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Beat Avenue (2003)

Artist: Eric Andersen
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Format: CD
Sku: 60586793
UPC: 611587106827
UPC 14: 00611587106827
Release Date: 2/25/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Ain't No Time To Bleed - (with Phoebe Snow) ~ Eric Andersen
2. Before Everything Changed ~ Eric Andersen
3. Salt On Your Skin ~ Eric Andersen
4. Song Of Your And Me ~ Eric Andersen
5. Shape Of A Broken Heart ~ Eric Andersen
6. Great Pyramid - (with Sari Andersen) ~ Eric Andersen
7. Under The Shadows - (with Sari Andersen) ~ Eric Andersen
8. Rains Are Gonna Come ~ Eric Andersen
9. Runaway ~ Eric Andersen
10. Stupid Love ~ Eric Andersen
11. Still Looking For You ~ Eric Andersen
12. Feel Like Comin' Home ~ Eric Andersen
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Beat Avenue ~ Eric Andersen
2. Blue Rockin' Chair ~ Eric Andersen

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Eric Andersen (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, organ); Sarah Anderson, Phoebe Snow (vocals); Robert Aaron (guitar, melodica, flute, tenor & baritone saxophones, trumpet, piano, electric bass); Eric Bazilian (electric guitar); Billy Masters (electric slide guitar); Garth Hudson (accordion, tenor saxophone, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Mark Eagan (bass); Michael Visceglia (electric bass); Shawn Pelton (drums); Phoebe Snow, Lucy Kaplansky, Sari Andersen, Lucy Kaplansky, Katia Cadet (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded at Theater 99, New York, New York between April and May, 2002.
Muze PNote Personnel: Eric Andersen (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano, organ); Sari Andersen, Phoebe Snow (vocals, background vocals); Robert Aaron (guitar, flute, melodica, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, piano, organ, keyboards, electric bass); Eric Bazilian (electric guitar); Billy Masters (slide guitar); Joyce Andersen (violin); Garth Hudson (accordion, tenor saxophone, piano); Mark Egan, Michael Visceglia (electric bass); Shawn Pelton (drums); Dennis McDermott (hi-hat, shaker); Katia Cadet, Lucy Kaplansky (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: David Seitz; Robert Aaron.
Muze PNote Recording information: Theater 99, New York, NY (04/2002-05/2002).
Muze PNote Author: Bob Dylan.
Muze PNote Photographers: Christophe VonHohenberg; Carol Rothman.
Muze PNote Beat Avenue is 60-year-old Eric Andersen's most ambitious album, a 90-minute tour de force that encapsulates his musical and lyrical concerns over a lifetime. The music is often-dense rock dominated by a rhythm section led by guitarist Eric Bazilian of the Hooters. Equally dense is Andersen's highly poetic versifying, which he sings in his gruff baritone. Andersen is world-weary in these songs, roaming the globe haunted by the past and fearful of the future. He confesses to a reckless youth, but acknowledges that he can no longer afford such license. "What once was Charles Bukowski," he sings in "Before Everything Changed," referring to the free-living beat poet, "is now Emily Dickinson." The ballads and love songs "Song of You and Me," "Shape of a Broken Heart," "Under the Shadows," and "Still Looking for You" are rendered tenderly, but they are also full of regret and loss, past-tense reflections that recount memories of love long gone. The first disc of Beat Avenue is complete and formidable unto itself, but there is a second CD consisting of two lengthy songs. The title track, running more than 26 minutes, is a beat poem with jazzy accompaniment by Robert Aaron in which Andersen recalls a poetry reading he attended as a 20-year-old on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac come up in his reminiscence, along with friends and fellow musicians, as he conjures up the sound and feel of the early '60s in San Francisco and pinpoints a moment when history changed, revealing how it felt for one young observer. This isn't folk music of the type with which Andersen is generally associated, and it can be demanding of the listener, but it is also a compelling transformation of memory into art song. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: Eric Andersen; Robert Aaron

Engineer: Rae Shock; David Seitz; Rachael Shock

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Danko, Rick

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/24/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : APRCD 1068
Music Label Name Label : Appleseed Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00611587106827

Professional Reviews

Dirty Linen (06-07/03, p.84)
- "...Brimming with character....there's an apocalyptic urgency that propels songs such as 'Ain't No Time to Bleed' and 'Before Everything Changed'..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(4/03, p.112)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Disc two takes the listener on a 26-minute hallucinatory ride down Andersen's wild-and-woolly memory lane...'

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