Windham Hill Records
Michael Hedges - Taproot
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Our newest reissue from the Windham Hill Records catalog. For what Michael Hedges described as an "autobiographical myth told in music", he received a Grammy Award nomination for this 1990 album featuring a performance from David Crosby and Graham Nash.
Michael Hedges described Taproot as an "autobiographical myth told in music". The album showed a departure from the solo guitar that made him famous and a move towards ensemble pieces. Taproot served to showcase Hedges' technical prowess and his ear for lush polyphony. The album's closing track is the lone vocal - a spellbinding setting of poem by e. e. cummings with soaring background vocals from his friends David Crosby and Graham Nash.
It received a nomination for Best New Age Album in the 1991 Grammy Awards and spent 22 weeks on the Billboard New Age Albums charts. Unavailable and out-of-print for some time now, it is Valley Entertainment's extreme pleasure to help keep the work of Michael's tragically short career alive.
1. The Naked Stalk 1:43
2. The Jealous Tunnel/About Face 4:20
3. The Jade Stalk 3:55
4. Nomad Land 1:54
5. Point A 1:33
6. Chava's Song 3:14
7. Ritual Dance 2:17
8. Scenes (On The Road To Shrub 2) 4:23
9. The First Cutting 3:02
10. Point B 1:57
11. Song Of The Spirit Farmer 4:45
12. The Rootwitch 2:29
13. I Carry Your Heart 4:55
Produced by Michael Hedges
Recorded by Michael Hedges at the Speech & Hearing Clinic, Mendocino. CA; assisted
by Hillary Burgess and Bryan Lanser except: "The Jade Stalk.
"Nomad Land" and
"Scenes" recorded by Michael Hedges. Steven Miller and Bryan Lanser; "Point A."
"Chava's Song" and "Point B"
* recorded by Steven Miller; "i carry your heart"-
Crosby & Nash recorded by Stanley Johnston at the Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Hollywood, CA
All music composed by Michael Hedges
All compositions published by Naked Ear Music (BMI)
Administered by Windham Hill Music (BMI)