Echo in the Canyon – Music From and Inspired By the Documentary Film
(Clean Slate Entertainment, 2019)
Although technically a soundtrack, this record could/should be billed as a Jakob Dylan release. The son of Bob and frontman of the Wallflowers was the driving force and primary interviewer in the film about the Laurel Canyon music scene in the mid 1960s.
Dylan has collected 13 songs from the era and reinterpreted them with the help of some very talented guests, including Nora Jones, Fiona Apple, Beck, Neil Young, Regina Spektor, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills and others. Clapton and Stills join Dylan on the Stills-penned Questions, originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield in 1968.
David Crosby features prominently in the film, and his song What’s Happening is presented here with a searing guitar solo by Neil Young.
Neil Young sings with Jakob Dylan on the Beach Boys classic, I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times. Another Brian Wilson composition is one of the best tracks on the album – In My Room, featuring Fiona Apple.
Expecting to Fly (although written by Neil Young) does not feature Young, but has some tasty pedal steel by Greg Leisz and vocals by Jakob Dylan and Regina Spektor.
There are two more Byrds songs included, both written by Roger McGuinn. You Showed Me features vocals by Cat Power and It Won’t Be Wrong finds Fiona Apple singing along with Dylan.
Other highlights include Go Where You Wanna Go, No Matter What You Do, Goin’ Back and Pete Seeger’s Bells of Rhymney, featuring vocals by Beck.
Echo in the Canyon is an inspiring and enlightening film and the soundtrack is stunning. I’m looking forward to the BluRay release of the film.
She’s The One – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
(Warner Bros Entertainment, 1996)
This overlooked treasure from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is subtitled “Songs and Music From the Motion Picture.” The film is a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Edward Burns and Cameron Diaz. The soundtrack features a collection of strong Petty songs, under the always-amazing production of Rick Rubin.
Walls was recently covered by the Lumineers, but Petty delivers two different versions of the song here. Walls (Circus) has swirling organs and more of a Sgt Pepper feel while Walls (No. 3) is more straight-ahead mid-tempo rock.
Hung Up and Overdue features guest performances by Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Beach Boy Carl Wilson. Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham also appears on a few tracks.
The lone cover here is a gritty rendition of Lucinda Williams’ Change The Locks.
Other highlights include Climb That Hill, Hope You Never, Grew Up Fast, the shiny and catchy California, and both versions of Angel Dream.