Five years in the making since Vic’s last CD in 2011, Truth Troubadour CD by Vic Sadot and the 18 songs on the disc were posted at CD Baby on Dec 2, 2016. The 300 LTD run pressed CD’s arrived at my place in Berkeley on Dec 13, 2016. Here’s a photo of me with a handful!
Now we need some listeners and some reviews! Most songs have been set to full-length preview. But the 4 licensed cover songs only allow you to listen to a short clip.
♫ Vic Sadot has a released a new 18 song CD called Truth Troubadour at CD Baby where songs can be listened to in full length preview and purchased. ♫
“Truth Troubadour” CD Back and Front Cover for a simple sleeve jacket package
“Truth Troubadour” is a poetic acoustic mix of broadside ballads and sweet love songs featuring Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar, and Eric Golub on viola, violin, and ukulele. Rockin’ Rob Sadot is featured on electric guitar on 3 of the songs. The lead-off song, Left My Mind, is the only rock song. Left My Mind has Dean A Banks on keyboards and Rob “Rbeast” Hunter on drums rocking it out on an old Joe Sadot song. Vic and Rob Sadot are on acoustic and electric guitars respectively. “Truth Troubadour” is the most acoustic and reflective CD of the four that Vic Sadot has listed at CD Baby (see discography below). Some songs already have videos made for the just released sound track. “Full Spectrum Dominance” is about the rapid trend since the crimes of 9/11 were effectively blamed on Muslims in need of a “war of terror” in their resource rich nations neighboring the Apartheid state of Israel now occupying Palestine. Mass surveillance in violation of the 4th Amendment and the shredding of the Bill of Rights has been enacted with anti-Constitutional legislation like the so-called “Patriot Act” and Presidential NDAA decrees.
Descriptions for Truth Troubadour songs:
1 Left My Mind (3:29) Joe Sadot – Folk Rock contemplations on time, mortality, purpose, urgency
2 Changes (4:09) Phil Ochs – Poetic romantic reflective melody on seasons passing
3 The Fog Watch (4:30) George Reuter poem; music Vic Sadot – Vision of a time before paved roads when the farmers annual delivery of the harvest to market in oxen-drawn wagons required an overnight stay at the Mermaid tavern and travel by daylight… “The wagon wheels are rollin’ through the mud…”
4 Lori (3:24) Joe Sadot – A wonderful melody and poetic verse by Vic’s brother Joe Sadot who passed in 1978.
5 Fayette County Snow (3:00) Greg DeCowsky – Snowy winter night in the 14th week of a West Virginia coal miner strike: “They’re sending men with guns to force us back into the mines…”
6 An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King(4:59) Vic Sadot – Based on William Pepper’s book
7 Working Class Hero (3:46) John Lennon – Explicit Warning: Has an F in the lyrics. Classic John Lennon!
8 Masters of War (4:13) Bob Dylan – Vic’s version of a Dylan song that remains all too relevant today
9 Selling Futures (4:24) Vic Sadot – Original version was written in 1973. Now re-worked for 2017!
10 Courage To Resist: Free Chelsea Manning! (5:22) Vic Sadot – A gender-update of the original 2009 song. “The chat logs showed your motive was to let the people know… about the crimes the state made secret to help the corporate empire grow”
11 United Fruit (4:07) Phil Ochs – “And the fruit from the island of Cuba is stolen no more!” (1965)
12 The Kidnapping Coup (7:47) Vic Sadot – Vic tells the story of the 2004 US military coup against Haiti
13 Full Spectrum Dominance (5:39) Vic Sadot – “Beware of those who joke about sending in the drones!”
14 No Nuke Blues: Fukishima Update (4:19) Vic Sadot – Written in 1979 about Three Mile Island, the song unfortunately had update verses for Chernobyl in 1986 and for Fukushima in 2011.
15 Billboard Bandit (3:21) Vic Sadot & Greg DeCowsky – Blues rock inspired by a real news report
16 Dearest Lady (3:15) Vic Sadot – A romantic poetic ballad of reflection and regret
17 Sea of Sedation (4:47) Vic Sadot – Gentle, funny, and poetic song about hemp, hypocrisy, and hope
18 In the Harbor of Love (3:05) Vic Sadot – A romantic poetic tribute to love
Vic Sadot DiscMakers Discography & Credits for Product Releases Since 1985:
(1) 1985 “Good Time Delaware” 45 rpm single by Crazy Planet Band; Front cover art by Michael Schwartz; Back cover art by Debbie Hegedus;
(2) 1988 “Ride the Wind” LP by Crazy Planet Band; LP cover art by Curt S. Wayne;
(3) 1997 “Comin’ Home” CD by Vic Sadot’s “Planète Folle” Band; CD cover photo by Geoffrey Williams;
(4) 2005 Vic Sadot “Broadsides & Retrospectives”; CD cover photo & design by Dean A. Banks;
(5) 2011 “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” CD by Vic Sadot; CD cover photo Geof Williams; Cover design Michael Tank;
(6) 2016 “Truth Troubadour” CD cover photo & design by Vic Sadot.
Sammy Fielding at the controls at Ancient Owl Audio. Vic Sadot wearing a San Francisco Mime Troupe T-shirt is very pleased with the mix-down process in November 2016.
Rob Sadot in October 2012 in the Berkeley, California studio doing a session with his brother Vic and with Eric Golub on various stringed instruments. The songs in that session that are on the “Truth Troubadour” CD are “Billboard Bandit” and “Full Spectrum Dominance”. Rock also played electric guitar on the opening song “Left My Mind”, a great rock song composed by departed brother Joe Sadot.