Willy Porter CD (2002)

Artist: Willy Porter

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Product Overview


Label Ryko Distribution
SKU 60564298
UPC 657036107328
UPC 14 00657036107328
Format CD
Release Date 7/30/2002
Author Willy Porter
Associated Artist/Work Carpe Diem
Technical Info
Engineer Justin Fraser; Allan Williams; Justin Fraser; Allan Williams
Producer Emanuel Kiriakou
CatalogID 65703610732
Lable Name Six Degrees
Released 03/10/2003
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 39s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00657036107328
Musical Guests
Ian Anderson
Tony Levin
Charlie Drayton
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Willy Porter (acoustic & electric guitars, E-bow); Emanuel Kiriakou (electric guitar, bouzouki, piano, bass, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Frank Almond, Samantha George (violin); Joana Miranda (viola); Kim Scholes (cello); Ian Anderson (flute); Doug Petty (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer); Tony Levin (bass); Charlie Drayton (drums).
Recorded at The Engine Room, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Luna Park Incorporated, RPM, and Dubway Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Willy Porter (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, E-bow, background vocals); Emanuel Kiriakou (electric guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki, piano, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Samantha George, Frank Almond (violin); Kim Scholes (cello); Ian Anderson (bamboo flute); Doug Petty (piano, synthesizer); Charlie Drayton (drums).
Audio Mixer: Justin Fraser.
Liner Note Author: Willy Porter.
Recording information: Dubway Studios, New York, NY; Luna Park, Inc., New York, NY; RPM Studios, New York, NY; The Engine Room, Milwaukee, WI.
Photographer: Deone Jahnke.
These days, musicians often complain that major labels no longer believe in real artist development -- if a debut album isn't a big seller, chances are the artist will be dropped. But artist development is still alive and well at smaller independent labels (for the most part). That is where some A&R people are still willing to develop artists and offer two- or three-album contracts instead of merely one-album deals -- which is a good thing because not every artist should be expected to be commercially and creatively triumphant the first time he/she records an album. Some people get better as they go along; even Earth, Wind & Fire recorded several modest sellers before becoming one of the top soul/funk bands of the '70s. Willy Porter is a good example of the need for strong A&R, because even though the singer/songwriter has always had a lot of potential, he hasn't always lived up to it and has needed the right guidance and direction. Thanks to generally insightful A&R on the part of Six Degrees Records, this self-titled CD is among Porter's more memorable efforts. When this 2002 release is playing, one gets the impression that the best is still yet to come from Porter -- even so, the material is solid more often than not. Porter has always been a superb acoustic guitarist, but having great chops doesn't automatically make one a great songwriter or a great vocalist. In the '90s, Porter still needed some work in those areas -- and it's nice to see him continue to progress as a singer/songwriter on folk-rock/adult alternative offerings like "Everything but Sorry," "Blue Light," and the moody opener, "Breathe." This CD falls short of perfect, but it's still an album that, on the whole, Porter can be proud of. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Unconditional
2 If Love Were An Airplane
3 Dandelion On The Minefield
4 Breathe
5 Big Yellow Pine
6 Dirty Movie
7 Dishwater Blonde
8 All Fall Down
9 Everything But Sorry
10 How Did You Know?
11 Blue Light
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