Ryan Adams - Gold
Label: Lost Highway
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition, Clear
Comes with Lost Highway 10th Anniversary sheet about limited-edition pressings on clear wax planned for 2011.
In celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we at Lost Highway Records are releasing 20 of our most acclaimed albums, including Ryan Adams' GOLD, on limited edition clear vinyl. These special pressings will be available monthly throughout 2011.
Released: 25 Jan 2011
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Country Rock, Indie Rock
A1 New York, New York 3:47
A2 Firecracker 2:48
A3 Answering Bell 3:02
A4 La Cienega Just Smiled 4:59
A5 The Rescue Blues 3:36
A6 Somehow, Someday 4:23
B1 When The Stars Go Blue 3:31
B2 Nobody Girl 9:39
B3 Sylvia Plath 4:08
B4 Enemy Fire 4:04
B5 Gonna Make You Love Me 2:34
C1 Wild Flowers 4:55
C2 Harder Now That It's Over 4:31
C3 Touch, Feel & Lose 4:13
C4 Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues 6:04
C5 Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd 3:23
D1 Rosalie Come And Go 3:53
D2 The Fools We Are As Men 3:56
D3 Sweet Black Magic 2:34
D4 The Bar Is A Beautiful Place 5:50
D5 Cannonball Days 3:22
Producer – Ethan Johns
Gold came out in the late summer of 2001. The opening track, "New York New York," became something of a rallying cry for me (and other New Yorkers and Americans) after 9/11, even though the song-- as one colleague described it, "Tangled Up in Blue" played fast-- is about a girl, not a city.
(Adams sometimes writes about a girl by using the name of a city he associates with her; see also, "Dear Chicago.") But the very fact that this tune evoked the familiar Dylan song is precisely what makes this work so compelling and timeless.
OK, so given the timing, that tune sucked me into the record, in a very visceral way. But the whole thing had masterpiece written all over it from the very first spin at my home in September of 2001.
As my wife so aptly said, "It has that sweet familliar ring of every album you ever loved as a kid." Which, if you are our age, means it feels like Van Morrison, Neil Young, Dylan, Exile-era Stones, like that. It hits you in that "Into the Mystic," "Brown Sugar," "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" place. Do you like that place? Yeah, me too.
Adams is so prolific an artist that he is generally an album or two ahead of his fans; by February of 2001 he was playing these rockers to rooms full of alt.country romantics who wanted to moon with him over the Heartbreaker songs.
But now, four years on, "New York New York," "Answering Bell," "Stars Go Blue," and "Rescue Blues" sound like songs you've known all your life, and are warmly greeted in concert as the masterworks they are.
Adams is a polarizing figure; people tend to have strong opinions toward him, either way. I obviously lean toward the "love everything he touches" camp. But divorced from the public persona, the music on this record stands up to the closest scrutiny, taps into a classic vein defined by the artists listed above (and more recently, by Lucinda Williams and Counting Crows).
If not, I'll add that if I were to suggest a single title to someone interested in getting their ears wet with Adams, this would be the one. I think you can find traces of every direction he's gone in, before and since, on this album. It is long, but in a sweeping sort of way; I can listen to it all the way through and not find a single song I want to cut.
Ryan Adams - New York, New York
on David Letterman
Ryan Adams - Answering Bell
Ryan Adams - When the Stars Go Blue
I love this song!! I'm pretty sure this is the original version. This was 2001 and Tim McGraw's was 2002, I forget the rest. Someone performed it in 2004 and 2005 also.