Live: All the Way from America

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Joan Armatrading's Live: All the Way from America was recorded on June 25, 2003, in Saratoga, CA. This date features Armatrading on guitars; Gary Foote on reeds, woodwinds, and percussion; and Spencer Cozens on keyboards. The set is presented as it went down with no overdubs. The only real edits were made between songs, shortening the dead space between tunes. The material comes from only a few records in her catalog; there are six tracks off her brilliant Lovers Speak which she was touring in support of and four from her classic self-titled record yes, "Love and Affection" and "Down to Zero" are among them, as well as selected tracks from Me Myself I, Show Some Emotion, and...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Joan Armatrading's Live: All the Way from America was recorded on June 25, 2003, in Saratoga, CA. This date features Armatrading on guitars; Gary Foote on reeds, woodwinds, and percussion; and Spencer Cozens on keyboards. The set is presented as it went down with no overdubs. The only real edits were made between songs, shortening the dead space between tunes. The material comes from only a few records in her catalog; there are six tracks off her brilliant Lovers Speak which she was touring in support of and four from her classic self-titled record yes, "Love and Affection" and "Down to Zero" are among them, as well as selected tracks from Me Myself I, Show Some Emotion, and others. The live show is dovetailed to fit the mood of Lovers Speak. It is broken and bleeding and utterly naked, but full of hope and sweetness and determination. There are no rote performances here, only poetically beautiful and emotionally wrenching ones. Take a listen to "The Weakness in Me" from Walk Under Ladders as a case in point. Armatrading's protagonist is devastated by the sudden appearance of a recently lost lover. But Armatrading's lovers never surrender, as evidenced by her rambling, nearly ecstatic version of "Let's Talk About Us" from Lovers Speak. Her versions of "Show Some Emotion" and "Love and Affection" are less anthemic than they are on her studio or even other live recordings. But they are strident and full of conviction and reverie -- not nostalgia. Live: All the Way from America is a sexy record; it offers listeners a soul's eye view of love and it is rendered beautifully raw and direct.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041737724
  • Catalog Number: 17377
  • Sales rank: 202,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down to Zero (4:14)
  2. 2 All the Way from America (3:25)
  3. 3 Prove Yourself (4:07)
  4. 4 Physical Pain (4:12)
  5. 5 Tender Trap (4:38)
  6. 6 The Weakness in Me (3:53)
  7. 7 Let's Talk About Us (5:39)
  8. 8 Join the Boys (3:21)
  9. 9 Save Me (4:08)
  10. 10 Love and Affection (4:39)
  11. 11 Lovers Speak (5:34)
  12. 12 Rosie (3:58)
  13. 13 Kissin' and a Huggin' (5:50)
  14. 14 Me Myself I (4:39)
  15. 15 Willow (6:02)
  16. 16 Blessed (2:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joan Armatrading Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Gary Foote Flute, Percussion, Drums, Saxophone
Spencer Cozens Keyboards
Technical Credits
Joan Armatrading Composer, Director, Producer, Direction, Audio Production
Mark Scott Guitar Techician, Stage Manager
Michael Cuddy Engineer
Ruth Bowditch Personal Assistant
Alan "Big Al" Hopkinson Engineer
Erik Sanderson Evans Monitor Engineer
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