Song Premiere: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, "Train Robbers"
"I think I'll rob a train and move to South America, wander out in the rain, come out smiling and dry," Black Crowes' frontman Chris Robinson sings over a slow and sultry groove. "Legend, fortune and fame, I will be the stuff of headlines, another household name to be discarded with time."
The lyrics are from "Train Robbers," one of nineteen tracks on Chris Robinson Brotherhood'squadruple live album Betty's S.F. Blends, Volume One, a vinyl-only, "farm to table psychedelic hayride" out on Black Friday (11/29.) The set was curated by Grateful Dead producer and engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, who handpicked the tracks from the band's five-night stand at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall last December. The band borrowed Jerry Garcia's guitar, Wolf, for the occasion.
"‘Train Robbers' is a song based on the old mythology of musician as outlaw, all the romance of said lifestyle in between," Robinson tells us. Hop on board.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
to Release 'Betty's S.F. Blends, Volume One,'
a Limited Edition Live Quadruple Album
Exclusively on Vinyl Tuesday, November 26 in Time for Black Friday
Recorded over Five Nights in San Francisco by Iconic Grateful Dead Producer & Sound Engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson
Known for their free-flowing and eclectic live shows, the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD will release BETTY'S S.F. BLENDS, VOLUME ONE (Silver Arrow/Megaforce), a limited edition quadruple album exclusively on vinyl on Tuesday, November 26, just in time for Black Friday (11/29). The vinyl box set was curated by Grateful Dead producer and engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, who assembled what she felt were the best moments of the band's epic five shows at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall in December 2012.
BETTY'S S.F. BLENDS consists of 19 tracks including live versions of songs from their two albums released in 2012: Big Moon Ritual and The Magic Door. There are also songs the band hasn't released on albums before; two songs from Robinson's 2004 This Magnificent Distance album; and a treasure trove of cover songs.
"We feel super blessed to have Betty's cosmic ears and prolific talents," says Chris Robinson. "We're honored and inspired that Betty chose our farm to table psychedelic hayride as a vehicle to continue her amazing sonic work."
"This was fun as hell. They're the first band that has really moved me since Jerry [Garcia] passed," says Betty Cantor-Jackson, who recorded, engineered, produced and mixed BETTY'S S.F. BLENDS, VOLUME ONE. "I met them at a benefit show and we became friends, and I started recording their shows whenever they'd come around, and last year they asked me to do it for real. They're great guys with wonderful music…I love the songs, the lyrics and they have lots of interesting changes in the songs, so it keeps you interested." Cantor-Jackson whittled down the 96 songs the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD performed over the five nights to just nine to fit the vinyl format. "That was a big challenge," she admits. "With CDs, you can just put out whatever you want and as long as you want. Knowing I had finite space on a vinyl record, I focused first on the performances, then on time length and tempo, and of course you want to leave the listener wanting more."
The CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD is Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals). The California-based group toured heavily in 2011 and 2012 and released two albums last year: BIG MOON RITUAL (June) and a companion album THE MAGIC DOOR (September).
Just as Betty has curated the best of the five-night run, resident artist extraordinaire Alan Forbes, has also contributed a beautiful Victorian tea tin-inspired package that includes 4 pieces of vinyl, a mini poster of one of the five nights, and a 12-page booklet mostly photographed by guitarist Neal Casal. The set also includes liner notes by Ethan Miller, friend of the Brotherhood and monster guitarist from the Bay Area band Howlin' Rain.
Other than the vinyl, the shows will be available--in their entirety only--as the first digital-only download from Silver Arrow Records, exclusively through Amazon. These shows will be released simultaneously with the vinyl configuration.
Here is the track listing for BETTY'S S.F. BLENDS:
Side A: Crash on the Levee, Star or Stone
Side B: Do Right Woman, Badlands Here We Come, Tornado
Side A: Try Rock & Roll, Jump the Turnstile, Someday Past the Sunset
Side B: Barefoot by the Cherry Tree, Poor Elijah/R. Johnson
Side A: Reflections On A Broken Mirror, 100 Days of Rain
Side B: Saturday Night in S.F., Girl on the Mountain
Side A: Roll Old Jeremiah, Tulsa Yesterday
Side B: Meanwhile in the Gods, Train Robbers, Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham