Jeff Lang - Prepare Me Well 2006 [FLAC]
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Jeff Lang - Prepare Me Well (2006) [FLAC]
Category Rock/Pop, Jazz, Contemporary Blues, Blues
Label Telarc Distribution
Orig Year 2006
Release Date Jun 27, 2006
Producer Tim Hall; Les Karski; Kerryn Tolhurst; Tim Hall
Personnel Les Karski - bass drum
Chris "Poet" Wilson
Bruce Haymes - Fender Rhodes piano
Grant Cummerford - bass instrument, upright bass
J. Carson gray - electric bass
Jeff Lang - vocals, acoustic guitar
Joe Accaria - percussion
Trisha Anderson - background vocals
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Subtitled "An introduction to Jeff Lang," Prepare Me Well compiles tracks from five of the Australian roots guitarist's discs released over a ten year time span starting in 1994, many of which have not been available in the States. It is meant as a way of bringing Lang's name into visibility, and as such is a useful collection. But, since the press notes explain that Lang produced ten live and studio albums during this period, one wonders what happened to material from the other five. Additionally, selections from Native Creek Dog, which was named Best Australian Blues Album in 1996, are strangely M.I.A. Regardless, what is here is impressive. Lang takes aspects of Richard Thompson, Ry Cooder, Leo Kottke, and especially the underappreciated Tony Furtado, and blends them together in a bluesy, swampy concoction that has been described as "disturbed folk." It's an intriguing sound, and along with Lang's fragile, gentle voice (somewhat similar to Paul Simon's), the music is consistently stimulating, even in its quietest moments. Perhaps not surprisingly, the collection is a little schizophrenic, shifting between soft, gentle ethereal music such as the closing "Rain on Troy," the complex finger picking and dark stylings of "Ravenswood," and extended, moody pieces such as the title track to Cedar Grove, the album's most riveting track. The collection is dedicated to the late Chris Whitley, and there are overtones of his edgy style here. Lang never rushes his songs, and even though his instrumental proficiency is obvious, he doesn't overextend solos. A few more upbeat tunes on the order of the surging "Too Easy to Kill" would make this more driving and provide a change from the rather downbeat approach, but there is no doubt that Lang has tapped into a unique style, often influenced by East Indian tunings as on "London." He's already been featured on A Prairie Home Companion, which provides a perfect outlet for his offbeat, occasionally bleak folk. He's a talent who deserves wider recognition. ~ Hal Horowitz
Personnel: Jeff Lang (vocals, acoustic guitar); Grant Cummerford (bass instrument, upright bass); J. Carson Gray (electric bass); Angus Diggs, Martin Lynds, Ashley Davies (drums); Les Karski (bass drum); Joe Accaria (percussion); Azo Bell (musical saw); Chris "Poet" Wilson, Suzannah Espie, Eric Brace, Trisha Anderson (background vocals); Tim Hall (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Bruce Haymes (Fender Rhodes piano).
2 Road Is Not Your Only Friend
3 London See All 5
4 Molasses And Stone
5 Whatever Makes You Happy
6 Too Easy to Kill
7 Mr. God
8 And All the Snow Melted
9 Bateman's Bay
12 Cedar Grove
13 Everything Is Still
14 Prepare Me well
15 Rain On Troy
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