Live at the Hanging tree

by JOHNNY CASINO

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From the second Johnny asks the engineer if the tape's rolling, you feel like you're right inside this album. It's live in every sense – slammed down to tape by Johnny and his Spanish band, on a day off between dates on a hit-and-run Aussie tour in August, 2012. It's presented as it was recorded with minimal polish – you can hear the grill of Johnny's quad box rattling to those big, meaty tones, if not feel the air it's pushing – and bristles with electricity.

There are just two newies here among a set of Casino staples but don't let the thought that he's going over old ground deter you. These are live arrangements, probably partly worked out on the fly, so even if you have the studio albums, you'll find something to love here.

Johnny's guitar partner, Aitor Ochoa, conspires with him to kick up a helluva storm. Cop an earful of "Nothing Left To Hide" when they lock in on the target with unerring accuracy. Importantly, the Spanish engine room of Julian Marco (bass) and Isidro Ochoa, is nothing if not formidable. Home grown stalwart Jeremy Craib adds the necessary lighter touches on keyboards.

You might be surprised by the (half) cover of "Galveston". Yes, that one. Jimmy Webb-via-Glenn-Campbell and it's a warm-up sans full band that sets the tone. Things get serious as a monstrous take on "Take me Down To The River" rumbles along next and there's no doubt in the world about anyone's commitment levels.

The good-time ode to love, "Brother Grahame Says", sounds sunny as a clear November day with its chirpy background vocals. Ya gotta give Johnny his due as a singer - for a guy who seemed reluctant to think of himself as more than competent when he started this solo band stuff, he sounds totally in control.

Of the newer ones, "This Christmas Time" sounds faltering and a worthy work in progress, while "You Still Got Nothing To Say" (aired on a double 7" vinyl single) is withering in its delivery.

Ten tracks, all worthy your investment of time and money. - The Barman

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released March 1, 2013

Recorded live at The Hanging Tree studios in Sydney Australia by Tim Dunn
All songs written by John A Spittles
Painting and Sleeve design by Rick Chesshire from GEELONG!!

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JOHNNY CASINO Spain

Johnny Casino, anywhere, anytime. This man has one musical fault – he’s too fucking good !BEAT MAGAZINE

Classy, rocking and cinematic, with sweeping vision, individualism , big, bold and brassy sounds occasionally bitter and always engaging.BARMAN I94 BAR

Johnny Casino should be playing upper-middle-class booze orgies to loosen up and wreck soon to be career women !VILLAGE VOICE New York City
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Track Name: Galvaston
Galvaston is another performed originally by Glen Campbell in keeping in form with my Glen Campbell addiction , in this one it was really just a warm up to check some sounds in the studio and we decided to keep it for this live in the Studio Album.
Track Name: Take me down to your river
Take me down to your river and let me get in
I taste your cool cool water and i wanna swim
It´s time i got a drink from your loving cup
Take me down to your river and let me in

Lyrics and Music by John A Spittles
Track Name: Treating me kind
TREATIN ME KIND (John A Spittles / Grahame Spittles)
Track Name: Brother Grahame says
BROTHER GRAHAME SAYS (John A Spittles)

Sweet May wontcha pour me a drink in a long tall glass
Antonio Maria Gerardo Laura too lets make the goodtimes last
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Wednesday night Sala Carabel , in Palencia i found
A heart so big a smile so warm and eyes so brown
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Brother Grahame keeps saying i keep falling in love
Somedays time keeps slippin away
and every once in a while you hoped it would stay
Track Name: Nothing left to hide
NOTHING LEFT TO HIDE (John A Spittles)
Track Name: I cant be who you want me to be
I CAN´T BE WHO YOU WANT ME TO BE (John A Spittles)

I´ll walk when you run i cant be who you want me to be
I´ll go left and you go right and we´ll see what we wanna see
all day long and into the night we both dance to a different drum
for you and me the innocence has gone
what are you waiting for i cant be who you want me to be
i told you 1000 times before i cant be who you want me to be
bags are packed ready to go all kindsa girls all kindsa shows
you oughta know i aint coming home
I cant be who you want me to be.
Track Name: You Still got nothing to say
YOU´VE STILL GOT NOTHING TO SAY (John A Spittles)

I hear you talking but you ´ve got nothing to say
After all these years there´ll be a price to pay
On and on you go, but you got nothing to say
Now our mate Mark can tell a tale or two
A tale wasn´t told talking about Frenchie and you
On and on you go, for so long so long and it shows
That you got nothing to say
Talk talk talk talk and you talk talk talk
But you got nothing to say
Track Name: This Christmas time (she´ll fly away)
THIS CHRISTMAS TIME (she´ll fly away)(John A Spittles)
Tonight I’d like to hide, from you him and them and be by her side
Tomorrow she´ll fly away, and right here in Sydney I’ll have to stay
And just for a little while but more than a day
This Christmas time she´ll fly away
She swims through my tide, when I’m drunk tired and surly she winks and smiles
She comes in colours so bright, and I dress in black and never quite right
And with one smile, she makes my day
But this Christmas time she´ll fly away
Track Name: I am who I am
I AM WHO I AM, NOT WHO YOU WANT ME TO BE (John A Spittles)

I am who I am not who you want me to be
And I stand where I stand and you see what you see
I cut and I bleed you find that so hard to believe
I am who I am not who you want me to be
You see me stand and fall you seen this before
Yeah i stand and fall and you have seen that before
I cut and bleed cut and bleed yeah
I am who I am not who you want me to be I AM
Track Name: Cowboys and Indians
COWBOYS AND INDIANS (John A Spittles)

Fly the plane into the west they say the time is now
Cowboys and Indians are gunna make the sound
Well i cant see in front of me cant stand up from falling down
But i believe in truth and a certain sound
Killer Ken made the call and he told me how
Blazin Brad and Mister Hall are gunna lay it down
We turned em up it turned us on , we drove to the river town
We made em move their feet with that certain sound
Twist and shout into the night and play it loud and proud
I´ll sing my song and make that sound thats gunna shake em down
There was a kiss from Emily that drove and spun me round
She said we made her more with that certain sound