Vinyl Editions Of The American Trilogy Box Set
“Mickey Newbury's commitment to the power of song is imperative to me” Will Oldham
“One of the best singers I have ever heard in any kind of music… his voice blows my mind” Steve Earle
"I learned more about songwriting from him than any other writer” Kris Kristofferson.
Newbury songs have been recorded by performers like Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, the Box Tops, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Nick Cave.
‘An American Trilogy’ (Elvis Presley), ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ (Kenny Rogers and the First Edition), ‘She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye’ (Jerry Lee Lewis), ‘Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings’ (Tom Jones)—just some of the timeless compositions in the Newbury catalogue.
But Mickey himself was by far the best interpreter of his own songs. Recorded between 1969 and 1973 at a home studio in Madison, Tennessee, called Cinderella Sound—in reality, a converted 2-car garage owned by guitarist and engineer Wayne Moss— and backed by the same musicians who played on Dylan’s late 60s Nashville recordings, the albums that constitute An American Trilogy are regarded as key works in Mickey’s canon as a recording artist.
A visionary album in the vein of Love’s Forever Changes and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Looks Like Rain immerses the listener into a vividly-painted emotional landscape of heartbreak, madness and despair. Mickey followed this masterpiece with another, 1970’s ‘Frisco Mabel Joy—recently voted number 6 in an Uncut reader’s poll of the 50 greatest ‘lost’ albums and described by Mojo as “an hallucinatory suite of sad, soulful songs”. The cycle of Cinderella Sound albums ended in 1973 with a third epic, Heaven Help The Child.
Peter Blackstock, the editor of No Depression magazine, has said of these records: “There may be no more fully realized cyclical trinity of albums in American popular music.” Once you’ve heard them you’ll understand why.
1. Heaven Help The Child
2. Good Morning Dear
4. Sweet Memories
1. Why You Been Gone So Long
2. Cortelia Clark
3. Song For Susan
4. San Francisco Mabel