Posts Tagged ‘Heartbreaker’

Ryan Adams has raised the hopes of the vast majority of his fan base, by teasing the release of a number of past projects, including his famously unreleased album, Blackhole.

Just a week after Ryan Adams tried his hand at reporting the weather thanks to a US television station, the musician took to Twitter today to test the waters in regards to the release of some of his long-awaited projects.

“I wrote this album. I have 17 new songs,” Adams wrote on Twitter, alongside an image of his debut solo album, Heartbreaker. “I have 4 records on a shelf. Does anyone want to hear Prisoner 2 & 3, Black Hole? Live at Capitol Theater w The Infamous Stringdusters, Exile on Main Street cover live & rehearsals ?”

He continued: “I’m just asking to see if maybe I’m crazy & no one does.” The two live albums he mentioned in the message referred to a show recorded in Port Chester, New York in July 2016 with The Infamous Stringdusters, and his Rolling Stones tribute from New Orleans Jazz Fest last month respectively.

“I’m just asking to see if maybe I’m crazy & no one does.”

This is a lot of unreleased material, but let’s start taking a look at what’s on offer.

As it stands, Ryan Adams’ last album, Prisoner, was released in 2017, becoming his most successful record to date, . While a new album would already be brilliant, a sequel (or two) to the record would definitely be well received by his fans. However, it’s not quite clear whether his “17 new songs” constitute what he calls to be Prisoner 2 & 3 or if is a totally different project altogether.

One of the live projects mentioned by Adams is his performance at The Capitol Theater with The Infamous Stringdusters back in 2016. This performance is rather famous among his fans for the hugely collaborative nature of the performance, in addition to featuring covers of Slayer’s ‘South Of Heaven’ and Black Sabbath’s ‘The Wizard’.

Likewise, the most recent of these live records is that of Adams’ recent Exile On Main Street concert, which saw him cover The Rolling Stones’ legendary album (almost) in full just last month.

In March, Adams said he had 11 new tracks recorded from sessions in his Pax-Am Studios. “Records are funny creatures sometimes,” he tweeted. “They wake you up like they can’t wait to just get born.”

Featuring the likes of Todd Wisenbaker on guitar, Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers on percussion, Medeski Martin & Wood’s John Medeski on piano, and Don Was on bass duties, a professionally recorded version of this gig (and its rehearsal) would indeed be a massive addition to any record collection.

However, the most important of these potentially-forthcoming albums has to be that of Blackhole, an album supposedly recorded sometime last decade during the final stages of Adams’ severe drug addiction.

“There’s two versions of that record,” Adams explained in 2014 while considering releasing the album for Record Store Day. “There’s one where the vocals and the performances are really fucked-up.”

“Then there’s a second version, which was the last thing I did when I was still messed up. Bits and pieces of that had to be stitched together to make the final product like a patchwork quilt, because some of its vocal takes are too fucked-up to release. But it’s really cool and the end result made me very happy.”

While the record was never released for Record Store Day 2015, Adams stated that he was still unsure as to how he should release the record, and which version should see the light of day. We might not know what sort of plans he up his sleeve for this legendary unheard record, but we’d be keen to receive in any way he wishes to give it to us.

At this stage, it seems fans are pretty keen to hear all these unreleased projects, so hold tight, because you might have a lot of Ryan Adams coming your way soon!

Heartbreaker - Deluxe Box Edition (4LP+DVD) (Vinyl LP)

A track listing and release date for the deluxe reissue of Heartbreaker have finally started showing up online. Last April, Pax-Am released a 7″ single featuring an alternate take of “Come Pick Me Up” backed with an early version of “Don’t Fail Me Now” called “When the Rope Gets Tight”. The single was meant to be a precursor for this deluxe version that was slated to come out late last year. It never came out and I was a little worried, but not anymore. This appears to be more than worth the wait!. I saw Ethan Johns possibily nearly a year and half ago and he said they were working on a deluxe version.

Ryan Adams’ Debut Album ‘Heartbreaker’ Special 180gm 4LP/1DVD Deluxe Edition Box Set featuring the original album remastered, demos & unreleased outtakes plus a live DVD of unseen footage

As of right now there are 2 different sets available: a 4 LP/DVD package and a 2 CD package, but other options may also be available.  the release date is slated for April 1st while the international release date is towards the middle of April.

Below is the track listing

Disc 1 – The Original Album

Disc 2 – The Remastered Version of the Album

Disc 3 – Outtakes from the Heartbreaker Sessions:
1. Hairdresser on Fire # (assuming this is a Morrissey cover)
2. To Be Young #
3. Petal in a Rainstorm #
4. War Horse #
5. Oh My Sweet Carolina #
6. Come Pick Me Up (Version from the 2015 Single)
7. Punk Jam #
8. When the Rope Gets Tight #
9. When the Rope Gets Tight (Version from the 2015 Single)
10. Goodbye Honey (Previously released – I’m assuming this is the same version on the 2002 Bloodshot Records compilation: Makin’ Singles and Drinkin’ Doubles)
11. In My Time of Need (Previously released – I’m assuming this is the version from The Rookie soundtrack in 2002)
# – unreleased

Disc 4 – Demos and Outtakes
1. Bartering Lines (demo)
2. Come Pick Me Up (demo)
3. To Be the One (demo)
4. Don’t Ask for the Water (demo)
5. In My Time of Need (demo)
6. Goodbye Honey (demo)
7. Petal in a Rainstorm (demo)
8. War Horse (demo)
9. Locked Away (unreleased outtake from the sessions)

DVD – Live from the Mercury Lounge, New York 10/20/00
1. Oh My Sweet Carolina
2. Gimme Sunshine
3. To Be Young
4. Amy
5. Call Me on Your Way Back Home
6. Just Like a Whore
7. Wonderwall
8. Damn Sam
9, Sweet Lil’ Gal
10, Come Pick Me Up
11. My Winding Wheel

Heartbreaker Deluxe Reissue Vinyl Boxset - Ryan Adams Store

Free For A Final Time

The sixth and final studio album by Free provides a strange ending to the story of one of Britain’s finest blues-rock bands, but a very successful one. The record was ‘Heartbreaker,’ and it entered the UK chart 42 years ago, on February 3rd, 1973. It would see them bow out in some personal disarray, but ironically with a top ten LP and one more top ten hit single in the mighty ‘Wishing Well.’

After the relative failure of their fourth studio album ‘Highway,’ Free had decided to go their separate ways in 1971 — whereupon, perversely, the ‘Free Live!’ set released by Island Records that year went into the UK top ten. Partly for the sake of Paul Kossoff, a brilliant guitarist but a troubled soul who was fighting addiction, they came back together for 1972’s ‘Free At Last,’ which took them back into the UK top ten and contained another signature hit, ‘Little Bit Of Love.’

The success was sufficient, barely, to carry Free over into one final album. But the fragile harmony within the band had been undermined by the fraught tour to support ‘Free At Last,’ which brought personal issues to a head and showed all too painfully that Paul Kossoff was not up to the rigours of the road. Bassist Andy Fraser, still only 20 years old at that time left the band.

‘Heartbreaker’ was recorded late in 1972 at Island Studios with a new line-up in which Fraser was replaced by Japanese bass man Tetsu Yamauchi, later to join the Faces. They also added a fifth member in keyboard player John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, also later to be closely associated with another British rock institution, The Who.

Andy Fraser had been the chief writing collaborator of Free with frontman Paul Rodgers, so now the lead singer contributed four songs on his own, Bundrick wrote two, and an ailing Kossoff was credited on a pair, including ‘Wishing Well.’ The album debuted in the UK, 42 years ago,  climbing to its peak of No. 9 in its second week, as ‘Wishing Well’ became a No. 7 success in the UK.

But the live dates to support the album proved to be a tour too far. Paul Kossoff, a bit part player on the record, was too ill to travel, and was replaced for the dates by Wendell Richardson of Osibisa. When the tour finished, so did Free, moving into other notable areas of rock history.

Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke co-formed Bad Company, and Andy Fraser had songwriting success, notably with the Robert Palmer hit ‘Every Kinda People.’ Kossoff, tragically, would pass away from a heart attack in 1976 after some success with the band Back Street Crawler. ‘Heartbreaker’ was a strange but memorable post script to Free’s time together.

It’s become rare to stumble across a band who effortlessly blast away the cynicism. Lola Colt are one of those preciously innovative exceptions and after witnessing them live last year, October’s released album `Away From the Water’ only cemented the conclusion that this band stand head and shoulders above some of the rest.

Like some moody,western hybrid of the Gun Club, with touches of PJ Harvey and Jefferson Airplane, the debut album by this London sextet rolls wall-eyed and black-lipped over the horizon. Singer Gun Overbye has a dagger in her voice, albeit one wrapped in a velvet sheath, plus a movie show of stylish noir violence constantly playing in her head. And with a gang of five behind her to bring that film to life, Lola Colt’s relatively well-populated line-up means they’re never short of instrumentation or colour, even if that colour is always black, with slashes of red.

Lola Colt may have spent hours practising their moves in front of a mirror, but then they surely smashed that mirror to a hundred pieces, and this album is that fractured, multi-faceted reflection.    Defiantly dark but cruelly seductive, the chemtrail guitars and tribal drums with psychedelic in the purely narcotic sense, desert peyote trips and, with haunted organ emerging from tangled barbed wire feedback at the song’s coda,  ‘Heartbreaker’ suggests the drive and pulse of the Black Angels, except that, while you sense the Austin band are too cool, or too stoned, to get worked up about much of anything, Lola Colt have a better understanding of dynamics and emotional expression, and sound genuinely agitated as a result.  The release of “Heartbreaker”  surely designed to dominate the airwaves of the more discerning radio stations. Starting up on some Cramps-style down-and-dirty guitar chords, Gun’s sonorous voice smoothly rides psyche-inspired layers of sound that swell and build, ebb and flow, even wandering through a momentary Doors-inspired tribute courtesy of Kitty’s deft keyboards, before building a brooding, hypnotic tension again.