This collection features all of Marianne’s notable singles, which are often represented in collectible 12” and 7” versions. Particularly rare is the original issue of her final Decca 7” ‘Something Better’ / ‘Sister Morphine’; subsequent releases used different masters, but
these original recordings have been unavailable since 1969.
Further unreleased tracks are live versions of ‘Brain Drain’ and ‘The Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ recorded during Marianne’s now legendary performance at St Anne’s in Brooklyn, highlights of which were released on the 1990 album Blazing Away. This collection also includes 2 previously unheard songs; a traditional blues ballad ‘I’m In Love Again’ cut during the Strange Weather sessions in 1987 and ‘The Calm Before the Storm’ written by Lou Reed and Rubén Blades which Marianne recorded for an abandoned studio album in 1989.
The title Songs of Innocence and Experience acknowledges Marianne’s poetic influences with its reference to the work by William Blake, whilst also reflecting the change in style from the orchestral folk-pop and high pure voice of Marianne’s ‘60s career to her new wave punk influenced comeback at the end of the 70s with Broken English which featured her now trademark fractured vocals.
The front cover features a hand-drawn pencil image by Lithuanian artist Aistė Stancikaitė, commissioned exclusively for the project and the packaging also contains many rare and unseen images taken from the original album and single photo shoots.
The collection has been remastered from the original tapes by the Grammy-nominated compiler Andrew Batt, who also contributes sleeve notes.
Marr:“There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been
developing – really since getting out of The Smiths until now, and I hear
it in this record. There are so many strands of music in it. We didn’t do
that consciously, but I think I’ve got a vocabulary of sound. And I feel
very satisfied that I’ve been able to harness it.”
DIY Magazine: “His perfectly serviceable croon is not quite strong enough
to carry it across 16 long tracks. If only he’d given ‘Lightning People’’ to Liam
Gallagher, it might well have been the soundtrack of the summer. Moments
of greatness are plentiful, but ‘Fever Dreams…’ shines brightest when Marr lets
his guitar do the talking.” Score: 3/5.
Turn Up The Volume: I love Marr‘s guitar virtuosity, I love his human view
of life and society, I love his coolness, I love his critical attitude vs his old Smiths
buddy and right-wing idiot Morrissey and I loved his live concerts I witnessed yet
I need to be honest and say what I said before about his solo work. He always
comes up with some killers, but also too many mediocre songs on his solo LPs.
I’ll make a compilation of all my favorites on his 4 longplayers. Good idea.
Ahead of the album’s launch, Marr shared 8 songs via 2 EPs…
Artist: CAT POWER (born Chan Marshall) Who: American singer-songwriter Active: Since 1992 – 10 studio albums
New album: COVERS Release: 14 January 2022 – Order info here
Cat Power joins the long queue of artists recording and releasing
a covers album/EP/single. Since the coronavirus paralyzed normal
life, most of the musicians got a lot of free time and many of them
used it to interpret other artists’ songs.
These are Power‘s picks…
01 “Bad Religion” (Frank Ocean Cover) 02 “Unhate” 03 “Pa Pa Power” (Dead Man’s Bones Cover) 04 “A Pair of Brown Eyes” (The Pogues Cover) 05 “Against the Wind” (Bob Seger Cover) 06 “Endless Sea” (Iggy Pop Cover) 07 “These Days” (Jackson Browne Cover) 08 “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (Kitty Wells Cover) 09 “I Had a Dream Joe” (Nick Cave Cover) 10 “Here Comes a Regular” (The Replacements Cover) 11 “I’ll Be Seeing You” (Billie Holiday Cover)
Who: Brix is the former American wife of the late
Manchester legend Mark E Smith. She also played
with his band The Fall. Willson-Piper is a Portuguese
songwriter and notable guitarist.
Album: Collaborative longplayer LOST ANGELES.
Smith calls it her lost album. She wrote the songs
in the early 90s, but it was never released before.
Louder Than War says: “Lost Angeles really showcases Brix Smith’s magnificent
songwriting talent and her penchant for strong melodies and harmonic vocals. In
this respect you will be hard pushed to find anything better this side of The Beach
Boys. The delay in its release has certainly not lost any of the albums relevance
in the present-day world and will stand the test of time as one of Brix Smith’s
finest recordings. It is certainly one of the most enjoyable albums I have heard
in a very long time.”
Turn Up The Volume: Lost Angeles sounds like guitar pop
dreamers Belly fronted by Tanya Donelly. Same swagger,
same sparkiness, same vocal Donelly timbre, same moodiness.
Band: KORN Who: Nu metal titans from Bakersfield, California Active: 1993–present Albums: 14 (including new one)
New album: REQUIEM Release date: 4 February 2022 Order info: here
Press statement: “It is an album born of time and the ability to create
without pressure. Energized by a new creative process free of time constraints,
the band was able to do things with Requiem that the past two decades haven’t
always afforded them, such as taking additional time to experiment together or
diligently recording to analog tape – processes which unearthed newfound sonic
dimension and texture in their music.”
I Remember Everything covered here by Brandi Carlile is the last song
ever recorded by Prine and won the 2021 Grammy award for Best American
Roots Song & Best American Roots Performance.
Pitchfork about the tribute: “A second installment of John Prine covers includes
some of the legendary songwriter’s best-known material, illustrating how his legacy,
and the definition of Americana—has shifted since 2010. .
On 15 May of this year, the imperishable Modfather PAUL WELLER
played a praised performance along with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
and award-winning arrangerJules Buckley. The concert was recorded and
that live registration comes out 10 December.
Taster:English Rose (a track from The Jam‘s
masterpiece LP All Mod Cons)
My Ever Changing Moods
Broken Stones (Feat. James Morrison)
It´s A Very Deep Sea
You´re The Best Thing (Feat. Boy George)
Still Glides The Stream
Wild Wood (Feat. Celeste)
You Do Something To Me
Like many other artists during lockdown, the question for Richard Ashcroft was also “What I am gonna do with all this free time between four walls?” Most of them started to cover others (that trend never seems to stop), some continued making new music and some were counting their money and/or annoyed their families.
Ashcroft decided to re-dress 12 of his most famous songs (The Verve/solo) and released Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 this weekend. Acoustic? No, not really. Besides an acoustic guitar,
I hear piano, strings, synths, horns, and layers of harmonies. This album is actually about killing time by turning the selected tunes into bittersweet lockdown symphonies with smooth, elegant, and soothing arrangements.
I’m an Ashcroft fan, but I’ll go back to
the originals for my candlelight dinners.
Stream album via Spotify…