John Stewart
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John Stewart was a friend of Frank Zappa in the late 1950s, before he joined the Kingston Trio in 1961. That folk group (founded in 1958 in San Francisco) was at peak of its popularity, after a string of successful albums (five of them had reached the top of the pop charts). In 1967 the Monkees took his Daydream Believer to the top of the charts, and Stewart decided it was about time to start a solo career. Signals Through the Glass (Capitol, 1968) is the work of a folksinger in the acoustic style of the Greenwich Movement movement, and contains the original version of July You're a Woman. California Bloodlines (Capitol, 1969) remains one of his most moving collections (California Bloodlines, Omaha Rainbow, Pirates Of Stone County Road). Willard (Capitol, 1970), that contains Julie Judy Angel Rain and Great White Cathedrals, Lonesome Picker Rides Again (Warner, 1971), that contains All the Brave Horses and Freeway Pleasure, Sunstorm (Warner, 1972), that contains Kansas Rain and Light Come Shine, Cannons in the Rain (RCA, 1973), that contains Anna On A Memory and Armstrong/Spirit, Wingless Angels (RCA, 1975), and Fire in the Rain (RSO, 1977) went mostly unnoticed.

A better production (Lidnsay Buckingham) and electric guitar turned Bombs Away Dream Babies (RSO, 1979) into a bestseller (Gold, Midnight Wind, Lost Her In The Sun), but the popularity lasted only till Dream Babies Go Hollywood (RSO, 1980), that contains Wind On The River and Wheels Of Thunder.

Blondes (Allegiance, 1982), that contains The Queen Of Hollywood High and Angeles, and Trancas (Homecoming, 1984) did not add much to his repertory, but the all-instrumental Centennial (Homecoming, 1985), reissued as American Sketches (1990), was possibly his masterpiece.

Stewart continued recording dignified stories of America, despite his poor sales: Punch the Big Guy (Cypress, 1987), that contains Runaway Train and Midnight Of The World, Bullets in the Hourglass (Shanachie, 1992), Theresa and the Lost Songs (Crow, 1992), the all-instrumental Savannah (Crow, 1992), Rocket Roy in the Real World (Crow, 1993), Last Campaign (Crow, 1996), that contains Dreamers On The Rise, Rough Sketches (Crow, 1996), John Stewart & Darwin's Army (Appleseed, 1999).

He is also the author of Sweet Dreams Will Come, Shadow Of The Angels Wings and I Remember America.

Gold (2000) is a double-CD career anthology.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Pierfrancesco Zanata)

John Stewart era amico di Frank Zappa alla fine degli anni '50, prima di unirsi al Kingston Trio nel 1961. Quel gruppo folk (fondato nel 1958 a San Francisco) era all'apice della sua popolarità, dopo una serie di album di successo (cinque dei quali avevano raggiunto i primi posti delle classifiche pop). Nel 1967 i Monkees portarono la sua Daydream Believer in cima alle classifiche, e Stewart decise che era ora di cominciare una carriera solista. Signals Through the Glass (Capitol, 1968) è il lavoro di un folksinger nello stile acustico del Greenwich Movement, e contiene la versione originale di July You're a WomanCalifornia Bloodlines (Capitol, 1969) rimane una delle sue collezioni più toccanti (California BloodlinesOmaha RainbowPirates Of Stone County Road). Willard (Capitol, 1970), contenente Julie Judy Angel Rain e Great White CathedralsLonesome Picker Rides Again (Warner, 1971), contenente All the Brave Horses e Freeway PleasureSunstorm (Warner, 1972), contenente Kansas Rain e Light Come ShineCannons in the Rain (RCA, 1973), contenente Anna On A Memory e Armstrong/SpiritWingless Angels (RCA, 1975), e Fire in the Rain (RSO, 1977) passarono per la gran parte inosservati.

Una miglior produzione (Lindsey Buckingham) e la chitarra elettrica trasformarono Bombs Away Dream Babies (RSO, 1979) in un bestseller (GoldMidnight WindLost Her In The Sun), ma la popolarità durò solo fino a Dream Babies Go Hollywood (RSO, 1980), contenente Wind On The River e Wheels Of Thunder.

Blondes (Allegiance, 1982), contenente The Queen Of Hollywood High e Angeles, e Trancas (Homecoming, 1984) non aggiunsero molto al suo repertorio, ma lo strumentale Centennial (Homecoming, 1985), ristampato come American Sketches (1990), è forse il suo capolavoro.

Stewart continuò a registrare storie nobilitate sull'America, nonostante le scarse vendite: Punch the Big Guy (Cypress, 1987), contenente Runaway Train e Midnight Of The WorldBullets in the Hourglass (Shanachie, 1992), Theresa and the Lost Songs (Crow, 1992), lo strumentale Savannah (Crow, 1992), Rocket Roy in the Real World (Crow, 1993), Last Campaign (Crow, 1996), contenente Dreamers On The RiseRough Sketches (Crow, 1996), John Stewart & Darwin's Army (Appleseed, 1999).

Stewart è anche l'autore di Sweet Dreams Will ComeShadow Of The Angels Wings e I Remember America.

Gold (2000) è un doppio CD che fa da antologia della sua carriera.

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