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contains eight of Allison Crowe’s original songs, ranging from the
tender and playful country/roots of “Dearly”, to the
upbeat pop of “Double-Edged Swords”, ’cross the loving “Oceans”,
and darker terrain of “I Don’t Know” and the hard rocking
title track. Raw, natural, emotion is embraced passionately with
elegiac beauty and melody in these, and such joy-filled tunes as “Going
Home Tonight” and “No Matter the Battle”. With the
live track, “Wake Up”, Crowe, again, renders the personal
universal, and the global, human.
Uniquely known not just as one of the most exciting songwriters of a new generation, Crowe is also one of our finest interpreters of popular song. Spiral’s mix of light and shadow includes a trio of fresh covers – revisiting music of Annie Lennox (“Why”), Leonard Cohen (“Chelsea Hotel No. 2”), and Hunters and Collectors’ Antipodean anthem, “Throw Your Arms Around Me”.
On this song collection, the bi-coastal Canadian, (she calls Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Nanaimo, British Columbia, home), is joined by ideally-skilled and sympathetic west-coast musicians Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird (bass, backing vocals), Laurent Boucher (percussion), Brendan Millbank (cello) and Larry Anschell
(electric guitar, and, also, Engineer/Producer at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C.)
Kayla Schmah, Los Angeles-based, Canadian-born, composer and film scorer, orchestrates and produces the album with, yes, "gorgeous" musical textures, and cinematic ideas artfully brought to life. Concert capturings by Engineers B.R.N. (aka Condor) and John MacMillan complete this diverse mix of music made in Corner Brook, Nanaimo, as well as Chilliwack, White Rock, Denman Island and Salt Spring Island, Canada, Vienna, Austria, and Hollywood, USA.
The visual art of Spiral matches its aural beauty - with cover paintings by Netherlands-based Tara Thelen, photographs by Canada's Billie Rocha-Woods, and California's Dan Goldwasser, fontage from Brazil’s Billy Argel and graphic design by Florida's Alix Whitmire.
Allison Crowe's album, Spiral ****REVIEWS****
"Spiral" is now available in record stores from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, Canada and in Florence, Italy. Locations incl. Nanaimo, B.C’s Fascinating Rhythm (250-716-9997) and Lobelia's Lair; on Salt Spring Island at Acoustic Planet Music and Salt Spring Sound; in Gibsons Landing, on BC's Sunshine Coast, visit Coast Books; in Victoria, B.C. come to Lyle's Place (250-382-8422); in Vancouver, visit Zulu Records (1972-1976 W 4th Ave.); in Newfoundland drop by Fred's Records (709-753-9191) in St. John's, and Distinctions salon plus Sharpe Music in Corner Brook. In Italia, you'll find "Spiral" in the shop of Teatro del Sale, Via dei Macci 111r, 50122, Firenze, Italy.
Little Light is a popular singer-songwriter collection from Allison Crowe. It opens with a rustically shimmering version of "Northern Lights" - a song Allison performed 'specially for the John Lennon Northern Lights Festival in Durness, Scotland. "Angels" is recorded live at St. Andrew's United Church, Christmas-time, in Allison's birthplace, Nanaimo, Canada. She's backed here by bassist Dave Baird and percussionist Laurent Boucher. "Disease", a song of social commentary, has, through years of live performance, become epic - channeling Beethoven, grunge and more. Here 't'is captured in its raging glory by Larry Anschell (on International Women's Day 2008, the same night celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Engineer and Producer Anschell's Turtle Recording Studios - this live track co-engineered by Brad Graham). Title track "Little Light" is among a set of guitar songs that reveal a different sort of Allison Crowe's writerly reflections in music. "Happy People", like such earlier songs as Crowe's own, "Skeletons and Spirits", a bright melody coats more acid observations. Strong and gentle poetics of "Hold Back" warm us by a fire kindled in the '70s by Joni Mitchell. "Choose to Be" bridges the piano sound of Allison's "This Little Bird" songs with her new tunes. Bob Dylan's ramblin' shoes lead to a less restless farewell, as the album closes with "Wedding Song" - Crowe's sweetest, rootsiest, love song to date.
The interpretations on this collection are: "Time After Time" - originally a hit for that most unusual girl, Cyndi Lauper - Allison, a child of the '80s gives her impassioned take, live (Scott LittleJohn recording this, the same night as "Angels"); "Running for Home", is a cover of the Matthew Good Band, and one of the songs Allison has performed since her teens; and, by way of the Righteous Babe, Ani DiFranco, comes Allison's vocal-guitar nod to the great peace-loving bard, Phil Ochs - "When I'm Gone". "Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone, so I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here."
Allison Crowe's popular Little Light ****REVIEWS****
Available in Nanaimo, B.C at Fascinating Rhythm 250-716-9997 and in Victoria, B.C. come to Lyle's Place (250-382-8422). In Vancouver, visit Zulu Records (1972-1976 W 4th Ave.) In Newfoundland drop in to Island Treasures in the Corner Brook Plaza, and in St. John's visit Fred's Records for your music.
All over the world, retail music stores can order Allison Crowe's Little Light CD through the catalogue of Super D One-Stop.
Little Bird contains everything to love about
the music of Allison Crowe. Adding titles of engineer and producer
to her vocal, piano and guitar credits, Crowe is joined on most of
the album's tracks by an ideal rhythm section ~ Dave Baird (bass)
and Laurent Boucher (percussion). Nine new originals map emotional
and spiritual territory with fresh sounds, encompassing: the elegiac
"Phoenix"; the ramble tamble "Alive and
Breathing"; gorgeous songs of love and hope, "Effortless"
and "There Is"; the jaunty dark humor of "Skeletons
and Spirits"; the redemptive grace of "Now";
the raucous celebration of the title track; a joy of simplicity in
"Circular Reasoning"; and "Silence",
a song that stirs with gypsy romance.
Acclaimed not only as an exciting songwriter and live performer, but, also, as a supreme song interpreter, for her freshly definitive takes, Allison Crowe delivers a trio of remarkable covers on "This Little Bird" - giving her singular voice to "A Case of You" (Joni Mitchell's knowing paen to heart and homeland), "Darling Be Home Soon" (John Sebastian's lovin' spoonful of longing) and "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" (Ronnie Shannon's soulful song best-known as Aretha Franklin's break-out tune in 1967).
Allison Crowe's soaring album, This Little Bird ****REVIEWS****
Available: in Nanaimo, B.C. at Fascinating Rhythm; in Vancouver at Zulu Records and Highlife; and in Gibsons Landing, on BC's Sunshine Coast, visit Coast Books
ALL of Allison's music can be found in St. John's, Newfoundland at:
This Little Bird is also available at Coast Books in Gibsons, B.C.
Shops across Canada, the USA and throughout the world can order Allison Crowe's This Little Bird CD through the catalogue of Super D One-Stop.
Live at Wood Hall is an exciting journey through Allison Crowe's concert repertoire, recorded with a simple clarity in the converted chapel of Victoria (B.C.)'s Conservatory of Music. Alongside more than an album's worth of original songs of love and hope to social and political commentary, Allison covers cherished favourites - including Ani DiFranco ("Independence Day"), Counting Crows ("A Murder of One"), Tori Amos ("Playboy Mommy"), Janis Joplin ("Me and Bobby McGee"), and John Lennon ("Imagine"). Colours in the artist's musical palette range from roots & blues, through folk, pop/rock, jazz and Broadway. There's even a tradtional Irish aire, "Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)", sung acapella. Once again, Larry Anschell (Turtle Studios) captures the music on tape and Alix Whitmire designs the beautiful artwork/CD cover. " 'Music, man, that's where it's at'/ it is a religious line/ outside, the chimes rung/ an they/ are still ringin." ****REVIEWS****
Live at Wood Hall is available in Nanaimo, B.C at Fascinating Rhythm 250-716-9997, Lobelia's Lair 250-753-5440, HMV, FutureShop and other fine stores. On Mayne Island, hop to Tree Frog Gallery. In Victoria, B.C. come to Lyle's Place, HMV+; and in St. John's, Newfoundland visit Fred's Records for your music.
All over the world, retail music stores can order Allison Crowe's Live at Wood Hall double-CD set through the catalogue of Super D One-Stop.
"Music for the season and all time"
Tidings brings together traditional carols, and not-so-traditional songs, all interpreted, even redefined, through the vocal and piano artistry of Allison Crowe. It's a much-loved collection tagged "the Yule-tide find of the year" by one music critic. "Her voice celebrates the music with a bluesy rock-gospel intensity; her controlled vibrato, silken rasp, and powerful projection rivet your attention. This is no casual background music... be prepared to be amazed," says another reviewer. Tidings is popular year-round - not just during the Christmas season when it's a natural. The album's songs are recorded, live-off-the-floor, on Winter's eve in Canada by Engineer & Producer Larry Anschell, (Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan, k-os), who captures the magic at his Turtle Recording studio by the shore in White Rock, British Columbia.
Tidings' track-listing: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Traditional); River (Joni Mitchell); Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen); Silent Night (Traditional); In the Bleak Midwinter (Traditional); What Child Is This - Greensleeves (Traditional); Let It Be (The Beatles); The First Noel (Traditional); In My Life (The Beatles); O Holy Night (Traditional); Shine a Light (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards); Angel (Sarah McLachlan). ****REVIEWS****
Peace on Earth ~ goodwill toward all.
Tidings is available at the following fine merchants (among others):
Corner Brook, NL ~
St. John's, NL ~ fred's records
Chemainus, B.C. ~ Toad Hall Emporium
Gibsons, B.C. ~ Coast Books
Ladysmith, B.C. ~ Salamander Books, 535 First Ave. 250-245-4726
Mayne Island, B.C. ~ Tree Frog Gallery 250-539-3551
Nanaimo, B.C. ~ Andrea Bertram Studio, Fascinating Rhythm 250-716-9997, Lobelia's Lair 250-753-5440, Music World, HMV
Pender Island, B.C. ~ Talisman Books & Gallery
Salt Spring Island, B.C. ~ Acoustic Planet Music, salt spring sound
Sidney, B.C. ~ Mainly Music
Ucluelet, B.C. ~ Words End Book Sellers
Vancouver, B.C. ~ Delicados (W. Hastings & Richards), High Life (Commercial Drive), Red Cat Records (Main & 26th), Zulu Records (1972 W. Fourth Ave., 604-738-3232), HMV, Virgin Records+
Victoria, B.C. ~ Lyle's Place, HMV+
Florence, Italy ~ Teatro del Sale Emporio
All over the world, retail music stores can order Allison Crowe's Tidings CD through the catalogue of Super D One-Stop.
Secrets Allison Crowe recorded this solo, singer-songwriter, album in 2004. First setting up a home studio, Allison engineered and assisted with production (alongside Rainer Willeke of Canadian r'n'b combo, Soul Station). Allison performs all vocals (lead and harmonies), plays piano, guitar, keyboards and added percussive 'thumps' to the collection. Secrets contains a mix of tunes from Allison's "band days" (some of which are radically redefined), freshly-penned songs, and a couple of choice picks from other artists: Counting Crows' brooding "Raining in Baltimore" ~ the first song Allison performed when she launched her career as a singer-songwriter; and "Joan of Arc", a shining exemplar of Leonard Cohen's poetic brilliance. Guest artists contributing to Secrets are: Del Crowe (guitar); Jo Lundstrom (accordion); Eric Reiswig (Uilleann pipes); and Rainer Willeke (tambourine). ****REVIEWS****
Merchants: Nanaimo, B.C. - Andrea Bertram Studios, Fascinating Rhythm 250-716-9997, Music World, Lobelia's Lair 250-753-5440, HMV, Future Shop; Gibsons, B.C. ~ Coast Books; Mayne Island, B.C. - Tree Frog Gallery 250-539-3551; Ucluelet, B,C. - Words End Book Sellers; Victoria, B.C. - Lyle's Place, HMV+; Sidney, B.C. - Mainly Music; Salt Spring Island - Acoustic Planet, salt spring sound, & Waterfront Gallery; Vancouver, B.C. - Zulu Records (West Fourth), Red Cat Records (Main & 26th), Virgin Records, HMV; St. John's, NL - fred's records (198 Duckworth); and, in beautiful downtown Corner Brook, NL ~ Island Treasures
Shops across Canada, the USA and throughout the world can order Allison Crowe's secret CD through the catalogue of Super D One-Stop.
Lisa's Song+ 6 Songs The first track on this disc was recorded live-off-the-floor, in April 2003, by Rick Erickson of Seacoast Sound in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The six songs that follow "Lisa's Song" were recorded live-off-the-floor one afternoon on analog tape by Engineer and Producer Larry Anschell (Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan, Soundgarden+), at his Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C. Allison Crowe and bandmates, Dave Baird (bass), Kevin Clevette (drums), stopped into Turtle while on their way to perform in Seattle, Washington, USA for "Jammers" - fans of Pearl Jam converging from all across America and the world. The essential truth of the trio's July 2001 session is captured in these live, raw, grooves. ****REVIEWS****
Please visit Lisa's Page to learn about Lisa Marie Young, the inspiration for the title song.
Lisa's Song + 6 Songs EP is available at the following retail outlets in Canada:
St. John's, NL ~ fred's
Chilliwack, B.C. ~ Bozzini's
Nanaimo, B.C. ~ Fascinating Rhythm 250-716-9997, Lobelia's Lair 250-753-5440
Vancouver, B.C. ~ Zulu Records
Victoria, B.C. ~ Lyle's Place
Kelowna, B.C. ~ The Verve
All over the world, music shops can order Allison Crowe's Lisa's Song + 6 Songs CDs through the catalogue of Super D One-Stop.
Allison's "6 Songs+" CD (containing Fade Away, two versions of Midnight, Crayon & Ink, Dark Blue, Scared, Philosophy, & Midnight - Version 2002) is available at Canadian HMV outlets and:
Mayne Island, B.C. ~ Treefrog Gallery & Natural Clothing
Nanaimo, B.C. ~ Fascinating Rhythm 250-716-9997 ****REVIEWS****
Nationally & Internationally It's morely likely you'll find "Lisa's Song + 6 Songs" (which contains all the original 6 Songs plus it includes "Lisa's Song"), though, if you specifically want "6 Songs+", this EP may be available through:
Lyle's Place ~ 711 Goldstream, 250-478-9272
Fascinating Rhythm ~ 51 Commercial Street, 250-716-9997; Lobelia's Lair #8 - 321 Wesley St., 250-753-5440
Records on Wheels ~ 56 Elm Street, 705-675-6617
Red Cat Records ~ 4305 Main Street , 604-708-9422
Lyle's Place ~ 770 Yates Street, 250-382-8422