Listen to Twelve Tales by . Croce traveled to record this album in five cities across the country, allowing each producer to select two new songs to record. Legendary producer Cowboy Jack Clement (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash) signed on first for sessions in Nashville. Croce then went on to record sessions with Allen Toussaint (Dr. John, Paul McCartney) in New Orleans, Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, John Zorn) at Tom Waits' introduction in New York City, five-time Grammy winner Kevin Killen (Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel) in Stamford, CT, and in Los Angeles for sessions with Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Los Lobos) and Tony.
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For his eighth studio album, Twelve Tales, . Croce (son of legendary songwriter Jim Croce) took on a recording approach that was ambitious, if not downright challenging. Recorded with a multitude of legendary producers across a variety of American cities, the songs represent a patchwork of styles and influences, making Twelve Tails a sharply written and effortlessly performed blend of Americana and folk rock.
Album · 2013 · 12 Songs. Eight albums into his recording career, singer/songwriter . Croce stands poised to break out of cult status with Twelve Tales. As the son of hitmaker Jim Croce, this San Diego–based artist has dealt with heavy expectations over the years. As his latest release shows, he’s moved away from his father’s acoustic pop legacy toward a zesty blend of jazz, R&B, and country. Twelve Tales benefits from a stellar list of collaborators, who helped Croce keep his rootsy edge without neglecting the appeal of his well-crafted melodies.
Croce considers Twelve Tales the most unique album he has ever made. To record its 12 songs, he worked with six producers and six different bands in five cities, using nine engineers in 10 studios. The album includes some of the final sessions with Nashville producer Cowboy Jack Clement, who died in August 2013 after a legendary career that included recording classic sides for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Jerry Lee Lewis. Croce also recorded with New Orleans great Allen Toussaint, Mitchell Froom, Kevin Killen, Tony Berg and Greg Cohen. Each producer chose their pair of songs from Croce's demos.
Twelve Tales appears in the following lists: Music Genre: Blues. Music Genre: Country.
Twelve Tales is a special achievement. Croce recorded a dozen new songs with six different producers and six different bands in five cities, using nine engineers in ten studios, then released the resulting tracks one each month, with Twelve Tales assembling all of them. The songs were recorded with an A-list who's who of legendary producers, including Jack Clement, Allen Toussaint, Tony Berg, Mitchell Froom, Greg Cohen, and Kevin Killen, each spending about two days in the studio with Croce, with the whole album taking exactly a year to create and complete.
|Right On Time||3:43|
|Always And Evermore||3:11|
|What Is Love||3:26|
|Tarnished And Shining||3:57|
|Make It Work||3:25|
|Call Of Love||2:44|
|Momentary Lapse Of Judgement||2:52|
|Keep The Change||3:23|
|Venus And Adonis||2:43|
|The Time is Up||4:33|
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