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The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/1997
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678300820
  • Catalog Number: 83008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Inner Flame (5:35)
  2. 2 Rude World (3:49)
  3. 3 The Good Book (4:00)
  4. 4 Rudy with a Flashlight (2:38)
  5. 5 Something's Gotta Be Done (3:41)
  6. 6 Where's That At? (3:28)
  7. 7 One Man Crusade (4:17)
  8. 8 Losin' Ground - John Parish (3:12)
  9. 9 Worried Spirits (6:15)
  10. 10 Life Is Fine (3:13)
  11. 11 21 Years (5:12)
  12. 12 I Am a Sinner - LK (4:32)
  13. 13 Broken Promises (4:15)
  14. 14 Powder Keg (3:37)
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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
The 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
Willie Nelson Composer
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
Ted Jensen Mastering
Mike Kirkpatrick Producer
Mark Olson Engineer
John Parish Producer
Michael J. Ade Engineer
Howe Gelb Producer, Engineer
Harvey Moltz Engineer
Charlie Jones Producer, Engineer
Jason Rau Mastering
Craig Schumacher Engineer
Bruce Buchanan Engineer
Brenda Rotheiser Art Direction
Jennifer Barbato Art Direction
Mike Gregovich Engineer
Jean Pierre Sluys Engineer
Nick Luca Engineer
Phil Andrews Producer, Engineer
Tommy Fabjance Engineer
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