Stan Ridgway | Call of the Northwest - Live in Seattle

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Call of the Northwest - Live in Seattle

by Stan Ridgway

New Release. Super double CD set from Stan Ridgway & his Band, Live at the Triple Door in Seattle WA 8.18.07. performing a blistering "best of" from his entire career. "Simply one of the best live shows we've ever done" - SR
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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2. Tomorrow
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3. The Big Heat
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4. Factory
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5. Peg and Pete and Me
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6. The Passenger
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7. Don't Box Me In
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8. Lost Weekend
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9. Calling Out to Carol
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10. Lonely Town
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11. God Sleeps in a Caboose
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12. Camouflage
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13. Good, Bad and Ugly
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14. Mexican Radio
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15. Call of the West
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16. Ring of Fire
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17. Call Box
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18. Garage Band
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19. Drive She Said
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20. Goin' On Down to the Bbq
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21. Mission in Life
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The Austin Chronicle has said, "It's been a little more than 25 years since L.A.'s Stan Ridgway and Wall of Voodoo released Call of the West, and that calls for a drink. The album's dusty, Barstow-to-Bakersfield, Ross Macdonald-meets-Edward G. Ulmer in a Death Valley Detour to nowheresville title track and grimly optimistic film noir narratives still reverberate across the musical Route 66 Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgway paved, roadkill and all. It's the closest musical approximation yet of that hardscrabble, postwar, westward wanderlust to rush headlong into the unknown, "And above all to get a fair shake, to get a piece of the rock, a slice of the pie, to spit out the window of your car and not have the wind blow it back in your face.."
Ridgway's post-Wall of Voodoo output has, if anything, cemented his neo-noir rep as one of American music's great storytellers and songwriters, the wild and wily Steinbeck of sad whiskey railroads and rusted, ramshackle American dreams.." - Marc Savlov / Austin Chronicle

"Simply one of the best shows we've ever done" - SR

Stan Ridgway: electric guitar, harmonica and vocals
Pietra Wexstun: keyboards, electronics and vocals
Rick King: guitar, bass and vocals
Joe Berardi: drums, electronics and percussion.

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Article: The Californian 10/27/07
Stan Ridgway Works His Magic
at Temecula's Lonshadow Concert Series
By: Erica Soroco - For The Californian

More than 25 years have passed since Stan Ridgway - founding member and frontman for the band Wall of Voodoo sprang onto the music scene, capturing the ear of listeners young and old.

Though much time has passed, Ridgway still finds fans crowding in close to hear him sing some of the bands biggest hits. This alone makes his Friday appearance at Temecula's Longshadow Ranch Winery titled Stan Ridgway Celebrates Wall of Voodoo's "Call of the West."

"This show is a celebration of Voodoo's 'Call of the West record,' " Ridgway said. "It has been 25 years since the release, so it's a good time to revisit it, rally the troops and march to the mountaintop, light a beacon, plant a flag, give everybody a rubdown, fire up the barbeque, and then march on into the future, huh? There can never be another Wall of Voodoo like there was, but the music is still with me and my band here, and we have been having a blast playing. It's quite a show, and it has been really fun. Lots of old friends and new are coming out to the shows." While Ridgway's band, now consisting of Ridgway on harmonica, vocals, and guitar, Pietra Wexstun on keyboards, electronics, and vocals, Rick King on guitar, bass, and vocals, and Joe Berardi on drums, percussion, and electronics is not made up of the original members, the new line-up works side-by-side with Ridgway to keep the Wall of Voodoo spirit alive.

Though the band toured all summer, the time spent didn't cut into the amount of time that Ridgway spent penning lyrics.

"I'm always writing a song somehow, either in my head or recording, and I'm never really sure where they come from, you know?" Ridgway said. "Sometimes it's a mystery how it all gets done in the end. Songs are kind of like therapy for me. or maybe a puzzle I'm trying to solve, but there's a piece missing, so I just rearrange the pieces into something new. I tend to let my subconscious do the driving, and I ride shotgun and watch out for oncoming traffic."

Ridgway got his start in music when he began a Los Angeles-based film score business known as Acme Soundtracks a corporation which he later morphed into the New Wave band Wall of Voodoo.

He was raised in Los Angeles, and always had a soft spot for Southwestern Goth. A passion which led him on a path through electro-art, and punk, before finally finding his niche in a combination of rock 'n' roll and blues. Even Ridgway himself believes that his music is always evolving and being taken to new heights.

"My music has evolved over the years, and I'm always learning something new about music and writing songs," Ridgway said. "It's not a bad way to spend your time really; and I'm still just as excited about it as when I first started out. I'm always just trying to get better really, and that's pretty much it. I feel it is a privilege to play music for people, and I'm always thinking of where to take it next, and give folks a surprise."

Wall of Voodoo emerged on the scene back in 1980, with their debut, self-titled EP, but it was their second full-length album, "Call of the West," which finally gained them the recognition they were hoping for.

The album contained the smash hit, "Mexican Radio," which made a splash on the then-new MTV. Ridgway, however, feels that, while "Mexican Radio" is their best known song, "Call of the West" actually contained many more ear-pleasers that were overlooked, hence his reason for wanting to celebrate the album which started it all.

"I always felt the record had a great calling card in 'Mexican Radio,'" Ridgway said. "But there's a lot more than that on the record. It opens up into a lot of paradoxical issues of success, failure, discovery, getting lost, going out someplace that's so barren and lost you just might find yourself there. They're old themes about what it takes to make a new beginning, and how promises are illuminated in such a way that attract people, but they're not always real. They're just myths, or maybe like a desert mirage."

A mirage that takes you on a musical journey, and that's exactly what Ridgway intends when he puts his heart into a song. Unlike some, Ridgway does what he can to paint a picture for the listener. To give them the ability to hear the music, and create a vision that can accompany it. A talent he learned from studying, and soaking up the sounds of musicians from all over the world, from folk to rock and psychedelics to European soundtracks, which have inspired him to change it up a bit, and create something all his own.

"I've been playing a lot more guitar these days, and really getting back into it," Ridgway said. "I've always been a fan of the style of guitar like in the Ennio Morricone soundtracks, like "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly." We'll be doing a medley of some of those tunes in the show, as well. I'm just a sucker for a big, twanging guitar sound like that, and Dick Dale, too. Although you'll never find me on a surfboard. I'm more of an inner tube guy." - The Californian


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richard shimmin


man this cd is really good. big fan of stan since the world was flat. kind of funny how mexican radio seems a little flat. the cd sounds great but m/r sounds a bit muddier from the rest. i might get a bit jazzed too having to play it at every show. could be worse, it could be Dream Weaver!! could be me tho. i do love the new mixes! keep up the good work ridgway, you could have come from Spooky Tooth.

Joseph M. Croft

Thanks Stan
Never saw Stan live but as a huge fan of both Wall of Voodoo and his solo work I really was excited about a live album. I was not disapointed. Excellent song selection and execution. I want more!

buddy barker

good memories
I saw Stan on this tour in Falls Church VA and had a wonderful time so this live set brings me back to that wonderful night. Nice recording and cool song selection. I'd like to see Stan release a new studio cd and come back to VA.

Christian Rehagel


What a great show!! A shame that a show like this is not to be seen in Germany! I saw Stan in the end (?) of the eighties in Düsseldorf - to much time ago!!

Chris

great live performance and recording
I hate to sound over-the-top and hyperbolic about a record, but, I swear, this is the greatest concern album I've ever heard.

I've been a fan since my college days (his WoV days), but was never a fanatic - just was always interested in whatever was released. Especially liked the early solo work. Was glad to reacquaint myself with his work a few years ago.

But when I bought this - WOW. The performance is faboulous. (And while agreeing with an earlier comment about "Mexican Radio" sounding a little odd), the recording is is tremendous.

What's great is getting the Call of the West songs within the context of a more straight ahead, rock performance. And all they ever great!

This is one of those records that, in the best sense, will cause you to reevaluate his whole body of work. I can't say enough about Call of the Northwest.

charles larabee

Thank you Stan!
Was very fortunate to catch this tour in MPLS. I've been to hundreds of shows over the years and this literally was the best mixed and sounding show ever and the cd brings it all back. A must for any WOV or Stan fan.

Rainer Wieting

Hear the Call of the Northwest
You will not be disappointed.I heard a live recording of Stan Ridgway before,but this one is superior.Great song collection too.Thanks to the guys of CD BABY for the release.And a big Thank You for the music,Stan.Vielen Dank.R.Wieting

The Edster

Stan's The Man!!
My wife and I were at this show and yep, it was a GREAT one. Excellent set list and getting to meet 'n greet Stan, Rick, Joe, and the lovely Pietra afterward makes the show feel like we're all in a big family.
This cd captures that night superbly and we can't wait for next year's visit! C'mon back, Stan...we're waiting!

Chad Opitz

Ridgway Rocks the Northwest!
Was in person at this show and the CD perfectly captures the spirit, fun and beauty of this lively and awesome performance! The mid-song banter is worth getting the CD for alone! Stan, you're an amazing musician/composer/entertainer and I can't wait to see you again!

Jonathan Sanders

A " must have" for Stan fans
This CD is a complete joy to listen to. Great set
list and one of the best sound mixes I've ever
heard on a live recording. The band's in top form
and Stan will have you rockin'... and rollin' with
laughter.