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Format: CD
Sku: 60554342
UPC: 781484006527
UPC 14: 00781484006527
Release Date: 8/21/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. More Brother Rides ~ Palace Music
2. Viva Ultra ~ Palace Music
3. Brute Choir, The ~ Palace Music
4. Mountain Low, The ~ Palace Music
5. Tonight's Decision (And Hereafter) ~ Palace Music
6. Work Hard/Play Hard ~ Palace Music
7. New Partner ~ Palace Music
8. Cat's Blues ~ Palace Music
9. We All, Us Three, Will Ride ~ Palace Music
10. Old Jerusalem ~ Palace Music

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Palace Music: Will Oldham (vocals, guitar); Bryan Rich (guitar); Liam Hayes (piano, organ); Ned Oldham (bass, slide guitar, background vocals); Jason Loewenstein (drums, background vocals).
Muze PNote Perhaps inspired by producer Steve Albini, Will Oldham turned up the volume on VIVA LAST BLUES, the hardest-rocking album in the Palace canon. Picking up on the thread of the AN ARROW THROUGH THE BITCH EP, Oldham dives headlong into the Neil Young/Crazy Horse sound that's always been a stylistic guidepost to the work of the band.
Muze PNote Surging electric guitar riffs and powerful drums mark the sound of "Work Hard/Play Hard," "Cat's Blues" and others. The downcast folk-poet sound of yore isn't entirely absent though, as evidenced by the touching, romantic ballad "We All, Us Three, Will Ride" and the poignant, countryish "New Partner." A well-balanced album, and one of the finest in the Palace catalog.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/21/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 65
Music Label Name Label : Drag City
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 : 00781484006527

Professional Reviews

Spin (12/95, p.123)
- 8 - Very Good - "...Oldham's tunes are lovely and thorny, a bible-belt punk response to PJ Harvey's brimstone tangos....purer and wilder than any previous Palace outing....Palace leaves lo-fi country the way Elizabeth Taylor leaves husbands--proving one way to do something new is to hunker down and become weirdly, deeply more of what you already are."

Q (9/95, p.118)
- 3 Stars - Good - "...Oldham is sometimes artfully artless, there's coherence to this reworking of the restless spirit of country blues..."

Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67)
- Ranked #30 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year.'

Melody Maker (8/12/95, p.34)
- Recommended - "...the purest country I've heard since the Cowboy Junkies, but as spare as that band were ornate....Albini's production is pivotal...lending their unassuming strummings a powerful presence without requiring them to resort to the risible, c**try-rock, fiddly f***ery of `Comes A Time'..."

NME (Magazine)
(12/23-30/95, pp.22-23)
- Ranked #50 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.

NME (Magazine)
(8/19/95, p.49)
- 8 (out of 10)
- "...[Will Oldham] has expanded his sound--previously shaky, fragmented meta-country--to a richer mix of strafed and plucked guitars, jagged pianos and humming synths....his trademark croaking voice has strengthened....surreal, allusive and crookedly beautiful..."

Uncut (magazine)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "1995's magnificent VIVA LAST BLUES is simply recommended to all. Its medium for the most part a warm and even Stonesy folk-rock..."

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