11/14/14

Melanie - Stoneground Words (1972)







Another re-up, on M this time. Not sure it's a good idea to post this LP since it is sold on various sites and I wouldn' like that it robs Melanie.  Not the album that fulfilled the wait after the gorgeous Gather Me but anyway an album with several great moments. Catch it here.

A reup of this LP after a visitor left a comment to inform me that the link was dead. Note, dear visitor that it's not a badly ripped vinyl version but a real CD one, although I doubt the quality is the best that could be drained from the original master but it's unfortunately often the case with much of the less successful Melanie's material. Hope one day she'll be considered such an important artist that none of her recording will be considered not interesting enough to benefit of a respectful sound treatment. Below what I wrote in the initial post.

This album was planned to be the first of the Melanie new free career since she was now the master of her destiny, via Neighboorhood, the label she created with Peter Shekeryk her husband,, having stopped to be in the Buddha hands, but it would be finally her swansong, only reaching  70 in the US charts and not even charting in the land that made her successful, I mean UK. Why? Surely because there's not the luxury of easy-to-remember tunes that made Gather Me such a classic. But when listening to this album, there were enough goodies to make it a hit LP if only the whole mood hadn't been so sad, nostalgic, introspective, fatalist and in one word, melancholic. And the times were not waiting for such songs. Maybe one year later, it would have been better. Cos' yes, this a much more folk, ballad-oriented and mellow album than Gather Me and even than the previous ones. Some orchestral arrangements are rather gorgeous, but not enough to make the whole album sounding as a sort of must for lovers of such music. Although they are very good songs, "Together Alone" and "Do You Believe" will be released, without success, in singles. Among the highlights, there's "Here I Am" where Melanie shows that she's one of the most moving singers any periods, a Billie Holiday for the seventies (and the next decades). A total gem for Cabaret songs amateurs. But there's enough in this album to make it one of your sonor companion for the rest of your life. Melanie, wherever you are, we love you.


















11 comments:

John Hilton said...

Thanks for telling us about this album. I had not heard of it, and it's given my a lot of pleasure this evening.

Ian Walker said...

I'm glad you discovered this album, John. It has a very special place in the hearts of many of us 'Melanites' around the world... oh, and the 26th when you posted this was my birthday!

John Haldoupis said...

And might I add , one of the most beautifully produced visual albums of the gold age of producing a packaged vinyl record . The pictures booklet by Maddy Miller alone are worth the price. Here is Peter Schekeryk producing at the top of his game.Remember when getting an album had that thrill of opening the shrink wrap .... this one did live up to all you had ever hoped it would be. Amazing what a little song called "Brad New Key" afforded some indulgence .WONDERFUL !

Marc said...

The link is dead. Could you kindly reupload this wonderful album of Melanie? Possibly in non vinyl ripped version?
Thank you so much for this great blog.

Anonymous said...

I would also like to just say thanks for this blog. So full of good things, and put together with great care. Thankyou, there's much here to read and hear, even old posts re-upped nicely. Great work.

Harry said...

Are you still working on re-uploading the Melanie files? This album and everything posted before it are no longer downloadable.

dkelvin said...

Do it at my pace. Maybe slow for some but mine.
dk

Harry said...

Great. Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

Just saw on your favourite Melanie website an announcement that this wonderful LP (my personal favorite of Melanie) is now going to be released for the first time as CD. Discogs doesn't mention any CD version neither. Just wandering which CD version you were posting. By the way Madrugada will be as well available for the first time on CD. Doesn't mention anything of remastering though...

Anonymous said...

Possible to re-up this great album with the new Morello CD version? Would make me happy! Thank you for your great post

dkelvin said...

Sorry but no, this would be stealing Melanie (and Cherry Red Records). I don't know if she gets some money from it but I bet she does. The aim of this blog is to post only material without current official release. Sometimes I admit not respecting this rule but most of the time I do. So I won't re-up this or Sunset And New Beginnings.
The best is to buy the 4 Morello CD editions (or MP3)
dk