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The John Paul Jones Story Part 4

In 1988 John Paul Jones created a track for Brian Eno’s “MUSIC FOR FILMS III” an album that contains ambient tracks from different artists (Daniel Lanois, Michael Brook, Harold Budd ect.), In 1992 Jones plays Piano on a track from Eno’s “Nerve Net.”

Jones with Eno, Fripp, and others on Nerve Net.

In late 1990, Jones produced, engineered, and performed most instruments, on his daughter Jacinda Jones album, recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio, but the album was never released. In 1992 Jones performed on a track from Peter Gabriel’s album US.

Jones : surdu, bass, keyboards. From “US”

Also in 1992 Jones made all the orchestral arrangements for R.E.M.’s  “Automatic for the People”, and produced alternative rock band Butthole Surfers “Independent Worm Saloon”.

Jones : Bass on Butthole Surfers “The Ballad of Naked Man”

Gabriel’s Passion

Hidden 80’s Gems – Part 9 1989
There is quite a lot of 1989 albums, that I like a lot, ABWH (Yes without Chris Squire) album, that I saw live with Tony Levin on bass that year, Whitesnakes “Slip of the Tongue” with extreme guitarist Steve Vai, The The’s : Mind Bomb, Simple Minds: Street Fighting Years, Lisa Standsfild, DAD, Cure, Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic, Adrian Belew, all excellent recording released in 1989. But above all this great music, is Peter Gabriel’s “Passion” made for Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”, but further developed into a double album.

The music perfectly captures the middle eastern setting of the movie, and supports the dramatic events unfolded in the controversial Jesus themed film. Gabriel builds his record, around field recordings made in the Middle East and North Africa, mixed with modern studio recordings. The music is somewhat ambient in nature, so it not radio friendly at all, but it is a very important testament to Gabriels ongoing interest in world music, and if you have the time to listen a bit deeper, this ranks with me as one of his best albums.

The album features a string of musicians, to name a few :
David Rhodes (guitar) : known for work with, Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading and Roy Orbison, besides being Gabriels household guitarist.
L. Shankar (violin): known for work with Lou Reed, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Steve Vai, Ginger Baker, Toto, etc.
Youssou N’Dour (vocal) : known for work with Sting, Neneh Cherry, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc.
David Sancious (keys, vocal): known for work with Stanley Clarke, Narada Michael Walden, Zucchero Fornaciari, and Sting etc.
Bill Cobham: known for work with Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Stanley Clarke, etc.
David Bottrill : A well establish producer, knows for albums like: David Sylvian & Robert Fripp – The First Day,Tool – Ænima, Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, King Crimson – Thrak, Muse – Origin of Symmetry, Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo, The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania and many others.

Nursery Cryme

At their second album Trespass, Genesis found their style, the album was a lot better than their debut, but sort of inconsistent. On their 3.rd album “Nursery Cryme”, they made their first genuine masterpiece, the first in a series of great Genesis albums to come.

Up to the recording of Nursery Cryme, The band grew creatively, hiring Phil Collins who was looking for an active band, and Genesis definitely could use this supreme drummer who also was a great backup singer for Peter Gabriel. They was also hiring the imaginative and talented, very classic inspires guitarist Steve Hackett. Together with founding members Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford, this lineup was to become the legendary Genesis progressive flagship up to the departure of Peter Gabriel in 1975.

Genesis bought King Crimsons Mellotron prior to the recording of Nursery Cryme, which would come to full use on the album. Creating a fully “symphonic” sound, combined with the surreal lyrics.
Delicate and beautiful in the details, but also heavy and even scary at moments, Nursery Cryme was a brilliant album, and with this album Genesis marks their position as one of the top Progressive Rock band of the early 70’s.

Hidden 80′s Gems – Part 7 1987

Robbie Robertson
Who dosent like dipping into those studio album with an dream casting of artists, and that is what we got with Robbie Robertson’s self titled solo album, from 1987. I had no problems chosing this album as my 1987 gem, it’s a perfect example of late 1980’s new wave sound, its not that well know, but a true masterpiece, co-produced with Robertson by Daniel Lanois, who was also involved with U2 and Gabriel at the time.

Fresh from recording Peter Gabriels “So”, and three King Crimson albums in the early 80’s, Tony Levin drips his master bass sounds on this album, before he takes part in the Yes reunion formed as “Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe” the following year. Levin deliver a solid rhythm section with Manu Katché, who he was also playing with on “So”, not to mention that Peter Gabriel himself, also appears as backup vocalist, and keyboard player on a few tracks. Also Jazz legend Gil Evans, Bassist Larry Klein, and members from The Band, contributed to the album.

All four members of U2, forms the backing band on two tracks, “Sweet Fire of Love” co-written by U2 and Robertson. The tracks have a nice U2 feel about them, but are still very much Robertson’s, and melt perfectly with the other tracks on the album.

At this point I guess some are thinking, that’s all fine but who is this mister Robertson able to get those big names to play on his album ?, Robertson was one of the founding members, the main songwriter, and lead guitarist of Canadian “The Band”, known for their work as Bob Dylan’s backing band, when he turned electric in the late 60’s. The Band had a track on the legendary Easy Rider soundtrack.

The Band is also knows for their legendary farewell concert The Last Waltz, featuring a list of names, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Paul Butterfield and more. The Concert was the basis of Martin Scorsese documentary The Last Waltz released in 1978, still ranked as one of the best Rock films ever made.

The Band and Neil Young from The Last Waltz

Hidden 80′s Gems – Part 4 1984

1984 is an absurd year in music, a year so full of good stuff coming out that it should be impossible. But I did decide to pick just one, because that is what I set out to do in the first place. The two albums I found it hardest not to choose was Hüsker Dü’s brilliant “Zen Arcade” and “Dead can Dance” unique self-titled debut. I have chosen Laurie because she was the one I bought just when it came out, the one important to me back then.

Sharkey’s Day

Laurie Anderson – Mister Heartbreak – 1984
My mother had read an article in her newspaper about this American poet, having made an album with an impressive cast of supporting musicians, she knew I was crazy about Peter Gabriel, so she showed it to me. When I also read that King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew was playing on the album. I had to go get it.

Gravity’s Angel

Only one album, I have ever heard before this one, is based on Poetry and still work as an album, and that is Jim Morrison’s posthumous An American Prayer, it is very hard to combine spoken words and music into something listenable, but Laurie and her cast, makes it melt together, one supporting the other.
Mister Heartbreak is a journey, sunny and beautiful, dreamy and surrealistic, surprising and changing all the time, that is just the music, when you get deeper into the lyrics, things become really strange.

Kokoku

The Call – Blood Red (America)

The 80’s incarnation of the phenomena mainstream Rock, never had the big impact on me, not a big fan of Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, and that sort of thing, but some rock bands, did some very good albums, one of my favorite 80’s band was “The Call”, from Santa Cruz, California and particularly their 1986 album “Reconciled”.

Blood Red (America)

Im not sure if I should call them Mainstream, New Wave, or Alternative, it is somewhere in between.
It is plain and simple, basic rock music, very intense and emotional, and kicking my sorry ass to pieces. Can’t believe they never got that big international breakthrough they deserve.

Everywhere I Go

Legendary guitarist Robbie Robertson of The Band appeared on “The Morning””, Jim Kerr and Peter Gabriel backing vocals on “Everywhere I Go” . Michael returned the favor by singing on Gabriels’ LP So, as well as Simple Minds’ album Once Upon A Time.

The Morning

The Call disbanded in 2000, front man Michael Been died in 2010, after a heart attack.

Robert Fripp – exposure trilogy

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My first blog will be about the stunning Robert Fripp Exposure project. Resulting in some interesting album, in the later part of the 70’s.

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The trilogy was never as he intended, especialy due to the late release of SS, but its still easy to find a lot of similarities between the albums.

Daryl Hall, Sacred Songs (recorded 1977 released 1980)

Peter Gabriel, (II – Scratch) (1978)

Robert Fripp, Exposure (1979)

And more so, because they recorded several versions of some of the songs on Exposure, resulting in the so called third edition bonus disc (2006).

Fripp put it like this : “What I was trying to do in the original trilogy was to investigate the ‘pop song’ as a means of expression … I think it’s a supreme discipline to know that you have three to four minutes to get together all your lost emotions and find words of one syllable or less to put forward all your ideas. It’s a discipline of form that I don’t think is cheap or shoddy.”

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Another angel on this project, that is interesting, is how Fripp wanted the sound, the stripped down vocals production, the very “retro” mix, is so much in opposition to what prog was about to become, with Yes Genesis, 80’s King Crimson  and the Neo-prog wave, of “overproduced” albums, that was to become the plague of the next 20 years of music. Fripp made the sound that many find modern today, in the late 70’s.

Everyone interested in Fripp and/or Gabriel, should take the time to listen trough these 3 albums, in one long session, starting with SS, and ending with Exposure, it’s a wonderfull journey.