GOING BACK TO CANADA (Daniel & Emmylou)

August 8, 2012 – 1:22 pm

Life’s a picnic.

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Greenbelt Harvest Picnic 2011 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Christie Lake Conservation Area, Dundas, Ontario, Canada; August 27, 2011. Ex digital radio stereo.

Of late, Emmylou Harris has had death on her mind. Three songs on her latest album, Hard Bargain, are about dead people. For his part, Daniel Lanois made sure the opening portion of this show was devoid of any songs from his last album, Black Dub. Some have claimed it to be great while others have spoken less kindly.

This show was the main set for the day-long, family-friendly festival at the shores of Christie Lake. The folks were gathered to be entertained, food was plentiful and the surroundings painted full of life.

Skot Nelson posted his review of the performance at the No Depression blog.

With the last rays of the sun shining, Daniel Lanois and his band took the stage. When I last saw Lanois it was performing as Black Dub at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom and it was a night that demonstrated incredible songwriting, musicianship and stage presence. On the much larger stage here the same talent was on display. Not much of a conversationalist, Lanois focused on stellar guitar work with his bandmates with almost no between-song banter.

And of Emmylou’s set, Nelson wrote:

Emmylou’s set consisted of much material from Wrecking Ball, but the band left the stage for her performance of Hard Bargain’s Darlin’ Kate. The brief solo numbers were one of the many highlights of a night that saw note perfect performances of material like Goin’ Back to Harlan and May This Be Love, with Lanois and his band on backup.

Of the day itself, it was a picnic.

The Harvest Picnic was, without a doubt, the single best day of live music I’ve seen in my life. With not a weak act in the bunch, a beautiful venue and a ticket price that I would have paid to see just one of these acts I can’t imagine improving on it. There was no sign of the audio troubles that often plague multi-artist festivals like this, food was reasonably priced, the crowd was well behaved and - most importantly - the artists were all in top form.

The “picnic” event was also organised by Lanois. He invited all the performers. Broadcast on ‘Canada Live’ on CBC Radio Two. Thanks to plaz_restore who shared the show on DIME. The show is incomplete and probably edited with tracks possibly not in the performance order.

It was a sunny day so we won’t be bothered by all that.
- Professor Red

Source: MPEG II, Layer 1 (192 kb/s, 48 kHz, stereo)
Lineage: L-Band broadcast > DAB receiver > HD @ 48 kHz > edit + downsample to 44.1 kNz > flac [lvl8]

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Duo Glide (5:59) (9.6MB)
Track 02. Slow Giving (4:46) (7.6MB)
Track 03. Fire (7:05) (11.3MB)
Track 04. Agave (4:31) (7.2MB)
Track 05. Steel (6:15) (10.0MB)
Track 06. The Messenger (4:54) (7.8MB)
Track 07. The Maker (7:19) (11.7MB)

Add Emmylou Harris
Track 08. Wrecking Ball (5:16) (8.4MB)
Track 09. Every Grain of Sand (4:15) (6.8MB)
Track 10. May This Be Love (4:54) (7.8MB)
Track 11. Can’t Remember If We Said Goodbye (4:52) (7.8MB)
Track 12. Goin’ Back to Harlan (4:54) (7.8MB)
Track 13. Orphan Girl (3:23) (5.4MB)
Track 14. Blackhawk (4:30) (7.2MB)
Track 15. All My Tears (6:07) (9.8MB)
(TT: 79:07m)

Daniel Lanois - vocals, electric, acoustic and peddle steel guitars
Jim Wilson - bass, vocals
Steven Nistor - drums
Emmylou Harris (tracks 8 - 14) - vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion

For Daniel Lanois’ latest album, 2010’s Black Dub, buy it here.

For Emmylou Harris’ latest album, 2011’s Hard Bargain, buy it here.

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  1. 8 Responses to “GOING BACK TO CANADA (Daniel & Emmylou)”

  2. Always a Lanois fan, so am glad there are separate sets. Love his work.

    By Roger Smith on Aug 8, 2012

  3. Way cool - I had no idea this had even taken place!

    By Jeremy Shatan on Aug 8, 2012

  4. wonderful !
    Lanois creates an aural landscape here !
    Duoglide refers to Leonard Peltier ..synchronicity not coincidence that I am currently reading My Life Is My Sun Dance, prison writings by Mr.Peltier.
    thanks for this big o.

    By sluggo on Aug 9, 2012

  5. Thank You! This boot was my request. Enjoy It! 8-)) And of course, I should like to recommend you “new” Daniel’s group Black Dub.

    By vdeck on Aug 9, 2012

  6. lanois makes the same kind of dull noise that u2 is famous for.
    achingly boring.
    some guitar players seems to think a delay pedal makes them guitar monsters.

    By funkstahunk on Aug 9, 2012

  7. ELH is slurring thru Every Grain of Sand!
    either she’s tired or wanting to sound like zimmy!
    i like Lanois’ part of this cd better than ELH’s part.

    By illustrationISM on Aug 26, 2012

  8. Getting lanois’d, after a show in tokyo, and watching studio session on youtube, now the bigozine…awesome. Top this off with the aug 31 show…..life is good. Neil on the farm….hoping for non woodstock weather. Steele is awesome…got a taste of it at billboard in tokyo…

    By Thom fisher on Aug 5, 2013

  9. Thanks for sharing this. Emmylou is in good form throughout.

    By Rintesh Roy on Jan 10, 2014

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