Sunday, July 14, 2019

Steve Goodman's Final Two Albums Get Re-Issued By Omnivore Recordings

On July 19th. Omnivore Recordings will be releasing new expanded editions of the final two albums from American singer/songwriter Steve Goodman. While Goodman's own singing career found moderate success in the early seventies, his songs would take on a life of their own for other artists like Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, John Denver and Judy Collins. Steve Goodman passed away in 1984 at the young age of only 36 from his battle with leukemia, but his legacy continues to live on to this day. He wrote a song "Go Cubs Go" for his beloved Chicago Cubs that still gets played at Wrigley Field after every home win.

The two albums that are being reissued, is the live album "Artistic Hair" and his final studio album during his lifetime, "Affordable Art." The "Artistic Hair" album gets nearly doubled in length, adding an additional ten bonus tracks that also feature some of Goodman's best live tracks that were originally featured on the Steve Goodman "Anthology" box set. This new release is a much welcomed addition to the Steve Goodman catalog, as it shows the artist in his true live setting. The original release showcases Goodman wonderful live nature as he creates lyrics for "Winter Wonderland" and showcases some of his greatest original hits like "Old Fashioned" and "City Of New Orleans." He also presents his love for the classics like "The Water Is Wide" and "Red Red Robin." The bonus tracks include more of Goodman's own wonderful compositions like "Lincoln Park Pirates" and "Men Who Love Women Who Love Men," in great quality. The best part is Goodman's humor is definitely appreciated on these songs.

Steve Goodman's final studio album "Affordable Art" also gets expanded with the addition of eight previously unreleased acoustic tracks. The album is a mix of studio and live recordings and features his amazing songwriting, like "Talk Backwards" and "When My Rowboat Comes In." His love for baseball is heard in the acoustic strumming version of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," "A Dying Fan's Last Request" and in the first bonus track, a radio station recorded version of "Go Cubs Go." The bonus tracks are rounded out with acoustic versions of the album tracks "Vegematic," and "Old Smoothies," along with stark, acoustic versions of "Friday Night," "Fire Escape" and "It Took Me So Long." Both new releases also feature a full-color 12-page booklet with new essays and previously un-issued photos. To find out more about these two new releases from the Steve Goodman catalog, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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