Lamont's favorite Andersen album, though, is 's Ghosts Upon the Road. First, in the early '80s while Eric was in Norway, he put some albums out that had limited release in the U.
The minute title track is a haunting spoken-word performance and not a traditional song. The album is also punctuated by his life in Europe. When I ask Lamont his favorite Andersen song, he coincidentally picks the one that first turned me on fully to Eric's music.
Consider the first two verses of "Violets of Dawn. Andersen may be the ultimate songwriter for expressing romanticism and sensitivity, while his songs avoid sappiness and remain powerful and poignant. He can be quite sensitive off stage, too.
Emotional Cripple. Andersen's concerts have always worked best when they are intimate affairs, usually in small clubs or small outdoor settings. I remember seeing him with an electric band in Album) York's Central Park, and his songs were lost in the noise and hubbub of a large crowd. When you can hear a pin drop, Andersen's songs can stick you in the heart and mesmerize you. Lamont has also been mesmerized by Andersen's live shows, but he cannot name which of the 15 or so Andersen concerts he saw was the best.
The song is off the Avalanche LP, a bit of a quirky album released in When he started the song, I was floored. He also changes up his touring band, too, Album).
That change in lineup gives his music a different feel as well. Lamont is just as enthusiastic about Andersen's new three-CD set which provides a window into his artistry nine to 29 years ago. Among numerous live highlights, the album includes two songs at a Norwegian jazz festival when Andersen was one-third of a trio with The Band's Rick Danko and Jonas Fjeld. He makes a song like 'I Shall Go Unbounded,' which first appeared on his second album Things The Stars Have Forgotten - The Mopeds - The Land Of The Three (CDseem as if it could have been written yesterday.
From the building anger and energy of 'Rain Falls Down in Amsterdam' to the floating 'Down At the Album) the emotional depths of 'Sinking Deeper into You' and the richly textured 'Eyes of the Immigrant,' each cut reminds me why Eric is such a timeless artist who writes songs of sublime beauty.
Though the three-CD set is essential listening, Andersen is not an artist from bygone years. Remember, HV is a two-piece combination: a neutron star inside a red giant.
These two things are already extreme independently of one another. Remember how a teaspoon of white dwarf material weighs upwards of 15 tons? Well, a teaspoon of neutron star material can weigh up to 4 billion tons. And a red giant? A red giant star can have a diameter of hundreds of millions of miles. If a red giant were placed in the middle of our solar system, its Album) could easily extend beyond the orbit of Mars.
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