Essential Listening: Seems Like Only Yesterday: Live in Montreal 1976 (CD) by Jesse Winchester

Seems Like Only Yesterday: Live in Montreal 1976 (CD)

With the passing of Jesse Winchester last year, America lost one of its truly great singer-songwriters, but here is an unexpected release that will remind both his fans and those new to his art what a remarkable talent he was. Seems Like Only Yesterday Live in Montreal 1976 presents, for the first time anywhere since it aired, the 1976 radio broadcast from Montreal that marked the first time anyone in the United States had heard Jesse perform live since his exile in Canada as a draft resister began in the late 60s (it was also the first-ever live show broadcast internationally on stereo FM radio).

And, in what had to have been an emotional occasion for Jesse, he rises to the occasion with a sterling set (featuring a full band) that included such classics as Mississippi You re on My Mind (covered by Jerry Jeff Walker among many others), Yankee Lady (cut by Tim Hardin, Brewer & Shipley and Melanie), Brand New Tennessee Waltz and the underground radio stoner classic Twigs and Seeds, plus some beautiful covers of songs made famous by other artists, like the Everly Brothers Bowling Green. Crystal clear sound, liner notes by long-time Winchester fan Gene Sculatti, and photos help make this one of the year s biggest singer-songwriter finds, and a timely tribute to the artist. Not to be missed!

1. General intro
2. Laisse Les Bons Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll)
3. Silly Heart
4. Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt
5. Bowling Green
6. Midnight Bus
7. Everybody Knows But Me
8. Brand New Tennessee Waltz
9. Let the Rough Side Drag
10. All of Your Stories
11. Seems Like Only Yesterday
12. Mississippi You re on My Mind
13. Black Dog
14. Twigs and Seeds
15. Isn t That So
16. Yankee Lady
17. You Can t Stand Up Alone
18. Blow On, Chilly Wind