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10000 Maniacs - Campfire Songs

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    Includes five previously unreleased tracks. 10,000 Maniacs: Natalie Merchant (vocals, piano); Robert Buck (guitar, banjo, mandolin, synthesizer); John Lombardo (guitar, bass, background vocals); Steven Gustafson (guitar, bass); Dennis Drew (accordion, ......more

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Artist: 10000 Maniacs
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Includes five previously unreleased tracks. 10,000 Maniacs: Natalie Merchant (vocals, piano); Robert Buck (guitar, banjo, mandolin, synthesizer); John Lombardo (guitar, bass, background vocals); Steven Gustafson (guitar, bass); Dennis Drew (accordion, piano, organ); Jerome Augustyniak (drums, percussion). Additional personnel: Michael Stipe, David Byrne (vocals); Don Grolnick (piano); Paulinho DaCosta (percussion). Producers include: 10,000 Maniacs, Bill Waldman, Albert Garzon, Joe Boyd, Peter Asher. Compilation producers: 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant. Recorded between 1982 & 1993. Includes liner notes by Anthony DeCurtis. Personnel: John Lombardo (vocals, guitar); Natalie Merchant (vocals, piano); Robert Buck (guitar, banjo, mandolin, synthesizer); Steve Gustafson (guitar); Bill Dillon (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, mandolin); Richie Stearns (banjo); Mary Ramsey (violin, viola, background vocals); Morgan Fichter (violin, background vocals); Ralph Morrison III, Bruce Dukov (violin); Pamela Goldsmith, Novi (viola); Dennis Karmazyn, Jane Scarpantoni, Larry Corbett (cello); Dennis Drew (accordion, piano, organ); Kim Laskowski, Atsuko Sato (bassoon); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Pee Wee Ellis (tenor saxophone); Fred Wesley (trombone); Amanda Kramer (piano, pump organ); Don Grolnick (piano); Jerome Augustyniak (drums, percussion); Jim Foti (drums); Jerry Marotta, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion). Audio Mixers: Ed Thacker; Frank Filipetti; Frank Wolf; George Massenburg. Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot. Audio Remixer: Joe Barbaria. Liner Note Authors: Dennis Drew; Jerome Augustyniak; John Lombardo; Natalie Merchant; Steve Gustafson; Anthony DeCurtis; Steve Woolard. Photographers: Pam Taylor; Laura Lavine; Rob Marinissen; Ebet Roberts; Jo?lle DepĒnt; Andrew Catlin; Natalie Merchant. Arranger: Paul Buckmaster. Spanning 31 songs and two discs, one covering "The Most Popular Recordings" (aka "The Hits") and one covering "The Obscure & Unknown Recordings" (aka "The B-Sides and Cover Versions"), Rhino/Elektra's 2004 compilation Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings of 10,000 Maniacs is as good a career overview as could be assembled. The hits disc may miss a minor charting single like "Few and Far Between," but it has all the songs of note, from the hits to album tracks. Meanwhile, the rarities are devoted pretty much to B-side covers in addition to four previously unreleased demos, the early outtake "Poppy Selling Man," plus their cover of Cat Stevens' "Peace Train," which was removed from latter-day editions of In My Tribe. There's enjoyable stuff on both discs -- the singles "Like the Weather," "What's the Matter Here?," "Trouble Me," "Candy Everybody Wants," and "These Are Days" are very good indeed, laying the groundwork for adult alternative pop/rock, while the early demos on the second disc are livelier than most Maniacs material and the Michael Stipe duet on "To Sir With Love" is a priceless artifact from the height of Clinton optimism (which faded quite quickly). But even these moments have the Achilles' heel of a production that is far too big for the group's gentle simple songs. Overall this expertly assembled collection -- which is as good as a 10,000 Maniacs anthology could be -- is best as a time capsule, capturing the earnest, precious optimism and PC nature of American college rock before grunge came along and dirtied everything up. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
See Also:
Our Time in Eden, MTV Unplugged, In My Tribe
See Influences:
R.E.M., Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, The Velvet Underground, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Smiths, Steeleye Span, Joni Mitchell, The dB's, The Beatles, Joy Division, The Byrds, Elvis Costello, Simon & Garfunkel
See Contemporaries:
Aztec Camera, Jonatha Brooke, Sam Phillips (Singer), Lone Justice, Indigo Girls, Throwing Muses, Blake Babies, The Waterboys, Edie Brickell, Marti Jones, Freedy Johnston, Sarah McLachlan, The Innocence Mission, Peter Case, The Sundays, Let's Active, Insta, Love Tractor, Tori Amos, Michael Penn, 54-40, Kirsty MacColl, Del Amitri, The Lemonheads (Group), Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Cowboy Junkies, Toad the Wet Sprocket (Modern Rock)
Track Listing:
    No track list available
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Label:
Elektra Records
Number of Discs:
2
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
DDD
Runtime:
114 : 23
Guest Artist:
David Byrne; Michael Stipe; Don Grolnick; Paulinho DaCosta
Editorial Reviews:
Entertainment Weekly (1/23/04, p.101) - "10,000 Maniacs' literate folk-pop sounds better now than it did in their late-'80s heyday." - Rating: B+ Q (4/04, p.128) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]hey possessed a capacity to beguile that had listeners convinced, temporarily at least, the world was indeed pastel-hued." Dirty Linen (p.45) - "[Their] early work blended bristling-punkish electric guitar work with Merchant's sometimes dreamy, sometimes intense vocal magic..."
UPC:
081227390020
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