Ride The Lightning CD (2002)

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Label Allegro Corporation
SKU 60544941
UPC 656605501222
UPC 14 00656605501222
Format CD
Release Date 4/2/2002
Author Marshmallow Coast
Technical Info
Engineer Derek Almstead
Producer Andy Gonzalez; Derek Almstead; Andy Gonzales
CatalogID 12
Lable Name Misra
Released 04/01/1998
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00656605501222
Album Notes and Credits
The Marshmallow Coast: Andy Gonzales, Derek Almstead.
Personnel: Andy Gonzales (vocals, guitar, banjo, melodica, piano, electric piano, keyboards); Dottie (vocals, piano); Derek Almstead (vocals, keyboards, vibraphone, bongos, percussion); Jamie Huggins (drums, percussion); Eric Harris (drums, Theremin).
Audio Mixer: Derek Almstead.
Although sometimes offered as proof of the Elephant 6 conglomerate's incestuous willingness to release anything by someone under their umbrella of psychedelic pop, Andy Gonzalez and his Marshmallow Coast really deserve better. Had they been known as simply another band in the Elephant 6 continuum and not just a band who happens to have nearly the same lineup as Of Montreal, albums like Ride the Lightning would have an easier time getting the respect due to them. That aside, Gonzalez is becoming an incredibly charming and tuneful songwriter, even if he doesn't really have the voice to carry it all off convincingly (of course, that never stopped similar talents like Jonathan Richman). A quirky, if not downright goofy, songwriter, Gonzalez spreads songs about ghosts and reading the newspaper around piano instrumentals and startlingly good acoustic guitar suites. Even more impressive are tracks like "Jebodiah's Restraints," which suggest that Gonzalez has learned a thing or two from watching Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes craft his gloriously twisted melodies, as he emerges with a similarly impressive ear for complex pop songwriting. Overall, an album that establishes Gonzalez as more than a supporting player in the Elephant 6 canon. ~ Matt Fink
Professional Reviews
CMJ (4/15/02, p.11) - "...Gonzales has always been an interesting character, and with RIDE, his music has finally caught up with him..."
Disc 1
1 Classifieds
2 Ghost With Wisdom
3 Darkside Of The Moon
4 Piano Bit 1
5 Oblivion
6 Chameleon
7 Piano Bit 2
8 Haunted Blvds
9 So-And-So's With Emeralds In The Sky
10 Pear, De Lune, A
11 Dee Et Moi
12 Guitar Suite For Little Debbie
13 Piano Bit 3
14 Jebodiah's Restraints

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