Soul Lost Companion

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Soul Lost Companion
A close up of the artist's face, shown mostly in right profile staring to his left. A beam of yellow light shines onto his left eye. Swirls of colour are below and to his left. The title is given in small script about cheek height at the right with his name larger and just below.
Studio album by Mark Lizotte
Released September 1999 (1999-09)
Recorded 1999
Studio
Genre Rock
Length 47:53
Label
Producer
Mark Lizotte chronology
Rewind – The Best Of
(1996)
Soul Lost Companion
(1999)
Hear
(2002)

Soul Lost Companion is a studio album by Australian-American rock singer-songwriter, Mark Lizotte, and issued under his birth name. Otherwise he generally uses his stage names, Diesel, Johnny Diesel or Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. It appeared in September 1999, which peaked at No. 18 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It provided two singles, "Dig" (August 1999) and "Satellite" (November). Lizotte toured Australia from August to December promoting the album, sharing stages with Taxiride.

Background and release[edit]

In 1996, after helping produce and write some tracks on Vika and Linda Bull's album Princess Tabu, and the release of his albums, Short Cool Ones and Rewind – The Best Of, Diesel relocated with his family to New York City at the end of that year.[1] In 1998 signed a new deal with Mammoth Records and decided to re-emerge under his birth name, Mark Lizotte.[1] In November 1998 Lizotte was back in Australia and appeared at the Concert of the Century for Mushroom Record's 25th anniversary where he joined Chris Wilson and Jimmy Barnes on stage.

Lizotte worked with Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison and with Gavin MacKillop to produce most of his new material.[1][2][3] Soul Lost Companion appeared in September 1999, which peaked at No. 18 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[4] It provided two singles, "Dig" (August 1999) and "Satellite" (November). Lizotte toured Australia from August to December promoting the album and singles, sharing stages with Taxiride.

Review[edit]

Russell Baillie from the NZ Herald gave the album 3 out of 5 saying; "The Aussie soul-rocker formerly known as Diesel has dropped the moniker for the first album of the Stateside part of his career, and come over a bit singer-songwriterly and serious. This makes for a solid album which runs a line between the guitar and voice anthemics of Radiohead and U2, a delve towards Crowded House with occasional reversion to his soul-rock stylings. It suffers from being over-produced but shows much proof of Lizotte's jack-of-all-trades talent and old fans should adjust easily." [5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mark Lizotte,[6] except as shown.

  1. "Soul Lost Companion" – 5:28
  2. "Satellite" (Lizotte, Dave Derby) – 3:46
  3. "Dig" (Lizotte, Guy Davies) – 4:52
  4. "Beautiful Machine" – 4:52
  5. "Don't Look Twice" – 3:45
  6. "Come Down" – 3:01
  7. "Burning Water" (Lizotte, Neil Finn) – 4:53
  8. "Lotion" – 5:14
  9. "When It Rains" – 3:52
  10. "Monochrome" – 4:25
  11. "Darling of the Universe" – 4:17

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
  • Mark Lizotte – lead vocals, backing vocals, guitars, bass guitar
  • Guy Davies – keyboards, programming, guitar (track 3)
  • Prairie Prince – drums
Additional musicians
  • Eliza-Jane Barnes – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Mahalia Barnes – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Danielle Degruttola – cello (track 4)
  • Neil Finn – organ and backing vocals (track 7)
  • Jerry Harrison – piano (track 1), synthesiser (track 7)
  • Lisa Hunt – backing vocals (track 6)
  • Rachel Ioshak – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Kevin March – drums (tracks 2, 5)
  • Michael P. Mossman – trumpet and flugelhorn (track 10)
  • Tracy Scott Silverman – violin and viola (track4)
  • Mary Wooten – cello (track 2)
  • Bernie Worrell – synthesiser (track 4)
  • Garo Yellin – cello (tracks 9, 10)
Recording details

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Johnny Diesel'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Magnus Holmgren (ed.). "Diesel". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Diesel review". www.coffs.tv. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Diesel". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mark Lizotte - Soul Lost Companion". www.nzherald.co.nz. 30 June 2000. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "'Soul Lost Companion' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 16 December 2017.  Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' or 'Performer:'

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