Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rock 'n' Roll Roundup

Neil Young - Dreamin' Man '92 (Reprise, 2009) Neil Young has been a fountain of historical releases lately, including his mammoth Archives project, which chronicled his early years as a musician. This is a bit humbler of a project, recorded live in 1992, it is essentially a live version of the acoustic Harvest Moon LP. Taken from various solo acoustic shows he performed in that year, this is a mellow and laid back performance, featuring Young on guitar and harmonica (and piano on the ponderous "Such a Woman.") For those who liked the original album or other "mellow" Young albums like Harvest or Comes a Time, this is a treat. The live versions don't differ from the studio versions that much but they take on added resonance in the live setting. Dreamin' Man Live '92 - amazon.com

Love - Love Lost (Sundazed 2009) Singer-songwriter Arthur Lee's band Love is best remembered masterpiece in the beautiful 1967 album Forever Changes, but they made some other impressive albums as well. Singed of Columbia Records for a brief time, Lee recorded some acoustic demos and full band rockers for an album that was shelved and never issued. Re-issue specialists Sundazed dug up the album re-mastered it and released the results with expanded liner notes. it's fascinating to hear Lee in solo format on demos like "Love Jumped Through My Window." Fleshed out with the rest of the band the influence of Jimi Hendrix is palpable, culminating with “Trippin' & Slippin'/Ezy Ryder” and it’s withering guitar work. Love Lost - amazon.com

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