Title - 'Paper' + 'Llama Blues EP'
Artist - Rich Robinson
As I'm sure you are all well aware by now, Rich Robinson is an American musician and founding member of the rock and roll band The Black Crowes. Along with older brother Chris Robinson, Rich formed the band in 1984 (originally called Mr. Crowes Garden) while the two were attending Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. Incredibly, at age just 15, Rich wrote the music to what would become one of the band’s first singles; "She Talks to Angels".
After all the 90's success that The Black Crowes had, Robinson seemed poised to redirect their musical direction into more progressive ventures with the 2001 release of Lions. But, after that album's tour concluded in October 2001, the band decided to take a break from each other. After the announcement of the band’s hiatus, Rich formed a new outfit called Hookah Brown and from then on in solo projects were his mainstay.
Paper was the debut solo album from guitarist Rich Robinson. The album contained brand new material along with songs that were initially written for Robinson's 2002-2003 project, the aforementioned Hookah Brown. Robinson handled guitar, bass, and other instruments as well as taking over the lead vocals, with the gaps being filled in by Joe Magistro (drums), Eddie Harsch (keyboards, credited as Eddie Hawrsch), Donnie Herron (fiddle, violin) and his son Taylor Robinson (percussion).
The Crowes got back together in 2005 and the record went on the shelf during that time. The Crowes stayed busy for a solid 5 years. In 2012, hurricane Sandy pounded New Jersey where Robinson stored all of his gear and the 2" master tapes for Paper. Pretty much everything was destroyed. Luckily a friend was able to restore the tapes.
Once that restoration work was completed, Robinson decided that he wanted to completely re-approach this album. They took the tapes and Robinson sang all new vocals, changed the sequencing, as well as remixing and remastering the album.
As for the actual album, Paper is a catchy, heavy psychedelic rock album. It's got hooks, crunch, lush arrangements and of course, awesome guitar work. The songs vary from mid and up tempo rockers to slower, more pensive, dirge-like songs. And so here today we find his newly-remastered, newly-revocaled approach to Paper.
1) 'Know Me' 2) 'Enemy' 3) 'Stand Up' 4) 'Leave It Alone' 5) 'Words Of The Chosen' 6) 'Yesterday I Saw You' 7) 'Places' 8) 'Veil' 9) 'Walking By Myself' 10) 'Forgiven Song' 11) 'When You Will' 12) 'Baby' 13) 'Begin' 14) 'Falling Away' 15) 'Cause You're With Me' 16) 'Answers' 17) 'Goodbye'
In much the same vein as Paper, the Llama Blues EP was originally released on December 5th, 2011. Released as a companion EP to Through A Crooked Sun, at independent record stores and at live performances, Robinson made available this four-song EP. Intended as a companion to the full-length album, Llama Blues featured blues-based tracks similar in sound to the full LP's final track, "Fire Around."
1) 'By The Light Of The Sunset Moon' 2) 'Look Through My Window' 3) 'Broken Stick Crown' 4) 'Run'
Both the EP and the aforementioned Paper are part of brand new re-issues that will lead up to Robinson's yet-to-be-titled new studio album in May of 2016.
'Paper' CD Purchase Link
'Llama Blues EP' CD Purchase Link