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"Chris Whitley: On Air" - 2008

When Chris Whitley died from cancer at the age of just forty-five on November 20th, 2005, his passing was a great loss for everyone who appreciated him and his hugely original music. Chris Whitley left behind a complex body of work, an oeuvre that does not give away its secrets easily. Whitley was an uncompromising artist, a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose intensity was especially conveyed live on stage. „Chris Whitley – On Air“ presents a recording of Chris’ third and final Radio Bremen appearance. A concert that took place on August 9th, 2003, at the legendary Radio Bremen concert hall. Hearing Chris Whitley perform live always was a fascinating experience for audiences. He was an exceptional performer

The solo concert presents examples of Whitleys personalized approach to the blues - restless and centred at the same time. Cover versions of Dylan („4th Time Around“), The Doors („The Crystal Ship“), Jimi Hendrix („Drifting“) , J.J. Cale („The Old Man And Me“), Muddy Waters („She’s Alright“) and Buddy Holly („Well All Right“) coalesce organically with original songs from all phases of Whitley’s career – from „Kick The Stones“ („Living With The Law“) to „Velocity Girl“ („Dislocation Blues“). A poet of the blues at work, conjuring up a haunting and powerful atmosphere with very little means, transforming the tradition and drawing in his audience like a magician - with just voice and guitar.

On the night of August 9th, 2003, Chris Whitley also played and sang with a new kind of intensity, a more subdued and mature kind of power. Fusing his musical passion and his complex emotionality in almost impeneterable fashion. Singing and playing his fascinating repertoire of „psycho-sexual and socio-spiritual love songs“ in downright hypnotical manner. Chris Whitley played blues music for the 21st century and this release is a part of his legacy








CD 1

1  

The Old Man And Me  

03:54

2  

Drifting  

02:44

3  

Kick The Stones  

04:02

4  

Clear Blue Sky  

05:06

5  

Light Rain  

04:07

6  

She's Alright  

04:22

7  

New Lost Word  

04:06

8  

To Joy(Revolution Of The Innocents)  

04:41

9  

The Crystal Ship  

03:21

10  

Fourth Time Around  

04:08

11  

Vertical Desert  

04:00

12  

Hotel Vast Horizon  

03:59

13  

Scrapyard Lullaby  

04:16

14  

Phonecall From Leavenworth  

04:42

15  

From A Photograph  

03:43

16  

Shadowland  

04:35

17  

Well...All Right  

04:04

18  

Velocity Girl  

04:56