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Cool Blue Halo (Live) [Import]

Richard BaroneAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Richard Barone: River To River; and The Bongos: Numbers with Wings. Official music videos.


"Is there a musician more deserving of the moniker Man About Town than Richard Barone?" - The New York Times

"Prince of New York" - Village Voice

"Barone knows the alchemic formula for converting an everyday thought into a powerful refrain." - Tom Moon, NPR

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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Line Records
  • ASIN: B000026XA7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Bulrushes
2. I Belong To Me
3. The Visit
4. Tangled In Your Web
5. Silent Symphony
6. Flew A Falcon
7. Cry Baby Cry
8. Sweet Blue Cage
9. The Man Who Sold The World
10. Love Is A Wind That Screams
11. Number With Wings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful October 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Live Acoustic set with only guitar, cello and percussion. Includes Bongos classics "Bulrushes" "Flew a Falcon" "Sweet Blue Cage" "Number with Wings" along with Barone solo material. He pays homage to his heroes David Bowie with "The Man Who Sold the World" and the Beatles with "Cry Baby Cry" which gives you a glimpse into his genius world. What is so amazing about this album is at the sound. It is completely timeless. It was made over 10 years ago and does not contain any of the cheesy 80's synth or overdubs. Recorded in a bar, Barone's voice fills up every inch in a hauntingly beautiful way. It truly is incredible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars June 7, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Barone's step into a solo career was an interesting one; his first album, rather than being a new full collection of studio songs, was a live recording at New York's Bottom Line club. Backed by a trio including noted session cellist Jane Scarpantoni, Barone does songs old and new, along with three fine covers that refer to long-standing touchstones. His choice of a Marc Bolan cover, "The Visit," shows the depth of his long-standing T. Rex fandom, as the original was an album cut from that band's self-titled album. The other remakes are more high profile: the Beatles' tender "Cry Baby Cry" gets an appropriate makeover, while David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" sounds like Kurt Cobain and company might have drawn a little inspiration from that as well when Nirvana's Unplugged session was taped. As for his originals, from the start, Barone easily nails his credentials as an underrated performer of sharp, lovely tunes. "I Belong to Me," where the title phrase comes from, gets not merely a good rendition in part thanks to Valerie Naranjo's vibes but a killer performance from Barone. Other winners include the quietly nervous "Flew a Falcon" and the haunting "Sweet Blue Cage," with a hypnotic guitar solo. The low-key strength of the performance throughout - Barone's clean, high vocals matched by the easy acoustic/electric groove of the musicians as a whole - helps make Cool Blue Halo something of a lost pop/rock classic. Those who appreciate the slightly wounded feeling from bands like late Big Star and the Shoes will definitely find something to love here. - Ned Raggett, All Music Guide
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful live recording of Barone's talents August 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful concert document of Richard Barone on his own after he left the Bongos. Both original material and clever cover versions are showcased. Barone's sweet voice is a perfect complement for these great songs. Barone is one of the more underrated artists of the past 20 years. Besides his infrequent solo work, the songs he did with the Bongos in the early 80's are fabulous. Check out "Drums Along the Hudson" for the originals of some of the songs featured here. Another album that Barone did with James Mastro called "Nuts and Bolts" is chock full of tasty cuts, but has never surfaced in digital form. When can we have that one on CD?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Semi-Acoustic Classic July 26, 2012
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I discovered this sparse, beautiful live album in the very early nineties -- it was one of my first compact disc purchases -- and it's a crisp and dynamic today as it was then. The players complementing singer / guitarist Baron include a cellist Jane Scarpantoni, acoustic guitarist Nick Celeste and vibraphone / percussion / keyboard player Valerie Naranjo. The songs -- some covers, some Barone originals (including hits from his eighties band The Bongos) -- are stripped and retooled for the arrangement to wonderful effect. There's not much here but open space and some passionate performances played to an enthusiastic room.

Highly recommended for fans of "chamber rock" and "twee" as well as anyone who ever thought of stepping into a bar or coffeehouse with an aim to play. This ensemble is the epitome of that ideal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great stuff September 25, 2010
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Barone is a very talented songwriter and performer. I loved his band, The Bongos, but his solo material is also very strong. This is a good place to start if you haven't heard him before. A also agree with the reviewer that wants to see his album with James Mastro, "Nuts and Bolts" released on CD. That one is a definite pop classic!
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