Spain Rencontres Trans Musicales Rennes, France 1995 November 30

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1.
11:49
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
2.
08:04
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
08:37
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
7.
06:53
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

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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

credits

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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