Canon: a Collection Box-Set, Import
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Throughout her career, Ani DiFranco has given her own take on tired rock star clichés. When other artists answered to major labels, she opted to start her own. While other guitarists relied on electric heroics, she pounded on a strangely tuned acoustic. And when faced with the task of releasing a career retrospective, Ani created anything but the traditional "greatest hits" package. With Canon, the double-disc set scheduled to hit stores on October 1, 2007, fans will get an unprecedented look at how the artist sees her prolific career, and newcomers will get the ultimate primer in DiFrancology. Like everything else she creates, Ani made this record to her precise specifications, carefully selecting 36 songs from her voluminous back catalogue, including tunes from her first album and her 18th.As a result, Canon doesn't play like a greatest hits package, but an album that's arranged and intended to be played from beginning to end. There are even some surprises along the way - a handful of re-imaginings of Ani classics, courtesy of the Little Folksinger, bassist and long-time collaborator Todd Sickafoose, and drummer Alison Miller. The trio busts out fresh, inspired versions of the Dilate gems "Napoleon" and "Shameless," as well as "Your Next Bold Move," "Overlap" and that simple, aching ballad and live staple that absolutely never gets old, "Both Hands." So while other "best of" projects get slapped together by labels to fulfil artists' contractual obligations, Canon represents the beginning of a new phase of Ani DiFranco's unabashedly unique career. Because sometimes, for us to move forward, there's nothing healthier than taking a long, fruitful look back.
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Die ersten beiden CDs sind chronologisch aufgebaut, die dritte CD liefert einen Einblick in ihre Live-Performances, dazu gibt es 5 neue Studio-Versionen einiger ältere "Hits".
Anspieltipps: buildings and bridges, shy, as is, here for now, both hands
Ich kann nur sagen: das war die mit Abstand beste CD die ich in der letzten Zeit gekauft habe! Am anfang war ich etwas skeptisch.. doch je länger die CD läuft, je tiefer taucht man in die Musik ein und kann einfach nur genießen - empfehlenswert für alle, die auf ruhige Musik stehen, die zum Nachdenken anregt!
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As for the five song "remakes", Both Hands and Overlap are awful when compared to the exquisitely beautiful originals. Shameless is interesting in that this is Ani's trademark rock-out song, but this version is played by just Ani and an electric guitar, sans drums. You can hardly tell that the other instruments are missing until the drum solo section (which is now a guitar solo). I found both Napoleon and Your Next Bold Move to be acceptable remakes, but unremarkable. Ani has done several other, better versions of Napoleon.
In general, the remakes were disconcerting to me because I'm not used to hearing Ani play an electric instead of acoustic guitar, and she sings the remakes in an unusually high-pitched voice (not sure why). Of the 5 remakes, Shameless is the most appealing, and I really hate the new Both Hands. Oddly, Ani's 2007 Canon tour featured a new arrangement of Untouchable Face that's fantastic and superior to any of the remakes on the Canon album. On her Canon tour, Ani's actual live performances of the "5 remakes" are both different from and far better than the versions on the Canon album.
As with all the recent albums from the Righteous Babe, the CD packaging (with complete lyrics and liner notes) is excellent and the sound quality is superb (My early Ani albums were on cassettes not CDs, so I may be comparing apples to oranges). So, Canon is a great compilation which provides an overall feel for the breadth of Ani's music, but should be treated as a starting point and not a comprehensive "best of" collection.
BUT, if you can only afford one CD, this collection shows the diversity and uniqueness that is DeFranco.
Her style is at times brash, gritty, romantic, sexy, angry and range from folk, rock, ballad-esque, jazz.. she has influenced so many artists that you have to get to know the original.
If you like early Tegan & Sara, Melissa Ferrick, Catie Curtis et al.. you have to listen to Ani.
I already own everything available by her, but I also like compilations, new ways of listening to what has become too familiar through addictive listening. Even though this compilation does not contain all of my favorites,(Rush Hour ?)... I was sort of pulled in by the advertised alternative versions of songs available here, (they are cool), but I was mostly hoping there might be an up gragde to cutting edge standards of the sound quality. Yippie eye aye, the sound quality met and surpassed all of my hope, uniformly clear and beautiful.
As a long time fan of Ani, I am really glad to own this compilation.
Folks, for me this is one of the technically and artistically best CDs I have ever heard.
I have a home music recording studio and record and sound edit myself.
That does not make me any expert, but IMHO, the technical quality of this CD is "to die for!"
The artistic ability of Ms. Difranco is at its zenith (IMO).
If you are an admirer of Ms. Defranco, IMO, it doesn't get any better than this.
Her support musicians are amazing.