Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part II): Special Outside the Boundries of Time and Space Edition

From 1989 (and perhaps his most unjustly underrated album) please enjoy the incomparable Marshall Crenshaw and a brilliant beyond belief cover of John Hiatt's sublimely Buddy Holly-esque "Someplace Where Love Can't Find Me."

BTW, the slide guitar on that track is by Sonny Landreth. If you ever have a chance to see Landreth perform, do everything short of murder to get a ticket. Trust me -- listening to him play in front of you is the closest thing you will have to a legal psychedelic experience ever.

[h/t Matt Mitchell]


Billy B said...

All three of these cats are sublime. Saw Landreth at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena AR back in '05. Helluva player.

Anonymous said...

Hiatt never recorded this song for inclusion on any of his albums. I've seen him do it live a couple of times, along with the tender, "Since His Penis Came Between Us".

Most know that Landreth was the guitarist in Hiatt's backing band, The Goners. So the connection is natural. I got hip to Sonny around 1987 when he toured with Hiatt in The Goners. Incidentally, Hiatt's previous 1986 touring band featured Ry Cooder on guitar. Hiatt's backing bands varied, but were all of extreme high quality. For me, a Hiatt show wasn't just about him, it was also very much about the band.

Landreth isn't that great of a singer but his unique guitar style and ability make up for it. South Of I-10 was a pretty good album.

I'd recommend "Love Gets Strange: The Songs Of John Hiatt" an 18-track compilation of his songs recorded by diverse artists, a few of which Hiatt never released on his own. Crenshaw's "Someplace Where Love Can't Find Me" is included. I see it in the bargain bins often. If it's cheap, snag it.

got landreth LIVE with derek trucks if you want it!


Crenshaw is great. But I don't think Good Evening is one his best albums.


Ken J Xenozar said...

That Landreth Trucks video rocks. Thanks Vicki Rock.

Anonymous said...

I recall being in complete agreement with the Trouser Press review saying this album had too much whiny slide guitar. Huge MC fan by the way (saw him deliver a great live "Valerie" this past spring). This seemed to be the beginning of the end of his major label career.

Anonymous said...

just going to say that, as a resident of bayou country, "Levee Town" is the definitive Landreth album.

Dave said...

I'd call this album, like many of his, unjustifiably neglected.

To me, Field Day" is the most underrated by far. I won't debate whether it is over-produced, but the songs are golden, and it's main offense is being a great album that happened to be preceded by a masterpiece.

Dave F