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As this New Year warms up, here's word on Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe (who's been compared to everyone from Tori Amos to Eddie Vedder, and, really, is just like herself).

Two albums, Secrets (an original singer-songwriter collection) and Tidings (covers of traditional carols and non-traditional songs of joy and peace) have been released by Allison this past year on her own label, distributed in Canada by Festival (the country?s premiere purveyor of jazz, blues, roots, folk and world music). She?s had two one-hour television specials broadcast nationally (in Canada) and has toured coast-to-coast in recent months - with more Canada, U.S., and her first European, concert dates to come in 2005.

I?ve had the honor of working with Allison for a number of years now, and, in my role as her unorthodox manager, one of my greatest joys is being able to share her music. The links below are to songs recorded in the past year, all of which are either from live, public, performances, or are live-off-the-floor studio/living room recordings. All of these are first/single take vocal/piano tracks (and, on a few songs, she's added backing vocals and instruments to the initial, live, vocal/piano take.):

Hallelujah (Cohen) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/music/hallelujah.mp3

Hallelujah video low - http://www.allisoncrowe.com/AllisonCroweHallelujahTidingsNewVI128.wmv

Hallelujah video high - http://www.allisoncrowe.com/AllisonCroweHallelujahTidingsNewVI512.wmv

River (Mitchell) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/River.mp3

In My Life (Lennon/McCartney) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/InMyLife128.mp3

Shine a Light (Jagger/Richards) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/ShineaLight.mp3

Alive and Breathing (Crowe) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/music/aliveandbreathing.mp3

Whether I?m Wrong (Crowe) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/WhetherI'mWrong0128.mp3

There Is (Crowe) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/thereis.mp3

What About You (Crowe) ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/WhatAboutYou128.mp3

Disease (Crowe) ~ http://www.painunspoken.allisoncrowe.com/alleyments/Disease141004.mp3

Thanks for listening. You can hear more @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/music.html

Best wishes to all for good health and good times this year!

cheers, Adrian

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  • 1 month later...

While she doesn't sound like the folks she is sometimes compared with, there's no doubt, Allison loves the music of such artists as Pearl Jam and Tori Amos. She has been greatly inspired in her life and her career as a singer-songwriter by these folks.

In one interview, Alley has referred to Tori as "the goddess incarnate". In February 2003, The Dent website, (serving the Toriphile community for nine years now @ http://thedent.com ), kindly posted a link to Alley's live performance of the Tori song, Playboy Mommy.

Alley's website has been redesigned a few times over since then, but the mp3 link is still alive, and, Alley's covers of other Tori (or Tori-associated) songs are now available @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/crowesongsarchives2.htm

In recent times, Sarah Wheeler, a singer-songwriter from California, USA, created Strange Little Covers as a special home for Tori covers by a whole range of artists. (SLC is moving servers soon, but, for now, it?s @ http://www.strangelittlecovers.tk )

Inspired by Sarah Wheeler's creation of the SLC website, Allison has recorded several of her other Tori faves and these tracks are joined by a lo-fi live recording of Smells Like Teen Spirit - the Nirvana song which Tori herself has performed live many times in tribute to Kurt Cobain and band.

These tracks can be enjoyed by ?ears with feet? at SLC once Sarah's site has moved servers. Right now, here's links to the mp3s themselves:

1000 Oceans ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/1000Oceans.mp3

Josephine ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/Josephine.mp3

Northern Lad ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/NorthernLad.mp3

Doughnut Song ~ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/DoughnutSong.mp3

Playboy Mommy ~


Smells Like Teen Spirit ~


peace! Ad

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It's been a super busy time of recording, and touring, dates for Allison Crowe.

Allison's next release, a double-album, ?Live at Wood Hall?, will be out in Canada and Europe+ on July 1, 2005 ~ and in the U.S. this July 4.

From an advance pressing, here are some of the collection's 23 tracks (now posted in "Studio A" of her website @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/music.html )

There Is ~ one of Allison's new songs


Independence Day ~ a cover of one of Alley's favourite artists, Ani



A Murder of One ~ an epic Counting Crows cover


Running ~ a new song freshly recorded


Secrets ~ live version of the Secrets title song


Me and Bobby McGee ~ Alley's love for Janis shines through...


enjoy ( :

peace, Ad

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