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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Cowboy Junkies “The Trinity Session” March 23, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Its 25 years since the release of the Cowboy Junkies seminal album “The Trinity Session”.
Recorded , with the band circled around a single microphone in Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity on November 27, 1987 it was released the following year. Somehow the recording reflects this with an almost sparseness to some of the songs. Although they recorded the songs again 20 years later in the same venue and released it as “Trinity Revisited”, it naturally just wasn’t the same.
It was an album I adored for years, chilled out to, smiled to and really enjoyed and recently I got the old records out again and listened to it. Its still great. There’s a lovely freshness to it (and unlike most of the albums that I played to death it hadn’t a scratch on it).
What it had too was a number of brilliant covers, whilst ‘Sweet Jane’ is probably the best known it was the cover of the Hanks Williams classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Walkin’ After Midnight” (made famous by Patsy Cline) that were my favourites.
I’ve a number of their albums and they have some really strange covers . Their first album “Whites Off Earth Now!!” is mostly covers with Bruce Springsteens “State Trooper” and John Lee Hookers “Forgive Me” being particularly odd. The success of The Trinity Session, I presume led to more of their own material appearing on their “The Caution Horses” album and beyond. On Caution Horses they covered amongst others Neil Youngs “Powderfinger”. I’d listen to Youngs ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ and then to The Cowboy Junkies version and it just wasn’t right!

After The Caution Horses came the albums “Pale Sun Crescent Moon” and “Black Eyed Man”. They were good but they had got more ‘electric’ with a slightly harder edge than The Trinity Session”. Singer Margo Timmons voice had changed ever so slightly too and the covers versions just weren’t as interesting.
I saw them about 10 years ago in Dublin and while they didn’t disappoint they didn’t blow me away either. Maybe I just wanted them to play and relive “The Trinity Session”

All the below are from “The Trinity Session” (although “Blue Moon revisited” wasn’t on the original release)


1. WorldbyStorm - March 23, 2013

Some lovely songs there.

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