Love Is Overtaking Me

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Since 2005, New York City's Audika imprint has dedicated itself to releasing the recordings of the late composer, cellist, and singer/songwriter Arthur Russell, a musical polymath who was as comfortable in the discos of Manhattan as he was in a cowboy hat in the fields as he appears here, on the cover of Love Is Overtaking Me. Audika has issued four albums -- three different compilations centering on different aspects of his musical adventurousness, an EP, and his seminal World of Echo album. Love Is Overtaking Me contains 21 tracks recorded between 1974 and 1990. It reveals another dimension of this seemingly limitless musician: his pop and country-ish recordings, done solo...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Since 2005, New York City's Audika imprint has dedicated itself to releasing the recordings of the late composer, cellist, and singer/songwriter Arthur Russell, a musical polymath who was as comfortable in the discos of Manhattan as he was in a cowboy hat in the fields as he appears here, on the cover of Love Is Overtaking Me. Audika has issued four albums -- three different compilations centering on different aspects of his musical adventurousness, an EP, and his seminal World of Echo album. Love Is Overtaking Me contains 21 tracks recorded between 1974 and 1990. It reveals another dimension of this seemingly limitless musician: his pop and country-ish recordings, done solo as demos, in session with the brilliant John Hammond at Columbia, and with musicians from the East Village and downtown scenes including Peter Gordon Ernie Brooks, Andy Paley, Jerry Harrison, Steven Hall, Larry Saltzman, Jon Gibson, Jimmy Chamberlain, David Van Tieghem, and Peter Zummo. Some of these are rehearsal versions of tunes he performed and recorded with his bands the Flying Hearts and the Sailboats project with Hall. Russell's companion Tom Lee wrote the liner notes to this set and discusses the sheer possibility for mass appeal in these songs; he's not exaggerating. Take a listen to the demo of the title track recorded with Hall on guitar, drummer Rob Shepperson, and conguero Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed. Its verse/chorus structure is woven straight from classic organic pop
ock melody -- think a less twisted Jonathan Richman -- and is utterly infectious. Elsewhere, in "I Couldn't Say It to Your Face," one can hear traces of John Lennon, James Taylor, and Randy Newman. Recorded by Hammond, this cut featured a full band with Gibson, Brooks, Gordon, Paley, trombonist Garrett List, and bassist Jon Sholle. The melody shimmers underneath a lyric that contains warmth, love, anger, and irony. The very next track, "This Time Dad You're Wrong," with a standard rock quartet, features a shuffling country rhythm under a melody that combines the sophistication of Big Star and the poetic directness of Willie Nelson. The latter is exaggerated a bit on the spoken/sung "What It's Like," but it's a story song and it works. The opening number, "Close My Eyes," is a pure country waltz, with Russell accompanying himself on a guitar -- he was almost as deft on it as he was on cello. These tunes reflect Russell's California origins. But there's the other side too; the New York side in the rockin' "Big Moon" and "Janine," which, though utterly friendly and even beautiful, is a kind of fractured future pop that transcends its form. On "Love Comes Back," Russell accompanies himself with a cheap drum machine and keyboards; he closes the entire argument as to what he was about artistically no matter how wide-ranging his recordings were: he was a composer and songwriter who wished -- and succeeded -- to express tenderness, empathy, and gentleness in everything he did. Russell's music connected with so many of his peers -- no matter what scene they were in -- and with his posthumous listeners for that reason alone. Russell was 100-percent genuine, and as Ted Berrigan once wrote, "on the level, everyday." This is one of the finest chapters yet in Audika's continuing retrospective. Let's hope there is still more where this came from.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Audika Records
  • UPC: 880301101022
  • Catalog Number: 1010
  • Sales rank: 93,845

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Russell Primary Artist, Guitar, Cello, Keyboards, Vocals, Linn Drum
Peter Laurence Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Harrison Organ
John Bergamo Tabla
David LaFlamme Violin
Garrett List Trombone
Sid Page Violin
Jon Sholle Guitar
Jon Gibson Clarinet
Peter Zummo Trombone
Michael Adams Flute
Joyce Bowden Vocals
Ernie Brooks Bass
Jesse Chamberlain Drums
Dr. Rick Jaeger Drums
Jason Klagstad Guitar
Bob Maize Bass
Andy Paley Drums
Jonathan Paley Guitar, Drums, Tambourine
Larry Saltzman Guitar
David Stone Violin
David Van Tieghem Drums
Steve Warren Bass
John Scherman Guitar
Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed Percussion, Conga
Steven Hall Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Randy Gunn Guitar
Steven Hall Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mustafa Ahmed Percussion
Kent Goshorn Guitar
Johnie Bartel Violin
John Scharman Guitar
Jason Klagstad Guitar
Huzur Nawaz Clarinet
Darrius Thabit Guitar
Cecil Milligan Tamboura
Rob Shepperson Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Arthur Russell Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Bob Blank Engineer
John Hammond Audio Production
David Vartanian Engineer
Steven Miglio Art Direction
Paul Gold Mastering
Tom "Sisu" Lee Liner Notes
Steve Knutson Executive Producer
John F. Hammond Producer
Mark Friedman Engineer
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