Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Joys of RE-Creation (Los Angeles CityBeat)

I'm misquoted only slightly in this Los Angeles CityBeat article about tribute records. Here's the excerpt from the piece that mentions The Sandinista Project, with my quotes fixed:

"Adds Jimmy Guterman, a music writer who became involved in producing reissues and now has made the new The Sandinista! Project: “Because albums may be dead in this iTunes era, there may be nostalgia for the very idea of an album.”

"His Sandinista! is a multi-artist two-CD set re-creating the Clash’s controversial early-1980s follow-up to its classic London Calling. It features, among others, Jon Langford and Sally Timms, Willie Nile, Camper Van Beethoven, and a mesmerizing version of “Broadway” by Stew.

"Guterman believes the Clash’s Sandinista! has been unfairly overshadowed by London Calling. “This is a work of advocacy for the original album,” he says. “It’s thought of as a big, sprawling, three-album mess, but I’ve developed enormous affection for it,” he says. “Their earliest records show you how much you can take out of a recording and still have rock ’n’ roll. This shows you how much you can put back in and still have punk.”

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