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A RAINER PTACEK TRIBUTE: "THE INNER (FIRE RECORDS)

VARIOUS - A RAINER PTACEK TRIBUTE:
format:
2 LP
release:
25.05.2012
label:
FIRE RECORDS
item ID:
53934
barcode:
0809236121813
Fire Records are proud to be reissuing the complete works of Rainer Ptacek, the phenomenal and much beloved slide guitarist from Tucson, Arizona, who originated Giant Sand's sound from the band's inception, as well as creating many remarkable recordings as a solo artist and with his own band, Das Combo, before succumbing to brain cancer on November 12 1997.

The reissues start with "The Inner Flame", a compilation of accomplished and remarkably diverse artists who were brought together to honour Rainer's inspirational work, featuring talents such as Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Emmylou Harris, Evan Dando, PJ Harvey, Victoria Williams, Vic Chesnutt, Jonathan Richman, Madeleine Peyroux and of course Giant Sand.

Originally released in 1997, the album was conceived as both a tribute and benefit album, with the proceeds going towards Ptacek's medical bills.

Reissued now as a celebration of his remarkable life and extraordinary talent, extra tracks have been added by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Grandaddy, Chuck Prophet, John Wesley Harding and Calexico's Joey Burns & John Convertino.

"We offer up this new version to pay tribute and celebrate the man, the likes of whom I've yet to ever encounter again, and allowing a glimpse now of what he had done here on the planet and to share that embrace for ever having known him at all." The best way here to sum up the man is perhaps by his own quote.

Near the end, during his final interview, when asked the impossible question of what he thinks we are all doing here in this life, Rainer answered without hesitation: "to love away the pain"..

Howe Gelb.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. THE INNER FLAME
  • 1.2. THE FARM
  • 1.3. RUDE WORLD
  • 1.4. THE GOOD BOOK
  • 1.5. STORY TELLER
  • 1.6. RUDY WITH A FLASHLIGHT
  • 1.7. SOMETHING'S GOTTA BE DONE
  • 1.8. JUNKPILE
  • 1.9. LOSIN' GROUND
  • 1.10. LIMIT TO IT
  • 1.11. WHERE'S THAT AT
  • 1.12. LIFE IS FINE
  • 1.13. 21 YEARS
  • 1.14. POWDER KEG
  • 1.15. BROKEN PROMISES
  • 1.16. ONE MAN CRUSADE
  • 1.17. THAT'S HOW THINGS GET DONE
  • 1.18. BE PREPARED