NEAL CASAL - FADE AWAY DIAMOND TIME (25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

Release Date: 
23.10.2020
Label/Vertrieb: 
Not Fade Away Recording Co./Bertus

Photo credits: Kevin Wells

 

Neal Casal
"Fade Away Diamond Time  (25th Anniversary Edition)"

Erstmals auf Vinyl erhältlich (und als Deluxe CD-Buch)
VÖ: 23.10.2020 via Not Fade Away Recording Co. (Vertrieb:Bertus)
Den Trailer gibt es hier

 

Neal Casals Debütalbum "Fade Away Diamond Time" wurde 1995 veröffentlicht. Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash) produzierte das Album und aufgenommen wurde es mit einer hochkarätigen Besetzung in einer Villa in den Hügeln von Santa Ynez, Kalifornien. Es war der Einstieg in das intime Songwriting und die lyrische Gitarrenarbeit, die zum Fundament seiner Karriere werden sollten. 

 

 Zwischen Aufnahmen und Tourneen mit anderen Künstlern wie Beachwood Sparks, Hard Working Americans, Lucinda Williams und natürlich Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood - zwei Bands, in denen er Gründungsmitglied war - gelang es Casal, eine vielseitige und solide Solokarriere zu führen.


Seit der Erstveröffentlichung im September 1995 ist "Fade Away Diamond Time" zu einem Kultklassiker geworden und wird schließlich zu seinem 25-jährigen Jubiläum im Jahr 2020 in Europa über das neue Reissue-Imprint Not Fade Away Recording Co. wiederveröffentlicht - in den USA wird das Album im Rahmen des Record Store Days neu aufgelegt.

Neal Casal ist am 26. August 2019 auf tragische Weise verstorben. 
His music will not fade away.

 

More info about Fade by Neal’s manager and long time friend Gary Waldman:
 
Neal met record producer and recording engineer Jim Scott in 1992 and they started imagining the record that would become Fade Away Diamond Time. After signing with Zoo in late 1994, plans were made to record his debut album in March of 1995 at a pastoral Spanish-style mansion called Palacio Del Rio on 30 acres in Santa Ynez, CA.
 
Two fellow NJ musicians had become a huge part of Neal’s sound: John Ginty started playing organ and piano with Neal on shows and demo recordings in late 1991 and become his most valuable musical sidekick, subsequently playing on all of Neal’s solo albums. Angie McKenna grew up near Neal in New Jersey and became his favorite harmony singer, also appearing on most of his solo albums. Their voices blended together beautifully and the sound of Neal, John and Angie together was really the hallmark of his early solo years.
 
Neal had been a huge fan of Bob Glaub’s bass playing with Jackson Browne, so having Bob on bass for Fade Away was an honor. Neal first heard Don Heffington playing drums on Victoria Williams’ album Loose and soon discovered that Don had played with Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and so many more, so he was thrilled to have Don on the album, too. Our friend from Woodstock, Fooch Fischetti, came out to play some awesome pedal steel guitar and Greg Leisz also played beautiful pedal steel solos on the songs ‘Bird In Hand’ and ‘Higher Ground’. We all lived at Palacio Del Rio for three beautiful weeks while recording the album and it was a truly magical recording experience.
 
‘Maybe California’ and ‘Free To Go’ are two of the defining songs on the record and encapsulate the sound Neal was pursuing at the time. ‘Feel No Pain’ is the song Neal regarded as his favorite from the album and one of the best songs he ever wrote. The anthem ‘Detroit Or Buffalo’ is a cover of a song by an artist named Barbara Keith, who made an amazing but obscure solo album in 1972. Neal found a vinyl copy of the album for $1 in a New Jersey thrift store and made his version of the song feel like his own. The album ending waltz ‘Sunday River’ is the perfect loping conclusion to what feels like a timeless debut album 25 years later.
 
Although it was not a huge commercial success upon release in September of 1995, Fade Away Diamond Time has become a bit of a cult classic and will finally be re-issued on vinyl for its 25th anniversary in 2020. 

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