Spain Rencontres Trans Musicales Rennes, France 1995 November 30

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Spain recorded live at Rencontres Trans Musicales, La Cité, Rennes, France 1995 November 30.

1. Ray Of Light
2. Only One
3. Untitled No. 1
4. Phone Machine
5. Her Used-To-Been
6. I Love You
7. Ten Nights

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released April 30, 2020

Josh Haden - Bass & Vocals
Ken Boudakian - Lead Guitar
Merlo Podlewski - Rhythm Guitar
Evan Hartzell - Drums

Live sound: Johan Rutjens
Photos: Ken Boudakian, Josh Haden, Johan Rutjens

All songs written by Josh Haden and published by Angel Heurtebise.

IN the summer of 1988 I went on a European tour with my dad, jazz bassist Charlie Haden. I was roadie for two weeks. Each week there were two separate trios. The first trio was my dad with drummer Paul Motian and pianist Paul Bley. The second trio had Geri Allen replacing Paul Bley on piano. I was twenty years old. It was my first time in Europe. Paul Motian would buy a new pair of sunglasses in every town. Paul Bley would give me advice. “When someone tells you they like your music,” he said, “Just say, ‘Thank you.’” Geri was traveling with her husband and infant son. One time, running to catch a train, Geri’s husband said to me, “Here, take the baby!” I ran with the baby in one arm and my suitcase in the other. We never missed a train.

I spent my off time sightseeing and blasting Killing Joke’s Outside The Gate on my Walkman. After I returned home, I thought to myself, that was fun, but when I go back to Europe, it’ll be with my own band.

Flash forward to late November, 1995. My band Spain’s debut album, The Blue Moods Of Spain, had just been released. The original line-up, myself, guitarists Ken Boudakian and Merlo Podlewski, and drummer Evan Hartzell, sat in the departure lounge of LAX, waiting on a plane to take us to Paris, France. From Paris we’d drive to Rennes, where we’d perform our first ever European show.

I have photos that tell the story. Waiting at LAX. Descending into De Gaulle airport. There’s a photo of the band at a press conference. There’s one of the band at soundcheck, discussing logistics. On stage photos and backstage photos.

I remember the venue was packed. It held 1,100 people, I think. Other bands that played were DJ Shadow and Garbage. We debuted two brand new songs that hadn’t yet gotten proper recordings, “Only One” and “I Love You”, and a non-LP track we’d been playing for a few years, “Phone Machine”, a pretty gutsy move for an audience that had never heard us live. But we didn’t know any better.

After the show Merlo and I went into a tented bar area that was filled with people. A tipsy gentleman started yelling at us in French. I didn’t understand the words but the tone was rather threatening. Our A&R rep whispered the guy was a famous record label-owner. Merlo wanted to punch him. I walked to the bar and ordered a drink, and the attractive female bartender pretended like nothing was wrong.

In the morning we woke up and drove to our next show, a little bar in Dour, Belgium. But that’s another story.

This particular recording doesn’t sound bad. I don’t know who recorded it, and I don’t remember who gave it to me.

If you’d like to listen to what my dad’s respective trios sounded like during this period, check out Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian’s In The Year Of The Dragon (1989) and Segments (1989), and Paul Bley, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian’s Memoirs (1992), the latter of which contains the song “Blues For Josh”.

Josh Haden, Los Angeles, 21 April 2020

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Founded in 1993 by Josh Haden, Spain is a band from Los Angeles, CA. They've released seven studio albums over the past 25 years, the first being 1995's Blue Moods Of Spain, available from Warner Bros., the most recent being 2018's [spain mandala brush], available from Dangerbird Records (North America) and Glitterhouse Records (Europe). ... more

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Track Name: Ray Of Light
Ray of light
I never see
Through the passing clouds
Or through the trees

When you left
Into the pouring rain
I knew I’d never
See you again

Ray of light
Won’t shine through
When love is through
When love is through

Late one night
I heard you at my door
But I pretended like
I wasn’t home

Please forgive
Me for what I’ve done
But you know I would’ve done it
Like I did before

Ray of light
Won’t shine through
What can I do
What can I do

Ray of light
I never see
Through the passing clouds
Or through the trees

When you left
Into the pouring rain
I knew I’d never
See you again

Ray of light
Won’t shine through
When love is through
When love is through
Track Name: Only One
I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one

I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one

I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one
The only one

I can still remember when
I received the letter that said
I'm leaving you forever
I'm leaving you forever

I couldn't be
No I couldn't be
The only one
Track Name: Untitled No. 1
Walked away
Released from all my crimes
Walked away
Released from all my crimes

But I could never hide
What I kept inside

Walked away
Released from all my sins
Walked away
Released from all my sins

But the cruelest thing
Was all my suffering
When I held you that night
I knew it felt so right
I knew it felt so right

Walked away
Released from all my crimes
Walked away
Released from all my crimes

But I could never hide
What I kept inside
Track Name: Phone Machine
I got a message tonight
It was on my machine

She said, I quote,
"Hope you're not asleep
'Cause I'm in my bed
And the lights are dim
And the air is hot
So won't you come on in"

I got a message tonight
It was on my machine

But I got home too late
I couldn't even see
That the stars above
Deter me from love

'Cause she's in her bed
And the lights are dim
And the air is hot
So won't you come on in
Track Name: Her Used-To-Been
She knew it was all over
When she turned her back
On her used-to-been
She knew it was all over

When she turned from him
She turned to me
What's for me to say

I see that you've been crying
Your old man's arms
Like to bear their fists

But my arms have hands like the graceful mist
And all they want to do is hold you
Track Name: I Love You
If I could
I'd put away my sorrow
I wouldn't wait until tomorrow
To let you know how I feel

If I could
I'd look you in the eyes
And it wouldn't be a surprise
I would know what to say

But I'm afraid
Of what's at stake
Of what a love like
This could do

Oh it's my fate
To hesitate
From saying I love you

But I would if
You said you'd never leave
This little promise always to keep
This broken heart that wants you

If I could
Every time you held me close
Remembering when love at most
Burned in flames
Died away

If I could
I'd take you by the hand
And I'm sure you'd understand
Why it is I want you so

But I'm afraid
Of what's at stake
Of what a love like
This could do

Oh it's my fate
To hesitate
From saying I love you

But I would if
You said you'd never leave
This little promise always to keep
This broken heart that wants you
Track Name: Ten Nights
Storybook fable is ending
As ten angels are descending
I forget that you
Are my only friend

Love is my only devotion
Ten little steps to the ocean
Ten nights to decide
Whether I can live alone

Ten nights all alone
Praying you haven’t gone
I can’t stop love
I can’t erase
What’s been written down

Storybook fable is ending
As ten angels are descending
I forget that you
Are my only friend