Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek

The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Combining two currently popular trends in compilation albums, this disc is both a tribute record and a charity project, the subject in each case being singer/songwriter/guitarist Rainer Ptácek, a friend of Robert Plant, who has recorded several of his songs as B-sides. The German-born Ptácek grew up in Chicago and now lives in Tucson, where he suffers from cancer. The

Overview

Combining two currently popular trends in compilation albums, this disc is both a tribute record and a charity project, the subject in each case being singer/songwriter/guitarist Rainer Ptácek, a friend of Robert Plant, who has recorded several of his songs as B-sides. The German-born Ptácek grew up in Chicago and now lives in Tucson, where he suffers from cancer. The set includes recordings by Plant with Ptácek and with Jimmy Page, by previous tribute/charity recipients Vic Chesnutt and Victoria Williams, and by such other notable musicians as Emmylou Harris, Evan Dando of the Lemonheads, PJ Harvey, and Jonathan Richman. Ptácek appears on six of the 14 tracks, singing and/or playing National steel guitar. The songs are sparely arranged (many of them acoustic), with a distinct Delta blues feel: Ptácek's chief influence seems to be Robert Johnson. His lyrics are preoccupied with moral quandaries. "He was innocent," and goes a line in the title track, "but that was a long time ago," and another song is called "I Am a Sinner." This is not easy listening by any means, but it displays a gritty determination that is appealing. And, of course, completists of the named artists will want to pick it up.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/1997
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678300820
catalogNumber:
83008

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Page   Guitar,Track Performer
Robert Plant   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Jonathan Richman   Guitar,Track Performer
Victoria Williams   Dulcimer,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Vic Chesnutt   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Giant Sand   Track Performer
Kris McKay   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
PJ Harvey   Vocals,Track Performer
Rainer Ptacek   Steel Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Bradley   Drums
Malcolm Burn   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Tambourine
Joey Burns   Bass,Guitar,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Vibes,Upright Bass
Sean Cleland   Viola,Mandola
John Covertino   Percussion,Drums
Evan Dando   Vocals,Track Performer
Eric Drew Feldman   Accordion,Keyboards,Track Performer
Don Heffington   Percussion
Bill Janovitz   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Darryl Johnson   Bass,Background Vocals
Mike Kirkpatrick   Guitar,Vocals,Pump Organ
Buddy Miller   Electric Guitar
Mark Olson   Bass,Background Vocals,Track Performer
John Parish   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Track Performer
Oliver Wood   Guitar
Drovers   Track Performer
Taylor   Didjeridu
Howe Gelb   Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Larkins   Drums
Derry Brownson   Drums
Madeleine Peyroux   Vocals,Track Performer
Rev. Brady Blade   Drums
Tina W. Chesnutt   Track Performer
Craig Schumacher   Harp
Nick Luca   Piano
Fred Drake   Background Vocals
Guido   Guitar
Nick Augustine   Bass

Technical Credits

Robert Plant   Producer
Victoria Williams   Producer
Vic Chesnutt   Producer,Engineer
Giant Sand   Producer
Kris McKay   Producer
Rainer Ptacek   Composer
Malcolm Burn   Producer
Joey Burns   Producer,Engineer
Chris Hughes   Producer
Bill Janovitz   Producer
Mike Kirkpatrick   Producer
Mark Olson   Engineer
John Parish   Producer
Michael J. Ade   Engineer
Howe Gelb   Producer,Engineer
Harvey Moltz   Engineer
Charlie Jones   Producer,Engineer
Craig Schumacher   Engineer
Bruce Buchanan   Engineer
Brenda Rotheiser   Art Direction
Jennifer Barbato   Art Direction
Mike Gregovich   Engineer
Nick Luca   Engineer
Phil Andrews   Producer,Engineer
Tommy Fabjance   Engineer
Jean-Pierre Sluys   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >