Loren Connors Given Box Set Treatment
Zach Vowell reports:
Fresh off a surprise performance with Jandek at a Houston-area Quaker
meeting house, Loren Connors will get even more rays of the public's
spotlight, as Family Vineyard has will release a sprawling 3-CD box
set of Connor's singles and unreleased work, the scarcity and
labyrinthine discography of which the No Neck Blues Band would be
proud to call their own.
Night Through: Singles & Collected Works, 1976-2004 will be released
on June 6, and adds up to over 3 and a half hours of Connors'
distinctive solo guitar work as well as a couple of tracks from
Connors' band Haunted House. But even if you already somehow own most
or all of the previously released tracks, the comp boasts the
remastering talents of Jim O'Rourke, who worked his wicked mastering
skills on the original tapes.
Night Through's first two CDs focus on Connors' many 7"s on labels
such as Road Cone, Union Pole, Table of Elements, Menlo Park, St.
Joan, and of course Family Vineyard. And though CDs one and two
contain a few scattered unreleased songs (including a 1959 rendition
of "Peace" by Connors' mother Mary Mazzacane), the third CD really
packs the unheard recordings with 13 such tracks ranging from as early
as 1998 to as late as 2004. As if all this rounding up from the vaults
weren't enough, Family Vineyard seems to have also been diligent in
collecting tracks scattered on different compilations. All in all,
don't hold your breath for a more comprehensive look at Connors'
non-album work coming out anytime soon.
Or who knows, maybe these'll make a run on the charts, especially
"Deirdre of the Sorrows":
01 Come on in My Kitchen *
02-04 Ribbon o' Blues 7"
05-10 Mother & Son 7"
11-15 Five Points 7"
16-24 The Stations of the Cross 2x7"
25-28 Deirdre of the Sorrows 7"
29-34 Battle of Clontarf *
01 Betty Mae *
02 Night Through
03-05 Exile 7"
06 The End, The Afternoon, The Light 7"
07-08 Desire 7"
09 Adonais 7"
10 Spirit 7"
11 In a Street Full of Rain 7"
12 Air *
13 Oh Bonny Doone *
14 Woman Taken in Adultery
15 For NY 9/11/01 CDR Single
16 Pretty as Ever
17 The Departing of a Dream Vol. 4 *
18 Moon Gone Down 7"
19 Peace (by Mary Mazzacane) *
01 Why We Came Together
02 Suzanne's Rain
03 I've Had Trouble, I've Had Joy
04 Untitled *
05 Haunted House CDR Single
07 Only When You Sleep *
08 I Love You Porgy *
09 Star of Bethlehem pt. 1 *
10 Star of Bethlehem pt. 2 *
11 Earth *
12 Stars *
13 Night in Vain *
14 Untitled *
15 Untitled *
16 Untitled *
17 For Miles Davis *
18 For Miles pt. 2 *
* previously unreleased
Connors has two performances scheduled for the summer: August 14 at
Tonic in New York City, where he will perform a guitar duo with Tetuzi
Akiyama, and an appearance at Eyedrum in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31
as part of the Table of the Elements festival.
* Loren Connors: http://www.fvrec.com/lorenconnors/
* Family Vineyard: http://www.family-vineyard.com/