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Frank Turner: Sister Rosetta +FRISSÍTÉS: The Death Of Dora Hand – újabb dal a No Man’s Land albumról

2019. július 4., 9:27

Az angol gitáros-énekes Frank Turnert a múlt hónapban a detroiti The Armed hardcore punk zenekar foglalta meghökkentő kislemezdalba, most pedig Turner is előáll egy jeles rocktörténeti figuráról írt számmal. A tavalyi Be More Kind albumával múlt októberben az Akvárium Klubban koncertező 37 éves dalnok az idei Sziget-fellépése utáni hétre már be is jelentett egy új anyagot: a csupa izgalmas történelmi nőalakról írt – és csupa női zenésszel felvett – No Man’s Land nagylemezt a fekete gitáros-énekesnő Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915–1973) előtt tisztelgő dalával vezeti fel.

Az elmúlt évek egyik legmenőbb női producerének számító Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Big Moon stb.) segédletével felvett és augusztus 16-ra bejelentett album dalait olyan nők ihlették, akinek sztoriját a történelemrajongó Turner szerint a nagyvilág nem ismeri annyira, mint amennyire megérdemelnék: a IX. századi bizánci himnuszköltőnő Kassziané (Szent Kasszia), a boszorkánysággal vádolt XVII. századi angol fogadósnő Jinny Bigham, a vadnyugati bárénekesnő Dora Hand (1844–1878), az egyiptomi feminista vezető Huda Sha’arawi (1879–1947), az amerikai sorozatgyilkos Nannie Doss (1905–1965), a francia ellenállásban harcoló és a dzsesszzenészek nagy támogatójává váló Pannonica de Koenigswarter bárónó (1913–1988) vagy az az 1880-as évek végén a Szajnába fulladt ismeretlen nő, akinek arcmása az újraélesztést és a mesterséges légzést oktató Rescue Annie-babák mintájául szolgált (L’Inconnue de la Seine).

Az új Frank Turner-album első kislemezdalának hősnője egy rhythm and blues zenész, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, akit gospelből hozott énekstílusa és tüzes gitárjátéka nyomán úgy emlegetnek, mint „a rock’n’roll keresztanyja” és „az eredeti soul sister”. Az első felvételeit 1938-ban készítő fekete művésznő olyan későbbi sztárokra volt hatással, mint Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley vagy Johnny Cash, de csak 2018-ban, halála után 45 évvel került be Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame-be.

Sister Rosetta
Godmother of rock ‘n’ roll
The original sister of soul
All our music was in her
She brought rhythm
From the darkness into the light
She brought the good word to the night
To save all our sinners

Rosetta rolled her eyes when she played
She knew that strange things happen every day
And that the white boy hype would eventually fade
And the way that she played would remain

New York City
It was 1938
The radio couldn’t wait
For Rosetta to rock it
Instant sensation
A little Elvis, Chuck and Johnny at home
Heard her on the gramophone
And they wouldn’t forget it

Rosetta rolled her eyes when she played
She knew that strange things happen every day
And that the white boy hype would eventually fade
And the way that she played would remain
Rosetta’s in the hall of fame

Don’t let her be forgotten
In a church in Arkansas
Remember her teaching the cotton club
The glory of the Lord
Don’t let her be forgotten
Rosetta deserves more
Remember her teaching a nation
On a train platform in England
In 1964

Sister Rosetta
So the bright lights fade away
She saw out the last of her days
In the suburbs of Philly
Down by the river
She still heard music in the air
Up above her head and everywhere
On a train bound for glory

Rosetta rolled her eyes when she played
She knew that strange things happen every day
And that the white boy hype would eventually fade
And the way that she played would remain

Rosetta rolled her eyes when she played
She knew that strange things happen every day
And that the white boy hype would eventually fade
And the way that she played would remain
Rosetta’s in the hall of fame
Rosetta’s in the hall of fame
Rosetta’s in the hall of fame

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FRISSÍTÉS: egy héttel később az album The Death Of Dora Hand című számát is közzétették!

Dora Hand was a singer in the New York operetta
Born into Boston old money, and Paris trained
Dressed in black, she was a classic beauty but cursed with constitution sickly
She ventured West to breathe the fresh air on the Plains
She ended up down in Dodge City, it was a cowtown, dry and ugly
She hid her past, took Fannie Keenan for a name
Took the stage as a Vaudeville singer at the Lady Gay and the Alhambra
The cowboys loved her and she quickly rose to fame

Sing a song, boys, for Dora Hand
She brought a little beauty to this hard and barren land
Doff your caps, boys, though saved or damned
For Dora Hand

Now to the Dodge folk she was an Angel, they called her
Lady Bountiful by day, and “Queen Of Fairy Belles” by night
She was bringing in good money, so she gave plenty to the needy
She sure could sing, but she sure knew her wrong from right
Now lovely Dora, she took the fancy of that mayor, James Dog Kelley
Like many a man before him, he was heard to say
“That there Dora is a beautiful creature, she gives men a strange nostalgia
Dreams of finer things and better days”

So sing a song, boys, for Dora Hand
She brought a little beauty to this hard and barren land
Dream a dream, boys, of a promised land
Of Dora Hand

Now young Spike Kennedy came up from Texas on a rolling black thunder cloud
He was a-whooping and a-whoring and a-drowning in whiskey like a one-man bad luck crowd
One night he saw Dora singing at the Alhambra and he tried to slip the lady a kiss
Dog Kelley got angry and he knocked him on his belly with one flick of his Kansas wrist
Well now Spike, he got mad, he was looking out for blood, he was raging like the Devil’s stepson
He rode out to the cabin which the mayor used for napping on a horse with a loaded six-gun
He fired in the dark, but he didn’t hit his mark when the bullet went through that wall
Kelley wasn’t in his bed, lying there in his stead, Dora Hand was killed

So the marshals, they raised a posse, and they caught up with young Spike Kenedy
His daddy bought him free, even though he confessed
All Dodge City wept for Dora, every bar closed as they buried her
Four hundred cowboys rode her to her rest

Sing a song, boys, with the funeral band
We won’t see her like again in this hard and barren land
Wave her off, boys, to no man’s land
Dora Hand
Our Dora Hand

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a No Man’s Land lemez és a hozzá kapcsolódó Tales From No Man’s Land című podcast előzetese:

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az album borítója és számlistája:

Frank Turner: No Man’s Land (2019)

1. Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
2. Sister Rosetta
3. I Believed You, William Blake
4. Nica
5. A Perfect Wife
6. Silent Key
7. Eye Of The Day
8. The Death Of Dora Hand
9. The Graveyard Of The Outcast Dead
10. The Lioness
11. The Hymn Of Kassiani
12. Rescue Annie
13. Rosemary Jane

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mutatóba néhány híres felvétel Sister Rosetta Tharpe-tól:

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