Rosary Of Tears Bakelite Radio

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Label: Bloodlines

Genre: Blues

Subgenre: Bluesy-Rock

Artist: Bakelite Radio

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  • 1Brown Skinned Woman04:16
  • 2St Louis Blues04:33
  • 3This Love of Mine03:03
  • 4You Better Watch Yourself02:41
  • 5I'll Get Along Somehow03:47
  • 6Down Home Girl03:46
  • 7Tomorrow Night04:14
  • 8Country Girl Blues02:54
  • 9Helping Hand (A Thousand Miles From Home)02:50
  • 10Memories Of You04:25
  • 11Baby It Must Be Love02:36
  • 12You Was Born To Die03:09
  • 13Stormy Weather04:48
  • 14Blues Around Midnight02:53
  • 15Feel So Bad03:06
  • 16St James Infirmary03:42
  • 17Big Leg Woman02:43
  • Total Runtime59:26

Info for Rosary Of Tears

What you have with Rosary of Tears is Joe Camilleri’s salute to the music that had a profound effect on him as a young musician. Listening to the album you might think that he had been born somewhere in the Mississippi Delta or the Louisiana bayous rather than an island in the Mediterranean. He doesn’t just interpret the songs, he inhabits them as if they were written just for him – or even by him.

Exploring these diverse songs, Joe plays sax and guitar and is assisted by some of the nation’s best musicians. Sam Lemann is on guitar, Ed Bates plays pedal steel, Simon Starr is on double bass, while Tony Floyd and Nicky Bomba take turns on drums. Joe reckons it’s the world’s first five-piece trio! The Horns of Leroy add some colour to the palette where needed. They all combine to drag the songs out of the previous century and reinvent them beautifully for a modern audience." (Brian Wise Rhythms Magazine)

“Rosary of Tears is a romantic notion and a slice of who I am. The feeling behind this album was to record songs from an era when everything was new. I was fortunate enough to have stumbled on record labels like Folkways and Prestige and artists like Blind Willie McTell, Snooks Eaglin, Lonnie Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins. I fell in love with the genre that had so much soul. This album is dedicated to those wonderful musical luminaries…my all-time favourite artists from days gone by. To this day…as a listener…collector, writer, perform- er…this music is my go-to when I need a touch of inspiration.” (Joe Camilleri)

Joe Camilleri

Produced by Joe Camilleri and Richard Stolz

Joe Camilleri
writer of milestone Australian songs such as So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel and Never Let Me Go, has given his life to making music in this country. Leader of two of Australia’s most successful bands, Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons and The Black Sorrows, Joe’s music has become part of Australian music culture. Joe was inducted along with other members of the Falcons, into the Australian Recording Industry (ARIA Hall of Fame) in 2007

In 1975 Joe, a self taught musician from Melbourne’s western suburbs, formed Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, a band who swung from R’n’B to reggae, power pop and ska. Over a period of 8 years The Falcons amassed enviable sales and radio airplay and ultimately epitomised the era. Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons toured the country relentlessly and became one of Australia’s finest live outfits. The band also toured the USA.

In the early ‘80s Camilleri and friends started up a new band, The Black Sorrows. Originally a ‘just for the fun of it’ outfit, The Sorrows have released 18 albums over three decades and sold over two million albums world-wide. The Black Sorrows has always been an elastic band and over its life has been home to some 32 of Australia’s finest musical talents. Vika and Linda Bull, Jen Anderson, Stephen Hadley, Michael Barker, Peter Luscombe, Nick Smith, Ross Hannaford and James Black (just to name a few) have all been part of the fertile Joe Camilleri/Black Sorrows fold and all have gone on to play with the best of the best in this country.

The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most successful touring bands. They have played all round Australia and all over the world. In 1990 The Sorrows won the ARIA Award for Best Band. The Black Sorrows albums Hold On To Me (1988), Harley and Rose (1990) and their greatest hits compilation The Chosen Ones (1993) each amassed triple platinum sales with the bands’ other releases collecting gold and platinum sales.

Over the years other greats have admired the Camilleri’s songwriting. Elvis Costello and John Denver are just two who have recorded cover versions of Joe’s work.

Joe’s next hobby band, The Revelators, released their stunning debut CD, ‘Amazing Stories’ in the early 1990’s. A tribute to the players’ favourite music, ‘Amazing Stories’ expressed the width and breadth of Joe’s love for all types of music. The Revelators released their second disc ‘The Adventures of The Amazing Revelators’ in late 2000 to superb public and critical acclaim. In Oct 2002 came their self-titled third album consolidating the outfit as a serious touring and recording act.

In Sep 2003 Joe released his first ever acoustic album, Bakelite Radio. With the stripped down trio line-up Joe has found the freedom to approach some of his favourite songs in a more intimate manner. The press are raving, describing Bakelite Radio as ‘warm’, ‘relaxed’, ‘classy’ and ‘sublime’.

2000 saw the reformation of The Falcons and the release of their brand new album, Ricochet. Joe toured with both the Bakelite Trio and The Falcons in the latter part of 2003.

In 1996 Joe and partner, Andrew Walker formed the Jazzhead label, a label that is now reputedly the hottest contemporary jazz label in Australia. Enabling young contemporary musicians to release their work, the label has been instrumental in expanding the jazz scene in Australia and collected the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Release in 1998 with Ian Chaplin and Scott Tinkler’s ‘The Future In Today’. Joe’s invlovement in Jazzhead, as creative director and producer, is part of his aim to share his experience with young musicians; an ongoing commitment to new talent in Australia.

Joe is also highly regarded as a producer having produced all The Black Sorrows records and more recently albums for Tiddas, Overnight Jones, Renee Geyer and many more. He also owns and runs one of Melbourne’s best recording studios, Woodstock Studio.

Joe Camilleri is one of the most committed and successful musicians this country has ever produced – a man who loves and lives music.

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