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Early last year the Black Crowes announced that after more than two decades making music together the seminal Georgia-based rock band was calling it quits. For some the split came as a surprise. For others it was less of a surprise. That is because brothers Chris and Rich—the band’s core—had been busy with their own projects in the years leading up to the band’s breakup. There had also been some not so hidden tensions between members of the band in the years leading up to its finale. Considering all of those factors, the band’s split becomes even less of a shock. Even with the Black Crowes officially rock history the brothers Robinson are anything but done making and releasing music. Just last year Chris released his latest album under the Chris Robinson Brotherhood moniker Betty’s Blends Volume 2. And last month Rich Robinson re-issued two of his classic recordings in the form of Paper and Llama Blues. Whether one is a fan of the Black Crowes or of Rich both of these vinyl re-issues prove to be items that audiophiles on both sides of specific aisle will appreciate. That is thanks in large part to the recordings’ featured songs. That will be discussed at more length shortly. The recordings’ sound and packaging are just as important to their presentations as their featured songs. Each recording comes complete with a card for a digital download of the recordings. That element rounds out the recordings and brings everything full circle. All things considered Rich Robinson’s new vinyl re-issues are great pieces for any Black Crowes fan.
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Rich Robinson’s new vinyl re-issues of Paper and Llama Blues are both great pieces for any Black Crowes fan. This is thanks in large part to the songs featured on each of the recordings. This is especially the case with Robinson’s double-LP recording Paper. Richardson notes in the album’s liner notes the full story behind Paper’s creation and near loss thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Luckily, as he goes on to note, he was able to save the album’s basic tracks, thus allowing them to be re-recorded last year along with some bonus songs that went on to be included here. The end result is a seventeen-song, double-LP album full of great songs for Black Crowes fans and classic rock fans alike. That is because the songs mix both elements together from start to finish in this record for an experience that will keep listeners engaged all the way through. The very story behind the songs is in itself more than enough reason to note the importance of the album’s songs. The songs, when coupled with the story, make them all the more important. In regards to Llama Blues this recording is a re-issue in a purer sense of the term. This four-song EP was originally released on December 5th, 2011. Its songs are another great collection of compositions for audiences with their blues-infused sound. They are exactly the same numbers included in the EP’s original release. While there are only four songs here, their total run time tops the sixteen minute mark. Sixteen minutes of classic twelve-bar blues-infused rock is sixteen minutes worth of music that is well worth having regardless of whether or not listeners already own this EP. Keeping all of this in mind, the songs that are featured throughout Rich Robinson’s new vinyl recordings show in their own way why they are important to the overall presentation of these vinyl re-issues. Whether one is experiencing them for the first time (as most will be in the case of Paper) or for the fiftieth (or more) audiences will agree that the records’ songs are an extremely important part of the records. They are just one part of what makes them such a joy for fans of the Black Crowes and the Robinson brothers. The records’ collective sound and packaging are just as important to their presentation as their songs.
The songs that are featured on both of Rich Robinson’s new vinyl recordings are important in themselves to the records’ overall presentation. In the case of Paper that is especially the case because the album almost never even got released after the events of Superstorm Sandy. That vinyl’s release marks the first time that any of Robinson’s fans and fans of the Black Crowes have ever gotten to hear the songs in question. In the case of Llama Blues the songs are just as enjoyable for fans that already own the EP as for those that might be less familiar with Robinson’s solo work or even that of the Black Crowes. As important as the records’ songs are to their presentation they are not the only important element of the records. The records’ collective packaging and sound are just as important to their presentation as the records’ songs. The records sound great on vinyl; especially Llama Blues. There is something magical about hearing that classic blues-infused sound and the static sound of the vinyl especially considering how recently the EP was released. The record’s packaging adds even positive vibes to the listening experience here with the picture of the mixing board on the cover and the picture of Rich recording the EP on the back of the package. It may not seem all that important. But there is something about the two elements that enhances the overall listening experience with the songs’ vintage sound. Paper’s single gatefold packaging is highlighted by an original painting created by Robinson. There is no notation inside the album’s package in regards to its title. But there is something about the painting’s rich, warm colors and the fluidity of the picture’s brush strokes that works quite well with this album’s songs. There are even elements of his painting inside the gatefold package. They are combined with pictures of Robinson performing. It continues that fluidity, which again flows into the album’s songs. Listeners will hear and feel that fluidity for themselves when they listen to this double-LP vinyl set. It is just one more way in which the packaging for these vinyl re-issues proves to be just as important to their presentation as their featured songs. Of course the packaging and songs are only a collective portion of what makes Robinson’s new re-issues so important for his fans and fans of the Black Crowes. Each re-issue comes with a card for a digital download of said records. That rounds out their overall presentations.
The songs featured in each of Rich Robinson’s new re-issues and the records’ packaging are both equally important to their overall presentations. While they play directly into one another they are only a portion of what makes these re-issues so important for Robinson’s fans and those of the Black Crowes. Both re-issues come complete with a card for a digital download of said recording. The downloads are provided courtesy of soundtrax.com and Noiseland. This inclusion means that whether one is more a fan of vinyl or of CDs or even digital fans can now own both recordings in all three formats thanks to the noted companies and to Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group. It also means that audiences can take the recordings with them wherever they go whether it be at home or out and about. So for all intents and purposes it could be argued that that download cards are in fact bonuses for fans that purchase the re-issues. Keeping that in mind, the bonus download cards come together with the records’ songs and their packaging to complete their presentations and show in whole why they are pieces that Robinson’s fans and fans of the Black Crowes should have in their own home music libraries.
Rich Robinson’s re-released recordings of Llama Blues and Paper are both available now in their new vinyl presentations. They are both pieces that Robinson’s fans should have in their music libraries just as much as fans of the Black Crowes. This is proven primarily through the recordings’ songs and their packaging, which ties directly into the music. The download cards that come with each record serve as great bonuses for fans. They allow fans to enjoy the recordings not just in their new vinyl presentations but in digital form and even on CD when they burn the files to disc. They round out the re-issues’ presentations. Keeping this in mind both re-issues prove, once again, why they are pieces that fans of both Rich Robinson and the Black Crowes will want to have in their own home music libraries. They are available now in stores and online and can b ordered online direct via Rich Robinson’s online store at http://richrobinson.net/store. More information on these and other recordings from Rich Robinson is available online along with all of Robinson’s latest news at:
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