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Format: CD
Sku: 60394646
UPC: 098787050325
UPC 14: 00098787050325
Release Date: 3/29/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Desert Skies ~ Beachwood Sparks
2. Ballad Of Never Rider ~ Beachwood Sparks
3. Silver Morning After ~ Beachwood Sparks
4. Singing Butterfly ~ Beachwood Sparks
5. Sister Rose ~ Beachwood Sparks
6. This Is What It Feels Like ~ Beachwood Sparks
7. Canyon Ride ~ Beachwood Sparks
8. Reminder, The ~ Beachwood Sparks
9. Calming Seas, The ~ Beachwood Sparks
10. New Country ~ Beachwood Sparks
11. Something I Don't Recognize ~ Beachwood Sparks
12. Old Sea Miner ~ Beachwood Sparks
13. See, Oh Three ~ Beachwood Sparks
14. Sleeping Butterfly ~ Beachwood Sparks

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Beachwood Sparks: Chris Gunst (vocals, guitar); Dave Scher (slide guitar, keyboards); Brent Rademaker (bass); Aaron Sperske (drums).
Muze PNote Producers: Beachwood Sparks, Michael Deming.
Muze PNote Personnel: Chris Gunst, Dave Scher, Aaron Sperske, Brent Rademaker (vocals).
Muze PNote Recording information: Studio 45.
Muze PNote Photographer: Autumn de Wilde.
Muze PNote No American Gothic frowns here; Beachwood Sparks are a godsend to those music fans who revere the Cosmic Country sound of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, but are put off by the dour indie dirges made by insurgent country acts in Gram Parsons' name. This LA quartet are all about sunny late '60s Cali harmonies, Bakersfield-influenced psychedelic country-pop jams, and a hippie disposition full of cinnamon pedal-steel and cowgirls-under-blue-sky daydreams. By infusing these retro images with a healthy dose of studio-generated post-rock sonics, Beachwood Sparks update Cosmic Americana for the modern age.
Muze PNote The keys to their sound lie in Dave Scher's facility with lap-steel guitar and organ, and in the band's full-bodied harmonies. These elements are constant, whether on a Tex-Mex cowboy jaunt like "Silver Morning After," on which the steel cascades in jamming waves, or on an arena-style power ballad like "The Reminder," where it softly underpins the harmonies. But the band's finest moments are when guitar and organ play off each other in a psychedelic country-pop vortex reminiscent of a more succinct Grateful Dead, as on "This is What It Feels Like," a ready-made soundtrack for a Topeka Canyon day trip.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/21/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SPCD 503
Music Label Name Label : Sub Pop (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00098787050325

Professional Reviews

Q (6/00, p.102)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is the best American rock debut since Outrageous Cherry's eponymous 1st album last century....a '60s-style band that also listens to Beck and the High Llamas..."

Magnet (1-2/01, p.44)
- Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000".

Magnet (4-5/00, p.66)
- "...Picks up the melodies, instrumentation, mutton chops, mother-of-pearl buttons and tassled sleeves of California country/rock, and the jacket fits nicely....It's pretty..."

CMJ (4/00, p.44)
- " extremely laid-back set of alt-country songs that are sometimes shot through with garage-y pep but that just as often bring to mind The Grateful Dead..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(5/00, p.88)
- "...Another lo-fi assemblage of pleasantly unassuming country rock....sounding more like Poco or Sopwith Camel than Buffalo Springfield or the Lovin' Spoonful."

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