Ratso - Stubborn Heart Vinyl LP
Ratso Stubborn Heart Vinyl LP
NYC author/writer/actor Larry "Ratso" Sloman has collaborated with some of the most dynamic figures in pop culture from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, John Cale and Leonard Cohen. Ratso also wrote best-selling memoirs for Howard Stern, Anthony Kiedis and more. Now at 70, Ratso presents his debut LP Stubborn Heart. Sloman says, "If you would have told me when I was covering Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour for Rolling Stone Magazine that forty-four years later, I would be releasing my first album I would have laughed and asked for a hit of whatever it was you were smoking. Guess I'll take that hit now."
Produced by his close friend Vin Cacchione (of Soft Black and Caged Animals) at his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Stubborn Heart blends a classic songwriting approach with a contemporary sophistication. The album features Ratso singing on eight originals (including songs that were co-written with John Cale) and what he describes as an "audacious" Bob Dylan cover, along with the generous talents of his friends Nick Cave (who he duets with on the evocative "Our Lady of Light"), Warren Ellis, Sharon Robinson (Leonard Cohen's co-writer, producer and back-up singer), Yasmine Hamdan, Imani Coppolla and more.
Reminiscing on the album Ratso says, "Everything about this project was fun. And it was always about the songs. They had been lying dormant since 1984. They deserved a life." Each track carries a significant and often astonishing history. For instance, the John Cale collaboration "Dying On The Vine," was originally conceived in a hotel room off Sunset Blvd. whilst trading lines with Tom Waits and Chuck E. Weiss, whereas Sharon Robinson was convinced to sing on the record in exchange for Ratso writing the aforementioned Leonard Cohen preface for free – described by Ratso as an "old school barter."
Stubborn Heart is an album that is fittingly autobiographical, harking back to various stages of Ratso's accomplished career and life, sung by a guy who witnessed the counter-cultural explosion of 1970's NYC and birthed forty years later within the DIY confines of Brooklyn.
Ratso Stubborn Heart Track Listing:
1. I Want Everything (ft. Yasmine Hamdan)
2. Our Lady of Light (ft. Nick Cave)
3. Caribbean Sunset (ft. Imani Coppola & Paul Shapiro)
4. Dying On The Vine
5. Living In Moonlight
6. Matching Scars
7. Listen Little Man
8. Stubborn Heart
9. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
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