Friday, 14 June 2013

Okkervil River - Golden Opportunities 1, 2 & 3

So, as promised, here is the next in the continuing series of free albums posts (my plan is to have one of these on a Friday roughly in the middle of each month; it's also a nice counterbalance to the Amazon links). These were actually described as EPs, but at nine tracks, Golden Opportunities 1 is as long as two full length Okkervil River albums. Regardless, there are a total of 14 tracks here, so easily an albums worth.

Golden Opportunities 1 was released on the band's website in 2007. It features eight live covers and a live version of Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas off of their debut album Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See (no Amazon link because at $14.58 I'd have a hunt around). The first four tracks are stellar, after that it falls away a bit, but none of these are duds, and fans of Joni Mitchell or John Cale's solo work will probably be more excited about them than I am.

Golden Opportunities 2 is the most recent thing put out by the band (unless you mistakenly include Will Sheff's solo Love Streams project), coming out in 2011. It's only five tracks long, but the quality is consistently high. Unlike the first EP this is all covers recorded in a one day studio session, rather than live.

[Update: Golden Opportunities 3 has just been released. Link added below]

Golden Opportunities 1:

April Anne (John Phillips)
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear (Randy Newman)
I Want to Know (The Fugs)
Do What You Gotta Do (Jimmy Webb)
I Came Here to Say I'm Going Away (Serge Gainsbourg)
The Blonde in the Bleachers (Joni Mitchell)
Antarctica Starts Here (John Cale)
Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Chritmas
Solo (Sandy Denny)

Golden Opportunities 2:

It is So Nice to Get Stoned (Ted Lucas)
U.F.O. (Jim Sullivan)
One Soul Less on Your Fiery List (The Triffids)
Plan D (Bill Fay)
Dry Bones (Traditional)

Golden Opportunities 3:

Dance Hall Days (Wang Chung)
Give Me the Night (George Benson)
Money Changes Everything (Cyndi Lauper)
Seven Year Ache (Roseanne Cash)
The End of Innocence (Don Henley)

Golden Opportunities 1 -
Golden Opportunities 2 - (MP3 and lossless versions)
Golden Opportunities 3 -

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