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The Rock-itt : November 2011
sions, a double vinyl LP set, and two 7” vinyl singles. The box also contains a 60-page hardbound book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys’ archive and newly written es- says by Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as by Beach Boys historian and author Domenic Priore and many other inner-circle partici- pants. After all that it is ultimately about the music and this album is a beauty, maybe slightly in the shadow of Sgt. Pepper but who knows without SMiLE the Beatles may never have got there! I feel the need to bang on about a couple of other recent releases this month one of which to a large degree comes to us from beyond the grave. I wouldn’t say that Coun- try Music is my absolute favourite genre but like Rap there are some obvious gems within it (Hi Troy Casser-Daley!). Last month saw the release of “The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams”. Hank Williams was claimed early on as a Country singer but for sure he was a rocker in every facet of his life. A great per- former and lyricist he died at the age of 29 in the back of a Cadillac early on New Years Day 1953. It surely wasn’t out of boredom although admittedly it was not the greatest way to kick off a new year. Legend has it that, as many writers do, he carried his note- books around with him and these were found in a brief case with his body. There were songs in these notebooks waiting for Hank to record; some just fragments but many were completed works. Veteran American A&R Executive/manager Mary Martin started this project a couple of years ago. It began with the idea of finding a well-known artist, one who felt Hank's inspiration and influence, to record an album's worth of the unheard songs. Mary Martin ap- proached Bob Dylan, a natu- ral first choice for the en- deavour, the project evolved into a multi-artist tribute providing a variety of sympa- thetic approaches to this rich mysterious material. Other artists appearing on the al- bum include Jack White, Norah Jones, Lucinda Wil- liams, Alan Jackson, Levon Helm, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard and of course Bob Dylan with son Jakob thrown in for good measure. It’s a truly great album, surely a Grammy winner. I’m still strug- gling a little bit with Lucinda Williams take on “I’m So Happy That I’ve Found You” but my ears have been opened to Patty Loveless. The inclusion of Jack White for me highlights the fact that these are not just Coun- try songs; they are for anyone who loves great music. Hank Williams fans will love it because it’s genuine new music from a long gone hero. Wonderful stuff! Last album of the month is the new one from Brisbane’s Regurgitator, they’ve been around since 1994 but “Super Happy Fun Times Friends” released in August is as fresh as a punch in the face. This is a punk album for the iPhone generation, hooks to die for and great piles of irreverence for the World. Definitely in the spirit of Devo, which for me is no bad thing. They play the Falls festivals over Christmas/New Year, I’m giv- ing it five stars Margaret. Just time to mention my GIG OF THE MONTH! It’s at the Opera House on Friday 11th November and is called “Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake”. Nick Drake was a British singer/songwriter who died in 1974 at the tragically early age of 26. His music had a small but dedicated following whilst he was alive. A painfully shy man he had a real problem with performing in public, hence he never reached his true audience. Drake’s music has been cited as a major influence by many artists, REM, Robert Smith of The Cure, Lucinda Williams, Beck and Coldplay being just some of them. This concert will be a celebration of his music, performed by Vashti Bunyan, Green Garside (Scritti Politti), Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Krystle War- ren, Shane Nicholson, Robyn Hitchcock and the legendary Danny Thompson who actually recorded with Nick Drake. Drake’s original producer Joe Boyd has curated the show and will be in town to oversee the perfor- mance. It will be a very special experience and tickets were still available at the time of writing. This show is also going to Melbourne all three shows there have already sold out! Norah Jones has contributed to the album “The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams”, that’s her on the left. The bloke on the right who looks like he’s just had a good dinner is me. She’s a lovely lady.