Various Artists – A Love Song For Bobby Long (OST) (2005)

frontcover1A Love Song for Bobby Long is a 2004 American drama film written and directed by Shainee Gabel. The screenplay is based on the novel Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps.
Eighteen-year-old Purslane (Pursy) Hominy Will leaves a Florida trailer park where she lives with her abusive boyfriend to return to her hometown of New Orleans following the drug overdose death of her jazz singer mother Lorraine, a free spirit whom Pursy had not seen for several years. The girl is startled to discover one-time Auburn University professor of literature Bobby Long and his protégé and former teaching assistant, struggling writer Lawson Pines, living in her mother’s dilapidated fixer-upper home. Both men are heavy drinkers who spend their days smoking numerous cigarettes, quoting Dylan Thomas, Benjamin Franklin, and T.S. Eliot, playing chess, and spending time with the neighbors while Bobby strums a guitar and sings melancholy country-folk songs. The two convince Pursy her mother left the house to all three of them, although in reality she is the sole heir and the time they legally are allowed to remain in it is limited by the terms of the will.
Pursy moves in and proves to be the most responsible and sensible member of the dysfunctional family the three create. The men’s efforts to drive her away gradually abate as they grow fond of her with the passing of time. Bobby – unshaven, slovenly, and suffering from ailments he prefers to ignore – attempts to improve the lot of the young girl by introducing her to The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and encouraging her to return to high school and get her diploma. Lawson, suffering from writer’s block, finds himself attracted to Pursy but hesitant to complicate his life further by becoming involved with her. Memories of Lorraine linger for all of them, especially Pursy, who vividly recalls her mother ignoring her in favor of pursuing a career. Her sense of who her mother was is altered somewhat when she finds a cache of letters Lorraine wrote her but never mailed, letters that lead her to discover not only how her mother really felt about her, but the true identity of her father as well. (by wikipedia)
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And here´s the Soundtrack of this movie:
The soundtrack to Shainee Gabel’s directorial debut, A Love Song for Bobby Long, is steeped in the regional sounds of New Orleans. Based on the novel Off Magazine Street by Everett Capps, the film, starring Scarlett Johansson, Gabriel Macht, and John Travolta — the latter performs two cuts (“Barbara Allen” and the Howard Barnes/Don Robertson hit “I Really Don’t Want to Know”) — focuses on the grittier, blue-collar side of the Big Easy. Capps’ son, singer/songwriter Grayson Capps, provides three of the compilation’s most affective tracks, “Washboard Lisa,” “Love Song for Bobby Long,” and a gorgeous duet with Theresa Andersson called “Lorraine’s Song (My Heart Was a Lonely Hunter) — both have cameos in the film. Nathan Larson’s brief but powerfully atmospheric score appears twice, casting a long shadow of melancholy that permeates classic cuts from celebrated bluesman Lonnie Pitchford, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Magic Slim, and Big Bill Morganfield. Other highlights include Los Lobos’ previously unreleased “Someday,” an outtake from 1990’s Neighborhood, and Nada Surf’s achingly nostalgic “Blonde on Blonde,” rounding out a collection that effortlessly and continuously provides the listener with dusk-tipped emotionality and a succinct sense of place. (by James Christopher Monger)
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Not only the perfect background music, but the backbone of a little and precious independent movie that blends together love, life, death, literature, music, loneliness, friendship, failures, heavy hungovers, redemption…
Young and talented songwriters (Grayson Capps, Nathan Larson), indie acts (Nada Surf, Trespassers William), blues legends (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Magic Slim & the Teardrops) and John Travolta himself (singin’ a couple of numbers including the traditional Barbara Allen) all cooperate to give birth to a collection of trembling and at the same time intimate songs that accompanies the story of the tortured existence of Mr Bobby Long & his Friends in a New Orleans never as charming and mysterious as here.
An hidden gem not to be missed. (by tenentedrogo)
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Tracklist:
01. Los Lobos: Someday (Hidalgo/Perez) 3.44
02. Grayson Capps & Theresa Andersson:  Lorraine’s Song (My Heart Was A Lonely Hunter) (Capps) 4.50
03. Thalia Zedek: Bone (Zedek) 4.35
04. Nathan Larson, Joan Wasser & Lyle Molzan:  Bobby (Original Score) (Larson) 1.48
05. Trespassers William: Different Stars (Williams) 4.45
06. Lonnie Pitchford: Lonesome Blues (Pitchford) 5.34
07. Magic Slim & The Teardrops:  Early Every Morning (Holt) 5.08
08. John Travolta: I Really Don’t Want To Know (Barnes/Robertson) 0.54
09. John Travolta: Barbara Allen (Traditional) 1.02
10. Giant Drag: This Isn’t It (Hardy) 3.00
11. Nathan Larson, Joan Wasser & Lyle Molzan:  Daughter Like Mother (Larson) 1.59
12. Big Bill Morganfield: Rising Son (Morganfield) 4.18
13. Grayson Capps: Washboard Lisa (Capps) 3.24
14. Nada Surf: Blonde On Blonde (Caws) 4.30
15. Lightnin’ Hopkins: Praying Ground Blues (Ellen) 2.59
16. Grayson Capps: Love Song For Bobby Long (Capps) 4.52
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Lightnin’ Hopkins – Lightnin’ (1969)

frontcover1Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins was one of the most influential musicians in modern days blues music. Born and raised in Texas, Hopkins lived early life as a rambler, playing music for most of his career on street corners and in local bars. As blues and folk music took the world by storm in the early 1960s, Hopkins became famous for his contributions, having recorded a number of widely popular albums and gaining a worldwide fan base. His music changed the way the world viewed blues music. (by highbeam.com)

“This is a twin LP package of twenty tracksby the great blues singer and guitarist and includes many of his older classics as well as a lot of new material. It is excellently recorded and is one of the best blues packages of the year.” (by Ralph J. Gleason, Rolling Stone)

“Lightnin’ Hopkins may have made more records than any other bluesman and with a few exceptions those records were remarkably consistent. There were peaks and valleys but the general form remained the same: a solid rhythmic accompaniment in E or A broken by bright fierce guitar runs and that amazing voice.

Hopkins always sounds relaxed sometimes almost asleep but with an underlying edge that goes right to the heart and gut. He invites comparison with John Lee Hooker that other master of the dark brooding vocal but his guitar work has a sophistication that Hooker’s lacks and his tunes stay closer to the standard 12-bar framework (although in Hopkins’s hands that could shrink to 11 or stretch to 13 1/2 bars).

lightin-hopkinsHopkins had an endless ability to improvise new songs but he had a few favorites that he came back to again and again. Virtually all those favorites are here played by Hopkins either solo or with a drummer nailing down the rhythm and on one track with a full band. Hopkins plays his acoustic guitar through a magnetic pickup and amplifier giving his playing a bite and sustain that his pure acoustic recordings lack.
Drummer Francis Clay though listed on 16 tracks appears on only bout half of them. On classics like his trademark `Baby Please Don’t Go’ his reinvention of Ray Charles’ `What’d I Say’ and the humorous boogie romp `Ain’t It Crazy’ Hopkins appears solo allowing free rein to his unique sense of pacing and dynamics. When the drums do come in on a driving `Mojo Hand’ and a fine version of `See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’ (here called `One Kind Favor I Ask Of You’) Hopkins takes advantage of their presence to extend his high note runs leaving Clay to hold down the rhythm.

The one band cut `Rock Me Baby’ shows Hopkins flawlessly adopting the Muddy Waters Mississippi/Chicago sound with results Waters must have admired. For lagniappe one cut `I Hear You Calling Me’ gives an extremely rare glimpse of Hopkins playing slide. Hopkins was one of the true greats a master artist whose work transcended the blues genre and this album is an unmatched sampler of his music.” (Elijah Wald, SingOut!)

A superb blues album !

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Personnel:
Jeffrey Carp (harmonica)
Franis Clay (drums)
Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins (guitar, vocals)
Geno Scaggs (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Hold Up Your Hand (Corley) 3.26
02. My Starter Won’t Start This Morning  3.20
03. What’d I Say (Charles) 2.46
04. One Kind Favor (Hopkins) 4.30
05. Baby Please Don’t Go (Broonzy) 3.00
06. Trouble In Mind (Jones) 3.13
07. Annie’s Blues (Hopkins) 2.31
08. Baby (Hopkins) 2.35
09. Little And Low (Hopkins) 3.33
10. I Hear You Calling (Hopkins) 2.06
11. Mojo Hand Part 1 (Hopkins/Robinson/Lewis) 3.06
12. Mojo Hand Part 2 Hopkins/Robinson/Lewis) 2.59
13. Have You Ever Had A Woman (Hopkins) 4.15
14. Ain’t It Crazy (Hopkins) 2.30
15. Black And Evil (Hopkins) 3.09
16. Rock Me Baby (King/Josea) 3.34
17. Hello Central (Hopkins) 4.35
18. Back Door Friend (Hopkins) 1.51
19. Little Girl, Little Girl (Hopkins) 6.03
20. It’s Better Down The Road (Hopkins) 2.36

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Various Artists – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (1976)

FrontCover1This wonderful set of live recordings may have a few flaws audio-wise here and there, but there’s something in the excitement of the proceedings captured here that nullifies all of that. For sheer class, it’s hard to beat Irma Thomas’ or Allen Toussaint’s turns with the crowd, just as it’s impossible to ignore the loose and jagged performances of legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Professor Longhair, perhaps the centerpieces of this unheralded work of genius. The real thing in front of the hometown crowd, this is one modern-day live album with some spirit to it. (by Cub Koda)

Once a year, during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, some of the greatest artists the Crescent City has to offer get together to revel in their colourful past and give fans a sample of what’s in store for the future. The 1976 Jazz & Heritage Festival was no exception to this tradition. The music contained within is not only indicative of the time it was recorded but also transcends time by affecting the popular music being produced today by bands like Galactic.

Most of the tracks on this album were recorded on April 9, 10, and 11 at the R&B segment of the festival. The album contains performances by jazz progenitors and New Orleans greats such as, Professor (‘Fess) Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, Robert Parker, Earl King, and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

This is some of the most heartfelt and feel-good music I’ve heard in a while and it’s bound to make you feel the same way. (onepointeightseconds.blogspot)

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In 1989 this album was re-rleased by Rhino Records with a complete different cover and artwork.

Tracks 1 to 5 rec. on riverboat “President” 9/4/1976.
Tracks 8, 9, 12 to 14 & 17 to 21 rec. New Orleans Fairgrounds 11/4/1976.
Tracks 6, 7, 15 & 16 rec. Sea-Saint Recording Studio 11/9/1976.
Tracks 10 & 11 rec. Sea-Saint Recording Studio 26/9/1976.

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Allen Toussaint:
01. High Life (Toussaint) 1.56
02. Sweet Touch Of Love (Toussaint) 3.09
03. Play Something Sweet (Toussaint) 3.48
04. Shoorah, Shoorah (Toussaint) 3.33
05. Freedom For The Stallion (Toussaint) 3.33

Lee Dorsey:
06. Workin’ In A Coal Mine (Toussaint) 2.40
07. Holy Cow (Toussaint) 3.24

Ernie K-Doe:
08. Ain’t It The Truth (K-Doe) 4.09
09. Mother-In-Law (Toussaint) 3.01

Robert Parker:   
10. Barefootin’ (Parker) 3.17
11. Country Side Of Life (Parker) 2.56

Irma Thomas & The Tommy Ridgley Band:
12. You Can Have My Husband But Please Don’t Mess With My Man (La Bostrie) 3.29
13. Cry On (Neville) 3.08
14. I Done My Part (Neville) 2.43

Earl King: 
15. Mama & Papa (Johnson) 4.36
16. Trick Bag (Johnson) 4.39

Lightnin’ Hopkins:  
17. Mojo Hand (Hopkins) 3.13
18. Baby Please Don’t Go (Hopkins) 3.27
19. All Night Long (Hopkins) 3.42

Professor Longhair:   
20. Tipitina (Byrd) 3.29
21. Mardi Gras In New Orleans (Byrd) 2.56

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