Sunday, 5 February 2017

Mickey Newbury - Looks Like Rain

This is Mickey Newbury's second album - his first Harlequin Memories was a compilation of his versions of the many hits he had written for other artists including Kenny Rodgers and Solomon Burke . It was a record company driven release and was over produced but has some interesting nods to the popular  concept albums  of the time . Mickey largely disowned the album, considering its successor Looks Like Rain his true debut. The concept album theme is repeated here but in a much more subtle manner with weather sound effects between the tracks . This is a great album that showcases Mickeys songwriting genius and lovely voice and had a major influence on the " country outlaw " movement of the 70s .

Mickey Newbury Wikipedia

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It is said that since 1965 1,547 Newbury covers have been recorded by artists representing 50 genres of music.
Notably, 1,237 artists have interpreted 133 Newbury compositions as pop, folk, funk, jazz, rock, soul, blues, steel, Latin, gospel, reggae, ragtime,country, baby-sing, bluegrass, R&B, big band, karaoke,western swing, Motown sound, children’s music and easy listening. Weighing in esoterically are cuts in the Celtic domain, as well as opera, barbershop, synthesizer, pipe organ, stage musical, marching band, comedy-spoof, Spanish ballad, Spanish guitar, Scotish piper and German-Hamburger. Likewise, Newbury tracks have been laid down expressly for dancing, i.e. for waltz, disco, polka, rumba, tango, cha-cha and square dance.
Hard rockers have been Newbury’d too, dressing Mick’s “children” in punk, lo-fi, metal, death metal, post-metal, techno-metal, techno-sample and psychedelia. Source Mickey Newbury official site

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