The Glorious Corner: Keith Richards, Harry Nilsson, Robert Miller’s Grand Slam and More

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“Talk is Cheap”


G.H. Harding

KEITH DON’T GO — Keith Richards will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of his debut solo album Talk Is Cheap with an expanded edition in April. The new 2019 version of Talk Is Cheap will be a six-disc box with a stack of accessories including an extra six never-before released tracks.

Keith Richards

• In 1988, on a break from his band the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards released his first ever solo album, Talk Is Cheap. This universally respected debut is an eleven track masterclass in everything that’s good about rock ‘n roll and features guest appearances from an all-star cast including Sarah Dash, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, the Memphis Horns, Patti Sciafia and Mick Taylor.

• Remastered from the original tapes by Richards’ collaborator, Steve Jordan, the album’s joyous swagger is re-energized and permeates through each and every song. Talk Is Cheap sounds as good today as it did thirty years ago; in Keith’s words: “As fresh as the day it was made.”

• Contents are cased in an exquisite deluxe folio pack, wrapped in Fender style guitar case material.

• LP of bonus material – Features 6 never before released tracks

• 7” single “Take It So Hard” / “I Could Have Stood You Up”

• 7” single “Make No Mistake” /” It Means A Lot”

• Remastered CD album

• CD containing bonus material – Features 6 never before released tracks featuring Mick Taylor, Bootsy Collins, & Johnnie Johnson

• Extensive 80 page hardback book with Anthony DeCurtis written essay featuring a new interview with Keith, including extensive rare and unseen photos from personal archives.

• Tour laminate

• 2X lyric sheets

• Reproduction Talk is Cheap playback invite

• Talk is Cheap tour guitar pick

• 2x posters

Personnel

•           Keith Richards – lead vocals and guitar

•           Sarah Dash – background vocals, duet on “Make No Mistake”

•           Charley Drayton – bass guitar (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 7, 9 to 11)

•           Steve Jordan – drums, percussion, and backing vocals

•           Ivan Neville – piano and keyboards (tracks: 2, 3, 7, 10, 11)

•           Patti Scialfa – background vocals

•           Waddy Wachtel – acoustic, electric, and slide guitar (tracks: 2, 3, 6 to 11) and production consultant

Additional musicians

•           Bootsy Collins – bass guitar on “Big Enough”

•           Michael Doucet – violin on “Locked Away”

•           Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural – accordion on “You Don’t Move Me”, “Rockawhile”, and “Locked Away”

•           Johnny Johnson – piano on “I Could Have Stood You Up”

•           Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone on “I Could Have Stood You Up” and “Whip It Up”

•           Chuck Leavell – organ on “I Could Have Stood You Up”

•           Maceo Parker – alto saxophone on “Big Enough”

•           Joey Spampinato – bass guitar on “I Could Have Stood You Up” and “Rockawhile”

•           Mick Taylor – guitar on “I Could Have Stood You Up”

•           Bernie Worrell – organ on “Big Enough” and “You Don’t Move Me” and clavinet on “Make No Mistake” & “Rockawhile”

•           Ben Cauley, Jack Hale, Jimmi Kinnard, Andrew Love, James Mitchell, Willie Mitchell (also responsible for horn arrangements), • Gary Topper, The Memphis Horns: Horns

Harry Nilsson and Micky Dolenz

HARRY’S BACK — Via The Federalist:If you’re a fan of singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, it probably means you love Harry Nilsson. If you belong to a younger demographic of Nilsson enthusiasts, it might also mean you romanticize your fandom as some sort of secret knowledge of higher things (I know I do).

This is one perplexing aspect of Nilsson’s legacy: it’s hard to say how well-known and appreciated he is. Most famous for his covers of “Everybody’s Talkin’” and “Without You,” he won multiple Grammys, had hit songs, was a favorite of the Beatles (and has been referred to as “the American Beatle”), collaborated and caroused with John Lennon, built lasting friendships with Ringo Starr, Micky Dolenz, and other famous types, and has been celebrated as one of the finest vocalists, melodists, and songwriters in pop music history. He clearly was no fringe player, and his influence still reverberates.

Yet he never became a household name, in part due to a defiant streak that often seemed aimed at self-sabotage. He spurned the pop star obligation to tour and perform live; he sometimes did “specials” instead. He recorded too many covers albums. He riddled potential hits with jokes and crude language. He always seemed to be working on oddball film projects. He “retired” prior to turning 40. In short, he forged his own path.

For that, Nilsson may not have achieved the popularity and commercial success that he deserved, but he did leave behind a legacy of supreme artistic integrity. It’s one of numerous reasons why Nilsson fans don’t simply like or admire him. They adore him.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nilsson’s death at age 52 from heart failure (the hard living caught up to him in the end), which presents an opportunity to evangelize about this brilliant, pioneering, oh-so-himself artist.

For more on Nilsson, I recommend John Scheinfeld’s well-made documentary, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, and Alyn Shipton’s matter-of-fact but thorough biography, Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter.

There’s a tentative Broadway production on Harry in the works and don’t forget his duet with Dolenz on The Monkees 2016 release Good Times.

Harry … the best for sure.

“Greetings From Serbia” album cover

SHORT TAKES — Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam release their new album Greetings From Serbia this Friday. Recorded live at the Nisville Jazz Festival in Serbia over last summer … Megyn Kelly’s NBC exit is official. Let’s just say she can now more than afford to take a year or two off, but I predict she’ll be back for the 2020 elections … Look for the new book Supreme Glamor by Mary Wilson and Mark Bego in April …SIGHTING: Micky Dolenz and Rita Carrey (Jim’s sister) at Ruth Chris’ Steak House in Ontario … Sad to see the Highline Ballroom closing. Blue Note Entertainment, which handled the venue, also saw their B. B. King’sclose last year. Is the City Winery next? Tough times for NYC clubs … I think Alicia Keyes as the host of next month’s Grammy’s is a brilliant choice. She’s great. Will definitely watch this one for sure. February 10this the date … She will live forever: Carol Channing RIP.

“Supreme Glamour” book cover

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Glenn Friscia; Vito Bruno; Mark Berry; Alex Pedersen; Fallsview; Roger Friedman; Randy Alexander; Steve Walter; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Christine Nagy; Eppy; Alan Rothstein; and, CHIP.

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