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Eric Andersen - Beat Avenue (2003)

Rock, Blues, Folk | Author: vicor 61 | 27-12-2016, 07:44
Eric Andersen - Beat Avenue (2003)
Artist: Eric Andersen
Title Of Album: Beat Avenue
Year Of Release: 2003
Label (Catalog#): Appleseed Recordings
[APR CD 1068]
Country: USA
Genre: Folk, Folk Rock, Blues,
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:18:19
Full Size: 649 MB

William Ruhlmann, AllMusic.com:
Beat Avenue is 60-year-old Eric Andersen's most ambitious album, a 90-minute tour de force that encapsulates his musical and lyrical concerns over a lifetime. The music is often-dense rock dominated by a rhythm section led by guitarist Eric Bazilian of the Hooters. Equally dense is Andersen's highly poetic versifying, which he sings in his gruff baritone. Andersen is world-weary in these songs, roaming the globe haunted by the past and fearful of the future. He confesses to a reckless youth, but acknowledges that he can no longer afford such license. "What once was Charles Bukowski," he sings in "Before Everything Changed," referring to the free-living beat poet, "is now Emily Dickinson." The ballads and love songs "Song of You and Me," "Shape of a Broken Heart," "Under the Shadows," and "Still Looking for You" are rendered tenderly, but they are also full of regret and loss, past-tense reflections that recount memories of love long gone. The first disc of Beat Avenue is complete and formidable unto itself, but there is a second CD consisting of two lengthy songs. The title track, running more than 26 minutes, is a beat poem with jazzy accompaniment by Robert Aaron in which Andersen recalls a poetry reading he attended as a 20-year-old on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac come up in his reminiscence, along with friends and fellow musicians, as he conjures up the sound and feel of the early '60s in San Francisco and pinpoints a moment when history changed, revealing how it felt for one young observer. This isn't folk music of the type with which Andersen is generally associated, and it can be demanding of the listener, but it is also a compelling transformation of memory into art song.


Disc 1

01. Ain't No Time to Bleed (Eric Andersen), feat: Phoebe Snow 3:53
02. Before Everything Changed (Eric Andersen) 4:56
03. Salt on Your Skin (Eric Andersen) 4:45
04. Song of You and Me (Eric Andersen) 6:18
05. Shape of a Broken Heart (Eric Andersen) 3:52
06. Great Pyramid (Eric Andersen), feat: Sari Andersen 4:47
07. Under the Shadows (Eric Andersen / Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart), feat: Sari Andersen 3:43
08. Rains Are Gonna Come (Eric Andersen) 3:21
09. Runaway (Eric Andersen / Lisa Stewart) 4:34
10. Stupid Love (Eric Andersen) 3:34
11. Still Looking for You (Eric Andersen) 4:42
12. Feel Like Comin' Home (Eric Andersen) 3:25

Disc 2

01. Beat Avenue (Robert Aaron / Eric Andersen)26:12
02. Blue Rockin' Chair (Eric Andersen) 10:34

Robert Aaron Bass, Bass (Electric), Composer, Flute, Guitar, Keyboards, Melodica, Mixing, Organ, Piano, Producer, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Trumpet
Eric Andersen Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Harmonica, Organ, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Joyce Andersen Violin
Sari Andersen Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Eric Bazilian Guitar (Electric)
Katia Cadet Vocals (Background)
Mark Egan Bass (Electric)
Lonnie Heller Package Design
Garth Hudson Accordion, Organ (Hammond), Piano, Sax (Tenor)
Tom Hutten Mastering
Lucy Kaplansky Vocals (Background)
Billy Masters Slide Guitar
Dennis McDermott Hi Hat, Shaker
Shawn Pelton Drums
Carol Rothman Executive Producer, Photography, Production Coordination
David Seitz Engineer, Mixing
Rachael Shock Assistant Engineer, Digital Editing, Engineer
Rae Shock Engineer
Phoebe Snow Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Michael Visceglia Bass (Electric)
Christophe VonHohenberg Photography

Eric Andersen - Beat Avenue (2003)

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