Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den

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Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den
Live album by Rufus Wainwright
Released March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03)
Recorded May 17, 2012 at the Church of the Ascension in Greenwich Village, New York City
Label
Rufus Wainwright chronology
Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright
(2014)
Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den
(2014)

Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den is a live album by American-Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, released by Artists Den Records and Universal Music Enterprises on March 3, 2014. The album was recorded at a concert on May 17, 2012 at the Church of the Ascension in Greenwich Village, New York City, which was originally filmed for the PBS program Live from the Artists Den.

Live from the Artists Den features sixteen tracks, including five that did not air in the broadcast. Ten songs are from Out of the Game (2012), Wainwright's seventh studio album. The album also includes two songs from Want Two (2004) and one song each from Want One (2003) and Release the Stars (2007). Also featured are songs written by Wainwright's parents: "One Man Guy" (Loudon Wainwright III) originally appeared on I'm Alright (1985) and was recorded for Wainwright's second studio album, Poses (2001); "On My Way to Town" (Kate McGarrigle) is from Kate and Anna McGarrigle's album Love Over and Over (1982). Mark Ronson, who produced Out of the Game, is featured on guitar on "Bitter Tears".

Details of the album emerged in January 2014. The recording will be released in CD, digital and Blu-ray Disc formats, the latter of which will contain 50 minutes of bonus footage.

Composition[edit]

Interior of the Church of the Ascension (pictured in 2007), where the album was recorded.

Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den was recorded on May 17, 2012 at a private concert at the Church of the Ascension in Greenwich Village, New York City. The concert was filmed and recorded for the PBS program Live from the Artists Den. Constructed in 1841, the Church of the Ascension is a National Historic Landmark, located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street. Wainwright said of performing in the church: "I've found that the venue essentially dictates everything. For someone who is pretty focused on the capabilities of the voice, as I am, churches are our friends."[1] The album features sixteen tracks, including five songs that did not air in the broadcast.[1]

An a cappella rendition of "Candles", the closing track from Wainwright's Out of the Game (2012), serves as the album's opener.[1] Other songs from Out of the Game include "Rashida", "Song of You", "Barbara", "Welcome to the Ball", "Respectable Dive", "Jericho", the title track ("Out of the Game"), "Montauk" and "Bitter Tears".[2] "The One You Love" and "The Art Teacher" appeared on Wainwright's fourth studio album, Want Two (2004).[3] "One Man Guy", written by Wainwright's father Loudon Wainwright III, originally appeared on I'm Alright (1985) and was recorded for Wainwright's second studio album, Poses (2001).[4][5] "Going to a Town" and "14th Street" originally appeared on Wainwright's fifth and third studio albums, Release the Stars (2007) and Want One (2003), respectively.[6][7] "On My Way to Town", written by Wainwright's mother Kate McGarrigle, originally appeared on Kate and Anna McGarrigle's album Love Over and Over (1982).[8] Wainwright's emotional, solo piano performance of the song paid tribute to his mother, who died of clear-cell sarcoma in January 2010.[9][10] For the "disco-flavored" rendition of "Bitter Tears", Wainwright was accompanied by Mark Ronson, who produced Out of the Game, on guitar.[1]

The album will be released in CD, digital and Blu-ray Disc formats. The latter will feature 50 minutes of "behind-the-scenes" bonus content, including interviews with Wainwright and Father Andrew, the church's since-retired rector, shoot and location footage, and a slideshow called "Night in Pictures".[1][11]

Promotion[edit]

Details of the album were released in January 2014.[1][11] In a press release issued by Universal, Mark Lieberman, creator and executive producer of Live from the Artists Den, said of Wainwright's performance: "Rufus Wainwright is amongst the finest performers of our time. His 'Artists Den' secret show at the Church of the Ascension is still one of my favorite nights, a rare moment in the illustrious career of this incredible musician."[1][12][13]

Reception[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Candles" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Rufus Wainwright[2]  
2. "Rashida" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
3. "Song of You" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
4. "Barbara" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
5. "Welcome to the Ball" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
6. "The One You Love" (from Want Two, 2004) Wainwright[3]  
7. "Respectable Dive" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
8. "Jericho" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
9. "Out of the Game" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
10. "One Man Guy" (from I'm Alright, 1985 and Poses, 2001) Loudon Wainwright III[5]  
11. "Going to a Town" (from Release the Stars, 2007) Wainwright[6]  
12. "Montauk" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  
13. "14th Street" (from Want One, 2003) Wainwright[7]  
14. "The Art Teacher" (from Want Two, 2004) Wainwright[3]  
15. "On My Way to Town" (from Love Over and Over, 1982) Kate McGarrigle[8]  
16. "Bitter Tears" (from Out of the Game, 2012) Wainwright[2]  

Track listing adapted from the Fort Mill Times.[1]

Personnel[edit]

  • Rufus Wainwright – vocals, guitar, piano
  • Teddy Thompson - vocals, guitar
  • Krystal Warrn and Charysse Blackman - vocals
  • Sharief Hobley - guitar
  • Tim Ries - horns
  • Andy Burton - keyboard
  • Brad Albetta - bass
  • Ben Perowsky - drums
  • Mark Ronson - guitar (track 16)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Ref.
United Kingdom March 3, 2014 Universal CD, digital, Blu-ray Disc [12]
Spain March 4, 2014 Universal Music Spain CD, digital, Blu-ray Disc [14]
United States March 4, 2014 Universal Music Enterprises CD, digital, Blu-ray Disc [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "'Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den' to Be Released March 4 by Artists Den Records/UMe". Fort Mill Times. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Collar, Matt. "Out of the Game". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Collar, Matt. "Want Two". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sheridan, Tim. "I'm Alright". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Zac. "Poses". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Release the Stars". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Zac. "Want One". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  8. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Love Over and Over". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  9. ^ Vecsey, George (November 3, 2010). "Lost Notes Will Linger as Footsteps Fall". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Wheeler, Brad (June 13, 2013). "Kate McGarrigle: In life and in death, at the clear fountain of song". The Globe and Mail. ISSN 0319-0714. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Live from the Artists Den: CD and Blu Ray Release March 4". RufusWainwright.com. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "'Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den' Released March 3rd 2014". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "'Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den' to Be Released March 4 by Artists Den Records/UMe". Yahoo! Finance. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ "El recopilatorio con lo mejor de Rufus incluye una nueva canción: "Me and Liza"" (in Spanish). Universal Music Spain. January 29, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 

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