I know the name of course, but in truth my knowledge of the man’s music is shamefully limited to a few collaborative recordings with fellow Australian artists and his 2007 album Stolen Apples, thanks to Reviewshine I have had a chance to listen to a handpicked 40 song collection of his work in the form of a greatest hits release that’s now out in the US and available as a two-CD set for $14 (or $ 10 for the digital version).
In the business for over 30 years, according to Wiki Kelly has released eighteen albums (discography), I’m not normally a fan of this type of album -although the completest in me can rarely resist shelling out on them when released by my favourite artists with ‘bonus’ material, but I’d heartily recommend this double-release as an introduction to Kelly’s music, the quality of the song-writing and music showcased on the Greatest Hits release is stunning and I seriously need to set aside some time (and cash) to get familiar with the Kelly’s back catalogue, if like me Kelly’s music is unfamiliar to you I’d suggest you get hold of this album post haste, it’s didn’t take long before I was nodding in agreement with the PR quotes from Neil Finn (Crowded House) and fellow Aussie Kasey Chambers and the good news for the US is the album is the first in an reissue program that will see Kelly’s back catalogue of recordings restored to the American market, including an eight-live box set, The A-Z Recordings.
Here’s a set recorded at Mountain Stage in November 2007 by Kasey Chambers, the set included the title tracks from my two favourite Kasey solo releases The Captain and Barricades and Brickwalls amongst the five recorded.
Kasey has a new album out Little Bird, not got a copy of this yet but the title track I’ve listened to on-line and I wasn’t that impressed to be honest, but I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve listened to the full album, was hoping for something along the lines of Rattlin’ Bones recorded with husband Shane Nicholson which is a fantastic album.
Kasey Chambers shop
iTunes Little Bird
News this week of Neil Young finally winning a Grammy, bitter sweet given his contribution to music, just further proof of the farcical nature of the majority of mainstream media awards, the award for “Best Art Direction…” was shared with Gary Burden and Jenice Heo, Neil Young News posted this earlier this week, along with links to Gary Burden’s in depth look at the art and packaging for Neil Young Archives.
Neil Young News
Archives – Sustainability
Archives – Collaborating
Archives – Design
Danny & The Champions of the World released the follow up to the 2008 self titled album, the new one has been garnering great press and justly so, another contender in my opinion. Front Porch Musings has the story and tracks streaming here, buy it at Loose