Live: The Bad Kitty Board Mix CD (2006)

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Live! Bad Kitty Board Mix was recorded without Sophie knowing it at the famed Triple Door in Seattle to a full and raucous house. It shows her genius at being in the moment, improvising, playing and going off into what is that magic space for a performer where you are totally connected to that other world. Sophie takes the listener with her on the ride. This “raw” CD is different from any you will hear... no pitch correction or fancy protocols... just a board mix and Sophie!

Playing an array of instruments, Miss B takes the listener from her pop hits "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down" from the 90’s, to her infamous banjo song "Lose Your Way" (Top 20 in 1998), her 2004 Top 20 hit "Walking On Thin Ice", her mixture of the blues "Sweetsexywoman" and a cover of Nina Simone’s "Feelin’ Good".

Included are bonus tracks recorded at Sydney, Australia’s famed club The Basement.

“For me, this CD is about the improvisations, not the songs you already know, it’s about what they become in front of you, totally raw, exposed and new every night, reaching for something real, reaching for something that sounds like an instrument of our heart using the breath of our soul to speak, to cry out.” -- Sophie B. Hawkins

Specifications

Label Trumpet Swan
SKU 202767374
UPC 085365474420
UPC 14 00085365474420
Format CD
Release Date 8/22/2006
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Author Sophie B. Hawkins
Technical Info
Engineer Craig Montgomery; Peter Pagac; Craig Montgomery
CatalogID 54744
Lable Name Trumpet Swan/Lightyear
Released 08/22/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 113m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00085365474420
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Sophie B. Hawkins (guitar, banjo, piano, djembe); Sophie B. Hawkins (vocals, various instruments); Darius Holbert (keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Ed Roth (keyboards); Gigi Gaston (background vocals); Rock Deadrick (drums, background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Sophie B. Hawkins .
Recording information: The Basement. Sydney. Australia; Triple Door, Seattle, WA.
Artist Bio
Sophie B. Hawkins emerged in 1992 with a fierce bidding war for her debut album, Tongues & Tails. The Columbia Records release quickly went gold, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and fired a single, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover", into the Top Five. Another gold album, Whaler, followed two years later along with the single, "As I Lay Me Down" that would chart in Billboard for a record-breaking sixty-seven weeks. By the time she got to Timbre in 1999, she had won universal respect fro her rare blend of gutsy honesty. Hawkins subsequently worked out an agreement that allowed her to leave her label while retaining ownership of the masters to Timbre. She re-released Timbre on her Trumpet Swan imprint and hit the road--on her own, with her band in a station wagon. 2004's Wilderness followed. Working out of her home studio near Los Angeles Hawkins wrote and laid down Wilderness' tracks on a variety of instruments: guitar, cello, drums, keys, plus the exotic percussion that has fascinated her since her studies while growing up in New York with African drum legend Babatunde Olatuni and at the Manhattan School of Music. On Wilderness, these elements flow through nuanced arrangements, in which echoes of Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and other influences only enhance Hawkins' unique sound. Regarding her 2006 release Bad Kitty Board Mix Sophie states "This live album is primarily a gift to my fans. Beyond that, it's a gift to myself--in that I am finally comfortable with who I am really as a mucisian, as a storyteller/improviser and as a living the moment creative human."
Disc 1
1 Mysteries We Understand,No Connection
2 California Here I Come,Bare The Weight Of Me
3 Before I Walk On Fire,Mr. Tugboat Hello
4 Saviour Child,Beautiful Girl
5 As I Lay Me Down,Feelin' Good
6 Did We Not Choose Each Other,Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
7 Walking On Thin Ice,I Want You
8 Sweetsexywoman,As I Lay Me Down - (bonus track)
9 Lose Your Way,Feelin Good - (bonus track)
Disc 2
1 Mysteries We Understand,No Connection
2 California Here I Come,Bare The Weight Of Me
3 Before I Walk On Fire,Mr. Tugboat Hello
4 Saviour Child,Beautiful Girl
5 As I Lay Me Down,Feelin' Good
6 Did We Not Choose Each Other,Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
7 Walking On Thin Ice,I Want You
8 Sweetsexywoman,As I Lay Me Down - (bonus track)
9 Lose Your Way,Feelin Good - (bonus track)
Product Attributes
Artist Hawkins,Sophie B.
Label Lightyear Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes
Neal Broverman, Advocate Magazine ...A live CD is an endeavor fraught with risk. Acoustics in performance spaces are rarely ideal, and the sound of coughs, shrieks, and "you had to be there" artist-audience exchanges can distract from the music. Chanteuse and songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins seems to have been aware of these potential pitfalls, because she avoids them all on the soulful Live.

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