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Bob

ROD CLEMENTS CD RELEASE - RENDEZVOUS CAFE

Rod Clements releases his new 26 track double CD, Rendezvous Cafe, on 16 April.



Rod says....

"Subtitled ‘Revisiting Songs from the Lindisfarne Years 1968-2002’, the 26-track double CD brings together 26 songs written or co-written by me and originally recorded by Lindisfarne, Jack The Lad, Bert Jansch and others. Here they appear in a no-frills, acoustic-based setting, with accompaniment from Ian on double bass, plus a bit of overdubbed slide guitar and mandolin. The package includes a booklet with archive photos, history, and anecdotes about the songs’ origins."

"On Wednesday 16th April I’m launching the album with a very special gig in the Classic auditorium of Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema. The early-evening event will include a live set from me and Ian, followed by an open Q&A session hosted by music historian Chris Phipps. All ticket sale proceeds are going to the Tyneside Cinema Appeal. The bar will be open before and after the show and copies of RENDEZVOUS CAFÉ will be on sale."

See Rod's website for further details www.rodclements.com

Rendezvous Cafe track listing...

Disc One: ROAD TO KINGDOM COME / TRAIN IN G MAJOR / MEET ME ON THE CORNER / DON’T ASK ME / WHY CAN’T I BE SATISFIED? / PLAIN DEALING / SUNDERLAND BOYS / SUNDOWN STATION / ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS / ROLL ON THAT DAY / OLD PECULIER FEELING / REFUGEES / COMING HOME TO YOU

Disc Two: WORKING MY WAY BACK HOME / GHOST IN BLUE SUEDE SHOES / JUBILEE CORNER / CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG / ONE DAY / UNMARKED CAR / THIS GUITAR NEVER LIES / WHEN JONES GETS BACK TO TOWN / CANDLELIGHT / UNFINISHED BUSINESS / THIS TOO WILL PASS / FREEDOM SQUARE / REMEMBER TOMORROW
titchbek

'bout time!
Mr Inbetween

Much as I'm looking forward to this, I'm disappointed by what isn't on the album  - The Things I Should Have Said - When Friday Comes Along - People Say. And I was hoping for Fast Lane Driver, having heard reports that it has occasionally crept onto the set list in the last year or thereabouts. Of course, space is limited, but some of the more recent songs have appeared on the acoustic albums and Live Ghosts already, so perhaps could have given way?


It's just a view.
brian

lets be honest we all have our favourite Rod tracks, and there are tracks I would have liked to have seen , but we would have ended up with a treble album, maybe we will see a further volume with some of the tracks we would have liked to have seen, fingers crossed!
Rod Clements

Mr. Inbetween, I note your comments about the omission of certain titles from the Rendezvous Café tracklist, but I hope that nonetheless you will find much to enjoy on the album. As Brian suggests in his response, if I’d included every song I’ve ever had a hand in writing, the café would have been bursting at the seams with a queue of songs at the door waiting to get in.
However, space and time weren’t the only criteria in deciding to leave some songs out. Of the ones you mention, ‘The Things I Should Have Said’, ‘When Friday Comes Along’ and ‘People Say’ were excluded because I can’t identify with them as I used to. ‘The Things I Should Have Said’ has, for me, more than a whiff of the sixth-form poetry project about it, and the other two strike me now as not interesting enough to be worth reviving. I realise these are subjective judgements, but if I’d done those songs I would have been parroting them merely for the sake of completeness, and if I’m not convinced by them, I can hardly expect them to convince a listener.
Others, like ‘Fast Lane Driver’ which you mention, and ‘One More Dance’ (whose omission did not escape the notice of your forum-meister Big Bob T), were left out because they are essentially band songs which proved not to have the adaptability to lend themselves to the stripped-down, mostly acoustic format that was an entry requirement for the Rendezvous Café. It’s true that I’ve played ‘Fast Lane Driver’ out & about a couple of times recently, but having done so, decided that it wouldn’t stand up on record without either (a) a full band or (b) played solo, the immediacy and atmosphere of a live gig.
You raise the point that some of the ‘more recent’ songs (I’m assuming you mean the ones from Neighbourhood and Promenade) have appeared on the ‘acoustic albums’ (here I assume you’re referring to the two Lindisfarne Acoustic trio CDs) and Live Ghosts. Well, for a start, none of those 3 albums is widely available. More importantly, though, the versions on the Lindisfarne Acoustic albums were not sung by me, whereas on Rendezvous Café, they are. I’ve always had a belief (a touching faith, some might say) in the idea that the writer of a song will deliver it in a way that nobody else can, and notwithstanding the previous very fine vocal interpretations of these songs by Billy or DHD, Rendezvous Café is me putting my mouth where my money is (so to speak) as the writer or (arguably) principal co-writer singing these songs on record for the first time. Hence, Promenade songs, but no ‘Significant Other’ because I sang that on the album. (‘Freedom Square’, however, which I also sang on Promenade, gets in because it’s the first official recording to include the previously missing last verse.)
Regarding Live Ghosts (which is no longer available as a CD – it’s now download only), that was a somewhat rough-and-ready recording of an event, capturing the atmosphere of the occasion. Rendezvous Café is a much superior recording and of the songs it shares with Live Ghosts, I would say the new studio versions are much closer to being definitive takes for the general listener. I’m hoping Rendezvous Café will gain considerably wider currency than Live Ghosts or the Lindisfarne Acoustic albums - time will tell. I hope you’ll enjoy it despite your reservations, maybe come to a gig or two, and come & introduce yourself so I can put a face to the name.
Mr Inbetween

Hello Rod,

Thanks for the time and trouble you've taken to respond so comprehensively. I didn't mean my comments to be provocative, and certainly not a challenge sufficient for you to join this forum especially to respond! The things I should not have said?

I have no reservations about the album, which I'm looking forward to. I'm slightly disappointed that some of my favourites aren't there, having heard somewhere that nearly all of your Lindisfarne contributions were on the list, and expectations being built on the rumour. But you've given very valid reasons for selection and omission, and in doing so have provided an interesting insight into the process.

I certainly hope to see you at a gig or two, but whether or not I introduce myself depends on how hard a puch you pack!
Steve F.

Thanks for that explanation, Rod.  I think it's great imput into the thought process that goes into making a recording.  A process that you have always taken seriously.
StuartG

Ordered on Monday evening, and on my doormat by lunchtime today. How's that for service?!   Looking forward to giving it a good listen.
Bob

You wont be disappointed, Stuart.  It's a beautifully crafted piece of work, in fact… stunningly so in my opinion.  I know that Rod has worked hard on this project for some time, and the end product is certainly something he should be very proud of.

Ron Angus has done a superb job in capturing, not only a very high quality recording, but also the real 'feel' of a Rod Clements release....if you know what I mean.  Some of the arrangements will be more familiar to those who have seen Rod play live in the last year or so.

It’s amazing that (apart from ‘Roll on that day’) you’re only actually listening to Rod and Ian perform.  I’ve got recordings by other artists who use a shed-full of ‘guests’ and ‘friends’ on their solo work and they still don’t come near to the same overall sound, quality, and musicianship as captured on Rendezvous Café.

This release truly demonstrates just what a brilliant song writer, musician, and performer Rod Clements really is, it’s also a reminder that he always was.  Even to those of us who have been around for some time, you could well find this album something of a ‘wake up’ call.

I’ll leave it to others more qualified than I to review in depth, but I have to say that, in my opinion, Rendezvous Café is an absolute ‘must buy’, and not only for the Clements faithful.
martin

rod new cd

like every one else so glad rod has taken the time to put this fine cd together it takes you on a trip from when you first heard rod,s songs in the 70,s till the present date there,s also some great photo,s and rod,s views on the songs great cd to add to anyones collection
DaveP

Looking forward to seeing Rod next Sunday in Sheffield. Does anyone know if the latest CD will be on sale at the show ?
Rod Clements

Yes Dave, indeed it will!
DaveP

Magic, make sure I take along a few pennies then !
Mick

Finally got my hands on a copy of this album.. I enjoyed hearing such a different take on 'Can't Do right for Doing Wrong' and I absolutely love 'Don't Ask Me' which i think has been a long neglected composition.

But the whole album is a real joy from start to finish - I'm looking forward to seeing Rod and Ian in Swansea in July.
Derek

Fully agree with Mick's comments about this excellent album.

Other favourites of mine are the renditions of "Sunderland Boys", "Plain Dealing" and "Coming Home To You".
Mick

Well, I saw Rod and Ian at The Garage in Swansea last night - what a fantastic gig, which included an entirely unexpected version of 'Winter Song'. I also got to meet up with old Lindy stalwart Bertil, who is in the UK at present. Great night all round.


Bob

We went to the previous night's gig in Manchester, we didn't get the Winter Song rendition....bugger!!

Mick, you got a far better photo of Ian's gorgeous new bass than I did.

Mick

Rod said he had been requested to sing it. When he struck up the chords I couldn't believe it.
Waldo

Rendezvous Café

I tried getting this new release by Rod from Amazon as I now live in France, and was told that I could only pre-order it, and that it was scheduled for release on the 20th October. You lucky ***s not only get the gigs, but also the CDs earlier, I mean what I are we waiting for here? a left hand drive CD? Sad
Geoff

Waldo

If you haven't already ordered through Amazon, you could go to Rod's website and do so from there:

http://www.rodclements.com/sales_f.html
Waldo

Rendezvous Café

Thanks Geoff

But is already ordered, so I am waiting for it to drop into the letter box, I have heard the short extracts they allow on Amazon and it sounds great.
Geoff

Ok Waldo, I promise it'll be worth waiting for!

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