Love Is Overtaking Me

Arthur Russell


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2008, Audika

Insound Staff Pick - 2008! Hailed by a two generations of listeners as one of the most important (and overlooked) songwriters of the last 25 years, Arthur Russell's music remains as contemporary today as when it was first recorded. Over the last four years, Audika Records has diligently mined Russell's vast archive of previously unreleased music with the critically lauded albums Calling Out of Context, Springfield, World of Echo, and First Thought Best Thought. Now, the label completes the oeuvre, showing Russell's singer-songwriter side. Love Is Overtaking Me collects the best of the previously unreleased folk, pop, and country stylings from Arthur Russell's archive. Compiled from over eight hours of material and three years in the making, the album includes some of Russell's earliest '70s compositions through to his very last at-home recordings in 1991. Several of these tracks are featured prominently in Matt Wolf 's film Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, including "Close My Eyes," "Eli," "The Letter," and "Love Is Overtaking Me." The album is compiled from several sources, including the legendary demos made for John Hammond Sr., a demo of a country song written for Randy Travis, and the late '80s collaboration with Steven Hall recording as Bright & Early. Extensive liner notes from Russell's longtime companion Tom Lee provide perspective into the intimate nature of Arthur's process and songwriting.


Disc 1
1 Close My Eyes
2 Goodbye Old Paint
3 Maybe She
4 Oh Fernanda Why
5 Time Away
6 Nobody Wants a Lonely Heart
7 I Couldn't Say It to Your Face
8 This Time Dad You're Wrong
9 What It's Like
10 Eli
11 Hey! How Does Everybody Know
12 I Forget and I Can't Tell (Ballad of the Lights, Pt. 1)
13 Habit of You
14 Janine
15 Big Moon
16 Your Motion Says
17 Letter
18 Don't Forget About Me
19 Love Is Overtaking Me
20 Planted a Thought
21 Love Comes Back

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