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Famous Last Words

by Famous Last Words

"Dylan meets Lucinda Williams meets Jefferson Airplane. From acoustic ballads to balls-out rock epics, this trio takes you on a journey that actually means something"
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Lullaby
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2. Smells Like Candy
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3. Matter of Time
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4. Sloe Hank
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5. Faith in the Dark
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6. It's All Over, Again
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7. Bid You Goodnight (Live)
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8. 1928 'Z' Trane
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Famous Last Words played their last show in January 2007. Click on the links at bottom left for Jeff\'s subsequent projects, including the Z-Trane Electric Band. Here are the original CD Baby notes for the first FLW cd:

\"Fronted by dual male/female energy, FLW is that rare band that can both tenderly caress and rock like it\'s the last time. With intelligent musicality and lyrics, their debut cd is a deep and wide river of soulful anthems, lush grooves, daring guitar solos and beautifully blended harmonies. The listener is buoyed not only by the impressive improvisations of FLW, but by solid songwriting imbued with a reverence for musical history, blending rock, blues, folk, jazz, funk and gospel. Always authentic and from the heart, their more rocking songs are fun without being flippant, and the wistful ballads are sincere without being sappy. There\'s something real happening here. Rocking or slow, their music has a timeless flow that just keeps on rollin\'. \"

The eponymous cd \"Famous Last Words,\" has already created a buzz in music circles. Recorded in San Francisco with Mark Pistel (Michael Franti and Spearhead, Chuck Prophet, Consolidated), it garnered 4 stars in the All Music Guide, and was featured in Relix Magazine, Independent Musician, Amplifier, and NBC TV on the series finale of \"Ed.\" With sales and airplay in both the United States and Europe, and supported by great live performances, the band has built a dedicated following. They perform regularly at many venues around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the legendary Fillmore Poster Room, and also tour across the country. They have been selected as an \"Editor\'s Pick\" for extended jams on this very website.

Famous Last Words formed in 1998 when Jeff Zittrain and Kate Burkart realized a shared musical vision after years of gigging, recording, and producing other projects. Jeff is known for his passionate guitar work and literate songwriting. His chops show evidence of his having studied guitar with Bay Area masters \"Juke Joint Johnny\" Lumsdaine and Nina Gerber. Kate has moved effortlessly from lead vocalist to bass and vocals, holding up her end of the trio with solid grooves and vivid songwriting. Prior to joining FLW, Jace Bartulis made his living as a sought-after session player in L.A., and he now contributes the rock-solid pulse for the band\'s explorations.

As the cd liner notes say, \"FLW have seen the void, but every song is a chance for redemption.\" Great lyrics, grooves, harmonies and exciting instrumental jams, all played as if everything is riding on each note.

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CD Review:
by Aaron Richardson, Berkeley 2003

Famous Last Words\' first CD is out. You should get it. Here\'s why:

It all starts with a \"Lullaby\" that would wake the deepest dreamer; this majestic and harmonically gorgeous pop song sets Jeff Zittrain\'s gruff, heartfelt voice and Kate Burkart\'s sweet, supple tones flickering over each other like soft flames. Both tender and anthemic, it\'s easily the most radio-friendly cut on the CD -- kind of like the Mamas and the Papas with 21st century crunch.

Later, \"Sloe Hank\" identifies the late-night barroom burnout of the music life with a larger-scale American cultural hangover. Here, in a powerfully affecting near-solo performance, Jeff\'s singing and fluid acoustic picking carry the hard-earned authority of the years he\'s spent in the nightclub trenches.

Elsewhere, Kate\'s rich voice and sturdy bass playing shine, or Jeff\'s fiery electric and agile acoustic guitar styles beguile. Throughout, Jace Bartulis provides limber, subtly virtuosic support. In fact, if a band with such obvious talents can be said to have a hidden star, he\'s it.

Together, Famous Last Words can play crisp and tight. But their motion never comes to rest, always stretching out after that moment of divine spontaneity when the clouds part and the sunshine of inspiration casts its warmth on the soul.

There\'s something for everyone here; and if this variety can sometimes be disorienting, it nonetheless guarantees that their CD bursts with endless vitality. On it, they mark out a great swath of rock and roll territory -- from folk ballads to funky grinds, roots rock to jazzy sizzle, pop to jam -- and claim it as their own.

Above all, Famous Last Words\' first CD catches the wink in their name. Far from the final word, it\'s a fluent invocation of even greater musical eloquence to come.

Fold-out insert includes liner notes and lyrics.

And check out FLW\'s second cd, \"Underground Acoustic\", also available at CD Baby.

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Keith Moore

Hip jam-rock you can kick back to...
Smells Like Candy is my favorite tune on this CD. High energy, funky rock jam. Other tunes remind of folksy roots-rock players like Stan Ridgway. I dig the way these guys blend. Nice, team-oriented songwriting. Check it out.
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Dave @ KyndMusic

Second the Triple Live CD!
I've had the pleasure of hearing their studio album AND the Acoustic Demo. If these guys don't release more material...especially a triple-live cd, I'm calling for a picket line outside their shows until they do. One of the best bands on the scene hands down!
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Dave @ KyndMusic

Second the Triple Live CD!
I've had the pleasure of hearing their studio album AND the Acoustic Demo. If these guys don't release more material...especially a triple-live cd, I'm calling for a picket line outside their shows until they do. One of the best bands on the scene hands down!
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Fan

I Listen every morning
I wake up every morning and put this CD on. It's more uplifting than coffee. It's been 2 months, and I can't go without it. Great music still exists. Burkart and Zittrain are an uncanny combo. Get this CD. Trust me.
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Robert Snedden

Silver disc of satisfaction
This little silver disc satisfies every time. At times you feel yourself being carried upwards on a soaring heart-of-the-sun guitar line that plugs itself directly into the pleasure centres of your brain. All I want to know, Jeff and Kate is - when do we get the triple live album?
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Sincere Versatile Rock
They rock! Jams that rip, ballads that make you stop and listen. Very talented musicians. Get it!
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Steffon Moody

Soulful anthems, lush grooves, daring guitar, beautiful harmonies..... Timeless.
A deep and wide river of soulful anthems, lush grooves, daring guitar solos and beautiful blended harmonies. The listener is bouyed not only by the impressive musicallity of FLW, but by songwriting imbued with a reverence for musical history. Rocking or slow, their music has a timeless flow.
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