To mark the 50th anniversary of the recording of their classic Odessey and Oracle album, The Zombies have assembled an eclectic collection of rare and unseen photos, original artwork, and personal memories that offer readers an intimate snapshot of one of the more influential bands to emerge from the UK music scene of the 1960s.
The superbly illustrated book includes handwritten lyrics for 22 songs. From early hits “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No,” through every song on Odessey and Oracle—including the hit single “Time of the Season” —and all the way up to today, each selection is accompanied by a running oral history by original band members Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy.
Renowned artist Terry Quirk, who created the look of Odessey and Oracle, designed the book’s cover and contributed new artwork throughout, while Vivienne Boucherat created a unique piece of art to accompany each of the 22 songs. Additionally, The Odessey is rich with reflections from music journalists, friends and fans, including Tom Petty, who wrote the foreword, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs, Paul Weller, Graham Nash, Clive Davis, Nate Ruess of FUN and members of Cage the Elephant and Beach House.
Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. JJ Cale’s influence on Clapton and many of today’s artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ ‘s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale). With performances by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze.”
The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.
1. Call Me The Breeze (Eric Clapton)
2. Rock And Roll Records (Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
3. Someday (Mark Knopfler)
4. Lies (John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
5. Sensitive Kind (Don White)
6. Cajun Moon (Eric Clapton)
7. Magnolia (John Mayer)
8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
9. Songbird (Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
10. Since You Said Goodbye (Eric Clapton)
11. I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Don White & Eric Clapton)
12. The Old Man And Me (Tom Petty)
13. Train To Nowhere (Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
14. Starbound (Willie Nelson)
15. Don’t Wait (Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
16. Crying Eyes (Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)
You may also pre-order and listen for Free for a limited time to the entire album on iTunes right here!
Benmont Tench is the keyboardist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His first solo release You Should Be So Lucky (a project 37 years in the making)drops tomorrow, September 18th on the historic jazz Blue Note record label.
The first single from that record, “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress,” features Gill and Dave on vocals, Tom Petty on bass, and Ringo Starr on tambourine.
Benmont Tench has also been busy recording the next Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers studio album due out later this year.
Tom Petty recently told Rolling Stone, “We’re nearly done with it.” At the start of the tour, Petty believed the new LP would pick up where 2010′s ‘Mojo’ left off; he now says the songs have led the band — working with co-producer Ryan Ulyate — in a different direction.
“I always say this, but I’m tremendously excited for this one,” Petty said, adding that they have “raised the bar a bit.” “It’s morphed into songs we would’ve written around ‘Wildflowers’ or ‘Damn the Torpedoes,’ but much more distorted.”
The Best Fest sponsored by Jameson presents Petty Fest Nashville at the Music City Eats Festival on September 21 at The War Memorial Auditorium. Hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, along with many other very special guests. Advance tickets are on sale now.
Time: 9:30-11:30 PM immediately following Harvest Night Hosts: Kings of Leon and The Cabin Down Below Band Starring:
I was looking through the music compact disks in my car when I located George Harrison‘s Let It Roll. I placed it in the audio player and soon I was happily awash in George’s magical spirit.
Having just written about and reflected upon Rolling Stone Magazine‘s The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time I recalled that George Harrison was guitarist #11 on that list. Tom Petty wrote a wonderful remembrance about George Harrison in the issue.
He once said to me, “I think modern guitar players are forgetting about pitch,” and that was something he really cared about. He was very in tune when he played, the slide was very precise, and just a beautiful vibrato on it. It really sounded like a voice, like a very distinct, signature voice that came out of him. Just listen to those records. They’re so immaculate, so inventive. He was a guy who could just add so much.
My favorite track on Let It Roll is “Isn’t It A Pity” originally released as part of the double A-side “My Sweet Lord” on November 23, 1970 in the US. It appeared four days later on George Harrison’s first solo recording, All Things Must Pass, the first boxed triple album in popular music.
Isn’t It A Pity
Written By George Harrison
Published by Harrisong Ltd
Isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
How we break each other’s hearts, and cause each other pain
How we take each other’s love without thinking any more
Forgetting to give back, now isn’t it a pity.
Some things take so long, but how do I explain? Not too many people can see we’re all the same And because of all their tears, their eyes can’t hope to see The beauty that surrounds them − oh, isn’t it a pity.