RYAN ADAMS Elizabethtown Sessions (2005)

Elizabethtown Sessions (2005)
Unreleased Session Tapes

You almost get the feeling Ryan Adams contributed to Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown just to get access to a studio. Besides “Come Pick Me Up” (not included), which made it to the movie soundtrack’s album, Adams offers up 18 other tracks recorded, presumably, for film consideration. I don’t know his catalog well enough to know what eventually turned up where, or even if they did (my interest more or less ends with Whiskeytown), but I’m totally sold on these free-form, live band, studio sessions. Old timers might catch a whiff of Todd Rundgren’s chaotic 70s majesty in Adams’ semi-pop & the kitchen sink approach (“Lions Of Broadway”) or maybe Neil Young’s fragile song skeletons (“Dreams Of A Working Class Clown”), some with string arrangements. For “Saturday Night,” Ryan’s lyrics make a brief return to well known surrounds – smashed up telephones & late night drinking – while “Elizabethtown” is out of the Dwight Yoakam songbook. Maybe I just like Adams’ “instant album” approach. We’ve also got Adams’ iTunes Sessions here.

Cemetery Hill (3:57)
The Sewers At The Bottom Of The Wishing Well (1:50)
Clementine (2:13)
Everyone Knows (3:00)
When The Wild Wind Blows (2:55)
Dreams Of A Working Class Clown (2:07)
Words (2:06)
Lions Of Broadway (2:42)
Who Were We? (2:43)
Willows (1:23)
Lighthouses (4:00)
Saturday Night (3:07)
Everything Dies (3:03)
Two (3:50)
Maps (2:45)
Don’t Get Sentimental On Me (2:44)
Elizabethtown (4:14)
Elizabeth (3:09)



  • tony Ormond
    August 12, 2009 - 19:16 | Permalink

    This sounds like Ryan is playing all the instruments on Everybody Knows. That sounds like his drumming on it and I think that's him singing backgrounds. These could be all him on all the tracks…I'll check it out…
    Thanks alot for everything you put up.

  • Capt. Willard
    August 12, 2009 - 19:36 | Permalink

    Thanks for the help. I haven't been keeping up on the guy.

  • Art Ducko
    August 12, 2009 - 20:08 | Permalink

    Great stuff, Willard. I hope his "retirement" doesn't last too long. This guy writes albums the way other people write grocery lists. He just pulls it out of the air. So yeah, we need him back.

  • Hugo
    August 13, 2009 - 16:08 | Permalink

    Like you Adams kind of lost me after Whiskeytown. It wasn't anything sudden, but rather a slow fade. I saw a couple of the solo acoustic shows — stuttered, shambling and lovable though they were I greatly missed, and still do, the boozed-up runaway train that was live Whiskeytown.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 8, 2009 - 16:40 | Permalink

    Search HERE

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  • August 23, 2014 - 22:47 | Permalink

    This just an artist being brilliant. Certainly not commercially accessible, but per usual, his prolific nature is refreshing in today’s cookie cutter culture. .

    • Willard
      August 24, 2014 - 00:21 | Permalink

      Personally, I’m a sucker for prolific types. Their catalogs tend to display a more interesting career arc, capturing minor developments and changes in their approach that are often lost when artists make albums every two years.

  • Big Al Bailey
    May 13, 2015 - 18:48 | Permalink

    Is there a chance of the iTunes session to be re-upped? Many thanks for the Whikeytown I’d never heard them.

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