American Beauty - The Grateful Dead
PS - 'Love Tracy Chapman . . .
I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball. Gerald Early 1952, American Author
Opsvik & Jennings - Commuter Anthems
Bonnie's singing and playing are both in good form on this one - has Frisell on a few tracks as well. (The beautiful ballads Not Cause I Wanted to and Standing in the Doorway are worth the price of admission alone).
Have been listening to a lot of Johnny Cash today. There is just something special about his songs. Now I've just found this video where Johnny is covering a famous U2 song: One. I have always loved U2 and One is a favourite. See what you think of his rendition, if it ís him. I think these lyrics fit him well and I would certainly prefer this over Mary J Blidge..
This is really extraordinary. Just consider the personnel, Paul Hillier conducting the Theatre of Voices, and Terry Riley singing. And then, of course, they're John Cage compositions.
So what's it like? Well it varies. "Litany for the Whale" is a 20+ minute piece for two singers (call and response) that sounds almost medieval, while the second track (a mere 6 minutes) is more in line with Stockhausen's Stimmung.
It's a ride this one, with lots of twists and turns. Excellent.
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