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This album provides definitive examples of masterly talent. Even if you own the earlier albums that contain the reprised tunes, you will much appreciate this new issue. If, on the other hand, you are new to Chris Smither, the discs will be a good introduction. 23 people found this helpful. This 50 Year Retrospective is a revisiting of his own compositions newly recorded with help of some fine musicians, Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III most notable. Recorded last year in New Orleans, this is fine re-telling of this man's musical resume.
Still on the Levee, Chris Smither’s career-spanning, double CD, provides a sweeping showcase of Smither’s music – fresh takes on some of his very earliest songs to his most recent. On the occasion of 50 years of songwriting and performing, this newest recording, his sixteenth album, Smither sounds timeless; utterly confident and unafraid, filled with humility, humor, a knowledge of what inevitably lies ahead, yet refusing to succumb to darkness.
Folk/blues maestro Chris Smither has just released such a retrospective collection, Still on the Levee, focusing on 25 songs from throughout his long career. On her second album, Bonnie Raitt recorded Smither’s "Love You Like a Man" (retitled "Love Me Like a Man"), which she still performs today. It’s gone on to be his best-known song, covered by many others. This is a good thing and a bad thing, as equally strong material he’s written tends to get overlooked in the shadow of that song. Still on the Levee may remedy that some.
Music fans know that Chris Smither has written a countless number of masterful songs during his 50-year career, but hearing this eclectic set of interpretations is a startling reminder of the depth of Smither’s catalog. Signature Sounds owner Jim Olsen, who got the idea at a 60th birthday tribute to Smither at Boston’s fabled Club Passim, produced the compilation. People were covering Chris’s songs and everyone’s interpretations were very different. You can’t really cover him straight because so few people can play like him and do that thing. Loudon Wainwright III gleefully performs Place in Line, and also appears on Smither’s recently released career retrospective double album Still on the Levee, which marks 50 years of songwriting and performing. On the set Smither reconnects with his New Orleans roots, recording at the Music Shed, where guests like Allen Toussaint stopped by.
The album was recorded in New Orleans and features guest spots from Allen Toussaint, Loudon Wainwright III, members of the band Morphine, and others, and the end result is a nice career retrospective and a good introduction to this solid singer, writer, and player for those who haven't heard him before.
Whether you call this previously unreleased collection Chris Smither's lost album or just an artifact of the early-'70s singer-songwriter scare, the pleasures it offers are evident, if not always essential. Some of the songs would be rerecorded in tighter versions for 1984's It Ain't Easy (although Lowell George's slide work on "Rosalie" and "It Ain't Easy" is brilliant) while others are reprised and improved versions of songs from Smither's first two records (I'm a Stranger Too and Don't It Drag On); the wistful original . Chris Smither - Still On The Levee: 50 Year Retrospective (2014) 2CDs. Chris Smither - Call Me Lucky (2018) 2CDs.
Time Stands Still by Chris Smither, released 29 September 2009 1. Don't Call Me A Stranger 2. Time Stands Still 3. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise 4. I Don't Know 5. Call Yourself 6. Old Man Down 7. I Told You So 8. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 9. Miner's Blues 10. Someone Like Me 11. Madame Geneva's Four decades of music mastery and songwriting craft come together on Chris Smither's latest collection, Time Stands Still - a gripping mix of originals and potent covers
Some might call me that, muses Chris Smither, or one might simply say that the world is lucky because Smither’s songwriting and touring can stand the test of time. A songwriter, guitarist, bluesman, interpreter and performer for more than 50 years, Chris Smither has proven himself an American original . For some, a record like Smither’s last release, the double-CD 50-year career retrospective Still on the Levee would have been a monumental way to wrap up a long and successful career, to hang it up and go out on a high note. As he says, This is what I do.
|1-1||Devil Got Your Man|
|1-2||Don't It Drag On|
|1-3||No More Cane On The Brazos|
|1-4||Love You Like A Man|
|1-6||Lonesome Georgia Brown|
|1-7||A Song For Susan|
|1-8||Another Way To Find You|
|1-9||'Deed I Do|
|1-10||Link Of Chain|
|1-13||Leave The Light On|
|2-2||Shillin' For The Blues|
|2-3||No Love Today|
|2-4||What They Say|
|2-6||Can't shake these blues|
|2-8||Up On The Lowdown|
|2-9||Seems So Real|
|2-12||Leave The Light On|
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