Now 4 years ago, I decided to let my player run at random, and from there create a post around the first chosen track.
The first track this time was “Brighter” from Cass McCombs 2013 album “Big Wheel and Others”
Couldn’t comment on McCombs entire catalogue as I don’t know him that well, but “Big Wheel and Others” is an very interesting and pleasant journey, the 90 minutes though sometimes too much for one sitting.
The music is often soft and very well crafted, comes out adult and intense with great lyrics to match.
There is another version of “Brighter” on the album, with front vocals performed by American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter Karen Black. Karen was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and died aged 74 in 2013 some months before the album was released.
Karen Black rose to fame in 1969 playing one of the two prostitutes in the iconic road movie Easy Rider
The Soundtrack for the film features some of the biggest names of the American music industry at the time Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Steppenwolf, The Electric Prunes and a few lesser known Fraternity of Man, The Holy Modal Rounders and Smith.
Smith made two albums in 1969 and 1970 mostly cover songs and the first had some success spending time on US album Top 40, but the reason they were on the Easy Riders soundtrack was that The Bands version of “The Weight” that was in the movie, could not be included on the soundtrack album for contractual reasons.
The song was originally recorded and released on The Band’s “Music from Big Pink” from 1968, at the time having mediocre sales figures but today regarded as a milestone album praised by critics as well as music artists.
written by Robbie Robertson, lead vocals Richard Manuel