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Spare Change (2001)

Artist: Luther Russell
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Format: CD
Sku: 60484572
UPC: 678277022126
UPC 14: 00678277022126
Release Date: 10/24/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Broken Man
2. Thick And Thin
3. Without A Trace
4. Tell Me If My Love's Too Late
5. Right Way 'Round
6. Bronwyn
7. What She Said
8. Someday
9. Everybody Had It Made
10. Friday Night's Dead
11. Old Dirt Path
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Solo performer: Luther Russell (vocals, guitar).
Muze PNote Personnel: Luther Russell (vocals, guitar, piano).
Muze PNote Recording information: Blue Rooms, Portland, OR.
Muze PNote Photographer: April Russell.
Muze PNote An earthy, raw, but surprisingly refined modern folk record, all of the tracks on Spare Change are Luther Russell performing solo and acoustic (on guitar or piano), with positively no overdubs. Because of this, the songs themselves are the main focus, and involve the listener in a kind of psychic house of mirrors, and the effect is truly revelatory and wholly engaging. One thing that strikes the listener is the fact that Spare Change is sort of a modern-day protest record. However, some of the politics that Russell is writing and singing about are emotional politics of the present tense. The opening song bears this out. "Broken Man" is a slightly surrealistic litany of character faults that subtly attacks materialistic values. Without anger or heavy-handed sentiment, the emotion here retains a realistic bitterness that most listeners have felt. The fact that Russell performs solo here underlines the statement. In fact, although this is a "record," it is really more a series of performances, and everyone is all the better for that. Russell is indeed a great record-maker, as his rock albums by the long-lamented Freewheelers and his productions of several Oregon-based artists will attest. Yet as a songwriter, he is also clearly carrying on the tradition of songwriting troubadours. Despite the limited format of the album, the troubadour in Russell shines from start to finish. Sonically, this record is a direct, living-room recording with great bottom-end acoustics and some interesting, low-fi production techniques, such as the "room" ambience that he achieves on "Someday Blues." This record will certainly not receive any engineering awards and that clearly isn't the goal here. It is, however, an accurate and emotional chronicle of the human condition of the early 21st century. Looking for "live art," or "the folk process" at work? Look no further. ~ Matthew Greenwald

Producer: Mike Coykendall; Luther Russell

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/01/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PWIMWT 002
Music Label Name Label : In Music We Trust
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00678277022126

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