Content tagged 'Folk'
Verities & Balderdash (Album of the Day)
On his fourth studio set, Harry Chapin serves up an appealing mix of VERITIES & BALDERDASH. The nine originals on the 1974 Elektra album range from the romantic (“I Wanna Learn A Love Song”) to the topical (“What Made America Famous”) to the comedic ("30,000 Pounds of Bananas"), with a No.1 hit - “Cat's In The Cradle” - included for good measure. With producer Paul Leka at the helm, the collection benefits from polished, ambitious arrangements and the work of top studio musicians; all of Chapin's other albums feature his touring band. The versatile singer-songwriter was born on this day in 1942, and we'll remember Harry Chapin with his most commercially successful release, VERITIES & BALDERDASH.
Homecoming (Album of the Day)
Stephen Stills 2 (Album of the Day)
Happy Sad (Album of the Day)
Tim Buckley ranks among the most adventurous singer-songwriters, and 1969's HAPPY SAD shows his talent in full bloom. After two albums working with lyricist Larry Beckett, the Elektra collection is the first of all-Buckley originals, and these six songs reflect a growing fascination with jazz (opener “Strange Feelin'” was inspired by Miles Davis). Predominantly acoustic, the relaxed arrangements include some fine guitar work by Lee Underwood and vibraphone playing by David Friedman, but the most impressive instrument here is Buckley's highly elastic voice. Produced by Zal Yanovsky and Jerry Yester (of Lovin' Spoonful fame), this set was Tim Buckley's highest charting release and is an ideal way to remember the visionary performer, who passed away on this day in 1975.
Blue (Album of the Day)
LifeLines (Album of the Day)
Warren Zevon (Album of the Day)
Circles & Seasons (Album of the Day)
Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Album of the Day)
Matters Of The Heart (Album of the Day)
Tracy Chapman's breakthrough 1988 debut announced the arrival of a major talent in no uncertain terms, and four years later MATTERS OF THE HEART showed her continued growth as a singer-songwriter. As you might guess from its title, the 1992 Elektra set shifts some of the performer's focus from societal problems to personal concerns, but Chapman's nuanced lyrics and passionate delivery remain as compelling as ever. Stylistically, the collection touches upon blues, jazz and world musics while remaining listener-friendly; several seasoned hitmakers (including members of the Heartbreakers, the E Street Band and Bobby Womack) lend their instrumental skills to these ten originals. MATTERS OF THE HEART celebrates its 25th anniversary today, and this direct and powerful album still cuts straight to the heart.