Ready for the Storm Lori Lieberman

Cover Ready for the Storm

Album info

Album-Release:
2015

HRA-Release:
29.11.2019

Label: Driveonrecords

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: New Acoustic

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1Alive In The World03:56
  • 2A Piece Of Me05:13
  • 3He Sings03:43
  • 4Ready For The Storm05:01
  • 5Photograph03:38
  • 6Letter Of Explanation05:36
  • 7I Would Wait03:54
  • 8Three Days03:13
  • 9Lucky Life04:04
  • 10How I Wish03:44
  • 11Water03:55
  • 12Burden And Gift04:02
  • 13Leftover Promises04:08
  • 14Last Thing On My Mind03:57
  • 15Stand For You04:23
  • Total Runtime01:02:27

Info for Ready for the Storm



Best known for the classic song, 'Killing Me Softly', which was inspired by a poem she'd written, Lori Lieberman has gone on to record 17 albums. Ready For The Storm was recorded in high resolution 192/24 and mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain. From her stellar version of Tom Paxton's 'Last Thing On My Mind', where the only instrument is her solo guitar and naked vocal, to the rousing 'Lucky Life' which charted #4, and features her talented bandmates and layered vocals, this recording is by far, her finest to date. What sets this extraordinary collection of music apart from the rest of her catalog is the addition of international co-writers and artists who contributed their talents. With Lori Lieberman's long history of performing in the Netherlands to a wide fan base, she turned to her friends who are well known recording artists there (Henny Vrienten, The 3JS, Niels Geusebroek, to name a few), to join her on several duets.

It was a poem on a napkin that started it all. Just another Saturday night in LA, she went with her girlfriend to hear the singer, Don McLean, whose hit song, “American Pie” was climbing the charts. But it was when he sang the plaintive “Empty Chairs” that Lori Lieberman felt he was singing into her soul. Hence, began the genesis of “Killing Me Softly”.

Says Don McLean, “The only reason that I inspired “Killing Me Softy” is because Lori Lieberman is a sensitive poet and artist, who understood what I was trying to say in “Empty Chairs. Without her sensitivity and artistry, it would have been just another night at the Troubadour.”

While she is best known for that classic song, Lori Lieberman has gone on to record 17 CDs. Her newest, “Ready For The Storm,” is mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Springsteen, David Bowie, etc.).

“He really brought a balance to my music and brought my voice forward in a way I’d never have imagined”, says Lori. “ I intentionally kept the orchestrations small and focused. While most of the songs are acoustically driven, some with only one guitar as in the classic, “Last Thing On My Mind”, some of the other songs are enhanced by electric guitar and I turned to Jason Orme for that, who plays with Alanis Morissette. He really brought these songs to life, with nods to Daniel Lanois and Mark Knopfler. Another, “Alive In The World”, by Jackson Browne, features just me on piano with cello. In the end, I found that putting less on, served the material more and gave it more heart and impact”.

Raised in Switzerland, Lori Lieberman came out to Los Angeles in the seventies and became a part of the West Coast music scene, rubbing elbows with Leonard Cohen, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, John Stewart, and others. After the release of six LPs on Capitol Records, she stepped away from the business to raise a family, never thinking she would return to the industry, but in the mid-nineties she began to record again, and found her fan base was still there, welcoming her back through her concerts and CDs.

Over the years, Lori has connected strongly with the Netherlands whose audiences have embraced her music, supported her headline tours, television specials, devoted chapters to her career in their award winning books, and graced her photos on the covers of their magazines and TV guides. Featured on the CD, are some of the most popular Dutch artists who came to LA to work with her in her studio.

Lori Lieberman, vocals, guitar

Mixed by Bob Clearmountain


Lori Lieberman
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Switzerland, Lieberman expressed her feelings early on in journals and in song. One of three sisters, her early musical influences began with Donovan, Francoise Hardy, and Dionne Warwick, but her inspirations shifted when her sister returned from college in Maine, and gifted Lori with her favorite music from U.S. which included Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and Tom Rush. “I finally felt at home with their musical sensibilities and their writing really reached into my heart, “ she says. She began to write her own material, playing in high school bands and later, in college in Boston, before landing her first record deal with Capitol Records in the early 1970s.

Lieberman went on to record five more albums for Capitol (Lori Lieberman, Becoming, A Piece of Time, Straw Colored Girl, and The Best of Lori Lieberman), which featured a young Larry Carlton, Joe Sample, Merry Clayton, and members of the LA Express, to name a few. She toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, along with Billy Joel, Randy Newman, John Sebastian, and others. However, it was her association with a little known New York–based record label, Millennium/RCA, that she was most encouraged to step away from the mainstream. Under Jimmy Ienner’s guidance, she wrote one of her most candid collections of songs entitled Letting Go.

As the styles of the music industry changed from James Taylor to disco, Ms. Lieberman struggled to create music that fit in. “One awful meeting led to another until the day I walked into a publisher’s office,” she says, recalling the moment she called it quits. “He put his hand up as if to say, ‘hold on’ while he continued to discuss his dinner plans. I waited, got up, and left. I remember thinking, ‘I’m done.’ And I was.” With a mischievous laugh, she adds, “The same publisher is now a realtor and has friend-requested me on Facebook… I think I’ll make him wait!”

Lieberman focused on her family life, the mother of three children (Em, Daniel, and Will), and stayed away from the music business for the next 15 years. She regards that time as one of the happiest and most fulfilling of all, and yet, she secretly kept on writing songs that no one heard, in her small studio in the upstairs corner of her home.

Her music took a backseat until producer and audiophile, Joseph Cali, coaxed a reluctant Lieberman out of the shadows, and got her singing again. In the time spent away from the music business, Cali was surprised to find that she had continued writing, putting her thoughts and music in her secret archive. He had an idea to involve his former partner in Cello Music and Film, engineer Mark Levinson, to create a two-mic live experience with Lieberman for the audiophile community.



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Lori Lieberman
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Switzerland, Lieberman expressed her feelings early on in journals and in song. One of three sisters, her early musical influences began with Donovan, Francoise Hardy, and Dionne Warwick, but her inspirations shifted when her sister returned from college in Maine, and gifted Lori with her favorite music from U.S. which included Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and Tom Rush. “I finally felt at home with their musical sensibilities and their writing really reached into my heart, “ she says. She began to write her own material, playing in high school bands and later, in college in Boston, before landing her first record deal with Capitol Records in the early 1970s.

Lieberman went on to record five more albums for Capitol (Lori Lieberman, Becoming, A Piece of Time, Straw Colored Girl, and The Best of Lori Lieberman), which featured a young Larry Carlton, Joe Sample, Merry Clayton, and members of the LA Express, to name a few. She toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, along with Billy Joel, Randy Newman, John Sebastian, and others. However, it was her association with a little known New York–based record label, Millennium/RCA, that she was most encouraged to step away from the mainstream. Under Jimmy Ienner’s guidance, she wrote one of her most candid collections of songs entitled Letting Go.

As the styles of the music industry changed from James Taylor to disco, Ms. Lieberman struggled to create music that fit in. “One awful meeting led to another until the day I walked into a publisher’s office,” she says, recalling the moment she called it quits. “He put his hand up as if to say, ‘hold on’ while he continued to discuss his dinner plans. I waited, got up, and left. I remember thinking, ‘I’m done.’ And I was.” With a mischievous laugh, she adds, “The same publisher is now a realtor and has friend-requested me on Facebook… I think I’ll make him wait!”

Lieberman focused on her family life, the mother of three children (Em, Daniel, and Will), and stayed away from the music business for the next 15 years. She regards that time as one of the happiest and most fulfilling of all, and yet, she secretly kept on writing songs that no one heard, in her small studio in the upstairs corner of her home.

Her music took a backseat until producer and audiophile, Joseph Cali, coaxed a reluctant Lieberman out of the shadows, and got her singing again. In the time spent away from the music business, Cali was surprised to find that she had continued writing, putting her thoughts and music in her secret archive. He had an idea to involve his former partner in Cello Music and Film, engineer Mark Levinson, to create a two-mic live experience with Lieberman for the audiophile community.

Booklet for Ready for the Storm

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