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Production 2011



US Release date : 20 september 2011

Belgian Interview
freely translated :
The Influences of producer Joe Henry are prominent. How did your paths crossed ?
 He saw me on the Kate McGarrigle Tribute concert and send a verry sweet mail to my manager. He asked if we maybe could work together. Joe is a true gentleman. You could even see that on the way he straightend his collar, or how he folded his tie. For him everything was about the performance in the studio. The fact that the feel of a song was right, was much more important than playing correctly. It most certainly was not allowed to sound forced. That was a big relief, because all my favorite recordings are just like that. Take for example 'Smokestack lightning' by Bluessinger Howlin' Wolf. That's so on the spot, it sounds so brutal, and still, it touches you in your soul. You really have to believe a performer.  


Co-production is used in a verry broad sense. Here it displays all the  albums where Joe produced a part of the album, no matter how much he was involved. Producing the entire album together with someone else, producing a few songs, or just one,....

Produced the track : Dead man.

Shout! Factory has a clip of the recording session.

Produced track by John Doe.

A documentary on the life of Harry Belafonte.

Produced the song 'Sylvie'. (Duet of Harry Belafonte and Baaba Maal)

Joe Henry in the sun times
“I started working with Harry as he was finishing the documentary of his life that is out now,” Henry said. “I produced what I think will stand as his last studio performance as a singer. It was a mind-blowing moment for me, but Harry is not happy with where his voice is. It’s not the one he had, it’s not the one he wants. Even though we believed we were ramping up to make a full record, once the one song happened he decided he was through singing and he was going to focus his energies elsewhere.”

Henry spent two weeks traveling with Belafonte through Europe as the calypso singer-activist was researching a documentary he hopes to make on hip hop and violence. “I think he invited me because he likes to talk to me,” Henry said with a chuckle. “And I like the way he rolls. I didn’t know what my job was but to spend time with him was too much to pass up.”

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