Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly

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Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly
Live album by Various Artists
Released 12 February 2010 (2010-02-12)
Recorded

13–14 November 2009

Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Genre Pop, rock
Length 185:26
Label ABC, Universal
Producer Chris Thompson

Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly is a 3× CD tribute album by Various Artists of tracks originally performed by Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, which was released on 12 February 2010. Two discs were recorded at two live concerts, sponsored by national radio station, Triple J, on 13 and 14 November 2009 at the Forum Theatre. The concerts celebrated Kelly's 30th year as a recording artist and were organised by Richard Kingsmill, musical director at Triple J. Kingsmill invited a variety of Australian artists to choose tracks to perform. The third disc consists of Kelly's originals of most of the live tracks. The related video recording of the concerts was issued on 19 February as 2× DVD with 26 live concert tracks on the first disc and back stage interviews with Kelly and some of the performers on the second disc. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 the album won Best Original Soundtrack and the video recording was nominated for Best Music DVD.

Background[edit]

Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly celebrates Paul Kelly's 30th anniversary as a recording artist.[1] Richard Kingsmill, musical director at national radio station, Triple J organised two tribute concerts: he asked various Australian artists to perform their favourite Kelly tracks.[2] Kingsmill announced the tribute on air "[t]here is a huge amount of respect and admiration within the Australian music industry – not to mention the public as well – for Paul and all that he's achieved. He is one of our songwriting greats and worthy of celebrating".[3] The concerts were held on 13 and 14 November at the Forum Theatre, Melbourne.[4] Kelly attended and performed "Leaps and Bounds" with the band: Ashley Naylor (from Kelly's touring band, as musical director) on guitar and backing vocals; Edmondo Ammendola on bass guitar and backing vocals; Kiernan Box on keyboards, accordion and harmonica; Adam Donovan on guitar, lapsteel, mandolin and backing vocals; Ken Gardner on trumpet; Matthew Habben on tenor saxophone; Adam Hutterer on trombone; and David Williams on drums and backing vocals.[4] Ammendola, Box, Donovan and Williams are all members of Augie March.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]

AllMusic's Adam Greenberg described the project as a "massive show" with "a nice lineup of artists from around the stylistic horn" however there were "some messy audio" problems on the recording.[6] Greenberg felt that Megan Washington "steals the show early on with powerful vocals that rise above the audio mess",[6] followed by Paul Dempsey providing a "tinkling, twinkling country song".[6] Later Missy Higgins performance was "an excellent (and excellent-sounding) bit of crooning and acoustic piano that brings the sound back to a more intimate nature".[6]

Julia Winterflood of BMA Magazine described the album as a "glorious, triumphant and moving testament" which portrays Kelly as "not only an unbridled rocker and exceptionally brilliant balladeer, but a poet, too".[2] Writing for The West Australian, Simon Collins praised Naylor's effort on the title track, Washington's "soft side with an a cappella version of 'Meet Me in the Middle of the Air'", and Adalita's "spoken-word performance of 'Everything's Turning to White' ... not long after the death of her bandmate Dean Turner, is also touching".[7] Turner of Magic Dirt had died in August 2009 of tissue cancer, aged 37.[8]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 the album won Best Original Soundtrack, the trophy was collected by Kingsmill and Naylor on behalf of all the artists involved.[9][10] The video recording was nominated for Best Music DVD.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul Kelly, unless otherwise noted. 

Video recording[edit]

Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly
Video by Various Artists
Released February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19)
Recorded

13–14 November 2009

Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Genre Rock, pop
Length 116:00

Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly is a video recording of two concerts of the same name performed by various artists. It was released on 19 February 2010 as 2× DVD with 26 tracks performed on 13 or 14 November 2009 on the first disc. The second disc contains back stage interviews with participants Paul Kelly, Ash Naylor, Dan Kelly (Paul's nephew), John Butler, Missy Higgins, Katy Steele and Clare Bowditch.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul Kelly, unless otherwise noted. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Before Too Long". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Winterflood, Julia (17 March 2010). "CD Reviews: Before Too Long – Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly (ABC/Universal)". BMA Magazine (Radar Media (Scott Layne, Allan Sko)). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Mann, Tom (11 October 2009). "Before Too Long: Tribute to Paul Kelly". FasterLouder (Sound Alliance). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Triple J (2010), Before Too Long Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Universal Music Australia. National Library of Australia, retrieved 30 December 2013 
  5. ^ McIntosh, Gregory. "Augie March | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Greenberg, Adam. "Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly – Various Artists". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Collins, Simon (15 March 2010). "CD Review: CD Review: Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly". The West Australian (Seven West Media). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Magic Dirt's Dean Turner Dies After a Battle with Cancer". Music News. Triple J (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 24 August 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "2010 ARIA Awards Winners By Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "ARIA Awards 2010 : History: Winners by Year 2010: 24th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Triple J (2010), Before Too Long Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). National Library of Australia, retrieved 31 December 2013 

External links[edit]

Before Too Long: Triple J's Tribute to Paul Kelly at MusicBrainz