|E.Valley LTD Box-Mid Valley MVR 929-931
|East Meadow, Central Park, New York, Discs One and Two: 13 September 1999, Discs Three and Four: 14 September 1999.
|4 picture cds
|Foldout Paper Sleeve with OBI, Lim. Edition 200 Numbered copies
SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 10
/ PERFORMANCE 9
Disc One: 1.
Angel take #1, 2. Angel take #2, 3. Angel take #3, 4. Angel take #4, 5. Everyday
Is A Winding Road, 6. Strong Enough take #1, 7. Strong Enough take #2, 8. Strong
Enough take #3, 9. Gold Dust Woman, 10. My Favorite Mistake, 11. Mississippi.
Disc Two: 1.
If It Makes You Happy take #1, 2. If It Makes You Happy take #2, 3. Happy, 4. Sweet
Little Rock ‘n Roller, 5. The Difficult Kind, 6. White Room, 7. Little Wing, 8.
There Goes The Neighborhood take #1, 9. There Goes The Neighborhood take #2, 10.
Tombstone Blues take #1, 11. Tombstone Blues take #2.
1. Introduction, 2. A Change Would Do You Good (A Change on cover), 3. Anything
But Down, 4. Can’t Cry Anymore, 5. Leaving Las Vegas, 6. It Don’t Hurt, 7. Introduction,
8. Angel, 9. Sweet Child O’ Mine, 10. Am I Getting Through.
Disc Four: 1.
Introduction, 2. Everyday Is A Winding Road, 3. Strong Enough, 4. Gold Dust
Woman, 5. My Favorite Mistake, 6. Mississippi, 7. If It Makes You Happy, 8.
Happy, 9. The Difficult Kind, 10. White Room, 11. Little Wing, 12. There Goes
The Neighborhood, 13. Tombstone Blues, 14. All I Wanna Do.
presents the concert Sheryl Crow played at New York’s Central Park in September
1999 which came out officially (2 songs have been broadcasted by VH1: Happy and
Tombstone Blues), however it does include the dress rehearsals that took place
the day before; the latter surfaced awhile ago in a nice soundboard recording
which made happy many collectors. There have been studio rehearsals at S.I.R.
Studios in New York in early September, though. The basic band line up consisted
of Sheryl Crow on guitars, bass, vocals and harmonica, Tim Smith on bass
electric guitars and background vocals, Peter Stroud on guitars, Emily Robinson
on guitar, Jim Bogios on drums, Ash Sood on tambourine, Martie Seidel on
fiddle, Mike Rowe on keyboards, Matt Brubeck on bass and cello, Mary Rowell on
acoustic guitar and violin. Among the guests noticeable are: Eric Clapton (White
Room-Little Wing, Tombstone Blues), Keith Richards (Happy, Sweet Little Rock n
Roller, Tombstone Blues) Stevie Nicks (Gold Dust Woman), Chrissie Hynde (If It Makes
You Happy), Sarah McLachlan (Angel, The Difficult Kind) Dixie Chicks
(Mississippi, Strong Enough).
Let’s start with the dress rehearsals for the album called Sheryl Crow and
Friends: Live From Central Park. In the first 2 Discs here we can find almost
the same songs played at the concert, but also some other ones that were not
featured on the album like Angel (Sarah McLachlan) which opens the set with 4
takes, Mississippi, Little Wing and Sweet Little Rock ‘n Roller. It is possible
to hear stagehands talking, tuning while other minor background noises have
been deleted in this release; the overall sound is great and interesting are
also some in between songs comments that reveal interesting bits. Disc Oner is
entirely devoted to Sheryl Crow with her attempts to find the best live
arrangement for her sogs. After two takes of Strong Enough with the Dixie Chicks
enters Stevie Nicks for Gold Dust Woman, a Fleetwood Mac song from Rumours
followed by My Favourite Mistake which was the first single from The Globe
Session album, a song believed to have been written about Clapton, others think
it could be about Jakob Dylan from the Wallflowers. Talking about Dylan
Mississippi comes from Love and Theft, Bob s 2001 album, here played with the
Dixie Chicks again. Disc Two opens with Sheryl Crow’s own hit from 1996 If It
Makes You Happy with the help of Chrissie Hynde, then it is Keith Richards
turn: “It’s only Rock n Roll-says Keith Richards at the end of Happy-now what should
I do, go home?” “Chuck Berry” answers Sheryl Crow and after few verses sung by
her, Keith re-starts Sweet Little Rock ‘n Roller. Cream’s White Room opens Eric
Clapton’s set, soon followed by a nice version of Jimi Hendrix Little Wing.
There Goes The Neighborhood is yet another song from the Globe Sessions album,
on the studio take Bobby Keys played saxophone but he was not featured here.
The last song, Dylan’s Tombstone Blues is the grand finale featuring all guests
on stage together. Discs Three and Four present the whole concert which has 9
more tracks with regards to the Live From Central Park album that was released
in early December 1999 reaching gold certification for over 480.000 copies
This is a
nice recording that popped up unexpectedly about 20 years later in a surprising
good shape, great to have. Packaging is also great as per Empress Valley
standards even if on front cover there is not Sheryl Crow, but 2 of her guests Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, Blood Brothers.
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