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For Peace Comes Dropping Slow [CD]

Jackie Leven Audio CD
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The great Scottish singer and song writer Jackie Leven passed away on Monday, 14th November, at 8 o'clock in the evening. He had suffered from cancer.
"There are spiritual story tellers and there are soulful story tellers. I hope to be a soulful story teller. I see the two kinds as two different directions. Spiritual is ascending. Sky, God and all that. I hope my story telling is ... Read more in Amazon's Jackie Leven Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0000V3Q8W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jesus Bodybuilder Blues/Cocaine Blues
2. Cannot Keep From Crying
3. Artic Sex
4. Uist Tramping Song
5. Sacred Bond
6. Call Mother A Lonely Field
7. Fear of Women
8. Sexual Danger
9. Acid Roast Beef
10. Poortoun
11. Whisky Story
12. Desolation Blues
13. Jackie Losing It
14. Marble City Bar
15. Pale Blue Eyes
16. Main Travelled Roads
17. Slim Slow Slider

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Fleetingly released on the Haunted Valley label as a highly coveted fan-club collectable back in 1997, Jackie Leven's first live album For Peace Comes Dropping Slowly (recorded solo at London's 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street) has now been reissued, albeit as a limited pressing. Leven sings like a tenor saxophone drowning in malt whisky and his songs--even at their darkest--deal in tender honesty, hope and pride. They prick at the thick skin of masculinity, plumb the depths of despair ("Desolation Blues"), revel in the purity of rural escapism (the traditional Hebridean "Uist Tramping Song") and shed tears as urban dignity is smashed by the uncompromising fist of manufacturing decline. Or as "Poortoun" puts it "My younger brother died from taking heroin, my mother takes pills to help her with the grieving in empty churches" (Deacon Blue, eat your hearts out). Live record or not, Jackie Leven simply doesn't make bad records. For the novice, this is as good a place to start as any. --Kevin Maidment

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!! 21 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is just a superb live album! For the experienced Jackie fan it's a real treat, great songs well sung, superb versions of Sacred bond, Poortoun & desolation blues.
If you don't know Jackies brand of 'Celtic soul' then this is a great place to start. Jackie sounds a bit like a cross between Van Morrison & Aaron Neville(indeed he covers Van's classic 'slim slow slider' on this record). His deep soulful voice holds you spellbound. The sheer beauty of Jackie's voice creates a fascinating contrast with the sometimes dark subject matter of the songs. This man lays bare his soul when he performs live. Incidentally, Jackie has a totally unique guitar style. It has to be heard to be explained!!
Do yourself a favour. Buy it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another gem 20 Aug 2011
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another gem from JL. I would put this in among his best 5 albums. If you want an intro to this great singer songwriter, this is a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stuff 13 Sep 2005
By Pablo De Sevilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm still soaking in the wondrous beauty of this album. Jackie Leven is an amazing singer and songerwriter -- his voice is unparalled and his words are poetic and moving.

For old Doll by Doll fans like myself (the most under-rated band of the 80s) the highlight is hearing Jackie tease the audience by plucking the opening bars to Janice (from Remember) and then launching into a beautiful solo rendition of Main Travelled Roads (from Doll by Doll). Much of Jackie's newer work gets close to this sort of emtional depth, but Main Travelled Roads is still ever so powerful.
4.0 out of 5 stars Leven club show, warts and all 5 April 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a Jackie Leven fan, this live CD is something you need to have. For those that aren't Leven fans, I don't think that this would be the best place to start, but then again, it gives you a fairly accurate overview of what this supremely talented and underrated artist was all about. Leven had the voice on an angel, the soul of a poet, the wit of a comedian, and the spirit and chops of a diehard rock and roller. Combine all of that with brilliant songs and crafty guitar playing, and you have a singer-songwriter who should have been MUCH better known and loved during his lifetime.

This CD is a live set that Leven recorded ("one live performance with no changes or studio improvements") at The Twelve Bar Club in London in 1996. This was the start of a very productive period for Leven. For the next 15 years I think he put out at least an album per year. And they are all good or great. After being the lead vocalist of the great band Doll By Doll (late 70s and early 80s; get ALL of their albums!), Leven had a "down period" until he resurfaced, drug-free and re-engergized in the mid 90s.

These live recordings run the gamut from bluesy material, to folkier stuff, and a few more rock-ish compositions. The musical power and emotion, not to mention Leven's ethereal vocals, propel these songs to heady heights. Some of the in-between songs patter is fun, and sometimes hilarious (ask John Wesley Harding about the "Acid Roast Beef" bit!). There are a few misses (Jackie forgets the lyrics while doing a cover of "Pale Blue Eyes"), but songs like "Main Travelled Roads" and "Call Mother a Lonely Field" are nothing short of brilliant, as is his stunning cover of Van Morrison's "Slim Slow Slider," the track that closes this set. Leven is an important artist who is sorely missed. The man should be a musical legend.
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