Mickey Newbury – Live At Montezuma Hall/Looks Like Rain (7E-2007) (1973)

MickeyWither the live album? Time was when the live album wasn’t a mere souvenir, a wallet liner for some dinosaur’s mega-tour or superfluous bonus disc on an album’s deluxe CD edition, but a genuine re-imagining of an artist’s oeuvre in front of a concert audience. Such is the case with Mickey Newbury’s genial, solo acoustic Live At Montezuma Hall.

ElektrikPerhaps slightly less eccentric musically than its follow-up, ‘Frisco Mabel JoyLooks Like Rain is a likewise acoustic guitar-led slow-burn that shares with that record a thoughtfully burnished musical and world-weary coherence. In fact, another gem. Purchased yesterday from Demelza House in Hythe, this issue comes as a twofer alongside the live Lp.

Originally released by Mercury, the rights to Rain were picked up by Elektra who released two more studio Lps before appending it to the live collection–I don’t think Montezuma Hall is available on vinyl by itself.

The generic Elektra four-color inner sleeve of the time hints at Alan Aldridge-style whimsy.

The generic Elektra four-color inner sleeve of the time hints at Alan Aldridge-style whimsy.

This leaves me two-thirds of the way towards thrifting Newbury’s American Trilogy with just Heaven Help the Child to pick up. Go Asbo!


Published in: on March 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I have just noticed you refer to him as Newberry. I always thought it was Newberry but as the label has it (and Wikipedia etc etc) it’s Newbury. Has this happened recently I wonder, well I assume not.

    Perhaps you should wither the berry! 🙂

    • After this and the previous Gary “Newman” debacle, the Thrifty Vinyl copy editor has been sacked (after flogging).

      The proper revisions have been enacted. It’s doubly odd since I got it right on the ‘Frisco MN post.

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