Blue Days Black Nights

Blue Days Black Nights

by Freedy JohnstonFreedy Johnston


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Since making one of the truly brilliant mid-American guitar records ever, 1992's CAN YOU FLY, Freedy Johnston has taken his high-lonesome singing and dark, literary sensibility out of the indie-rock idiom and into the world of genteel Elvis Costello-esque song poetry. True to its title, his fifth album, BLUE DAYS BLACK NIGHTS, is the kind of album that sends its hero wandering the waterfront at 3 a.m. searching for reflections of his long-gone darling(s) in the still, black waters. "It's a lonely kind of thing I do," Freedy sings against a watery guitar and a deep-blue melody on "Pretend It's Summer." That song sets the tone for a collection of tunes that make Leonard Cohen look like Donna Summer, from the impossibly delicate "Underwater Life" to the beautifully detailed "Moving on a Holiday." Rarely do these songs see the sun and rarely do they need to: Freedy's subtle sense of craft, plaintive quaver, and naturalist attention to lyrical detail keep the slow, spare, and suggestive folk-rock tunes adrift, even when you think he's about to go down and never be heard from again.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/1999
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596226325
catalogNumber: 62263
Rank: 87299

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freedy Johnston   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Andy Hess   Bass
Roger Moutenot   Piano
Roy Nathanson   Saxophone
Doug Petty   Keyboards
Suzzy Roche   Background Vocals
Mark Spencer   Steel Guitar
Cameron Greider   Guitar,Background Vocals,Tack Piano
Richard Pagano   Drums
Robert Thomas   Violin

Technical Credits

Kevin Salem   Engineer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Rod Hui   Engineer
Roger Moutenot   Producer,Engineer
Steve Rosenthal   Engineer
Tom Shick   Engineer

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