Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy Records’

On August 2nd, Craft Recordings will release the Official full hour-long concert by Creedence Clearwater Revival in a 50th year celebration of the appearance at the Woodstock Festival. The show delivered a classic run-through of eleven well-known CCR songs. This historic show will be delivered on vinyl 2LP package. The set will be called “Live At Woodstock”.

Woodstock has long been considered the classic Rock and Roll event by which ALL festivals pattern, govern, and aspire to. To date, none have superseded the event. Many bands refused to go and be a part of soon to be historic festival, but for those that did, they forever became a strong tie-in to Woodstock. One of those bands was Creedence Clearwater RevivalCCR were at a peak and this hour-long set helped to contribute to their growing fame. I’m sure no band ever regretted joining this ‘at the time’ unsure festival plagued with everything that could possibly go wrong.

This long sought-after release celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock by giving fans a front-row seat to relive Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hour-long set as it was performed that historic night in August of 1969. Kicking off with “Born on the Bayou,” the album features the band’s biggest singles of the day including “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” and more. Full of creative energy, John, Tom, Stu, and Doug delve deep into their music, playing extended improvisations of “I Put a Spell on You,” “Keep on Chooglin’” and “Suzie Q.”

Taken from Creedence Clearwater Revival “Live At Woodstock”, available August 2 via Craft Recordings.

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Lukas Nelson Turn Off The News album

Lukas Nelson and his band Promise Of The Real have unveiled the video for ‘Bad Case,’ the first of two upfront tracks to be released from their upcoming album Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), out on 14th June.

As Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas is not the only famous offspring on the project: the clip is co-directed by Adria Petty, daughter of Tom, whose resumé also includes videos for the likes of Beyoncé and Regina Spektor. The co-director on ‘Bad Case’ is Alan Bibby, with whom she oversaw Coldplay and Rihanna’s ‘Princess of China’ promo; Bibby’s other credits include the Ariana Grande/Stevie Wonder collaboration ‘Faith.’

“Lukas and Promise of the Real are amazing musicians and human beings,” Petty said. “So it was a huge honour to work on this collaboration shoulder to shoulder.”

In the lead-up to the release of Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), Nelson and his compadres have been typically hard at work on the road. They opened for The Who last month, played with longtime mentor Neil Young at several West Coast shows and performed their own sold out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The album, the band’s second for Fantasy Records, is another fascinating blend of rock ‘n’ roll, country, soul, folk and R&B. “We wanted these songs to be fun and upbeat,” says Nelson, “but we also wanted to have something to say. Rock ‘n’ roll began as a countercultural movement, so in the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, we’re trying to encourage a lifestyle where people can be active in their local communities, rather than glued to a device.

“We listen to so many artists — the Byrds, Tom Petty, Al Green, Neil Young, Little Feat, J.J. Cale — and this album carries forth something they all represented, the idea of turning off the news and doing something constructive. It’s a statement about how you can live your life with your heart leading the way.”

“Bad Case” is off the new album from Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) available everywhere June 14th.

Tyler Ramsey will perform at SXSW 2019.

Tyler Ramsey has reached his widest audience during the years he spent as a guitarist and songwriter in Band of Horses, though he’s also enjoyed a creatively fruitful solo career dating back to 2005. Sometimes, that solo work has sounded like the beardily searching, Fleet Foxes-style ballad “1000 Blackbirds,” but on his new single “A Dream of Home,” the singer and multi-instrumentalist finds a sweet spot that brings to mind the lush folk-rock rambles of Damien Jurado.

Tyler Ramsey lives near Asheville, NC and likes to reflect the sweetness of his life, member of the band Band of Horses, in his music. This lush folk rock track is everything that’s right about music production in 2019.

It’s easy to come up with comparisons like Neil Young, but honestly it’s the way that Ramsey’s “complete package” comes together that has us excited. It’s what we love about others in this space like Noah Gundersen and David Ramirez. This single’s got us looking forward to the rest of the music this chill folk rocker has coming soon.

Tyler Ramsey – “A Dream Of Home” – the first single off his new solo record, For The Morning, out April 5th on Fantasy Records.

Alejandro Escovedo

Despite the success of teaming up with legendary producer Tony Visconti and co-writer Chuck Prophet for his previous three studio releases, Americana icon (the Nuns, Rank & File, True Believers, solo) Alejandro Escovedo clearly felt it was time for a change. Out go Visconti and Prophet, in come Scott McCaughey (Minus 5) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) to handle both producing and co-writing.

Those two likely helped Escovedo connect with this album’s other backing musicians. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (the Decemberists), baritone saxist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and singers Kelly Hogan and Corin Tucker: an Americana supergroup of sorts. This results in a set that doesn’t forgo Escovedo’s influences (“Shave the Cat” borrows T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong” lick), but incorporates them subtly into reflective, introspective songs often musing on ageing and its effect on the rock and roll lifestyle. Titles such as “Sunday Morning Feeling,” “Redemption Blues,” “I Don’t Want to Play Guitar Anymore” and the (almost) closing “Farewell to the Good Times,” the latter with lyrics “there’s nothing left to believe in,” show where Escovedo’s mind is.

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There are plenty of ballads to reflect on , some with ghostly, moving backing vocals as on “Beauty and the Buzz” that add a cool, somewhat ghostly approach. But Escovedo rocks hard in the tough garage attack of “Luna De Miel,” the thumping, talk/sung Velvet Underground influenced aggression in “Beauty of Your Smile” and especially the call and response wah-wah guitar enhanced boogie of the booming opening “Horizontal.”

Even the acoustic based “Suit of Lights” (“look at me/a sailor with no compass lost at sea”) and the chiming, Byrds’ inflected, soulful “Sunday Morning Feeling” (“I’ve seen better days/I’ve got nothing left to say/but that’s alright”) display a dark, edgy intensity that permeates the entire program. Nowhere is that more evident than on the ominous, near nightmare-ish folk-noir with restrained guitar feedback “Redemption Blues,” (“someday I’ll find a little peace”) one of the most harrowing songs in his catalog and surely a highlight of this set. Escovedo always delivers, occasionally even spits out, his lyrics with passion, but he seems particularly inspired throughout the disc’s 12 selections (and a startling, mesmerizing bonus cut with erratic drums and spectral backing singing “Thought I’d Let You Know” not listed on the cover).

There are no weak tracks, proving that this collaboration with Buck & McCaughey provided the energy and creativity to help Escovedo’s 12th studio release be one of his finest, which is no small feat in his already exceptionally productive, creative and influential career.

White Bear is on final countdown for release in the USA. Having stormed the charts on both sides of the Atlantic already with a Top 20 album chart entry in the UK and the debut single Oh Lorraine riding the #1 spot on Canada’s Active Rock Chart for an amazing 7 weeks in a row, it is now the turn of the US to witness what Classic Rock Magazine called “A rare and exquisite panache”. The album is released with two bonus tracks, Do The Revelation and Time Won’t Leave, both released on Fantasy Records

We were really humbled to be able to work with the amazing Stephen Sebring on both the album artwork and his amazing video for the title track White Bear, he truly took us to the 4th dimension! Nick comments:

“The idea of doing the White Bear video using the Revolution system was an exciting prospect and the results are stunning. Our connection with Steven has given us the opportunity to make a visually beautiful piece of work using techniques that haven’t been seen before.”

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A Record Store Day collectors’ heads up: Concord (UMG) will release the Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Box Set– 3 vinyl and ephemera from the time period celebrating the historic year. The box will also come complete with 3 CDs and 3 international EPs on 7” vinyl.  Albums include Green River, Bayou Country and Willy And The Poor Boys. A sneak peak at this amazing piece can be seen here

Creedence Clearwater Revival

From the Fantasy vaults comes the Record Store Day 1969 Archive Box celebrating Creedence Clearwater Revival’s epic year. In that year alone the band released three Top Ten albums, had four hit singles (charting at #2, #2, #2 and #3 respectively) with three additional charting B-sides. This archive box collects artifacts from 1969, documenting the global success of a band from El Cerritos, who were believed by many to be from the Mississippi Delta. Meticulously reproduced artifacts include 3 x LPs, 3 x CDs (of each of the above LPs), 3 x 7” vinyl International, EPs, 2 x Posters, 1 x Concert Ticket, 1 x Bumper Sticker, 1 x Publicity photo 60 page scrapbook and more. Limited to 7000 copies.