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Texas Campfire Tapes

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Producer Pete Lawrence recorded an impromptu performance by singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked at the 1986 Kerrville Folk Festival; his original version of the resulting album removed most of her between-song chatter, re-arranged song order and substituted new titles for a few songs. Nonetheless, the original album has an organically complete, self-contained feel that emphasizes Shocked's roots in the folk tradition a la Ramblin' Jack Elliott. The closest contemporary comparison to Shocked would be early Billy Bragg, although Shocked has always been a less overtly political singer, preferring evocative and introspective songs like her ode to San Francisco, "Fogtown." In 2003, Shocked came into possession of a copy of Lawrence's original recording and used it as the basis of her own revision of the album, titled THE TEXAS CAMPFIRE TAPES. The first disc is the album itself, pitch-corrected (the batteries in Lawrence's Walkman were dying, meaning that the original cassette recorded too slowly and therefore speeded up when played back), and the second is the unedited tape, with Shocked's original song titles and between-song explanations returned.

What the critics say...

Dirty Linen (8/03, pp.66-83) - "...This set provides a means to thoughtfully reflect on where Shocked has been and help celebrate her creative and contractual liberation..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. 5 A.M. In Amsterdam
  2. Secret Admirer, The
  3. Incomplete Image, The
  4. Who Cares?
  5. Down On Thomas St.
  6. Fogtown
  7. Steppin' Out
  8. Hep Cat, The
  9. Neck Tie
  10. My Little Sister (Don't You Mess Around With)
  11. Ballad Of Patch Eye And Meg, The
  12. Secret To A Long Life (Is Knowing When It's Time To Go)
  13. Chain Smoker, The
  14. Stranded In A Limousine
  15. Goodnight Irene
Release date Australia
July 25th, 2005
Mighty Sound
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