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The Windstar Greatest HitsJohn Denver re-recorded his greatest hits for Windstar before his untimely death. They honor his life and music with
this release. Includes favorites such as; Take Me Home, Country Roads, Sunshine On My Shoulder, Rocky
Mountain High and more.1. Take Me Home, Country Roads
2. Sunshine On My Shoulders
3. The Eagle and the Hawk
5. For You
6. Annie's Song
7. Rocky Mountain High
8. Grandma's Feather Bed
9. Eagles and Horses
10. I Want to Live
11. Whispering Jesse$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Greatest Hits Volume II
The Classic 1977 Greatest Hits Collection Re-imagined In The Audiophile Domain!!!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering
Manufactured At R.T.I.
Featuring Chart Topping Hits: Annie's Song, Back Home Again, My Sweet Lady, I'm Sorry, Thank God I'm A Country Boy
John Denver was a musical phenomenon with a legendary musical career breaking wide open in the late-sixties. Featuring a plethora of hit recordings in pop, country and adult genres, he shared his vocal talents with millions of fans with his records, concerts and top rated television shows and movies for over three decades.
With 1977's Greatest Hits Volume 2 Lp, John Denver created one of the finest overviews of his top charting hit singles and album tracks of all time. The Lp features 12 stellar pop and country favorites like definitive hits Calypso, I'm Sorry, Annie's Song, Fly Away (w/ Olivia Newton John) Back Home Again, and of course Thank God I'm A Country Boy.
The 1977 best of collection finds the artist at the top of his game. The top charting songs that make up this masterpiece have been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it is our honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Greatest Hits Volume 2 by the legendary John Denver on Friday Music.
This limited edition audiophile masterwork is now impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, and pressed by R.T.I. For a limited time, the album cover features the original Lp artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold presentation which includes the lyrics to all the great music within.1. Annie's Song
2. Welcome To My Morning (Farewell Andromeda)
3. Fly Away
4. Like A Sad Song
5. Looking For Space
6. Thank God I'm A Country Boy
7. Grandma's Feather Bed
8. Back Home Again
9. I'm Sorry
10. My Sweet Lady
12. This Old Guitar$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Back Home Again
Limited Edition 180 Gram Gold Colored Vinyl
Remastered From The Original Tapes
Multi-award winning and triple-Platinum 1974 album Back Home Again found Denver further cementing his superstar status with hit singles such as the # 1 Country title track and #1 Pop hit "Annie's Song." The original version of "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" can also be found here; a single release from subsequent live album An Evening with John Denver was a #1 multi-format hit in 1975. Fan favorites, Matthew, Sweet Surrender, Grandma's Feather Bed and This Old Guitar are featured as well. Limited edition Gold colored, 180 Gram vinyl with gatefold sleeve.1. Back Home Again
2. On The Road
3. Grandma's Feather Bed
5. Thank God I'm A Country Boy
6. The Music Is You
7. Annie's Song
8. It's Up To You
9. Cool an' Green an' Shady
11. Sweet Surrender
12. This Old Guitar$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poems, Prayers & Promises
Limited Edition 180 Gram RCA Orange Colored Vinyl
Remastered From The Original Tapes
Poems, Prayers & Promises is arguably the album that put John Denver on the map. Featuring Denver's first worldwide hit and signature song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" the album includes the enduring classics "Sunshine On My Shoulders," I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado and the title track Poems, Prayers and Promises. This 1971 Platinum-certified release features a total of 6 self-penned tracks along with covers such as The Beatles' "Let It Be and James Taylor's Fire and Rain. Limited edition RCA Orange colored, 180 Gram vinyl.1. Poems, Prayers and Promises
2. Let It Be
3. My Sweet Lady
4. Wooden Indian
6. Gospel Changes
7. Take Me Home, Country Roads
8. I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado
9. Sunshine On My Shoulders
10. Around And Around
11. Fire and Rain
12. The Box$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trinity LaneThis record was written mostly in the summer of 2016 in my apartment off of Trinity Lane. A few tunes came out on the road as well. After moving out of an ex's house, I settled into a new neighborhood down the road. Shortly after, I picked up a tour with my good friend John Moreland where we went to the West Coast and back. I was trailing them in my little 2002 Honda Accord that has literally been all over the country with me. A woman in my early 30s, I found myself sick of my same old shit. I was inspired by the landscape of the west. My faith was tested on the curves of the Highway 101 through the Red Woods. I got terrifyingly stoned on weed gummy bears in Denver. I saw real cowboys in Wyoming and drove through a flood in Arkansas. I felt displaced, but connected.
Upon returning to the south, my home of Tennessee, I slunk back into my nook off of Trinity. I went over all the things I'd seen. There had been a freedom in being so far away - a lack of responsibility, a distance from some of the issues, if you will, though I'd carried them right with me, back to my birthplace of Los Angeles, peering over the ocean, wondering how you can come so far yet end up in the same place. I contemplated fleeing and just staying in California, but the south is my home and I had to deal with what needed to be dealt with. I started to write. And go to the park. And listen to records. And play my guitar every night. Every time I wanted a man, I picked up my guitar. Every time I wanted a drink, I picked up my guitar.
Love will take you to the darkest places but also to the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I've always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I'd had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn't talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with - we didn't really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, Oh man, I'm just not used to any cars coming around this bend. She replied, This is our little hideout, baby. And it really was. The woods were behind me, Dickerson Pike was in the front.
So after a while, I had all these songs to play, and wanted to share them. I wanted to get out of town to get some distance from everything, so after an ongoing conversation with Michael Trent, I took my band to Johns Island, SC and we holed up for a few weeks. I poured my heart out, and trusted them with it, and these guys gave it right back. I think we all understood what it's like to question home, intention, demons, love....I think most people understand that. I hope you love this record, I made it for you.1. All Kinds Of People
2. The Night David Bowie Died
3. Trinity Lane
4. Everything I Had
5. I Wanna Go Home
8. Different, I Guess
11. So Much You Don't Know
12. See Ya Later$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ALMI-CLE-3318xToots And The Maytals
Pressure Drop: The Golden TracksLegendary reggae master Frank Toots Hibbert returns with these brand new recordings of his best loved songs and covers! Features the all-time classics Pressure Drop, 54-46 Was My Number, Funky Kingston and covers of John Denver and Stevie Wonder PLUS bonus Ska, Dub and Instrumental versions! Presented on both 12 vinyl and CD - two formats for the price of one.Side 1
1. Pressure Drop
2. 54-46 Was My Number
3. Funky Kingston
4. Take Me Home, Country Roads
5. Higher Ground
1. Pressure Drop (Ska Version)
2. 54-46 Was My Number (Dub Version)
3. Pressure Drop (Pressure House Mix)
4. 54-46 Was My Number (Instrumental Version)
5. Pressure Drop (Instrumental Version)
$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Spite Of OurselvesPressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Gatefold Matte Inner Sleeve
Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, 'Angel from Montgomery', 'Sam Stone,' 'Paradise,' and 'Hello in There' speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.
Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. Performers who have recorded from his extensive catalog, include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert and many others.
With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.1. (We're Not) The Jet Set - (ft. Iris DeMent)
2. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - (ft. Connie Smith)
3. Wedding Bells / Let's Turn Back The Years - (ft. Lucinda Williams)
4. When Two Worlds Collide - (ft. Trisha Yearwood)
5. Milwaukee Here I Come - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
6. I Know One - (ft. Emmylou Harris)
7. It's A Cheating Situation - (ft. Dolores Keane)
8. Back Street Affair - (ft. Patty Loveless)
9. Loose Talk - (ft. Connie Smith)
10. Let's Invite Them Over - (ft. Iris DeMent)
11. 'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose - (ft. Fiona Prine)
12. In A Town This Size - (ft. Dolores Keane)
13. We Could - (ft. Iris DeMent)
14. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
15. In Spite of Ourselves - (ft. Iris DeMent)
16. Dear John (I Sent Your Saddle Home)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rocky Mountain Christmas (Awaiting Repress)Limited Edition Translucent Blue Vinyl
John Denver's music always had a warm, home-spun quality to it, so it isn't surprising that his 1975 holiday effort, Rocky Mountain Christmas, is a wonderfully low-key and friendly Christmas album. Divided between classic carols and new numbers, such as the fine Aspenglow and Christmas for Cowboys, the album is an appealing, pretty record, perfect for late nights by the fireside.1. Aspenglow
2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
3. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
4. Silver Bells
5. Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)
6. Christmas For Cowboys
7. Away In a Manger
8. What Child Is This
9. Coventry Carol
10. Oh Holy Night
11. Silent Night, Holy Night
12. A Baby Just Like You$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
My Dream DuetsMy Dream Duets gives superstar Barry Manilow the opportunity to fulfill his musical fantasy of singing with many of his heroes.
These duets with some of music's all-time greatest performers is Barry's way of celebrating the legacy of these legendary artists when they were at the
prime of their careers.
Manilow's genius as an arranger shines through when he takes the original vocal performances of these iconic stars and recasts them in duet settings
with newly recorded tracks.
Hearing Barry Manilow's singing in harmony with voices that are instantly recognizable, affords the listener a chance to hear their signature songs in way
that is instantly familiar yet decidedly new.
Through his inspired choice of songs and the way he's interwoven his own vocals with those of his remarkable duet partners, Barry Manilow's My Dream
Duets puts a spotlight on the dynamism of Judy Garland, the raw emotion of Whitney Houston, the sentimental croon of Andy Williams, the electrifying
R&B of Frankie Lymon, the life affirming joy of John Denver, the show-biz pizzaz of Sammy Davis, Jr., the sultry soul of Dusty Springfield, the exuberance
of Jimmy Durante, the warm hearted style of Mama Cass, the seductive whisper of Marilyn Monroe and the ambassadorial good will of Louis Armstrong.
Barry Manilow's My Dream Duets is a testament to the fact that although the singers may be gone, their songs live on forever.1. The Songs Gotta Come From The Heart - Barry Manilow, Jimmy Durante
2. Goody Goody - Barry Manilow, Frankie Lymon
3. Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Barry Manilow, Mama Cass
4. I Believe In You And Me - Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston
5. Sunshine On My Shoulders - Barry Manilow, John Denver
6. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart - Barry Manilow, Judy Garland
7. Moon River - Barry Manilow, Andy Williams
8. The Look Of Love - Barry Manilow, Dusty Springfield
9. The Candyman - Barry Manilow, Sammy Davis, Jr.
10. I Wanna Be Loved By You - Barry Manilow, Marilyn Monroe
11. What A Wonderful World / What A Wonderful Life - Barry Manilow, Louis Armstrong$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver15 years after his death and 40 years after the release of his widely beloved song "Rocky Mountain High," ATO Records celebrates John Denver's life and music with The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver. The album features covers of Denver's most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and many more. A portion of the proceeds will be benefit environmental initiatives in John's name.1. My Morning Jacket - Leaving on a Jet Plane
2. Dave Matthews - Take Me to Tomorrow
3. Kathleen Edwards - All of My Memories
4. J. Mascis & Sharon Van Etten - Prisoners
5. Train - Sunshine on My Shoulders
6. Old Crow Medicine Show - Back Home Again
7. Lucinda Williams - This Old Guitar
8. Amos Lee - Some Days Are Diamonds
9. Allen Stone - Rocky Mountain High
10. Brett Dennen and Milow - Annie's Song
11. Evan Dando - Looking for Space
12. Emmylou Harris & Brandi Carlile - Take Me Home, Country Roads
13. Blind Pilot - The Eagle and the Hawk
14. Mary Chapin Carpenter - I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado
15. Josh Ritter and Barnstar! - Darcy Farrow
16. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Wooden Indian$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-WIN-4939xJohn Denver & The Muppets
A Christmas Together (Awaiting Repress)The soundtrack to the beloved holiday special! John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together is a 1979 Christmas television special starring Jim Henson's Muppets and singer/songwriter John Denver.1. Twelve Days Of Christmas
2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
3.The Peace Carol
4. Christmas Is Coming
5. A Baby Just Like You
6. Deck The Halls
7. When The River Meets The Sea
8. Little Saint Nick
9. Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913
10. The Christmas Wish
11. Medley: Alfie, The Christmas Tree/ Carol For A Christmas Tree/It's In Every One Of Us
12. Silent Night, Holy Night
13. We Wish You A Merry Christmas$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Rock N Roll Singer
First Pressing On Vinyl
Rock 'N' Roll Singer is the debut solo album from
Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek.
The seven song album was released on CD in 2000
while Kozelek's final album with his previous band
Red House Painters was in limbo with record label
mergers. Rock 'N' Roll Singer features three
original songs, three completely deconstructed
AC/DC covers (these versions are not found
elsewhere) and a John Denver remake. Rock 'N'
Roll Singer has sold over 25,000 copies in the U.S.
This is the first pressing on vinyl.1. Find Me, Ruben Olivares
2. Rock 'N' Roll Singer
3. You Ain't Got a Hold on Me
4. Metropol 47
5. Around and Around
6. Bad Boy Boogie
7. Ruth Marie$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
URPD-GET-5613xToots And The Maytals
Reissued In A Lovingly Re-printed Version Of The Original LP Sleeve
Ranked 378/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Toots & The Maytals' long and storied musical career spans all the way back to the dawn of ska. The
group are not only key figures in the development reggae, they were among the first to utilize the word
in a song title which lead to the popularization of the very term reggae. Among the numerous musical
accomplishments of Frederick Toots Hibbert and his group was the song Pressure Drop, which was
released initially in 1970, but received widespread acclaim for its appearance in the soundtrack to the film
Harder They Come. It's since been covered by The Clash, The Specials, The Selecter, Robert Palmer, and
numerous others, has been rated by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is
credited with helping introduce reggae music to the world.
Though originally released in 1970, the US wouldn't get to experience Pressure Drop until 1975, when
it was released on the US version of their album Funky Kingston, easily considered one of the strongest
albums in Toots & The Maytals' catalog, not to mention one of the greatest in reggae history. Upon its
release in the States it received massive critical applause (Even warming the cold, icy heart of Robert
Christgau) for its infectious melodies and rhythms on tracks like Sailing On, Time Tough, and the
eponymous title track, quirky Jamaica-infused covers of tracks by John Denver and Ike Turner, and of
course the influential Pressure Drop.
Reissued in a lovingly re-printed version of the original LP sleeve, Get On Down now presents a superb
reissue of a legendary piece of music history.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Time Tough
2. In The Dark
3. Funky Kingston
4. Love Is Gonna Let Me Down
5. Louie Louie
6. Pomp And Price
7. Got To Be There
8. Country Road
9. Pressure Drop
10. Sailing On$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SEC-2719xDamien Jurado & Richard Swift
Other People's Songs Vol. 1Over the weekend of August 21-22, 2010, not long after Damien Jurado and Richard Swift first collaborated to produce Damien's 2010 record, Saint Bartlett, the pair hunkered down with a 4-track recorder and one Coles 4038 ribbon microphone to record a collection of cover songs that run the gamut from John Denver to Chubby Checker to Kraftwerk.
The timing was perfect. On Other People's Songs Vol 1, we can see the scaffolding of what would become a creative turning point for the pair - later seen with the release of Damien Jurado's Maraqopa, the first record in his Maraqopa trilogy - less than 2 years later. The opening drum hits of Be Not So Fearful, the falsetto vocals of Sweetness, and the Spaghetti-Western swing of Radioactivity are, by now, hallmarks of the Jurado/Swift sound, but Other People's Songs Vol 1 is a transitional fossil, a marking of the pair's collaborative evolution.1. Be Not So Fearful
2. Hello Sunshine
4. Sincere Replies
5. If The Sun Stops Shinin'
6. Follow Me
7. Outside My Window
9. Crazy Like A Fox$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Old RamonOld Ramon, the sixth Red House Painters album, recorded in the
fall of 1997 through the spring of 1998, was intended for release
that summer. But the mega-major label merger catastrophe that
left hundreds of bands homeless spared few. Red House Painters
looked for a brief moment like survivors, but subsequent delays
eventually turned into permanent layoff. Old Ramon sat in limbo
and grew into legend as another great, lost album only the
privileged few would ever properly hear. They've unintentionally
put the wait back into the term "long-awaited."
Singer Mark Kozelek kept busy with a series of other projects. He
served as producer for Take Me Home: A Tribute to John Denver.
As archivist for the 4AD Red House Painters Retrospective album,
assembling rarities and live tracks. As solo artist with several
tracks on the Shanti Project album, and two albums Rock 'n' Roll
Singer and What's Next to the Moon, a collection of AC/DC songs
reinterpreted. As live performer, touring the United States, United
Kingdom, Spain, Sweden and his first ever shows in South Korea.
As film scorer for the independent film Last Ball. And, finally, as
actor in Cameron Crowe's critically acclaimed Almost Famous.
But while playing a musician in a movie-Kozelek appears as the
bassist of Stillwater in Almost Famous-was an exciting diversion,
it also pointed out the absurdity and irony of the situation. He'd
been writing and performing his own music since the 1980s, with
Red House Painters since the early 1990s. He was a musician, not
just someone who might play one on TV.
With Old Ramon sitting on the shelf, it was like reading a book
with a chapter missing. Kozelek had written most of the album
throughout 1996 and 1997. There were "Between Days" and
"Wop-a-din-din," written during the months he stayed in Oaxaca,
Mexico about his time there and his cat waiting at home in San
Francisco; "Cruiser" written on an airplane ride from Los Angeles
to San Francisco about a friend he'd met during the John Cale
tour; and "Golden," a song in tribute to John Denver, written and
recorded in a single day during December of 1997, just a few
months after Denver's tragic death. "Michigan" and "River" had
been road-tested on the band's previous tour.
The album, in fact, had come together with a good feeling, reuniting
the band with their old friend and engineer Billy Anderson,
who'd worked on their earlier records Down Colorful Hill and the
two self-titled releases (Rollercoaster and Bridge by their covers).
Sessions in San Francisco, Mendocino, California and Austin,
Texas resulted in several hours' worth of music being recorded.
The band had spread out and worked up various arrangements for
a majority of the tunes. Sadly, a twenty-minute version of "Michigan"
fell to the cutting room floor.
But the ten songs packed onto Old Ramon (the title comes from a
Spanish children's book that caught Kozelek's fancy) well
represent the band that will take to the road for the first time in
several years with extensive touring throughout the United States
and Europe. Once freed from their major label commitments,
reputable independent labels bid for the band's services. This,
however, is the album exactly as it was intended-untouched-three
years to the month of its completion. Good news:
The wait is officially over.1. Wop-A-Din-Din
2. Byrd Joel
4. Between Days
10. Kavita$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Red Beans And Weiss
Executive Produced By Johnny Depp and Tom Waits
Which Chuck E. Weiss do we talk about here? The one who so impressed blues legends Lightnin'
Hopkins and Willie Dixon as a Denver teenager that they took him out in their road bands? The one
who lived in LA's Tropicana Hotel in the 70s alongside Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones, ending up
namechecked on the classic Waits albums Small Change and Nighthawks at the Diner, and in Rickie Lee Jones' hit "Chuck E.'s in Love"? The one who has recorded with Tom Waits, Muddy Waters,
Howlin' Wolf, Roger Miller, Dr. John, Willie Dixon? Whichever Chuck E. Weiss you choose, he's a
legend, and his new album Red Beans and Weiss delivers on the big personality. Executive produced
by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits, Red Beans and Weiss blends blues, barrelhouse, and bluster into
a highly entertaining whole.1. Tupelo Joe
3. Boston Blackie
4. That Knucklehead Stuff
5. Bomb The Tracks
6. Exile On Main Street Blues
7. Kokamo (Boy Bruce)
8. Hey Pendejo
9. Dead Man's Shoes
10. Old New Song
11. The Hink-A-Dink
12. Oo Poo Pa Do In The Rebop
13. Willy's In The Pee Pee House$21.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
We Can Do AnythingWe Can Do Anything follows 2000's Freak Magnet and marks the group's ninth LP. It was recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Denver during their summer tour. Jeff Hamilton - a multi-instrumentalist in the Femmes' ever-changing backing band, Horns of Dilemma - served as producer, while John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) mixed.
The We Can Do Anything cover art was drawn by Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies, whom Violent Femmes toured with over the summer. He also contributed accordion, guitars, keys and backing vocals to several songs on the album.
Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano culled a handful of songs for We Can Do Anything from his trove of old cassette demos and journals, including Big Car and I Could Be Anything. He also shared writing duties on various songs with Sam Hollander, Dave Katz and Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin; We Can Do Anything also boasts one cover, What You Really Mean, which was written by Gano's sister, folk musician and artist, Cynthia Gayneau.
-Rolling Stone1. Memory
2. I Could Be Anything
4. Holy Ghost
5. What You Really Mean
7. Traveling Solves Everything
8. Big Car
9. Untrue Love
10. I'm Not Done$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best OfDespite great acclaim at the time The Czars remain one of Denver's best-kept secrets. Over the course of their career they couldn't quite turn critical salvos into commercial success. Then, when the band split up in 2004 after their fifth album - the presciently titled Goodbye - nothing was heard from any member for six years. So when John Grant reappeared in 2010 with his landmark solo debut Queen Of Denmark, some thought he was a new artist, without a back-story that stretches as far back as 1994 when the band originally formed.
The Best Of The Czars is made up predominantly from the run of three studio albums that Bella Union released between 2000 and 2004. Before But Longer donates the first four songs, 2002's The Ugly People Vs The Beautiful People the next six, and Goodbye the next five. The final track is an exquisite reading of Tim Buckley's signature standard Song To The Siren taken from 2005's B-sides/covers compilation Sorry I Made You Cry.
Grant is his own fiercest critic, and says of all Czars albums he only stands by Goodbye. It's the only one that came anywhere close to being what I'd hoped for, he reckons. Out of the five albums we made, there's one good solid album of material. Well, John, here it is. But The Best Of The Czars isn't merely good; it's magnificent. At their best, The Czars mastered a luminous and stately country-folk'n'western noir shot through with a classic songwriting twist.
On various tours since his solo debut, Grant has performed three old Czars tracks: Drug (from The Ugly People ), Paint The Moon and Little Pink House (from Goodbye). They're the Czars songs I most connect to in performance, that I'm proudest of, that flowed out of me as complete products, says Grant. As a whole, though, the band remains a conflicted memory for the singer. I had so much fear at the time, I wanted to try and control everything around me, which I feel affected my voice, he admits. Only now do I feel that voice is coming out of its shell, and that I'm comfortable in my own skin. But the music is an important part of my history, so it deserves to be heard.1. Val
3. Get Used To It
4. Dave's Dream
5. Roger's Song
7. Side Effects
10. Lullaby 6000
11. Paint The Moon
13. My Love
15. Little Pink House
16. Song To The Siren$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now