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My Back Pages

by Cannata

A diverse collection of 60's and 70's Classic Progressive, and Art Rock music, recreated with today's technology and yesterday's visionary spirit. Performances by Cannata and friends. Songs of King Crimson, Tull, Pink Floyd, A trip back to the Fillmore .
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Eight Miles High
3:56 $0.99
2. Space Oddity
5:00 $0.99
3. Fresh Garbage
3:17 $0.99
4. Journey to the Center of the Mind
3:44 $0.99
5. On the Turning Away
5:03 $0.99
6. Mother Goose
3:56 $0.99
7. My Sunday Feeling
3:56 $0.99
8. Turn Turn Turn
3:43 $0.99
9. Hurdy Gurdy Man
3:40 $0.99
10. Court of the Crimson King
9:32 $0.99
11. Norwegian Wood
2:08 $0.99
12. Embryonic Journey
2:50 $0.99
13. Monterey
4:15 $0.99
14. Life: 101
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CANNATA "My Back Pages"
A limited edition 6 panel digipak with 16 page booklet

Following the release of “Mysterium Magnum”
in 2006, I began to explore the idea of recreating
some of the music from the past that had inspired
me to make music my passion in life.The songs,
the production, the sound, and most importantly,
the 60's and the 70's were witness to ground breaking
vision. Choosing 13 or so songs to record turned
out to be quite a challenge. I searched the planet, to
select a diverse collection of Psychedelic, Folk Rock, and
Progressive Music, that for me, defined the time.

I was committed to staying true to the Spirit of the songs,
and in many cases, searched for the instruments and sounds
used in the original recordings. In the decades since these
songs were first recorded, technology has advanced to the
point that there are few limitations. It was the idea of
capitilizing on these advances, that made this such an
exciting project.

The band : JEFF CANNATA, drums, bass, guitar, mellotron, electric sitar, vocals. ROBERT GIANNOTTI, acoustic & electric guitars / solos, sitar, flute. DAVID COE, 12 string Rickenbacker, acoustic guitar, and solos. JAY ROWE, electric piano lead on Fresh Garbage. JEFF BATTER, Hammond organ, " On The Turning Away" GEORGE MANUKAS, acoustic guitar on "Embryonic Journey" SOLIN, guest lead vocal on "Norwegian Wood"



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Curt Hobba

what a gem
I've been listening to Cannata since Arc Angel, this selection takes me back to my school days. Court of the Crimson King, excellent & Hurdy Gurdy Man makes you miss the music of the sixties and early 70's.

Jack Jeffery

Brilliant Reproductions of Great Progressive Rock Songs: Perhaps the Best Cover
Cover songs are nothing new, and including them on albums is a great way for artists to interpret other artists’ songs with their own artistic statement.

But it’s not often that you hear albums that are entirely composed of covers that are so meticulously faithful to the original that you wonder just how they achieved it. Cannata’s “My Back Pages” is such an example: an extraordinary effort that ambitiously covers some of the greatest Progressive Rock songs from the 60s and 70s from bands like The Byrds, The Amboy Dukes, Donovan, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, and King Crimson. In fact, this is perhaps the best collection of covers I’ve heard.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this album is not only Cannata’s uncanny ability to brilliantly mimic the instruments used by these bands (e.g., the jangly 12-string Rickenbacker sound of the Byrds, the flute of Jethro Tull, the mellotron of King Crimson, etc.), but also their vocals. When listening to this album, I was stunned by Cannata’s ability to emulate such diverse styles, jumping seamlessly from the timeless harmonies and jangly sound of The Byrds, to David Bowie, to 80s-era Pink Floyd, and then to a completely different “Prog” style on the Jethro Tull and King Crimson tracks. And Jefferson Airplane’s solo acoustic guitar masterpiece “Embryonic Journey” is also faithfully reproduced with masterful acoustic guitar playing that sounds just like Paul Kantner. Even the production sounds the same, down to the heavy reverb used on “Surrealistic Pillow” for this track.

While there are many impressive aspects to this album, covering King Crimson is what I find to be the most extraordinary. To attempt to reproduce King Crimson’s 9 1/2 minute progressive rock masterpiece “Court of the Crimson King” is a tall order and, dare I say, not many musicians could pull off. But here, Cannata’s interpretation is absolutely dead on, with impeccable attention to detail and faithfulness to the original in the Greg Lake-esque vocals, guitars, haunting and beautiful harmonies, woodwinds, and mellotron. I was absolutely blown away by this interpretation of this epic King Crimson masterpiece, and the album is worth the price for that track alone.

I recommend this album for any fan of classic rock even if you already own the original versions of these tracks. As this album amply demonstrates, these tracks are timeless, and covered here with the dedication and attention to detail that they deserve. Five stars!


My Back Pages
Regards from the island of Majorca. First excuse my terrible English, I only studied French in the school :(
Only I can say thank you Mr. Cannata for a masterpiece like this one. " My Back Pages " contains some of the best songs of the progressive rock and Jeff Cannata's indisputable and personal stamp. Only for the versions of " Court of the Crimson King ", " On the Turning Away " and "Space Oddity" it is necessary to buy this CD. Recommended 100%

Malcolm Tipping

I have been a fan of Jeff Cannate for years and own al lhis releases. This is also excellent and worth buying. Every track is brilliant and i prefer his versions of "Fresh Garbage", "Court of the Crimson King" and "On the Turning Away" to the originals. And we all know the originals are all time classic songs.
The man is a true genius and has not had the popularity he truly deserves. I hope it comes soon. This is a 10 out of 10. Perfection!!! I cannot wait for the follow up.

Fernando Gallardo

Excellent Cover Album!
This Is Volume One! So apparently Jeff Cannata is considering on doing another cover album. Great! This album is well produced and recorded. Randy California (RIP) should hear Cannata's version on his "Fresh Garbage"... This one is just that much better than Spirits original version. So keep it up Jeff!

Keith Hannaleck

Muzik Reviews .com
Let me first say right out the gate that I have become a big fan of Jeff Cannata, who he is as a person and all of the musical projects I have heard to date. I do have to put those feelings aside now and be the critic.
When I first got My Back Pages Volume 1 and watched the video My Back Pages, I was immediately mesmerized by the video, the music, and the incredible artwork of the CD package in its entirety. Some interesting things about the CD and booklet were the pictures…the one of the crazy van with all the ornaments and what not stuck to it is priceless. I asked Jeff if it was for real and indeed, it is, the colorful hippie van drives up and down Highway 1 in California and a picture of the old hippie complete with his pot pipe are on the back of the CD booklet. The music you will hear on this CD harkens back to the flower power era and the culture around it.
Ok so we got off to a good start now what about the fact that it’s yet another cover album? I know you are getting ready to puke right? Well just hold it a minute, this album is nothing like you have ever heard before, really.
It was a difficult to task for Cannata to choose these songs as every one of these artists and many more influenced him, this is why it is Volume 1 because there door was left open for another volume to come. The artist wants to give credit where it is due which is honorable and understandable.
My Back Pages Volume 1 is an excellent album and the bonus track Life: 101 may very well be the best bonus track I have ever heard (it is also on his previous release Mysterium Magnum). I get chills listening to it and absolutely love it; it should become an anthem for the ages that everyone is hearing on the radio and TV.
There are 14 tracks on this CD, everyone a standalone masterpiece and given new life and meaning by Cannata. This is very significant, as it normally does not turn out that way on cover or tribute albums. Keep in mind this man is multi-instrumental genius and producer so there is no flack here, its all straight up musicianship and creativity at its best even if the songs are older and have a long lineage of artists behind it. Actually, that is whole point here, to pay tribute to those people that made the music.
The best examples of covering a song closest to what the creator intended has to be the two Jethro Tull tracks, which come at you back-to-back, “Mother Goose” and “My Sunday Feeling.” “Eight Miles High” and “On The Turning Away” are especially excellent as well. I also have to give Jeff the nod for his cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” complete with the English accent in certain places during the song is a nice touch. I think one last important note to make is all the superb assistance Jeff received in creating this recording that is why I made a special effort to list the credits below.
So there you have it an album that has everything a music fan could possibly ask for. Don’t waste another minute and grab this CD!
5/5 Stars
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck