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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 18 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. Thanks to DJ Bill Campton,... more

John Stewart: The Complete Phoenix Concerts (CD)

1-CD mit 28-seitigem Booklet, 18 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 77 Minuten.

Dank Discjockey Bill Campton war John Stewarts Musik in Phoenix, Arizona, 1974 sehr beliebt. Aus diesem Grund wurde Stewart von Produzent Nik Venet beauftragt, eine komplette Band nach Phoenix bringen, um im März 1974 in der dortigen Symphony Hall ein Live-Album mit Hits und einigen neuen Songs aufzunehmen. Stewart wusste, wie man ein Publikum zu packen bekommt. Von einer Superband aus Los Angeles begleitet, absolvierte Stewart ein fantastisches Programm. Venet wählte schließlich achtzehn Songs für das Live-Album aus. Im Vergleich zu seinen Studioalben klingt Stewart locker, entspannt und dennoch engagiert bei Songs wie Wheatfield Lady, Kansas Rain, Roll Away The Stone, July You're A Woman, Cody, Freeway Pleasure und Let The Big Horse Run.



Es war so eine Szene. Nik Venet wieder einmal -ein Leben am Abgrund mit Nik Venet.
Phoenix war für mich immer großartig gewesen. Es gab dort einen Discjockey, Bill Campton, der ein großer Fan war. Er war der Top-Jockey in der Stadt und spielte meine Platten, als wären sie Hits, also für die Leute in Phoenix waren sie Hits. Zu dieser Zeit war ich in Phoenix größer als Elton John. Ich konnte das größte Auditorium dort über Nacht ausverkaufen. Sie kauften meine Alben, kamen zu Tausenden und waren völlig aus dem Häuschen. Das ist ein Beispiel für die Macht des Radios. Dass die Leute nicht wissen, was sie mögen, sie mögen, was sie kennen.

Nik Venet sagte: "Lass uns an den Ort gehen, an dem sie dich am meisten lieben, und ein Live-Album aufnehmen. Wir proben es, gehen hin, nehmen zwei Tage auf, kein Problem." Normalerweise bin ich nur mit Bass und Schlagzeug losgezogen, also war es eine ziemliche Umstellung für mich. Wir haben vier Tage lang geprobt, was nicht genug war, wir hätten mehr Zeit haben sollen. Ich war unterwegs und kam gerade aus Denver zurück - kam an diesem Tag an und begann ein paar Stunden später mit den Proben, nach denen wir nach Phoenix flogen. Es war nicht viel Zeit übrig.

Wir hatten zwei Gigs vereinbart. In der ersten Nacht aufgenommen, ging alles schief und wir bekamen gar nichts, absolut nichts. So blieb uns eine Nacht, um ein Doppelalbum aufzunehmen. Eine Nacht, ein Take von jedem Song. Wir waren ein bisschen ängstlich! Wie auch immer, nur zur Sicherheit gingen wir am Nachmittag rein und nahmen einige Sachen ohne Publikum auf. Aber am Samstagabend war es in Ordnung.

Wir gingen rein und zum Glück bekamen wir, was wir wollten, obwohl die Orgel nicht eingesteckt war, so dass das, was man hört, ein Leck im Mikro eines anderen Typen ist. Es war total verrückt, aber von etwa vierundzwanzig Stücken schafften wir es, zwanzig zu bekommen, die brauchbar waren. Es gab keine Overdubs, absolut keine. Nik sagte: "Es ist ein Live-Album, mit allen Fehlern. Das wirst du nicht tun, es reparieren." Hätte er mich das machen lassen, würde ich es immer noch reparieren...

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  • Interpret: John Stewart

  • Album titlle: The Complete Phoenix Concerts (CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127155184

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Stewart, John - The Complete Phoenix Concerts (CD) CD 1
01 Wheatfield Lady John Stewart
02 Kansas Rain John Stewart
03 You Can't Look Back John Stewart
04 The Pirates Of Stone County Road John Stewart
05 The Runaway Fool Of Love John Stewart
06 Roll Away The Stone John Stewart
07 July, You're A Woman John Stewart
08 The Last Campaign Trilogy John Stewart
09 Oldest Living Son John Stewart
10 Little Rode And A Stone To Roll John Stewart
11 Kansas John Stewart
12 Cody John Stewart
13 California Bloodlines John Stewart
14 Mother Country John Stewart
15 Cops John Stewart
16 Never Goin' Back John Stewart
17 Freeway Pleasure John Stewart
18 Let The Big Horse Run John Stewart
John Stewart - California Bloodlines  John Stewart's talent has sustained a musical... more
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John Stewart - California Bloodlines 

John Stewart's talent has sustained a musical career that has spanned the past thirty years. A beginning with the Cumberland Three was followed by seven years in the Kingston Trio. On leaving them he immediately provided The Monkees with their biggest hit, Daydream Believer. His own output has been prodigious; twenty albums including the 1979 Top Ten Bombs Away Dream Babies which included the worldwide hit, Gold. As recently as November 1988 Rosanne Cash scored a number one country hit with his song, Runaway Train, and yet ... he remains a cult artist, revered by a few and unknown to the majority.

This cult status can be traced back largely to the first of the two Capitol records found here. 'California Bloodlines' was recorded in Nashville in 1969 across the street from where Bob Dylan was recording 'Nashville Skyline'. It was producer Nik Venet's, idea to record in Nashville. "I just felt that the combination of John's songs and their playing would be a winner. I thought about it and came to the conclusion that John should record live, standing there with the band. The way I saw it a road singer shouldn't be allowed the mechanical freedom or luxury of adding his vocals to a completed track - it would destroy so much of the spontaneity." John Stewart could not have been happier with the musicians he found in Nashville. "On those sessions their playing was inspired - they played their hearts out for a number of reasons, not the least being that they were so glad to be participating in something other than straight country western music." His on the record tribute to them can be heard on the final track, Never Goin' Back. "When I started to reel off their names they couldn't believe it.

They looked at each other and broke out smiling and the energy just grew and grew - you can hear it on the track." And as you listen you should realise the whole album was recorded in live into the two-track recorder. Another of Nik Venet's decisions. "It was a gamble because once recorded you couldn't adjust the level of an individual instrument in the mix, but if you get all the balances right in the studio, and if you're certain of the competence of everybody involved, then the dangers are minimised - and if it works you can get a beautifully clear and natural recording." The follow-up album a year later contained songs every bit the equal of those found on California Bloodlines, but the recording of Willard in Los Angeles with producer Peter Asher was the opposite of the approach adopted by Nik Venet. "He dubbed on his vocals when all the musicians had gone off home.

When he went into that studio and sat down with the headphones on to sing over those almost clinically perfect back tracks, he lost all the rough edges that, to me, characterise one of his best assets ... they were seeking too much perfection." It is a technique that has served Peter Asher very well over the years, notably with James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, and there are plenty of Stewart fans who will not hear a word against the music and singing to be heard on Willard. John's own estimation of Peter Asher's approach? "Very clinical, very methodical, very unspontaneous but very efficient. A few things were done as with the whole of 'Bloodlines', with me singing with the musicians, but it was pretty much built up in the standard form of recording. For what it was it was very well done. He's a real craftsman in what he does. I just didn't feel that the two styles fitted together. James (Taylor) is a precise kind of singer, he did a great job with him. My forte is not that kind of perfection." This CD release gives us all the opportunity to hear these recordings with new clarity and insight. Twenty years on, California Bloodlines still excites and moves me. Great songs and great playing.

For all its perceived faults, the strength of the material on Willard makes it a valuable companion piece. On these recordings John Stewart has evoked the heat and spirit of rural American and makes us willing companions on his travels.
Peter O'Brian - Editor/Publisher of Omaha Rainbow Magazine - March 1989

John Stewart California Bloodlines - Willard minus 2
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Tracklist
Stewart, John - The Complete Phoenix Concerts (CD) CD 1
01 Wheatfield Lady
02 Kansas Rain
03 You Can't Look Back
04 The Pirates Of Stone County Road
05 The Runaway Fool Of Love
06 Roll Away The Stone
07 July, You're A Woman
08 The Last Campaign Trilogy
09 Oldest Living Son
10 Little Rode And A Stone To Roll
11 Kansas
12 Cody
13 California Bloodlines
14 Mother Country
15 Cops
16 Never Goin' Back
17 Freeway Pleasure
18 Let The Big Horse Run