Sunday, February 7, 2016

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Expands Two Classic JD Souther Solo Albums

In mid-January, Omnivore Records began the campaign of re-issuing JD Souther's solo albums by releasing his debut solo album "John David Souther," which was expanded with seven bonus tracks. Now Omnivore continues with the February 12th release of JD Souther's second solo album "Black Rose" and his only '80's album "Home By Dawn." Both of these new releases were remastered and also expanded with bonus tracks.

Beginning with "Black Rose," JD Souther invited a whole bunch of guests to perform and sing on this album, including David Crosby, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt and Glenn Frey. The albums contains the best collection of Souther's signature sound with up-beat pop gems like "Banging My Head Against The Moon," the mellow ballads like "If You Have Crying Eyes" and "Faithless Love," along with the country-blues of "Baby Come Home." This new version of the album includes seven bonus tracks including live and solo demo versions of the songs featured on the album. The live version of "Faithless Love" sounds so intimate as Souther performs it solo, which fits perfectly alongside an acoustic demo of the unreleased song "Can Almost See It" and raw acoustic demos of "Border Town" and "Songs Of Love."

After recording one album for Columbia Records, JD Souther returned in 1984 with his Warner Bros. debut album "Home By Dawn." It was a musical resurgence for Souther as he helped with the rise of the new wave of country music in the mid-eighties. The nine-songs that make up the album sure have that modern country feel as with the slow-moving "Go Ahead And Rain" and also have an all-star quality as Linda Ronstadt sings vocals on "Say You Will" and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles lends a hand on the classic west coast rock of "Bad News Travels Fast." The four bonus tracks that help make up this new reissue features the Souther/Ronstadt duet "Hearts Against The World," which was featured on the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack. Also included is a solo piano demo of "I'll Take Care Of You" and the outtakes "Little Girl Blue" and "Girls All Over The World." To find out more about these two latest reissues from JD Souther, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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