‘Like Shadows Bursting Into Mist . . .’

As I sort mp3s and do some research for the seventh chapter of the series Floyd’s Prism, I find myself reluctant to pass by at least one of the unusable items that comes up in the search for “Violet.”

I find it difficult to believe, but in six-plus years of blogging about music, I’ve never once mentioned the song “Violets of Dawn” in connection with its creator, Eric Andersen. I’ve cited the song twice, both times while writing about Rick Nelson and his 1969 album recorded live at the Troubadour. My not mentioning the source of the song is especially puzzling given the regard I have for Andersen.

So here, from his 1966 album ’Bout Changes & Things, is Eric Andersen’s “Violets of Dawn.”

I’ll be back tomorrow with “Violet.”

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6 Responses to “‘Like Shadows Bursting Into Mist . . .’”

  1. porky says:

    the fabulous Robbs do a good cover on their LP.

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  3. JohnnyC says:

    The Blues Project did a very good cover of “Violets” on Live at the Café a Go Go (1966).

  4. David Lenander says:

    There’s a Fairport Convention live take from their BBC Sessions collection with Judy Dyble singing lead, which takes a while to come together, and over uncharacteristic Richard Thompson chiming guitar, but finally, when the whole band is going with Ian Matthews singing his co-lead harmony, and maybe others a little in the background, I found it pretty decent. You can hear it on Spotify. There was a single (I think) by the Daily Flash (of “French Girl” single fame) which was also on their album, on YouTube. Eric Andersen’s own “Take 2” recording, a little slower, poppier, is worth a listen, too. Released when he rerecorded the whole of his BOUT CHANGES record for a folk-rock release a year later, it’s really about as nice as the original. He sings with more artistry if possibly less folky authenticity. John Denver & the Mitchell Trio did it, too, possibly the best-selling and widest known cover. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s cover for the Greenwich Village tribute album, The Village, is nice (also on Spotify), slow and contemplative.

  5. David Lenander says:

    I never heard the Blues Project version before, and I really like it–both in the original single version (at least as included on an Anthology release, under 3 minutes), and in a Al Kooper Live release where he introduces it and talks briefly about it–both on Spotify. I don’t recall listening to the Rick Nelson version before, a Live version on Spotify, which is nice, but I don’t like it as well as some of these others. I like when he really takes it on more assertively “Take me to the night … !” and then backs off humming. Chad Mitchell’s solo, soulful version from his solo album, HIMSELF, which I must have heard before is lovely in his clear tenor, but hasn’t stuck with me, maybe because it’s just a bit much, a little too much attention to the “nonsense song” (Al Kooper mocks the “puppy warm” lyric in his live intro, while Mitchell caresses the words, along with all the others). But, there is his lovely voice with the orchestral arrangement– if you can kind of skip over the words which are more frozen in their time than many of Andersen’s later lyrics, and maybe work best in a folkier context if you’re going to try to listen to the lyrics.

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