Beth Hart Leave The Light On Limited Edition 180g Import 2LP w/ Live Bonus Tracks
10th Anniversary Edition!
The story of Beth Hart is one of extreme highs and extreme lows, and there are two particular factors that illustrate this. First, her voice: when she sings, clocks stop, hearts dance, and neck-hair tingles, it’s that compelling. The second is her rollercoaster story: in the late 90s, she was on the cusp of a promising music career, signed to a major U.S. label, national television bookings, hit singles, and great press, but her career careened off the tracks at its peak due to her drug and alcohol addiction.
Beth’s formative musical tastes were eclectic, taking in jazz, rock, blues, gospel and grunge. “Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald: I’m fascinated by them,” she says, “but then when I heard Robert Plant and Chris Cornell, I couldn’t get over their power. But then, Rickie Lee Jones and James Taylor, their voices were so lovely and soft.”
A national win on Star Search, gigging around L.A. and a lot of pounding the pavement by her manager, eventually led to Jason Flom and David Foster who jointly signed her to Lava/143/Atlantic Records. Beth worked with top producers on 1996’s Immortal, and scored international hits with cuts like “Am I The One,” but it was on 1999’s Screamin’ For My Supper – home to the smash-hit “LA Song (Out Of This Town)” – that she truly found her voice.
However, a heady cocktail of drugs and Beth’s unmedicated bipolar disorder ensured that her Atlantic deal went sour, and it took the intervention of road manager Scott Guetzkow to pull her back from the brink. “I went into five different hospitals that year, not including rehabs,” she says. “It was so bad that I remember talking to my psychologist and he said, ‘I don’t think you can handle being in this business'.”
Then came redemption. Around the turn of the millennium, Beth drove to Las Vegas, married Guetzkow and, sober and drug-free, began to craft a comeback. That came in the form of her classic rock confessional album Leave The Light On in 2003, which Billboard hailed as “One of the year’s most affecting albums." Hart's incredible vocal range is on full display here, as powerful as it is compelling, never better than on the anthemic album opener "Lifts You Up" and the title track power ballad "Leave The Light On."
This 10th Anniversary Edition of Beth Hart's Leave The Light On and first ever exclusive vinyl release is pressed on 2 x 180g vinyl LPs and includes no less than 5 bonus live tracks.
“Like Jeff Buckley at his most transcendent, and sounding like Janis Joplin reincarnated with Stevie Nicks’s high-speed vibrato, Hart turned the act of singing into an out-of-body experience, something both intensely physical and tangibly metaphysical.” – Slant Magazine
Beth Hart Leave The Light On Track Listing:
1. Hiding Under Water
2. Say Something
3. Crazy Kind Of Day
4. I Don't Wanna Be
5. Learning To Live
6. Lifts You Up
7. Leave The Light On
8. Bottle Of Jesus
9. World Without You
10. Lay Your Hands On Me
1. Broken & Ugly
3. If God Only Knew
4. Monkey Back
5. Sky Full Of Clover
6. I'll Stay With You
7. Hiding Under Water (live bonus track)
8. Broken & Ugly (live bonus track)
9. Leave The Light On (live bonus track)
10. Get Your Shit Together (live bonus track)
11. L.A. Song (live bonus track)