Besterberg:best Of Paul Westerberg CD (2005)

Artist: Paul Westerberg

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 63978335
UPC 081227464622
UPC 14 00081227464622
Format CD
Release Date 5/17/2005
Author Paul Westerberg
Associated Artist/Work Grandpaboy
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Artist Influence Alex Chilton
Artist Influence Big Star
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Cheap Trick
Artist Influence Elvis Costello
Artist Influence Faces
Artist Influence Fleetwood Mac
Artist Influence Jackson Browne
Artist Influence Johnny Thunders
Artist Influence The Only Ones
Artist Influence The Rolling Stones
Artist Influence Tom Petty
Artist Contemporary Alex Sniderman
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Artist Follower Brendan Benson
Artist Follower Bright Eyes
Artist Follower Deathray
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Artist Follower Jesse Malin
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Artist Follower Ryan Adams
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Technical Info
Producer Paul Westerberg; Scott Litt; Matt Wallace; Brendan O'Brien; Don Was; Lou Giordano; Paul Westerberg; Scott Litt; Matt Wallace; Brendan O'Brien; Don Was; Paul Westerberg (Compilation); Mason Williams (Compilation); Darren Hill (Compilation)
CatalogID 8122746462
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 05/17/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227464622
Album Notes and Credits
Includes 3 previously unreleased tracks.
Personnel: Paul Westerberg (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, melodica, piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Paul Westerberg (bass guitar); Brendan O'Brien (guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass guitar); Luther Covington (guitar); Rick Price (mandolin, bass guitar, background vocals); Don Was (acoustic bass, double bass); John Pierce , Keith Christopher (bass guitar); Henry Twiddle (drums); Elrod Puce (maracas, triangle, hand claps, background vocals); Charmony Brothers (background vocals); Suzie Katayama (cello, accordion); Benmont Tench (keyboards); Josh Freese, Michael Urbano (drums, percussion); Josh Kelly (drums, background vocals); Brian Macleod , Kenny Aronoff (drums); Matt Wallace (percussion, background vocals); Michael Bland (percussion).
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Photographers: Hayley Madden; Jim Steinfeldt; Frank Okenfels; Miranda Penn Turin; Kristin Callahan; Ron Pownall.
Destined to live in the shadow of his former band, the legendary Replacements, Minnesota singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg remained undaunted in embarking on his solo career in the early 1990s. While a number of initial Westerberg singles wouldn't have sounded out of place on the last few Replacements albums--most notably the pop-perfect "Dyslexic Heart" and the Stonesy "Knockin on Mine"--later efforts revealed a different approach. On the spare, emotive "It's a Wonderful Lie" and his aching rendition of the Beatles' "Nowhere Man," Westerberg dispenses with percussion entirely, while on "Let the Bad Times Roll" and "What a Day (For a Night)," he handles most instruments (including drums) himself, for a charmingly ramshackle effect. The cheekily named collection BESTERBERG features all of the aforementioned songs, along with a handful of non-album tracks. Fans will enjoy Westerberg's wry song commentary in the liner notes ("at this rate a hit song would embarrass me"), and newcomers will find an ideal starting point for exploring his underrated solo outings.
Artist Overview
As the frontman of Minneapolis's beloved Replacements, Paul Westerberg gave voice to thousands of frustrated and restless young people with his boozy anthems and bruised laments. While he'll forever be associated with the 'Mats, Westerberg's solo career, which began with a pair of songs on the SINGLES soundtrack, has been as long and prolific as the Replacements'. Musically, his solo material is still rooted in the power pop and classic rock radio that marked the 'Mats at their best; however, there is a maturity and sense of self-understanding present in his songs that can come only from years of traveling music's hard-luck roads.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.129) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he addition of three unreleased rarities makes this essential."
Disc 1
1 Dyslexic Heart
2 Knockin On Mine
3 World Class Fad
4 Runaway Wind
5 Things
6 Seein' Her
7 Man Without Ties
8 Star Is Bored, A
9 Stain Yer Blood
10 Love Untold
11 Once Around The Weekend - (alternate mix, previously unreleased)
12 Angels Walk
13 It's A Wonderful Lie
14 Lookin' Out Forever
15 Nowhere Man
16 High Time
17 Let The Bad Times Roll
18 What A Day (For A Night)
19 All That I Had - (previously unreleased)
20 C'mon, C'mon, C'mon - (previously unreleased)

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