Born Again Savage

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Born Again Savage
Born Again Savage.jpg
Studio album by Little Steven
Released September 10, 1999 (Renegade Nation website)[1]
November 30, 1999 (stores)[2]
Recorded Avarar Studios, NYC
Genre Rock
Length 01:01:01
Label

Renegade Nation

Pachyderm Records (Limited Promo)
Producer Little Steven
Little Steven chronology
Greatest Hits
(1999)
Born Again Savage
(1999)

Born Again Savage is the fifth and final solo album by Little Steven released in 1999. The album was a return to the raw, garage rock sound of his second album, Voice of America. The main topic of the album is religion. U2 bassist Adam Clayton and Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham are featured on all 10 tracks.[3] Jean Beauvoir, who was one of the original Disciples of Soul, sang background vocals on the album. This album would mark the final solo album for Little Steven when he returned to play for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band for good.

Background[edit]

Born Again Savage was written in 1989-1990. It was recorded in 1994, but the record company refused it. It was released when Little Steven started his own record label, Renegade Nation. There was a promotional edit of "Camouflage of Righteousness" available through mp3.com. The edit version was 4:36; the album version is 5:01. Not as many copies of the album were sold as expected.[4]

Liner Notes[edit]

Little Steven wrote in the liner notes of the album, "This is the record I would have made in 1969 had I been capable. It took 20 more years to write it and another 10 to get it out but chronological time is overrated anyway ain`t it? It is a tribute to the hard rock pioneers that kept me alive growing up. The Kinks, the Who, the Yardbirds and the three groups the Yardbirds spawned -- Cream, the Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin. It is additionally a statement of profound gratitude to George Harrison, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Jefferson Airplane who first turned me on to Eastern melody and philosophy and forever expanded my cross-cultural consciousness. I must also thank Bob Dylan from whom all lyrics flow, and Allen Ginsberg for being a Buddhist among other things. This is the fifth and last of the political albums I outlined when I decided to make my own records. I wanted to learn about what was going on and write about it, talk about it, and hopefully learn something about myself in the process. After 5 albums and 7 years of traveling and studying and looking around I wrote the following liner notes intended for the original release of this record. We live in an insane asylum. A barbaric, merciless cesspool. And in this purgatory filled with disease and ugliness and violence and hatred and injustice and greed and lies and pain and frustration and confusion there are brief, fleeting moments of peace and love and truth and beauty. They are rare. They are years and miles apart. But they are so meaningful that they make life worth living. Those moments give you strength to face the insanity with your balance intact and your eyes focused and you endure and tolerate and survive. And if you`re lucky, real lucky, you can tap that strength and hold on to it long enough to, in your own small way, try to make it all a little bit better. Just a little bit more civil and just. To serve. And you don`t do it for anybody else because no one is going to thank you or reward you or even notice. Don`t kid yourself. You do it for you. For your own soul. Because in this world that`s all the salvation you`re ever gonna get -Little Steven 1999"[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Born Again Savage"
  2. "Camouflage of Righteousness"
  3. "Guns, Drugs, And Gasoline"
  4. "Face of God"
  5. "Saint Francis"
  6. "Salvation"
  7. "Organize"
  8. "Flesheater"
  9. "Lust for Enlightenment"
  10. "Tongues of Angels"


Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Recorded by Ben Fowler and Zoe Thrall, assisted by Scott Austin
  • Mixed by Kevin Shirley, assisted by Rich Alvy
  • Additional recording by Dan Gellert
  • Additional assistance by Andrea Yankovsky
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
  • Art design by Alex Ewen, assisted by Lorraine Cullin
  • Original wood engravings by Gustave Doré
  • Photography by Ronnie Farley[8]

Chart[edit]

[9]

Single Chart (2000) Position
"Salvation" Mainstream Rock 40
  • The Born Again Savage album itself did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Steven Issues First Disc in a Decade". MTV News. MTV, 10 Sept. 1999. Web. 2 Apr. 2017.
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Eric Schumacher. "Little Steven Van Zandt Record Not For 'Sopranos' Wise Guys". MTV News. MTV, 25 Feb. 2000. Web. 2 Apr. 2017.
  3. ^ McShane, Larry. "Little Steven Takes on Religion With New Rock 'n' Roll Album", Amarillo, 4 Nov. 1999. Retrieved 2015-1-1.
  4. ^ "U2 Discography - Born Again Savage Album / Little Steven", U2 Wanderer, 1995-2007. Retrieved 2015-1-1.
  5. ^ "Little Steven - Born Again Savage", Stonepony.de. Retrieved 2015-1-1.
  6. ^ ""The Sopranos" Whitecaps (TV Episode 2002) - Soundtracks", IMDb, 1990-2015. Retrieved 2015-1-1.
  7. ^ ""The Sopranos" Moe n' Joe (TV Episode 2006) - Soundtracks", IMDb, 1990-2015. Retrieved 2015-1-1.
  8. ^ Little Steven Born Again Savage. Liner Notes. Renegade Nation, 1999.
  9. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Born Again Savage - Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul", AllMusic, 2015. Retrieved 2015-1-1.