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- Posted on Feb 7th 2010 8:55PM by Steve Baltin
A two-disc set recorded in Spain and coming out on Browne's own Inside Records, the collection offers new takes on both rarities ('Sit Down Servant,' 'For Taking the Trouble,' Lindley's 'El Rayo X') and some of Browne's biggest hits ('Take It Easy,' 'Late for the Sky,' 'These Days'). These versions promise to offer some very new arrangements, including 'Running on Empty' with Lindley on Hawaiian guitar, 'For Everyman,' with Tino di Geraldo on tablas and cajons and Lindley's FM radio hit 'Mercury Blues,' with Browne on baritone guitar.
The two, who will be touring together starting July 20 in Las Vegas and wrapping up August 15, have of course enjoyed a long friendship and history of collaborations. And Browne, in the liner notes, released exclusively to Spinner, writes playfully that the trip abroad strengthened that rapport. "Some great things happened, beginning with the normally reclusive (hermitlike even) Lindley becoming dependent on me for food and getting to and from his hotel. Why had I not thought of this before? Take him where he doesn't speak the language and he will HAVE TO leave the gig and come with you to the restaurant, or to the club. This was an unexpected strategy breakthrough in a pursuit that for a legion of friends, disciples and admirers has become known as 'stalking the wild Lindley.;"
The experience was obviously a poignant and memorable one for Browne, who wraps the liners by saying, "[It was] a flash in time that went by so effortlessly, and with such pleasure, that I must ask myself if it really happened. But here it is -- a CD of some recorded moments, or perhaps a bridge, or a small door, between a life lived mostly in America and time spent with some really good friends in Spain."