Monday, June 16, 2008

Syd Straw- War and Peace



Here is a Syd Straw CD from my collection. A truly fine album from one of the great vocalists from the awesome band The Golden Palominos. The review from Amazon below is spot on. Enjoy!

One of my recurring fantasies is imagining Syd Straw in the no-rules wrestling ring with Alanis Morissette, Shirley Manson, and Sheryl Crow, wiping the floor with their self-important butts and showing them how a real woman makes hard-rockin' art out of her relationship woes. Never easily pigeonholed or tied down, singer, songwriter, and wandering spirit Straw wound up living in Chicago, recording her category-defying sounds in Missouri, and putting them out on the Nashville-based Capricorn Records. But the label that made Southern rock famous was as unlikely home, and War and Peace never connected with either the modern-rock or roots-rock crowds that it should have appealed to. Poignant, passionate, it's powered by the world's greatest garage band, the Skeletons. It's also filled with songs such as "The Toughest Girl In the World" (a moving declaration that Straw is anything but), "CBGB's" (a tale of a one-night stand that began at the infamous punk club), and the love-lost ballad "All Things Change. " They're unforgettable-just like Straw herself. Jim Derogatis

1. The Toughest Girl In The World
2. Million Miles
3. Time Has Done This
4. Love And The Lack Of It
5. CBGB'S
6. All Things Change
7. Madrid
8. Almost As Blue
9. Water, Please
10. X-Ray
11. Howl
12. Static
13. Black Squirrel
14. The Train That Takes You Away...

Vocalist, singer/songwriter, and guitarist Syd Straw first made a name for herself as part of the Golden Palominos, a band led by Anton Fier that enjoyed a cult following in the 1980s. Her Capricorn Records debut, War and Peace, was released in 1996, and since then her unique blend of folk-rock and blues-rock have found a home with Triple A (adult album alternative) radio stations and their audiences around the country. Straw has only one other solo album, Surprise, released in 1990 to good reviews. That recording chronicled Straw's emergence as a songwriter, which as she had thought of herself primarily as a song interpreter before that. On Surprise, Straw was joined by Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), John Doe (X), Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois, Don Was, Richard Thompson and Marshall Crenshaw.

Straw was raised in Los Angeles, the daughter of Hollywood film and TV actor Jack Straw, best known for his starring role in The Pajama Game. She was drawn to a life as a performer, and after high school, she headed straight for Manhattan, arriving in New York in 1978. Shortly after that, she landed her first job singing harmonies for Pat Benatar, and later joined the Golden Palominos' ever-changing lineup, which also included Michael Stipe and Matthew Sweet. Straw can be heard on the Palominos' Visions Of Excess and Blast of Silence albums. She also toured the U.S. and Europe with the band, performing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival one year.

In the midst of promoting and touring for War and Peace, Straw has kept up her profile as a scenemaker, sitting in at clubs and lending her gifted musical sensibilities to records by Vic Chesnutt, Wilco, Rickie Lee Jones, David Sanborn and Evan Dando. A version of her song "Howl,'' served as the title cut for a film by Eric Stoltz, Sleep With Me. Straw was the first female singer signed by Capricorn, a roots-rock and blues label now based in Nashville. On War and Peace, she's accompanied by a gifted bar band from Missouri, Lou Whitney and the Skeletons, and she recorded the album without a lot of extras at their studio off Route 66 in Springfield, Mo. On the album, Straw addresses themes ranging love and the lack of it on a track by the same name, "Love and the Lack of It,'' as well as loneliness, as on "All Things Change.''

Although Straw may only have two albums out, she's an enormously gifted vocalist and songwriter who has her own distinct musical vision, as evidenced on her self-produced War and Peace. That vision is a rootsy one, with lots of country and blues influences. Her 14 originals on the record prove it. Although she didn't set out to, she also plays rhythm guitar on many of the tracks on the album. Straw says with the biography accompanying War and Peace that she doesn't see the album as a "comeback'' at all, "because things have been constantly busy and changing for me since Surprise came out. But I really threw myself into the new record in a way that I haven't been inspired to do for a long time.'' Great records and a wider following are in the offing for this unique, multi-genre vocalist and songwriter. ~ Richard Skelly, All Music Guide



85MB, WMA

http://rapidshare.com/files/122846660/Syd_Straw.rar

15 comments:

eric said...

Syd has a great voice, I would reccomend you get a copy of Eric Ambel's Roscoe's gang cd, as she sings on some of the songs and it is great lp/cd.

Camarillo Brillo said...

It would be nice if someone would share a link for it!

Camila said...

I can't believe i found this album!! I wanted to purchase it, but in my country NO ONE knows syd straw. Thank u so much!!! :D

Camila said...
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Camarillo Brillo said...

Camila,
No permission needed...download away!

Assel said...

I've almost been in some doubts about finding War and Peace... Thank you very much! It is wonderful.:))))

Camarillo Brillo said...

Assel...and how about the bonus with that download?

Assel said...

it was nice surprise!!!;)) Thanx again!

Camarillo Brillo said...

;-)

Anonymous said...

Love this cd. Now if someone would just upload a link to download Syd's first album, SURPRISE. I only have it on cassette.

Camarillo Brillo said...

If you find it post a link here please

Anonymous said...

"surprise & Singles":
http://rapidshare.com/files/222556828/SS-SwS.rar

Camarillo Brillo said...

Thank you, thank you! for the link for 'Surprise' and Singles!!!!!

Mick Jeffries said...

OMG, that you SO MUCH for the Surprise link!! I've been missing that album for years! What a joy to have it back…

Camarillo Brillo said...

Enjoy Mick..glad you found it and thanks for checking in!

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