Incoming: First Emitt Rhodes Album in 43 Years


Watch the album trailer, below.

By Blurt Staff

One of power pop’s (and pop’s, period) greatest cult artist is surely Emitt Rhodes, whose 1971 album Emitt Rhodes is rightly considered one of the era’s greatest. He followed that up two years later with Farewell to Paradise—the disappeared from public view, a victim of rotten deals and the vicissitudes of a tin-eared industry. The silence is about to end, however, with the Feb. 26 arrival of Rainbow Ends, the man’s first album in over four decades. He’s joined by special guests Roger Joseph Manning Jr. & Jason Falkner of Jellyfish, Nels Cline, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Jon Brion, Bleu, and members of Brian Wilson’s band. It’s to be issued by Omnivore on CD, digital and colored vinyl. The full tracklising is below.

A PledgeMusic campaign is operative for pre-orders, with all the accompanying potential premiums.

According to Omnivore, the project came about thusly:” After connecting with producer Chris Price in 2013, Rhodes revived his home studio with help from Price and an all-star band, all of whom had been enamored of Rhodes’ work: Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Jason Falkner (both solo artists, members of Jellyfish, and currently in Beck’s studio and touring band), indie producer and musician Fernando Perdomo, Rooney’s Taylor Locke and New Pornographers’ drummer Joe Seiders. They would cut the new record live in that space.”

Omnivore quotes Rhodes as saying, “I had a spurt there, you know. I just wrote a whole bunch of songs. I’m just gonna write what my heart tells me, because that’s the only thing that really matters, isn’t it? Sometimes you don’t know, and then the light goes on and you do know. The music is very good on this record. I think that these guys are all wonderful players and there’s all sorts of interesting stuff. I hope people like it, and I want you young guys to be able to get your due. I think whenever it happens, it happens on time.”

1. Dog On A Chain
2. If I Knew Then
3. If It Isn’t So
4. This Wall Between Us
5. Someone Else
6. I Can’t Tell My Heart
7. Put Some Rhythm To It
8. It’s All Behind Us Now
9. What’s a Man To Do
10. Friday’s Love
11. Rainbow Ends

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