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Keith Richards — Crosseyed Heart (September 18, 2015)  

Keith Richards — Crosseyed Heart (September 18, 2015)

   Keith Richards — Crosseyed Heart (September 18, 2015)Keith Richards — Crosseyed Heart (September 18, 2015)•»   Stará škola nejlepším možným způsobem. Velice laskavé album. Začíná vybrnkávanou tónickou primou a končí tak smutečně, až to vede k hlubokému zamyšlení — písní Lover’s Plea. Zážitkem je bezprostředný přechod od Crosseyed Heart ke svižné Heartstopper. Oslava písně. Spolupracovníci Waddy Wachtel (b. May 24, 1947), Ivan Neville (b. August 19, 1959), Steve Jordan (b. January 14, 1957), Sarah Dash (b. August 18, 1945), ti jsou na všech Keithových albech včetně 1991 Live at the Hollywood Palladium. Opět jsou tady také Bobby Keys a Bernard Fowler. Nově zpívá Norah Jones (b. March 30, 1979) v písni “Illusion” a je velkým osvěžením. Dokonalý mix Američanů~Angličanů. Komentáře? Jsou vůbec potřeba? Hudba mluví sama za sebe. Ať už milujete cukr nebo med. Používá minimum efektů, spoléhá hlavně na kombinaci pouze “přímé cesty amplifier a správné kytary”, aby dosáhl požadovaného zvuku. Samotné album je ryzím singer–songwriterstvím, nechybí ‘crosseyed reggae’ (Love Overdue), je přehlídkou kořenů R&B s metráky kytarových briliancí. Po 23 letech. Prvním “Talk iI Cheap” získal v USA gold. Richards vždy chtěl chránit pověst RS a jejich kořeny. Jeho verze “Goodnight, Irene” je lepší než originál od Leadbellyho. I stará škola může být inspirací mladým, kam až oko dohlédne. The legendary, invincible lead guitarist and mastermind of the Rolling Stones.
•»   “I thought rock and roll was an unassailable outlet for some pure and natural expression of rebellion. It used to be the one channel you could take without ever havin' to kiss ass, you know?” — Keith RichardsBorn: December 18, 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England
Genres: Rock, blues, blues rock, rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Notable instruments:
•»   1953 Fender Telecaster “Micawber”
•»   1959 Gibson Les Paul
•»   Gibson ES–355
•»   Fender Stratocaster
•»   1961 Epiphone Casino
Location: Weston, Connecticut (main) / Redlands, Sussex / Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Album release: September 18, 2015
Record Label: Virgin EMI
Duration:     58:10 + bonus 4:23
Tracks:
01 Crosseyed Heart     1:53
02 Heartstopper     3:04
03 Amnesia     3:36
04 Robbed Blind     4:01
05 Trouble     4:18
06 Love Overdue     3:29
07 Nothing on Me     3:48
08 Suspicious     3:43
09 Blues in the Morning     4:26
10 Something for Nothing     3:29
11 Illusion     3:49
12 Just a Gift     4:02
13 Goodnight Irene     5:46
14 Substantial Damage     4:22
15 Lover’s Plea     4:24
16 Love Overdue (Best Buy exclusive bonus track)     4:23
•»   All songs written and composed by Keith Richards and Steve Jordan, except “Goodnight Irene” by Lead Belly. Notes: Objeví se toto album jako dodatek k jeho knize “Gus a já: příběh mého dědečka a mé první kytary”? (Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar), vydání 9. září 2014 v pevné vazbě a ebook, v tvrdých deskách, včetně exkluzivního bonusového audio CD.*  Dětem (včetně Keithovy dcery b.1985, ilustrátorky Theodora Augustus Dupree) a vnoučatům. Keith jich má 5, tři od syna Marlona a dvě od dcery Angely. Kdo by neuvítal příležitost setkat se Keithem Richardsem jako malým chlapcem? Gus & Me zve čtenáře do jedné místnosti v elektrizujícím okamžiku, kdy drží kytaru v ruce poprvé.  Navíc sám je vášnivý čtenář se silným zájmem o historii a vlastní rozsáhlou knihovnu. To však není jeho jediná sbírka. Richards má sbírku asi 3000 kytar. A do té albové v těchto dnech přidává čtvrté. 
Personnel:
The X–Pensive Winos:
•»   Keith Richards — lead vocals, guitars, piano, bass
•»   Waddy Wachtel — lead guitar
•»   Ivan Neville — keyboards, Wurlitzer
•»   Steve Jordan — drums
•»   Bobby Keys — saxophone
•»   Bernard Fowler — backing vocals
•»   Sarah Dash — backing vocals
Additional musicians:
•»   Norah Jones — duet vocals on “Illusion”
•»   Larryho Campbell — steel guitar
•»   Charles Hodges — Hammond Organ, Piano
•»   Paul Nowiski — viola da gamba
•»   Blondie Chaplin — background vocals
•»   Harlem Gospel Choir — background vocals
•»   Jim Horn — baritone saxophone
•»   Ben Cauley — trumpet
•»   Lannie McMillan — tenor saxophone
•»   Spooner Oldham — Hammond Organ
•»   Pierre DeBeauport — acoustic guitar
•»   Meegan Voss — backup vocals
•»   David Paich — Farfisa Organ
•»   Kevin Batchelor — trumpet
•»   Clifton Anderson — trombone
•»   Charles Dougherty — tenor saxophone
•»   Pino Palladino — bass
•»   Babi Floyd — Backup vocals
Credits:
•»   Recorded at Germano Studios
•»   Additional Recording at One East Recording, Brooklyn Recording & Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, Tennessee
•»   Mixed at Germano Studios & Brooklyn Recording.
•»   Mixed by Dave O´Donnell, Keith Richards, Steve Jordan
•»   Engineer: Dave O´Donnell
•»   Assistant Engineer: Kenta Yonesaka
•»   Mastering: Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
•»   Mastering Assistant: Steve Fallone
•»   Management: Jane Rose
•»   Guitar Tech: Pierre DeBeauport
•»   Drum Tech: Artie Smith
•»   Production Coordinator: Matt Long
•»   Album Coordinator: Rachel Ruderman
•»   Art Direction: Keith Richards & David Gorman
•»   Design By David Gorman
•»   Original Art By Keith Richards
•»   Cover Photo & Page 9 Portrait By Mark Seliger
•»   Styling By Maryam Malakpour
•»   Session Photography By Kevin Mazur
•»   Photo of Keith & Bobby Keys By Jane Rose:

Review
By Holly Gleason  |  September 15, 2015  |  1:54pm  |  Score: 9.0
•»   As rock’s enduring pirate, Keith Richards embodies swagger, sangfroid and a certain delicious naughtiness. More than the Stones themselves, the guitarist exudes a dirt ’n’ salt earthiness that’s equal parts Rastafarian, broke–down cowboy and seen–it–all gypsy globetrotter.
•»   On “Trouble,” the most post–modern Stones–evoking track on Crosseyed Heart, his voice is all worn rope and spark. The guitars tumble and swoop as co–producer/drummer Steve Jordan presses the beat with an urgency, Richards laughingly croaking “Maybe trouble is your middle name…”
•»   For surface fans, the check is covered.
•»   But the more eclectic material is where Richards’ wit and grit emerge. With the unfinished acoustic “Crosseyed Heart,” about loving two women, disintegrating into the frank admission, “That’s all I got,” Richards lets it all hang out.
•»   There’s “Nothing On Me,” the low–slung blues shuffle of getting busted and getting out of it; a horn–flecked reggae undulation, “Love Overdue”; and the “Wild Horses”–evoking “Robbed Blind” basted in steel guitar — a tale of misadventure, a dusty half–spoken vocal, a plucked gut string guitar and an evocation of Gram Parsons’ finest hardcore country.
•»   After random spoken riffing, “Amnesia” finds Richards sinking into the pulsing groove of the corner–of–mouth muttered mid–tempo. Fallout from being conked on the head (coconut tree, anyone?), its snarl suggests far darker pursuits. That misdirection to danger fuels his song and feeds his hungers.
•»   “She’s a vegetarian, and me, I like my meat,” Richards enthuses in the “opposites attract” rocker d’amour “Heartstopper.” Waddy Wachtel’s electric guitar sweeps down, strangles the frenzy and drives it higher — like the great late mid–career Stones moments — but Richards’ snaggle–toothed confession of lust–fueled magnetism brings it home.
•»   If “Something for Nothing” seems expected, the halting “Just A Gift,” all midnight and gravelly offer, has that gentleman rogue tinge that’s made Richards the most alluring of all rock stars. The smoldering, world–weary knowledge and always tender soul beneath the leathery exterior beckon.
•»   Followed by a drawn–out “Good Night Irene,” delivered like the dissolute’s “Amazing Grace,” Crosseyed Heart is a hymnal for rascals, reprobates and ne’er–do–wells with hearts of gold — or at least kindness. Honor among thieves, love amongst scoundrels…Keith Richards has carved an encompassing survey of his own spirit and set it to a vast set of influences for all to see.http://www.pastemagazine.com/
Review
BY WILL HERMES September 14, 2015;  Score: ***½
¤   Folk, reggae and tons of guitar brilliance on his first LP in 23 years.
¤   Keith Richards’ first solo album since 1992 opens like a fever dream, with the 71–year–old rock god croaking acoustic blues like Robert Johnson after burning down a half–ounce spliff. But it’s a feint. “All right, that’s all I got,” he snaps just under two minutes in, before upshifting into his most eccentric and best–ever solo set. Crosseyed Heart is the sound of Richards following his pleasure wherever it leads, with a lean, simpatico team including longtime session pals Steve Jordan, Ivan Neville and Waddy Wachtel backing him up all the way.
¤   Naturally, there’s a dip into roots reggae: Gregory Isaacs’ 1974 lovers’ rock signature, “Love Overdue,” complete with brass and Neville’s sweet backing vocals. There’s also a straight read of “Goodnight Irene,” a folk standard that Richards likely heard as a kid when the Weavers’ version charted in 1950. Two originals are as strong as any Stones songs of recent decades: “Robbed Blind,” a “Dead Flowers”–scented outlaw–country ballad that echoes Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home,” and “Trouble,” all hiccup–riff swagger with a slide–guitar mash note from Wachtel to ex–Stone Mick Taylor. There’s a charmingly cheeky duet with Norah Jones (“Illusion”), and some beautifully telling moments (see “Amnesia”) where Keith’s guitar is nearly everything — his sublime grooves sprouting melodic blooms and thorny leads. It’s proof that, at core, dude’s an army of one. http://www.rollingstone.com/
Also:
Dave Simpson, Thursday 17 September 2015 16.49 BST;  Score: ****
•  http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/sep/17/keith-richards-crosseyed-heart-review
BY MATT MELIS ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2015, 6:01AM;  SCORE: B–
•  http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/09/album-review-keith-richards-crosseyed-heart/
By JIM FUSILLI, Sept. 15, 2015 6:50 p.m. ET
•  http://www.wsj.com/articles/crosseyed-heart-by-keith-richards-review-1442357446
Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY 11:58 a.m. EDT September 17, 2015;  Score: ***½
•  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2015/09/17/album-of-the-week-keith-richards-crosseyed-heart/72311398/
Artist Biography by Steve Huey
¤   He’s acknowledged as perhaps the greatest rhythm guitarist in rock & roll, but Keith Richards is even more legendary for his near–miraculous ability to survive the most debauched excesses of the rock & roll lifestyle. His prodigious consumption of drugs and alcohol has been well documented, and would likely have destroyed anyone with a less amazing endurance level. On–stage with the Rolling Stones, he epitomized guitar–hero cool as the quiet, stoic alter ego to Mick Jagger’s extroverted frontman, a widely imitated image made all the more fascinating by his tightrope–walking hedonism. Yet that part of Richards’ mystique often overshadows his considerable musical legacy. Arguably the finest blues–based rhythm guitarist to hit rock & roll since his idol Chuck Berry, Richards knocked out some of the most indelible guitar riffs in history, and he did it so often and with such apparent effortlessness that it was easy to take his songwriting skills for granted. His lean, punchy, muscular sound was the result of his unerring sense of groove and intuitive use of space within songs, all of which played a major part in laying the groundwork for hard rock. Never intensely interested in soloing, Richards preferred to work the groove using open–chord tunings drawn from the Delta blues, and his guitars were often strung with only five strings for cleaner fingering, which made it difficult for cover bands to duplicate his distinctive sound precisely. For all his rock–star notoriety, Richards was perfectly happy in the confines of a group, and thus was the last Rolling Stone to release a side–project solo album; his 1988 solo debut appeared more than a quarter century after he co–founded the band that earned him the nickname “Mr. Rock & Roll.”
¤   Richards was born December 18, 1943, in Dartford, Kent, on the southern outskirts of London. When he was just an infant, his family had to be temporarily evacuated from their home during the Nazi bombing campaign of 1944. In 1951, while attending primary school, Richards first met and befriended Jagger, although they would be split up three years later when they moved on to different schools. By this age, Richards had already become interested in music, and was an especially big fan of Roy Rogers; in his very early adolescence, he sang in a choir that performed for the Queen herself, although he was forced to quit when his voice changed. Around that time, he became interested in American rock & roll and began playing guitar, with initial guidance from his grandfather. Behavior problems at school led to Richards’ expulsion in 1959, but the headmaster thought he might find a niche as an artist, and Richards was sent to Sidcup Art School. There he met future Pretty Things guitarist Dick Taylor, who at the time was playing in a blues band with Jagger. Discovering their new mutual interest, Richards and Jagger struck up their friendship all over again, and Richards joined their band not long after. Over the next couple of years, that band evolved into the Rolling Stones, who officially debuted on–stage in the summer of 1962 (by which time Richards had left school).
¤   The rest was history — initially a blues and R&B covers band, the Stones branched out into original material penned by Jagger and Richards. The duo took some time and practice to develop into professional–quality songwriters, but by 1965 they’d hit their stride. “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” made them superstars in the States as well as the U.K., boasting one of rock's all–time great guitar riffs, which Richards played into a tape recorder in the middle of the night and didn’t recall writing when he heard the tape the next morning. With their menacing, aggressively sexual image, the Stones became targets for British police bent on quelling this new threat to public decency, and Richards suffered his first drug bust in 1967 when police raided his residence and found amphetamines in the coat pocket of Jagger’s girlfriend, singer Marianne Faithfull. Richards was convicted of allowing the activity on his premises and sentenced to a year in prison, but public furor over the trumped–up nature of the charges and the purely circumstantial evidence prompted a hasty reversal of the decision. The same year, Richards hooked up with bandmate Brian Jones' former girlfriend, model/actress Anita Pallenberg; although the two never officially married, they remained together (more or less) for the next 12 years, and had two children (Marlon, in 1968, and Angela, in 1972). (excerpt. More at http://www.allmusic.com/)
Discography:
¤   1988 Talk Is Cheap
¤   1991 Live at the Hollywood Palladium (December 15, 1988)
¤   1992 Main Offender
¤   2015 Crosseyed Heart
Public image and private life:
••••   Music journalist Nick Kent attached to Richards Lord Byron's epithet of  “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”. Jagger thought that Richards' image had “contributed to him becoming a junkie”. In 1994 Richards said his image was “like a long shadow ... Even though that was nearly twenty years ago, you cannot convince some people that I'm not a mad drug addict.” In 2010, journalist Peter Hitchens wrote of Richards that he is “a capering streak of living gristle who ought to be exhibited as a warning to the young of what drugs can do to you even if you're lucky enough not to choke on your own vomit.”
••••   Richards' notoriety for illicit drug use stems in part from several drug busts during the late 1960s and 1970s and his candour about using heroin and other substances. Richards has been tried on drug–related charges five times: in 1967, twice in 1973, in 1977 and in 1978. The first trial — the only one involving a prison sentence — resulted from a February 1967 police raid on Redlands, Richards' Sussex estate, where he and some friends, including Jagger, were spending the weekend. The subsequent arrest of Richards and Jagger put them on trial before the British courts while also exposing them to public opinion. On 29 June 1967, Jagger was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for possession of four amphetamine tablets; Richards was found guilty of allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property and sentenced to one year in prison. Both Jagger and Richards were imprisoned at that point: Jagger was taken to Brixton Prison in south London, and Richards to Wormwood Scrubs Prison in west London. Both were released on bail the next day pending appeal. On 1 July The Times ran an editorial entitled “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?”, portraying Jagger's sentence as persecution, and public sentiment against the convictions increased. A month later the appeals court overturned Richards' conviction for lack of evidence, while Jagger was given a conditional discharge.
••••   On 27 February 1977, while Richards was staying in a Toronto hotel, then known as the Harbour Castle Hilton on Queen's Quay East, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found heroin in his room and he was charged with “possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking” — an offence that under the Criminal Code of Canada can result in prison sentences of seven years to life. His passport was confiscated and Richards and his family remained in Toronto until 1 April, when Richards was allowed to enter the United States on a medical visa for treatment for heroin addiction. The charge against him was later reduced to “simple possession of heroin”.
••••   For the next two years, Richards lived under threat of criminal sanction. Throughout this period he remained active with the Rolling Stones, recording their biggest–selling studio album, Some Girls, and touring North America. Richards was tried in October 1978, pleading guilty to possession of heroin. He was given a suspended sentence and put on probation for one year, with orders to continue treatment for heroin addiction and to perform a benefit concert on behalf of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind after a blind fan testified on his behalf. Although the prosecution had filed an appeal of the sentence, Richards performed two CNIB benefit concerts at Oshawa Civic Auditorium on 22 April 1979; both shows featured the Rolling Stones and the New Barbarians. In September 1979 the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the original sentence.
••••   Richards maintains cordial relations with Italian–born actress Anita Pallenberg, the mother of his first three children. Richards and Pallenberg, who never married, were a couple from 1967 to 1979. Together they have a son, Marlon Leon Sundeep (named after the actor Marlon Brando), born in 1969, and a daughter, Angela (originally named Dandelion), born in 1972. Their third child, a son named Tara Jo Jo Gunne (after Richards' and Pallenberg's friend Guinness heir Tara Browne), died on 6 June 1976 at just over two months old of SIDS (or, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Richards was away on tour at the time, something which he said has haunted him since.
••••   Later in 1979, Richards met his future wife, model Patti Hansen. They married on 18 December 1983, Richards’ 40th birthday, and have two daughters, Theodora Dupree and Alexandra Nicole, born in 1985 and 1986 respectively. In March 2014, it was reported that Richards was writing a children’s book with Theodora, Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. Theodora was reported as contributing pen and ink illustrations for the book, which was inspired by the man she's named after (Richards' grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree).
••••   Richards still owns Redlands, the Sussex estate he purchased in 1966, as well as a home in Weston, Connecticut and another in the private resort island of Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos. His primary home is in Weston. In June 2013, Richards said that he would retire with his family to Parrot Cay or Jamaica if he knew his death was coming. Keith Richards has five grandchildren, three from his son Marlon and two from his daughter Angela.
••••   He is an avid reader with a strong interest in history and owns an extensive library. An April 2010 article revealed that Richards yearns to be a librarian.
21st century:
••••   On 27 April 2006, while in Fiji, Richards suffered a head injury after falling out of a tree; he subsequently underwent cranial surgery at a New Zealand hospital. The incident caused a six–week delay in launching the Rolling Stones' 2006 European tour and the rescheduling of several shows; the revised tour schedule included a brief statement from Richards apologising for “falling off his perch”. The band made up most of the postponed dates in 2006, and toured Europe in 2007 to make up the remainder. In a video message in late 2013 as part of the On Fire tour, Richards gave his thanks to the surgeons in New Zealand who treated him, remarking that “I left half my brain there.”
••••   In August 2006 Richards was granted a pardon by Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for a 1975 reckless driving citation.
••••   In 2012, he joined the 11th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.
Website: http://www.keithrichards.com/Notes>*
Gus & Me : The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
¤   New York, NY [March 11, 2014] — Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the upcoming picture book publication of Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar from world-renowned Rolling Stones rock star Keith Richards, with illustrations by his artist daughter, Theodora Richards. Inspired by a childhood experience shared in Richards’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Life, the story was written with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro and will simultaneously release in hardcover and ebook on September 9, 2014, with the hardcover edition including an exclusive audio CD featuring bonus book content. The author and artist were represented in the deal by Richards’s manager, Jane Rose, and Ed Victor Ltd.
¤   Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as “Gus,” who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith’s daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus & Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story that is lovingly illustrated with Theodora Richards’s exquisite pen–and–ink collages. This unique autobiographical picture book honors the special bond between a grandfather and grandson and celebrates the artistic talents of the Richards family through the generations. It will also include selected photographs from the Richards family collection.¤   “I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about,” says Keith Richards.
¤   “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.”
¤   “When I found out they wanted me to be a part of this project, my immediate instinct was to say yes, and I am so happy I did,” comments Theodora. “To be able to explore my father’s relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself. The things that I’ve learnt during this whole process have just been life affirming.”
¤   Megan Tingley remarks, “Who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to meet Keith Richards as a young boy? Gus & Me invites readers to be in the room at the electrifying moment that Keith holds a guitar in his hands for the first time. We are excited to be bringing this vivid and moving story to children and families and proud to be publishing the debut of talented artist Theodora Richards.”
¤   The world English rights acquisition was made by Megan Tingley, who will also edit the book. It will also be published simultaneously in the UK by Orion Children’s Books, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK. Fiona Kennedy, Managing Director and Publisher, Orion Children’s Books, adds, “I can only echo Megan’s words and say how much we are looking forward to publishing Gus & Me, an amazing father–daughter collaboration that has produced an utterly charming and beguiling book, which will become a family favourite.”
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