More Oar-Tribute To Skip Spence CD (1999)

Artist: Various

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Product Overview


Label Revolver Usa
SKU 201985387
UPC 607287002323
UPC 14 00607287002323
Format CD
Release Date 7/6/1999
Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Bill Bentley (Compilation)
CatalogID 23
Lable Name Birdman Records
Released 07/06/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00607287002323
Album Notes and Credits
1999's More Oar pays tribute to one of psychedelia's brightest lights, Skip Spence. His 1969 album Oar is a psych-folk classic, as well as a collector's item, ranking as one of Columbia's lowest-selling albums when it was originally released. This tribute marks the 30th anniversary of Oar's release and features performances from Spence fans as prominent as Robert Plant, Beck, and Tom Waits, and as underground as the Minus Five, Flying Saucer Attack, and Outrageous Cherry.
More Oar explores the folk, country, and rock elements of the original, ranging from Robert Plant's hushed, acoustic "Little Hands" to the smorgasbord of samples on Beck's "Halo Of Gold." Mudhoney's "War in Peace" and Outrageous Cherry's "Keep It All Under Your Hat" deliver straight-up garage-psych, while the Durocs "Margaret Tiger-Rug" and the Ophelias' "Lawrence of Euphoria" explore the vaudevillian side of psychedelia. Flying Saucer Attack and Alistair Galbraith deliver two of the most darkly acid-tinged tracks on the album, "Grey-Afro" and "This Time He Has Come;" the Minus 5's "Doodle" and Diesel Park West's "All Come yo Meet Her" the sunnier side of psychedelia. Though More Oar was intended as a tribute to the landmark album, Spence's death earlier in the year adds even more significance to this heartfelt, eclectic homage. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/5/99, p.66) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "...rises above your standard grab-bag tribute-album fare by evoking his spirit as well as his songs..."
Entertainment Weekly (7/23/99, p.67) - "...a mostly well-chosen lineup of sympathetic performers...turning in strong interpretations....MORE taps into the spirit of OAR - no easy feat..." - Rating: B
The Wire (9/99, p.56) - "...may be the first tribute album where virtually every track is an improvement on the original in terms of coherence, at least, but also in terms of subtlety and grace..."
NME (Magazine) (8/14/99, p.33) - 7 out of 10 - "...[an] inspired an unusually good tribute album....there's a sense that the quality of the songs is being celebrated rather than the myth of the man..."
Disc 1
1 Little Hands
2 Cripple Creek
3 Diana
4 Margaret
5 Weighted Down (The Prison Song)
6 War In Peace
7 Broken Heart
8 All Come To Meet Her
9 Books Of Moses
10 Dixie Peach Promenade
11 Lawrence of Euphoria
12 Grey / Afro
13 This Time He Has Come
14 It's The Best Thing For You
15 Keep Everything Under Your Hat
16 Halo Of Gold
17 Doodle
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