Chuck Prophet ‘Let Freedom Ring’ finally released.

As Dennis Norden once said “if something can go wrong, it will go wrong”, a lesson we have learned with our long awaited first release of 2010.

There’s been artwork difficulties, problem test pressings, communication breakdown with the pressing plant (causing the majority of the delay), noisy finished copies….and then we started again from scratch!!

But it’s finally here! The first release of 2010 on Diverse Records is the latest album by Chuck Prophet. “Let Freedom Ring” is the ninth solo LP by the former Green On Red guitarist, who it would seem, has built up an incredibly loyal band of followers since going solo in 1990.

Prophet started his wild ride back in 1984, when Green on Red, the seminal purveyors of American Rock-Roots, plucked him out of Berkeley, CA and threw him in the van for an eight-year ride, and the recording of as many albums. Since then Prophet has recorded nine amazing solo albums and toured and recorded with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake, and Jonathan Richman, not to mention production credits for Warren Zevon, Alejandro Escovedo and Kelly Willis. Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke and Heart have recorded his songs, along with a host of others. Prophet has never been one to rest on his laurels and ride it out. For his ninth solo album “Let Freedom Ring”, Chuck reached out to some musicians and talked them into going down to Mexico City, The Biggest City in the World (pop. 25 million). Recorded at Estudio 19, a state-of-the-art studio (well, circa 1958 state-of-the-art anyway) with Greg Leisz (Beck, Wilco, Emmylou Harris) co-producing. Within three days of arriving swine flu broke out and the indignity of having to wear blue surgical masks just to fit in.

Over the course of the next eight days, the band set about recording ¡Let Freedom Ring!, enduring a poorly timed blackout, shakedowns by the Policia, and a 6.4 earthquake mid-take – Mexico City might only be 4 hours away by plane but it might as well have been on the other side of the moon. But whilst mayhem ensued, the band buckled down to the task in hand, all set up together in a tight little bamboo lined room with the amps cranked. Chuck played his Fender Squire, Kelly Stoltz on backing vocals, Rusty Miller (Jason Lyte’s band) played bass while Drummer Ernest “Boom” Carter turned his sticks into kindling. Carter played on Springsteen’s “Born To Run” – he promptly quit the E Street Band after they spent 6 months recording it. The results can be heard from the Clash inspired opener to the power pop of ‘Let Freedom Ring’ and the Eddie Cochran infused ‘Good Time Crowd’.

“Let Freedom Ring” was mastered at Abbey Road studios from the original 24bit master files. Since this album is a big sounding blues rock album, we opted to use DMM mastering for the first time in the label’s history, resulting in a bright, crisp and more immediate response across all frequencies. The bass is clearly defined and the imaging of Chuck’s Jagger-esque swagger is phenomenal! I know this has been said before, but it’s like he’s in the room, singing slap bang between the speakers.

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