Love is Red (Remastered) David Poe
- 1You're the Bomb03:23
- 2So Beautiful03:07
- 3Love is Red02:41
- 8You Got a Reputation03:37
- 9Doxology (I Went Home for Christmas)03:58
- 10Love Won't Last the Afternoon03:55
Info for Love is Red (Remastered)
A live studio recording made in Berlin. Sim Cain, drums; John Abbey, bass. Features So Beautiful, Wilderness, Love Is Red.
For reasons never explained nor questioned, David's music proved more popular in Europe than in the US for some years. After the release of his second effort The Late Album, he toured relentlessly on his own and in support of Tori Amos, Beth Orton, The Jayhawks, Joan Baez, Chris Whitley, Glenn Tilbrook, Vanessa Carlton, Lloyd Cole, Golden Smog and many more.
So it was that the decision was made to record a live album. The trio of Poe, Cain and Abbey tended to kick the shit out of the songs in a way that studio recordings failed to capture.
When a European tour that was to be recorded for posterity didn't materialize, the band decamped to Berlin, set up in a heavy metal band's rehearsal space pocked with WWII-era bulletholes and played its current set into ancient microphones that had been liberated, around the time The Berlin Wall was falling, from an East Berlin radio station.
Caught between traditional conceits of the live album and David's insistence on recording some new material, these sessions didn't quite capture the arc of the band's typical live set, but they did render a few gems: Doxology and So Beautiful indicated more confidence in traditional song forms, re-workings of older work like Settlement proved what the songs could be, and the words of new work Love Is Red and Wilderness (the latter reinforced with incendiary performances by drummer Sim Cain and bassist John Abbey) showed that Poe had advanced as a lyricist: "if the trees are the lungs of the world, the city is her cigarette ... you are clean, quiet as snow, darker than a forest ... you are my wilderness."
Harp Magazine called Love Is Red "the make-out record of the year." The Washington Post said it was "like visiting a sex museum." The Village Voice christened David "the major domo of songwriters" and Time Out! New York called him "the perfect man."
David Poe, voice, guitar
Sim Cain, drums
John Abbey, bass
Recorded at Monogo Studios, Berlin by Jim Voxx
Mixed at The Maid's Room, New York by Brad Jones
writes songs and sings them. Sometimes others sing them too.
As a performer, Poe has toured the world with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Jayhawks, Chris Whitley, Glenn Tilbrook and Tori Amos. His work also appears in a variety of film, TV, dance and theater projects. His songs have been recorded by producers including T-Bone Burnett, Larry Klein, Buddy Miller and Dave Sitek, and performed by a wide array of artists, including Curtis Stigers, Oh Land, Ana Moura, C.C. White, Thomas Dybdahl and the cast of Nashville.
Solo recordings include his most recent effort God & The Girl, as well as a self-titled debut, produced by T-Bone Burnett, The Late Album (Sony/Epic), Love Is Red (Universal Music/The Lab) and two live recordings, iTunes exclusive David Poe: Live From The Artists Den and a concert film, David Poe Onstage at World Cafe (Universal Music/Decca DVD) and a collaboration with Duncan Sheik on music for the motion picture Harvest. Poe has also created three scores for dance: The Copier: Music for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet , Shadowland: Music for Pilobolus and the forthcoming Shadowland 2. His most recent release is a single and video entitled What The President Said, featuring guest vocalist Sister C and voices from the Women's March.
David Poe is a composer fellow of the Sundance Institute. He has scored seven films, including an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Shadowland, a collaboration with contemporary dance company Pilobolus, has been on tour since 2009, performed on every continent, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and was released as a feature film in 2014. Poe has produced recordings for other artists including Regina Spektor, Kraig Jarret Johnson, Grace Kelly, Jenifer Jackson, Amy Raasch, John "Scrapper" Sneider and Brendan Hines.
Transplanted from the American Midwest to New York City, David Poe served as the sound engineer at CBGB’s 313 Gallery before signing to Sony/Epic. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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