Another lovely friend of Advancement sent me a press release that is pretty awesome:
"Columbia Records will release Twelve,the eagerly-anticipated album of 'cover' [I'm glad they put that in quotes. -JH] versions of classic popular songsnewly interpreted by the 2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee PattiSmith, on Tuesday, April 17. Twelve is Patti Smith's first album of new studio recordings sincetrampin', her Columbia Records debut, was released in 2004, and is theartist's first-ever full-length collection of songs originally created byother performers. On Twelve, Patti Smith and her band -- Lenny Kaye (guitar), Jay DeeDaugherty (drums) and Tony Shanahan (bass, keyboards) -- work their magicon a surprising selection of classic songs and overlooked treasures fromthe rock & roll canon including 'Pastime Paradise' by Stevie Wonder,' Everybody Wants To Rule The World' by Tears for Fears and 'Helpless' byNeil Young. Also on Twelve, Smith and company interpret songs by JimiHendrix, Bob Dylan, the Doors, Nirvana, Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles,the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, and Paul Simon.
An assortment of guest artists appear with Patti on Twelve includingItalian cellist Giovanni Sollima; playwright Sam Shepard (with whom Patti collaborated on "Cowboy Mouth" in 1971) on banjo; early 60s GreenwichVillage folk artists John Cohen (banjo) and Peter Stampfel (fiddle); RedHot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea; Television guitarist Tom Verlaine; the Black Crowes' Rich Robinson on slide guitar and dulcimer; and hip-hop producer Luis Resto (Eminem) on keyboards. Patti's son, Jackson, anddaughter, Jesse, are on-hand to contribute guitar and vocal respectively."
Have Patti Smith and Prince been talking? You know, I've always thought Patti Smith was about as Overt as you can get, but this is a pretty bold statement of Advancement. I'll have to hear the record for myself, but I'm pretty excited. The inclusion of a hip-hop producer is a particularly nice touch.