Three mid-albums re-released as box-set

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Three mid-albums re-released as box-set

Postby tomsakic » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:59 pm

Leonard arrives to famous and cheap series of repackaged CDs, Original Album Classics: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Original-Album- ... 625&sr=1-2

Date: Sept 17, 2012

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I have bought many of these box-sets, it's the original CDs simply repackaged in card sleeves and put into the carton box. But you get three CDs for price of one. Usually they're packaging less successful albums (e.g. Dylan has two of these box-sets, and both filled with his worst albums from 80s). I guess that in wider terms these Leonard's albums are not classics or hot-sellers - although Recent Songs is considered by Leonard himself as his best record.
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Re: Three mid-albums re-released as box-set

Postby John Etherington » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:45 pm

This is a similar concept to the earlier X3 set, though "New Skin For the Old Ceremony" has replaced "The Future".
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Re: Three mid-albums re-released as box-set

Postby alb123 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:07 am

It's funny that you mention Leonard, himself, believing Recent Songs to be one of his "best" albums. I do believe that it is a very, very strong album. Lyrically, it is the most adventurous of his works, maybe until The Future, and I also adore the album. What strikes me as strange, then, is why Leonard almost never performs anything from this album besides "The Gypsy's Wife" during his concerts. I know that artists typically choose set-lists based on what they think the audience will want to hear, but when you tend to play 30+ songs per show, you could pepper in more than one song from that album if it's YOUR favorite, as the performer...no? I've always found this curious. Even when Leonard was touring in 1979-1980 he didn't really play the album in its entirety.

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Re: Three mid-albums re-released as box-set

Postby John Etherington » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:22 am

My theory is that this album is too deeply personal to Leonard, and one that in general he consciously chooses not to play (even though he knows it his his greatest work).
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Re: Three mid-albums re-released as box-set

Postby B4real » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:26 am

Well, Recent Songs is my favourite studio album too. I was thinking now we have the violin back a few songs from it would be played. Namely The Window, The Traitor and The Guests. The last one of which is a maybe on the current set list.

But generally speaking, the box-set seems a good buy to those who don't have many of his albums.
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Postby tomsakic » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:09 pm

In 2001 in an interview they asked him about his best album and he said Recent Songs - I think he added because only on that record he succeeded in his goal, that is the bend of Oriental and Mediterranean sound with his pop-chanson sound.

In that sense, I'd say he continues his idea after 2001, with Dear Heather, and with Old Ideas, and especially with 2008-10 tour band and Javier Mas, and especially now with Alex Bublitchi and Mitch Watkins, with new 2012 sound with Gypsy and Klezmer and Mediterranean touches all over the arrangements.
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Re: Three mid-albums re-released as box-set

Postby shooting_star_88 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:24 pm

Looks Good :)
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