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Mark Lanegan - I'll Take Care of You (1999) Retail CD
Intended as a bunch of b-sides (as Lanegan records covers for b-sides most of the time), this developed into a full-length LP as 1990's The Winding Sheet developed from a proposed blues-ep. At just over 33 minutes it's not that long (e.p. Here Comes the Weird Chill is about the same length), but all 11 covers are perfect- Lanegan tackling songs by The Leaving Trains (Creeping Coastline of Lights), Fred Neil (Badi-Da), Otis Redding (Consider Me), Tim Hardin (Shiloh Town), O.V. Wright (On Jesus Program), Brook Benton (the title track), Tim Rose (Boogie Boogie), Buck Owens (Together Again) & traditionalmore… song Shanty Man's Life with the same gutso that he recorded Leadbelly's Where Did You Sleep Last Night?/In the Pines in 1989. Prior LP Scraps at Midnight had been a bit all over the place- Care of You put Lanegan back on track for his final LP with Mike Johnson, 2001's Field Songs. This is compulsory listening for those who like the stripped-minimal alt-country/folk thing: Laura Veirs, Nina Nastasia, Hope Sandoval, the girl who was in The Be Good Tanyas, Gillian Welch etc. Failing that, it's as great as any of those Rubin-produced albums of covers released by Johnny Cash...A random cast of musicians play alongside Lanegan and regular collaborator Mike Johnson (ex-Dinosaur Jr): Van Conner (Screaming Trees), Mark Pickeral (Ex-Screaming Trees, The Winding Sheet), Steve Berlin (All Shook Down by The Replacements), Barret Martin (Skinyard, Screaming Trees, QOTSA), Ben Shepherd (ex-Soundgarden), Martin Feveryear, Mark Boquist, David Krueger, Mark Hoyt etc. The sound shifts between just Lanegan and Johnson acoustic to a laidback band- the only song even close to Lanegan's prior rock is the take of Rose's Boogie Boogie (though that remains minimal and sounds like it was taken from a longer studio jam). So many classics here- Badi-Da, Creeping Coastline of Lights, Shiloh Town, Together Again...but the one for me is opener Carry Home. This is a cover of The Gun Club song from 1983's Miami (sadly deleted at present)- GC-mainman Jeffrey Lee Pierce having collaborated with Lanegan shortly before his untimely death in 1996 (Pierce's death is as significant as Cobain's when thinking of Screaming Trees'Dust, or the bleak Scraps at Midnight). Kimiko's House, a song co-written by Lanegan and Pierce made it to Field Songs; here Lanegan offers up a great tribute to a brilliant songwriter & musician: just his aching vocal and Johnson's acoustic guitar. It's enchanting stuff and a track I can play over and over; the lyrics in Lanegan's potent voice (backed by Johnson's acoustics that remind me of Pink Moon)have never sounded more timeless and poetic:, "Come down to the willow garden with me/come go with me...Although I've howled across fields and my eyes turned grey- are yours still the same?...Carry home/I have returned- through so many highways and so many tears...Your letter never survived the heat of my hand- my burning hand, my sweating hand...Your love never survived the heat of my heart- my violent heart in the dark..." It's significant Lanegan dispenses with the cruel darkness about flies and dust, chooising to cut to the gorgeous closing lines, "Come down to the willow garden with me/Come go with me- Come go and see" and with nothing left to sing Johnson finally offers a heartbreaking acoustic-line concluding one of the all time great cover versions...I'll Take Care of You is one of the great covers records alongside Intoxicated Man (Mick Harvey), The Covers Record (Cat Power), Low Symphony (Glass), Sings Jacques Brel (Scott Walker), Music for Parties (Silicon Teens), Counterfeit (Martin L. Gore), Famous Blue Raincoat (Jennifer Warnes) etc. It's the sound of Lanegan moving on to new peaks, both solo and with Queens of the Stone Age et al.
|2||I'll Take Care Of You|
|4||Creeping Coastline Of Lights|
|5||Ba Dee Da|
|7||On Jesus' Program|
|10||Shanty Man's Life|
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