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The Definitive Collection, Vol. 1: The Early Years

by The Blackbird

Bold songwriting, masterful guitar work and dangerous lyrics for those who may enjoy the occasional wander outside their comfort zones.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jazz Guitar Floating / Japanese Summer Silk Swamp / How Deep Do We Hear
2:20 $0.99
2. Never Say Never
4:51 $0.99
3. Halfway There
3:30 $0.99
4. Me & You
4:46 $0.99
5. You're Beautiful When You're Free
5:02 $0.99
6. Long Ass Tale
4:49 $0.99
7. The Joker
4:05 $0.99
8. Evil (The Man in the Helicopter)
6:13 $0.99
9. The Weather
5:25 $0.99
10. Keep Movin'
8:15 $0.99
11. By
3:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
The music of The Blackbird is deeply rooted in earlier times and long traditions. Part bluesman, part social critic, part oral historian, part hippie ontologist, it's hard to know he will say or play next. If he wrestles within himself over whether his inspiration is of the light side or of the dark side of things, it is only we who profit. One can hear the light side in songs like Me & You, and You're Beautiful When You're Free , but he may just as well cast himself in the role of monster, or cynic (Never Say Never, Joker). The songs draw from many musical and lyrical traditions. In this compilation he tips his leather hat to the greats lyricists Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, the great bluesmen Johnny Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson. The long form classic electric guitar solos invoke Hendrix or Clapton (Weather, Keep Movin'), and he opens the collection by mixing traditional solo jazz guitar into an experimental composition (jazz guitar floating, japanese summer silk screen, how deep do we hear).

"jazz guitar floating, japanese summer silk screen, how deep do we hear" is an experimental jazz work featuring jazz guitar by the Blackbird and sound designs by Tom Lynn.

"Never Say Never" is a blues sung by a monster to the girlfriend who wants to leave him, but cannot find the strength to go.

"Halfway There" is another of the monster theme, but is a bit more autobiographic and self-critical. The song suggests that arrivals may be mere illusion, and that there is always further to go.

The acoustic "Me & You" is an oral history of the non-violent activism of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, sung in the tradition of Woodie Guthrie. It goes on to discuss the principle of Satyagraha and the philosophy of non-violence.

"You're Beautiful When You're Free" is a feel good party tune. Tipping of the hat to classic party song masters James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Prince.

"Long Ass Tale" carries Robert Johnson's Crossroads myth into the cynical present. The Blackbird seems to be saying that you there are so many lies in the world that you can't hold anything to be true anymore. so you should have fun with lies and conspiracies, and take nothing too seriously... The dobro comes out here...

"Joker" with it's acoustic ragtime guitar and dark Dylanesque lyric is social commentary equating economists, televangelists and other television personalities to comic book villains , and the society in general to indentured servitude of southern plantation farms.

"Evil (The Man in the Helicopter)" could be described as a playful poke at American Imperialism.

"The Weather" playfully salutes Johnny Lee Hooker's "I'm a Man", poking fun at the genre lyrically, but true to the spirit of the genre.

"Keep Movin'" honors the American civil rights movement and the long form guitar solo.

"By" is a hypnotic acoustic work with text, with an African flavor.



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The Blackbird

The Early Years
A stunningly eclectic collection of work that conjures up images of a swampy stroll through well worn streets where music spills out into the street and fills the night air til the morning light. At times you find yourself sitting in a small intimate coffee shop and other times just pausing on the street to soak in the vibe. It's a walk to be savored and like every walk worth taking, ends in a comfy chair sipping an oaky aged scotch. Well worth the trip if you ask this listener.

B from Berlin

great album of a great artist
I enjoy listening to this album soo much! It is a song collection produced with love and perfection spanning from dark humored ballads to serious storytelling with a meaning and it really grooves and sounds sooo great. I LOVE the guitars and my favourite is KEEP MOVIN‘ - it takes you on a real journey! Congrats to a really great album of a great artist! B from Berlin