Richard Barone - Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960s LP

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Composer Richard Barone
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Rpm 33 ⅓
Vinyl color Black Vinyl

Richard Barone’s Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960s casts new light on the songs that sprang from the singer-songwriters in and around Greenwich Village during that pivotal decade.

While Top-40 hit songs were being churned out uptown in the Brill Building and at 1650 Broadway, the downtown writers were weaving folk, blues, R&B and rock into songs that five decades later still sound fresh and inventive. Richard’s choices cover a broad range of writers, from Buddy Holly, who was living and demoing songs in his Greenwich Village apartment just before he died, to up-and-comers like Paul Simon, John Sebastian (of the Lovin’ Spoonful) and James Taylor (of The Flying Machine), to the artists redefining folk music — Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil — for a new generation. Sorrows and Promises revisits and re-imagines these songs that were a vital contribution to the American Songbook, treating them like the modern standards they are. Richard Barone is uniquely qualified to reinterpret these ‘60s classics; throughout his career, first with The Bongos and then as a solo artist, his work has shown the influence of the pop, rock and folk singer-songwriters who lived and worked in the Village neighborhood where Richard has lived since the mid-1980s. The album features an all-star line-up of guest musicians and vocalists including John Sebastian, Dion, Allison Moorer, Nellie McKay, David Amram, Jenni Muldaur, and The Kennedys.

The album was produced by Steve Addabbo, who has a strong creative connection to the music being revisited on the project. Among his many credits as a producer, engineer and musician are albums by Bob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Jeff Buckley, and Eric Andersen.

Also contributing to the album was Mitchell Cohen, a long-time music writer and A&R executive (Arista, Columbia and Verve) who suggested the concept to Richard and worked with him on selecting the material.


Side A
1. Learning the Game (Buddy Holly) (2:10)
2. The Road I’m On (Gloria) (Dion DiMucci) - Featuring Dion (4:14)
3. Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? (John Sebastian) - Featuring John Sebastian (2:11)
4. The Other Side to This Life (Fred Neil) (3:07)
5. Sweet Misery (Janis Ian) (3:46)
6. Close the Door Lightly When You Go (Eric Andersen) - Featuring Allison Moorer (3:30)

Side B
1. Pack Up Your Sorrows (Richard Fariña) - Featuring Nellie McKay (4:19)
2. Don’t Make Promises (Tim Hardin) - Featuring David Amram (3:31)
3. I’ll Keep it With Mine (Bob Dylan) (3:06)
4. Sunday Morning (Lou Reed & John Cale) - Featuring Jenni Muldaur (3:24)
5. When I’m Gone (Phil Ochs) (3:24)
6. Bleecker Street (Paul Simon) - Featuring The Kennedys (3:15)