Piero Odorici Quintet (feat. Eddie Henderson) – Plays Kurt Weill (1993)

FrontCover1Piero Odorici represents one among the most clever new european Jazz’s young talent. Born in Bologna (Italy) in 1962 , he had his first approches with saxophone when he was ten years old . After classical studies he improved his jazz technique under the Sal Nistico and Steve Grossman’s guide, two between the most great modern Jazz’s saxophone players, and took part to workshops with Mal Waldron, Barry Herris and Joe Handerson. Piero Odorici began early his professional career having the opportunity to perform as member and as sideman of several european and foreign groups with tours in all the word (Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Finland, Canada….) and appear in radio and TV shows. Among various collaborations : Ray Mantilla, Ben Riley, George Cables, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Slide Hampton, Eddy Henderson, Red Rodney, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, Jack Walrath, Elliot Zigmund, Gloria Gaynor, Steve Ellington, Steve Gadd, Jack McDuff, Mingus Big Band, Luciano Pavarotti, George Michael and many other. In May 2000 Odorici makes an american tour with an own band playing in famouses Clubs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc. with Ray Mantilla & George Cables Quartet. He took part to numerous important Festivals like Umbria Jazz (Italy), Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice-F), Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Salonicco Jazz (Greece), Porretta Soul Festival (Italy), Pavarotti and Friends 2000 (Italy).

And here´s an early album by Piero Odorici … you will here superb interpretations if Kurt Weill compositions … That´s why I love jazz muic ! A very distinguished album !

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Personnel:
Luigi Bonafede (drums)
Eddie Henderson (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Piero Leveratto (bass)
Piero Odorici (saxophone)
Marcello Tonolo (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Anstatt dass Song (Weill) 6.06
02. This Is New (Weill) 6.53
03. Alabama Song (Weill) 6.26
04. Grabschrift (Weill) 4.37
05. Mr E. J. (Odorici) 4.00
06. September Song (Weill) 6-09
07. Green Up Time (Weill) 7.01
08. Dreigroschernoper (Finale) (Weill) 7.09
09. Song For My Wife (Odorici) 4.53
10. My Ship (Weill) 3.43

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Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

FrontCover1What’s Love Got to Do with It is the eighth solo studio album by Tina Turner, released on Parlophone in 1993. It was the soundtrack album for the 1993 Tina Turner biographical film What’s Love Got to Do with It, which was released by Touchstone Pictures the same year.

Turner re-recorded many of her songs from the Ike and Tina Turner period for this album including their first hit single “A Fool in Love”. Three brand new tracks were also included, “I Don’t Wanna Fight” being a top 10 hit in both the US and UK, her last major American chart success. The album also includes Turner’s version of The Trammps’ disco classic “Disco Inferno”, a song she had often performed live in concert during the late 1970s, but which she had never previously recorded in studio. Two tracks from her 1984 breakthrough solo album Private Dancer are included as well, the title track to the movie and “I Might Have Been Queen”. The album hit #1 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum in various countries including the US, the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand. (by wikipedia)

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This is the soundtrack for the Tina Turner film that got Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne Oscar nominations. There’s little here that you couldn’t get elsewhere in better versions, but if you only want a hint of the music Tina Turner made in various contexts, with and without Ike, this would be a serviceable purchase. Otherwise, get the film and hear the music in the correct setting. (by Ron Wynn)

This respects literal chronology even less than the movie, which has her doing “Proud Mary” before Creedence released it. But there’s a logic to the willy-nilly segues–in which, for instance, two glossily intelligent new products of her pop-diva phase, the thematic “I Don’t Wanna Fight” and the pneumatic “Why Must We Wait Until Tonight?,” flank B.B. King’s 1964 “Rock Me Baby” and the Trammps’ 1978 “Disco Inferno,” neither of which has ever had her name on it before. In essence, she’s reenacting her career as timeless myth, submitting every brilliant exploit and humiliating compromise to the unmatched lust and lustre of her 54-year-old pipes. She’s never sounded more beautiful or more alive. Or more enigmatic–it’s as impossible as ever to glimpse what she might be like in “real life,” or even to pin down an artistic appeal that at this point seems to inhere in the raw fact of her survival. As for the sex, it’s more abstract and calculated than ever. And right–love has nothing to do with it. (Robert Christgau)

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Personnel:
Curt Bisquera (drums)
Gene Black (guitar)
Rick Braun (trumpet)
Terry Britten (guitar, background vocals)
Graham Broad (drums)
Timmy Cappello (saxophone, vocals)
Steve DuBerry (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals)
Bob Feit (bass)
Nick Glennie-Smith (keyboards)
Rupert Hine (keyboards, programming)
Graham Jarvis (drums)
Robbie King (organ)
Billy Livsey (keyboards)
Steve McNamara (programming)
Trevor Morais (drums)
Simon Morton (percussion)

David Paich (piano)
Tim Pierce (guitar)
James Ralston (guitar, background vocals)
Keith Scott (guitar)
Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone)
Tina Turner (vocals)
C.J Vanston (keyboards, drum programming)
Jamie West-Oram (guitar)

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The Tuck Back Twins – Sharon Brown – Jean McClain – Jacquelyn Gouche – Jam – Cy Curnin – Tessa Niles – background vocals
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Tracklist:
01. Don’t Wanna Fight (Lulu/Lawrie/DuBerry) 6.09
02. Rock Me Baby (King/Josea) 3.59
03. Disco Inferno (Green/Kersey) 4.05
04. Why Must We Wait Until Tonight (Adams/Lange) 5.55
05. Nutbush City Limits (T.Turner) 3.20
06. (Darlin’) You Know I Love You (King/Taub 4.29
07. Proud Mary (Fogerty) 5.27
08. A Fool in Love (I.Turner) 2.56
09. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (McKinney/McCoy) 2.50
10. Stay Awhile (Britten/Lyle) 4.52
11. I Might Have Been Queen (Obstoj/Hine/West-Oram/T.Turner) 4.21
12. What’s Love Got To Do with It (Britten/Lyle) 3.49

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Buddy Guy – Live In Munich (audience tape) (1993)

MC Cover1George “Buddy” Guy (born July 30, 1936)[2] is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and John Mayer. In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records and began a musical partnership with the harmonica player Junior Wells.

Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His song “Stone Crazy” was ranked 78th in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”. Clapton once described him as “the best guitar player alive”.

In 1999 Guy wrote the book Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues, with Donald Wilcock. Guy’s autobiography, When I Left Home: My Story, was published in 2012. (by wikipedia)

The early 90´s were very sucessful years fro Buddy Guy. He rleased two of his best albums, “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” (1991) and “Feels Like Rain” (1993).

And I have to reduce my collection of audience tapes and so I will offer you this very rare audience tape (recorded by me *smile*).

You´ll hear Buddy Guy … and it´s pure dynamite … and it´s a very good audience tape !

Recorded live at the Terminal 1, Munich/Germany, May 14, 1993

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Tracklist:
01. Blues Medley I (18,39)
01.1. Mary Had A Little Lamb (Traditional/Guy) 4.05
01.2. It´s My Own Fault (King/Taub) 9.25
01.3. Slippin Out – Slippin In (LaSalle) 4.45
02. Blues Medley II (16.22)
02.1. My Time After Awhile (Badger/Feinberg/Geddins) 9.11
02.2. Cut You Loose (unknown) + Hoochie Coochie Man (Morganfield) 7.01
03. Voodoo Chile (Hendrix) 2.55
04. Accussin´ Me (unknown) 8.06
05. Tore Down (Thompson) 6.20
06. Some Kind Of Wonderful (Ellison) + I Wanna Make Love To You (Dixon) + bass & drum solo 14,45
07. We Want A Party (audience)Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues (Guy) + Rock Me Baby (King/Taub) 7.05
08. Knock On Wood (Cropper/Floyd) + Final Jam (Guy) 17.02

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Little Charlie & The Nightcats – Night Vision (1993)

FrontCover1Little Charlie & the Nightcats (now billed as Rick Estrin & the Nightcats) is an American four-piece electric blues and swing revival combo, currently consisting of guitarist Kid Andersen, harmonicist and lead vocalist Rick Estrin, bassist Lorenzo Farrell and drummer J. Hansen.

Charles Baty (born 1953) was studying mathematics at University of California Berkeley when he and Rick Estrin (born 1949) formed Little Charlie & the Nightcats in 1976. Their first album, All the Way Crazy, was issued in 1987. It includes the songs “Poor Tarzan”, “Suicide Blues” and “When Girls Do It”. The following album, Disturbing the Peace (1988), included “That’s My Girl”, “My Money’s Green”, “She’s Talking” and “Nervous”. They began touring in the United States and internationally. They played at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 1980 and 1982, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the San Diego Street Scene, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival in 2002.

Their 1993 album, Night Vision, was produced by Joe Louis Walker, who also performed on it. The album included “My Next Ex-Wife,” which won a W.C. Handy Award for Song of the Year. The band’s drummer, Dobie Strange, was replaced by June Core in 1996.

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In early 2008, Baty announced he was entering “soft” retirement and no longer tours with the band, except for reunion tours and shows in Europe and select North American festivals. Baty performed with JW-Jones at the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Piazza Blues in Bellinzona, Switzerland, in July 2009. Estrin continued with the band, which was renamed Rick Estrin & the Nightcats. Baty was replaced on guitar by Chris “Kid” Andersen (born 1980), originally from Telemark, Norway. Andersen had backed Charlie Musselwhite and Terry Hanck, and had fronted his own band.

Baty’s most recent blues recording was as a guest on JW-Jones’s Bluelisted (2008), an album which marked the first time in his career that he documented his harmonica playing on a recording and the first time he and another West Coast blues musician, Junior Watson, had recorded together on the same tracks.

In 2013, Estrin was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category B.B. King Entertainer.[5] He was nominated again in 2014 for the same award, and the ensemble was nominated for Band of the Year (by wikipedia)

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Unlike their previous efforts (where it sounded like the band pulled the van up to the studio, unloaded their gear, and played a set and split before someone hollered out for last call), this one sounds more like a real album. With Joe Louis Walker producing, the boys explore new twists on their wide-ranging bag of tricks. The band’s humor is found in abundance on sleazy blues items like “I’ll Never Do That No More” and the soul rocker opener “My Next Ex-Wife,” while the boys truly get down to business on the rockabilly-tinged “Backfire” and the smokin’ shuffle “Can’t Keep It Up.” Augmenting their basic lineup are guest appearances by Walker and a host of others in support, making this their most musical sounding album yet. (ny Cub Koda)
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Personnel:
Little Charlie Baty (guitar)
Rick Estrin (vocals, harmonica)
Brad Lee Sexton (bass)
Dobie Strange (drums)
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Jeff Lewis (trumpet on 01. + 03.)
Jimmy Pugh (keyboards on 02., 03., 06., 07. + 10.)
Joe Louis Walker (guitar on 03.)
Donnie Woodruff (background vocals on 01., 02., 04. + 05.) (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5 )

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Tracklist:
01. My Next Ex-Wife (Estrin) 4.32 SpotifyAmazon
02. I’ll Never Do That No More (Estrin) 4.00
03. You Win (Estrin/Woodruff/Portnay) 3.58
04. Sure Seems Strange (Estrin/Woodruff) 3.56
05. Can’t Keep It Up (Estrin) 4.33
06. Dog Eat Dog (Estrin) 5.23
07- I Dare You, Baby (Mayfield)
08. Crying Won’t Help You (Whittacker) 5.21
09. Grow Up, Baby (Estrin) 3.57
10. California On My Mind (Estrin) 4.00
11. Backfire (Estrin) 2.12
12. Pressin’ On (Estrin) 3.25
13. Buzzsaw (Estrin) 2.57

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Los Sabandeños – Canario (Con la participación especial de Alfredo Kraus) (1993)

FrontCover1Back home again and I´m very lucky to present now a very popular group from Tenerife … Los Sabandeños:

Los Sabandeños is a Spanish large folk band from Canary Islands, founded in 1966 and still in active. They have compiled folk songs from their home land and also from South America.

During their career they recorded over 70 albums ! And here´s one of these albums, recorded with another star from the Canary Islands, Alfredo Kraus:

Alfredo Kraus Trujillo; 24 November 1927 – 10 September 1999) was a distinguished Spanish tenor from the Canary islands (known professionally as Alfredo Kraus), particularly known for the artistry he brought to opera’s bel canto roles. He was also considered an outstanding interpreter of the title role in Massenet’s opera Werther, and especially of its famous aria, “Pourquoi me réveiller?” (by wikipedia).

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This double-album was released in 1993 and it´s really a great one … The music reminds me to the old great Fago tune from Portugal and it´s a music that can really touch your soul … very deep inside … if you would like to open your heart, your soul …

Try it … and enjoy this music, enjoy all these vocals … it´s a kind of magic !

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Personnel:

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Tracklist:
01. Folías de la libertad (Alonso/Gonzalez) 5.51
02. Isa de Luciano (Alonso/Gonzalez) 4.55
03. Saltonas y seguidilla del Canario (Alonso/Gonzalez) 2.40
04. Te Cuento Cómo Vivo En Tenerife (Traditional) 3.32
05. Sombra Del Nublo (Alamo) 4.08
06. Guillén Peraza (Traditional) 4.53
07. Isa del Canario (Alonso/Gonzalez) 4.04
08. La Traición /Alonso/Roldan) 4.34
09. El Niño Y El Canario (Traditional) 3.39
10. Aires de Lima (Traditional) 5.09
11. Por Casualidad (Traditional) 3.14
12. Malagueñas Del Pajaro Enamorado (Alonso/Gonzalez) 3.46
13. El Canario (Traditional) 2.11
14. Cantos De Arada (Traditional) 5.44
15. Islas Canarias (Rodriguez) 2.23
16. Tenerife (Garcia) 3.37

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And they are still alive and well … Los Sabandeños … here´s a screenshot of their website:

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Rod Stewart – Unplugged … And Seated (1993)

FrontCover1Unplugged…and Seated is a live album released by British musician Rod Stewart on 24 May 1993. It is Stewart’s second live album and his first (and only) appearance on MTV Unplugged. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records (WEA 9362-45289-1/2). The unplugged versions of “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison, “Reason to Believe”, “Having a Party”, and “People Get Ready” were released as singles, with “Have I Told You Lately” and “Having a Party” reaching success as singles. A special collector’s edition was released in March 2009 on Rhino Records. This two-disc package included the DVD of the MTV performance with 13 songs while the CD contained 17 tracks including two songs (“Gasoline Alley” and “Forever Young”) not on the original 1993 release.

The album was recorded on 5 February 1993 at Universal Studios, Los Angeles as part of MTV’s Unplugged series. The event aired on television on 5 May of the same year. Unplugged finds Stewart reunited, for the first time in nearly twenty years, with Ronnie Wood, a fellow Faces band member. Stewart performs some of the classics from his repertoire such as “Tonight’s the Night” and “Maggie May”, but also adds some new material such as “Having a Party” and “Highgate Shuffle”. The album title comes from a joke Stewart made during the taping about “Stay With Me” being difficult to perform while sitting down. Six songs were taped but not included on the subsequent album release, though “It’s All Over Now” was included as the B-side to the single for “Reason to Believe”. (by wikpedia)

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Eric Clapton’s Unplugged turned the MTV series into a pop culture phenomenon, one that was especially appealing to veteran rockers because all they had to do was dust off their old hits and give them a nice, relaxed reading — the perfect re-imagining for middle-aged rock stars. Rod Stewart leaped at the opportunity and, in many ways, he seemed even better suited for the gig than Clapton as much of his ’70s prime prominently featured acoustic guitars, including “Maggie May” and “Every Picture Tells a Story.” Stewart upped the ante by reuniting with his old friend and Faces bandmate Ron Wood, giving Unplugged…and Seated the appearance of an event…an appearance that was entirely intentional. That Unplugged…and Seated falls well short of actually being an event is a disappointment but also inevitable. Where Clapton’s Unplugged was a natural phenomenon, a blockbuster delivered with no preconceived notions, Unplugged…and Seated is designed as a hits revue, playing upon nostalgia while delivering mellow sounds for middle age.

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This is no bad thing, necessarily, particularly when the song selection is so strong — all the big hits from that early-’70s golden age, plus Rod’s recent cover of Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately,” Tom Waits’ “Tom Traubert’s Blues,” and a reworked version of the folk standard “Highgate Shuffle” thrown in for good measure — and the chemistry between Stewart and Wood is still so cheerful. Occasionally, this frivolity is a wee bit forced but that’s not quite as big of a problem as the punchy, professional production; these are ultimately nothing more than mild signs of road wear on a record that’s a nice night out with the boys, nothing more, nothing less. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

And for me this album is a very sentimental trip … from “Tonight´s The Night” (Spread your wings and let me come inside) to “The First Cut Is The Deepest” … many songs from this album was very important songs … I guess … they told the story of my life …

Rod Stewart … what a a voice !

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Personnel:
Jim Cregan (guitar)
Jeff Golub (guitar)
Charles Kentiss III (keyboards)
Phil Parlapiano (accordion, mandolin)
Carmine Rojas (bass)
Kevin Savigar (keyboards, accordion)
Rod Stewart (vocals, banjo)
Don Teschner (guitar, mandolin, violin)
Ronnie Wood (guitar)
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Dorian Holley – Darryl Phinnessee – Fred White
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Marilyn Baker – Haim Shtrum – Mari Tsumura – Jay Rosen – Kwihee Shamban – Miran Kojian- Brian Leonard – Jean Hugo – Joel Derouin – Bruce Dukov – Joseph Meyer – Ronald Clark – Joan Elardo – David Shostac – Norman Ludwin – Drew Dembowski – David Shamban – Suzie Katayama – James Ross – Larry Corbett.

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Tracklist;
01. Hot Legs (Rod Stewart/Grainger) 4.25
02. Tonight’s The Night (Stewart) 4.04
03. Handbags And Gladrags (d’Abo) 4.25
04. Cut Across Shorty (Walker/Wilkin) 4.58
05. Every Picture Tells A Story (Stewart/Wood) 4.45
06. Maggie May (Stewart/Quittenton) 5.45
07. Reason To Believe (Hardin) 4.07
08. People Get Ready (Mayfield) 4.59
09. Have I Told You Lately (Morrison) 4.08
10. Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda) (Waits) 4.40
11. The First Cut Is The Deepest (Stevens) 4.12
12. Mandolin Wind (Stewart) 5.23
13. Highgate Shuffle (Traditional)) 4.04
14. Stay With Me (Stewart/Wood) 5.27
15. Having A Party (Cooke) 4.44

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The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We (The Complete Sessions) (1993)

OriginalFRontCover1Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? is the debut studio album by the Irish rock band The Cranberries. Released on 1 March 1993, it was their first full-length album after having released four EPs, and is also their first major label release. The album was written entirely by the band’s lead singer Dolores O’Riordan and guitarist Noel Hogan. It reached number one in the UK and the Irish Albums Chart. At the end of 1995, it ranked as the 50th best selling album in Australia. It reached number 18 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart and sold over five million copies there.

Re-release The album was re-released in 2002, under the title Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (The Complete Sessions 1991–1993). This version of the album featured bonus tracks as well as B-sides from the singles lifted off the album.(by wikipedia)

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Title aside, what the Cranberries were doing wasn’t that common at the time, at least in mainstream pop terms; grunge and G-funk had done their respective big splashes via Nirvana and Dr. Dre when Everybody came out first in the U.K. and then in America some months later. Lead guitarist Noel Hogan is in many ways the true center of the band at this point, co-writing all but three songs with O’Riordan and showing an amazing economy in his playing, and having longtime Smiths/Morrissey producer Stephen Street behind the boards meant that the right blend of projection and delicacy still held sway. One can tell he likes Johnny Marr and his ability to do the job just right: check out the quick strums and blasts on “Pretty” or the concluding part of the lovely “Waltzing Back.” O’Riordan herself offers up a number of romantic ponderings and considerations lyrically (as well as playing perfectly fine acoustic guitar), and her undisputed vocal ability suits the material perfectly.

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The two best cuts were the deserved smashes: “Dreams,” a brisk, charging number combining low-key tension and full-on rock, and the melancholic, string-swept break-up song “Linger.” If Everybody is in the end a derivative pleasure — and O’Riordan’s vocal acrobatics would never again be so relatively calm in comparison — a pleasure it remains nonetheless, the work of a young band creating a fine little synthesis. (by Ned Raggett)

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Personnel:
Mike Hogan (bass)
Noel Hogan (guitar, background vocals)
Fergal Lawler (drums, percussion)
Dolores O’Riordan (vocals, guitar)
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Tracklist:
01. I Still Do (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 3:16
02. Dreams O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 4:32
03. “Sunday O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 3:30
04. “Pretty (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 2:16
05. “Waltzing Back (O’Riordan) 3:38
06. “Not Sorry O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 4:20
07. Linger (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 4:34
08. “Wanted O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 2:07
09. “Still Can’t … O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 3:38
10. “I Will Always (O’Riordan) 2:42
11. How (O’Riordan) 2:51
12. “Put Me Down (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 3:33
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13. Reason (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 2.02
14. Them (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 3.42
15. “What You Were (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 3:41
16. “Liar (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 2:22
17. “Pretty” (Prêt-à-Porter Movie Remix) (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 3.41
18. “How” (Radical Mix) (O’Riordan/N.Hogan) 2,58

“Liar” was featured in the 1995 film Empire Records and  “Linger” was featured in the 2006 film Click.

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