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Rainer Ptacek — The Inner Flame
Album: The Inner Flame
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Released: 1998
Length: 5:28
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how's your inner flame
does it still burn a lot
do you still complain
when it's way too hot

he was innocent
but that was a long time ago
love comes in a room
love blows out the walls

and we're all consumed
flames in alchohol
I thought between me and you
nothing could come between

what do I know I know about love

saddest song I heard
was so beautiful
and in this light
you look just like her

hold me in your arms
just hold me keep me warm

now don't get wet
take a little step
you ain't there yet
so take another step

everything should come
from the deepest place

what do I know about love

this story's out of place
this story's out of fear
how'd you come in here
how'd you get past the gates

all these coded messages
and you come and give me a hug

love is a crucible
and it's open to all
you can bring your valubles
jump in and let them fall

that's what I know about love
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 calypsus_1 wrote:

Rainer Ptacek - Life Is Fine, Live

July 16, 1993 - Rainer Ptacek on Jools Holland's Later Program (BBC) performing Life is Fine.

"It's like a gift that only he could have given and most of the world is yet to discover. This performance is absolutely heart-wrenching. Rainer was a unique human being who gave us so much in the short amount of time he was here. "     Warstub
  
"Wow! Great version of Langston Hughes poem. So deeply sad the way Rainer plays and sings it. A terrible loss of a great musician who was respected by many other great musicians."    45fingersblues

"I never heard about Rainer Ptacek till now! there is so much beautiful music out there and we just don`t know it exist. i`m happy now to find out something like this!"       smaaaas


 
Sad that this artist passed away, he is worth learning about  (guess it's pronounced "PithSik")
 Emwolb wrote:
Very Knoplerish
 
I thought I was hearing Mark Knopfler too.
 kcar wrote:

I guessed Ray Wylie Hubbard but Amazon says that a band called Giant Sand accompanied Rainer for this song. The spooky music and lyrics remind me strongly of Tom Waits. 

David Lynch should make a movie around this song. 

 
I thought it was Howe Gelb.  Maybe not.
 Dave_Mack wrote:
OK, so there are two (main) guys singing.  Which one is Rainer, and who's the other one?
   

Alexandra wrote:


Sounds like Josh Ritter to me...but I don't know for sure.

 
I guessed Ray Wylie Hubbard but Amazon says that a band called Giant Sand accompanied Rainer for this song. The spooky music and lyrics remind me strongly of Tom Waits. 

David Lynch should make a movie around this song. 
It's a pitty he died 1997
One of those songs that makes me click and find out just who in the unholy hell it is....

Really diggin' it! Thanks for another new artist to me, Bill!!!
Very Knoplerish
I'm kinda liking this. Sort of why I listen to RP. Something different that doesn't usually see the light of day.
Love this entire album. 
I'm liking this a lot.  
I like all his stuff, sorry he has gone.
If you like the sound of this one, try "The Hix - Sweet Sunny South" and then ask Bill to include Flatlands! 

Agreed, but you missed out the "swaying in the seat in the grip of the muse" bit.


 Kaylab wrote:

Certainly is great. If you like this you really need to check out Jeff Lang; The Time We're In.

Very much agree on the Chris Isaaks style vocal.

And for finger picking wonders, check out Kelly Joe Phelps

 
I love his style of playing, but wish he would not ruin his tracks by "singing".


No chance with that name, "Rana"...
 Randomax wrote:
For some reason I'm reminded of the voice of Kevin Welch...just sayin'
 
Now that you mention it, yeah I hear him too.
hear this a lot - never check who it is - hideous album cover lol! don't mind the song too much
channelling the Bobster
For some reason I'm reminded of the voice of Kevin Welch...just sayin'
that is a cherry - steel it tonight.

 Neil66 wrote:

Yup - commercial radio is just pure garbage - I hate listening to them drivelling on a complete load of toss interspersed with totally SHITE music,and don't start me on contemporary euro-rap trash...!!!  ohhhh the rage... Sorry for the rant, now I feel better, excuse me!
 
...42 years of driving tractor trailer around North America - started when there was nothing but AM radio and a lot of "dead air space". Then there was FM, 8 track, cassette - I've heard the top 40 for every genre there is drilled into my head. Settled down a bit now and just cover the western provinces - still plenty of miles for this old back but made much more pleasurable with the discovery of RP radio - Thanks Bill & Rebecca
 drivingunit103 wrote:
Thats it - just threw the AM/FM in the ditch
 
Yup - commercial radio is just pure garbage - I hate listening to them drivelling on a complete load of toss interspersed with totally SHITE music,and don't start me on contemporary euro-rap trash...!!!  ohhhh the rage... Sorry for the rant, now I feel better, excuse me!


Amazing!!!
I'm going broke listening here...and buying all this good music... Broke-!  I tell you-!!  I think you're laughing at me...
Thats it - just threw the AM/FM in the ditch

Rainer Ptacek - Life Is Fine, Live

July 16, 1993 - Rainer Ptacek on Jools Holland's Later Program (BBC) performing Life is Fine.

"It's like a gift that only he could have given and most of the world is yet to discover. This performance is absolutely heart-wrenching. Rainer was a unique human being who gave us so much in the short amount of time he was here. "     Warstub
  
"Wow! Great version of Langston Hughes poem. So deeply sad the way Rainer plays and sings it. A terrible loss of a great musician who was respected by many other great musicians."    45fingersblues

"I never heard about Rainer Ptacek till now! there is so much beautiful music out there and we just don`t know it exist. i`m happy now to find out something like this!"       smaaaas



I love this place!!
7 -> 9{#Dance}
Song info on the album says: Giant Sand & Rainer Ptáček

This guy is wonderful.... Check out his Nocturnes album!!

sounds like two guys who want to sound like Tom Waits and Chris Isaak

 Dave_Mack wrote:
OK, so there are two (main) guys singing.  Which one is Rainer, and who's the other one?
 

Sounds like Josh Ritter to me...but I don't know for sure.
 Stefen wrote:
Odd eyebrow.
 
I was looking at the odd cornea
Never heared this before! Very  nice!

Nice...moody...me likey. {#Clap}
Interesting - too bad he died young; what have we missed from him?  I hear shades of John Cippolina in this piece.  (I wonder if Bill agrees?)  Great album cover too!
This is one of my all-time favourite albums. A great compilation of good songs and good singers.

Holy smokes!!! Never heard this before! (Like so much else on RP; Thanks, Bill...) I rate this one a 9...
Odd eyebrow.
 Dave_Mack wrote:
OK, so there are two (main) guys singing.  Which one is Rainer, and who's the other one?
 
this album is a tribute...
the song is performed by The Giant Sand, singer could be Howe Gelb... 

 nalle wrote:
Rest in peace, remember him. {#Group-hug}
 
Your comment caused me to check his Wikipedia entry.  Jesus, another cancer victim.  Excellent song.

Rest in peace, remember him. {#Group-hug}
OK, so there are two (main) guys singing.  Which one is Rainer, and who's the other one?

Certainly is great. If you like this you really need to check out Jeff Lang; The Time We're In.

Very much agree on the Chris Isaaks style vocal.

And for finger picking wonders, check out Kelly Joe Phelps

 countyman wrote:
I hear Mrk Knofler, yes.
 


 countyman wrote:
I hear Mrk Knofler, yes.
 
I thought it might be him.

this is pretty cool!
This entire album is brilliant. I have loved it for years.
smdeeg wrote:

Naw. Definitely Tom Waits and Chris Isaak. Great sound, I am going to have to check out some more of his work.
I hear Mark Knofler, yes?

Nice--sounds like a Jon Dee Graham song
jjbix wrote:
the TUCSON AZ boys! where the hell are they?
Calexico and Rainer aren't enough? No, you're right more from Tucson, AZ!
Me like!
jerrydog wrote:
Hey if you like this guy, check out Howe Gelb or Giant Sand.... very similar approach
the TUCSON AZ boys! where the hell are they?
Hey if you like this guy, check out Howe Gelb or Giant Sand.... very similar approach
Nabla wrote:
He sounds like Mark Knopfler...
Naw. Definitely Tom Waits and Chris Isaak. Great sound, I am going to have to check out some more of his work.
Krispian wrote:
This is AMAZING music. Why does everything on RP sound so good??
Because it's hand picked by the best music pickers anywhere!
This is AMAZING music. Why does everything on RP sound so good??
Rainier Ptacek (1951 – November 12, 1997) was a Tucson, Arizona-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His unique guitar technique, which incorporated slide, finger-picking, tape loops, and electronic manipulation, earned him admiration of some notable musicians such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top). The tribute album to him, The Inner Flame, included participations by Plant, Jimmy Page, and Emmylou Harris among others, and was indicative of his reputation as a "musician's musician". He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in early 1996, and died nearly two years later after the illness recurred.
I don't hear Mark Knopfler at all? But I like the beat.
ahoylola wrote:
Gotta throw in an influence of (wait for it), Tom Waits.
Ya think? :biggrin:
He sounds like Mark Knopfler...
Enjoying this groove.. think it helps that I got the volume up
Kinda haunting, I'm liking it.
Gotta throw in an influence of (wait for it), Tom Waits.
also sounds almost like greg brown or mr. zimmerman
guess RP is on the same tune loop from 2/26, based on this song following the battle of evermore once again.
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Like Mark Knopfler channelling Tom Waits - not a bad thing at all!
Anything that keeps Tom Waits from actually singing is a good thing in my book.
Long live Rainer!!!!!!!!!!
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Like Mark Knopfler channelling Tom Waits - not a bad thing at all!
That's funny...I thought "hey, is this Nick Cave? No, wait, it's Chris Isaak..."
jpm9678 wrote:
like this, but am hearing "beatles zebra crossing" from xymox.
sorry i meant shriekback, album sacred city
Outstanding music - another visit to Amazon is due. Sounds even better after 'The Battle Of Evermore' - great segue as usual, Bill.
like this, but am hearing "beatles zebra crossing" from xymox.
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Like Mark Knopfler channelling Tom Waits - not a bad thing at all!
Thought it was mark knopfler at first
Like Mark Knopfler channelling Tom Waits - not a bad thing at all!
This, following Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore" - anybody else getting imagery of howling wolves?
dire straights with stan ridgeway fronting... very groovy.
this sounds like jjcale on some really good acid
Three absolutely fabulous songs, then this less than stellar fare. Shucks.
You never know what your gonna hear on this station. Rp pulls them all out on this hallowed night!
Meh... it still hasn't grown on me. Time to move on. :snooty:
next song please.
its 11:00 am and rainig here. this is a great set. my coffee tastes great , my dogs are napping, this set fits my mood perfectly
govna wrote:
so what's the verdict already...mark knopfler?
:yes:
so what's the verdict already...mark knopfler?
gonzafr wrote:
Very similar to Jim White... nice!
Yeah, I thought it was a Jim White duet with Mark Knopfler when I wasn't listening too hard. Even after paying attention, I still thought it was Jim White.
guitar_man_101 wrote:
I hear almost a mark knofler voice in there! Great tune though!
Though?
I get a dylan vibe from it, and I like it.
hmmn disturbingly good
NewHorizons wrote:
Wow... Never saw so many different influences rolled into one song!
I go with Mark Knopfler
Reminds me of early Dylan.
gonzafr wrote:
Very similar to Jim White... nice!
Helchat wrote:
...this guy's voice sounds a bit like Chris Isaak to me...
phillips wrote:
i was going to say he sounds like a young bob dylan....
whereismatty wrote:
It has a Midnight Oil Sound to it
guitar_man_101 wrote:
I hear almost a mark knofler voice in there!
daveesh wrote:
kinda like tom waits without the nicotine
Wow... Never saw so many different influences rolled into one song!
Bad CD cover - excellent song, I love it.
:dance: :bounce: :whipit: :notworthy:
kinda like tom waits without the nicotine
guitar_man_101 wrote:
I hear almost a mark knofler voice in there! Great tune though!
Voice and style.... very nice ...
I hear almost a mark knofler voice in there! Great tune though!
It has a Midnight Oil Sound to it
Yeah. I like it.
i was going to say he sounds like a young bob dylan. i like it! thanks for some new music, bill!
Well. It sounds like Giant Sand because it IS Giant Sand backing him up. Back to google.
I have the volume turned down low due to another person in the office having extra-ordinary hearing...... this guy's voice sounds a bit like Chris Isaak to me.... maybe it's just because I can barely hear it..... :ask:
I am undecided. :zip-lip:
Very similar to Jim White... nice!
Was he part of a band Giant Sand? They did a track on Vic Williams Sweet Relief disc that kicked ass and I can't find them anywhere.
First time I've heard of this cat. He's alright....
Never heard of him while he was alive. Quite a picker according to AMG. Que lastima.
It's not up, it's not down ... it's... Reminds me of that Bob Dylan, "I'm so sick of love..." :iamwith:
mensa menz :roll:
It's always a loss to us all when a talent loses the battle.
I think I like this.