered version of Exile on Main Street that includes a bonus disc of alternate versions of select songs, as well as previously unreleased tracks. The Rolling Stones brought on producer Don Was to scour the old Exile master recordings for lost gems. Some of the rediscovered songs needed mixing, while others needed entirely new lyrics and vocal tracks. On this edition of All Songs Considered, Was talks about how he picked the songs, how they were produced and the lasting impact of the now-legendary album.”
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Radio Interview: ‘Exile On Main Street’
Don Was Revisits ‘Exile On Main Street’
NPR, A May 16, 2010
NPR Don Was Interview
“I’m really looking forward to checking out the new Jimi Hendrix album.”
As it turns out . . . come March 1, there will be a new Hendrix disc of some unreleased material — Valleys Of Neptune.
For you young ‘uns out there who might not be familiar with Jimi — he was the genius guitar player who combined R&B, psychedelia distortion/feedback-laden electric leads. You can still hear his influence in music today.
Hendrix released but 3 albums during his short lifetime: Are You Experienced (1967) is probably the greatest debut rock albums of all time (Rolling Stone ranked it #15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time). The next disc was Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968).
He was 27 when he died in London on September 18, 1970.
Valleys Of Neptune track by track listing (with descriptions) after the jump . . .
Wow, terrific comments. I put the full run of reader suggested Hendrix videos here.
Amazon is running an excellent selection of $5 albums in DRM free MP3s , (if you like that sort of thing).
I prefer my music mostly in the form of cold shiny discs. However, Amazon selected over 800 albums, about 50 per genre across rock, jazz, country, new age, 2009 discs you misses, etc. at the bargain (legal) price of $5 bucks per.
These 2 dozen caught my eye:
More after the jump . . .
Over the course of seeing concerts the past 3+ decades, I have had the good fortune to attend shows that were recorded and later distributed on CD/DVD a handful of times. Up until recently, the most memorable was Aimee Mann’s Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse. But this summer, I was lucky enough to attend Paul…Read More
I will be incommunicado today, winging my way back from Berlin for acht und halben stunden (8 1/2 hours). I wrote this back in 2005, but never published it widely. Enjoy: > What sort of crap do you have lurking hidden on your iPod? That’s the question I stumbled across from my old essays &…Read More
Some of the recordings will blow you away — I suggest the Count Basie concert, but all 3 are excellent (free registration required).
Thank me after you’ve listened to some of these gems . . . more stuff after the jump
Historic Sounds of Newport, Newly Online
NYT, November 10, 2009
I’ve only come across a handful of compelling discs this year. Mo’ Horizons …And the New Bohemian Freedom is one of them. It is hard to describe this bizarrely compelling mix of acid jazz, bossa nova, soul, and electronica. Yeah, there is also some Brazilian funk in the mix as well. But the songs, while…Read More
Category: Friday Night Jazz
Lately, I have been combining two of my favorite past times into one multimedia experience: Books & Music. This began over the summer — I was done with my book, and I really wanted to read something mindless, having nothing to do with Wall Street or Washington DC. That’s when I started reading Pigs Might Fly:…Read More
Last year, we took an eclectic look at some of the lesser known works of Miles Davis.
Tonight, I want to go in the opposite direction, and simply focus on one disc: Kind of Blue.
Why? Well, it is the 50th anniversary of the recording of Kind of Blue.
If that is not reason enough, then consider the simple fact that it is Davis’ best-selling album. Indeed, it may very well be the best known jazz record of any artist, of all time.
Even though it was released almost 50 years ago, it still sells over 5,000 copies per week today.
In addition to its commercial success, it has come to be described by many Jazz critics as the greatest jazz album of all time.
Writing in AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted:
“Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of “So What.” From that moment on, the record never really changes pace — each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. It’s the pinnacle of modal jazz — tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality.”
And Charles Gans of the Associated Press takes a look behind Davis’ masterpiece:
Today, the five tunes on “Kind of Blue” — particularly “So What” and “All Blues” — have become deeply embedded in the musical landscape. But at the March 2 and April 22, 1959, recording sessions, nearly all the tunes were new to the band members, who didn’t even have a chance to rehearse them. Davis gave the musicians written sketches of the scales and melodies, offering brief verbal instructions about the feeling he wanted on a particular tune.
Davis was moving away from bebop with its complex harmonies and improvisations structured around chord changes. The trumpeter asked his musicians to play in a modal style — a concept developed by pianist-composer George Russell — in which the musicians improvised on scales, with the soloists having more freedom to explore long melodic lines.”
The one jazz record to own even if you don’t listen to jazz — the band is extraordinary: John Coltrane, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley on saxophones, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. I recently received a remastered CD of kind the album, thus retiring my scratchy hiss and pop laden vinyl version. (And another intelligent CD pricing: $6.99 at Amazon)
For those of you looking for some , check out NPR: Kind of Blue (54 minutes)
videos after the jump . . .
I have the lead quote in the this page one NYT Business section article on the Markets — which came out prior to this NFP: “Less-worse isn’t the same as better,” said Barry Ritholtz, chief executive of FusionIQ, a research firm. “We want to see ‘good.’ In order to grow profits, in order for earnings…Read More