6/2/12

Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance - One For The Road (1976)


















If one album deserves to be posted in a blog called Forgotten Songs, this is this one, cos' it's full of great underrated and forgotten songs actually. Put the shame on the times (1976 was not a year for such music) on the cover sleeve (I always thought it was a live recording) or on the "tramp" imagery that was to be totally unrelevant in this period, but it's true that the album was a commercial failure although a musical jewel. The most Dylanesque of his authors, he actually paved the way, according to songs, to the Waterboys, the Pogues and even the Jacobites, and finally to Americana in a way. Who could say more? The general mood is rather melancholic without being sad. Contrary to the somewhat weak and erratic previous album (called Slim Chance) this one is focused and without any bad song. "Burnin' Summer" is one of Lane's greatest songs and "Harvest Home" a wonderfully delicate instrumental dedicated to an old woman found dead in her farm when farmers were coming back from the harvest. So, this is one LP that should feature here to get the light it would have deserved at the times. Fortunately, 2 years later, the collaboration with Pete Townshend would help Ronnie Lane to resurface again in the public view. Enjoy this gem here. Interestingly, Chris Thomas mixed the album, which is not always specified.












10 comments:

KDNYfm said...

Great selection of Ronnie material! But I think you should include Rough Mix w Pete Townshend.
Al

dkelvin said...

I won't. First because sure it would be deleted soon (PT is protected by major Co) and second cos' here I want to help forgotten albums to revive, and Rough Mix (the name that took my co-pilot of this blog because of this LP) is surely not a forgotten one.
Thx for the comment
dk

Anonymous said...

Thans for sharing,great album...!.
Any chance you can share "Anymore for Anymore" and "Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance" also, I used to have them on vinyl,can not find them anywhere else for download... Thanks, John.

My Sixties Love said...

Great album, I have them all on vinyl, took a long time finding them. A very talented man and there should be more people aware of his music. Thanks for this it's fab! x

Anonymous said...

thanks, Ronnie's albums are very hard to find!

themagicmanmdt said...

can't find this album anywhere for less than a fortune! can the gem be enjoyed again?? ;) ? viva ronnie and the goodness.

dkelvin said...

The link is OK so you can.
dk

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Anonymous said...

Hello!

Any chance for a revival of this link? Have been on a bit of a Faces bender recenty and woud love to hear some more Ronnie...

Thanks.

dkelvin said...

Promise I'll do it. But I'm on other things these days, the reason why it is postponed.
dk