1984-1986: The A&M Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When the Swimming Pool Q's jumped to the big leagues in 1984, it was not yet certain that there was serious money to be made on American college radio but the success of R.E.M.'s Murmur suggested that there might be. And so began the strange saga of the Swimming Pool Q's, whose earliest music was nervy, quirky collegiate rock and their major-label albums, collected here on the double-disc 1984-1985: The A&M Years, often seemed surprisingly slick, sounding either like a cleaned-up R.E.M. or a gussied-up version of X. Of the two, the 1984 eponymous album is a cleaner, tighter listen, sounding a bit like jangle pop produced so it was actually pop. Its 1986 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When the Swimming Pool Q's jumped to the big leagues in 1984, it was not yet certain that there was serious money to be made on American college radio but the success of R.E.M.'s Murmur suggested that there might be. And so began the strange saga of the Swimming Pool Q's, whose earliest music was nervy, quirky collegiate rock and their major-label albums, collected here on the double-disc 1984-1985: The A&M Years, often seemed surprisingly slick, sounding either like a cleaned-up R.E.M. or a gussied-up version of X. Of the two, the 1984 eponymous album is a cleaner, tighter listen, sounding a bit like jangle pop produced so it was actually pop. Its 1986 successor, Blue Tomorrow, made commercial concessions, particularly in its cavernous production -- it is open without being driven by a forceful rhythm section, the opposite of Lifes Rich Pageant -- but they still had their off-kilter Southern weirdness. At the time, neither the mainstream nor the college rock audience were entirely satisfied by the band -- they had a cult following but not a large one, and they certainly didn't cross over -- but in this nice double-disc retrospective, those awkward quirks make for some endearing nostalgia. [For hardcore fans, there is an edition that contains an extra disc of rarities plus a DVD of rare live footage and videos.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • UPC: 602537222407
  • Catalog Number: 72224

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Swimming Pool Q's Primary Artist
Anne Richmond Boston Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Jeff Calder Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Electric Dulcimer, Group Member
Bob Elsey Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Sitar, Electric Autoharp, Group Member
J.E. Garnett Bass, Group Member
Billy Burton Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Bells, Electric Drums, Shaker
Bill Burton Group Member
Technical Credits
Anne Richmond Boston Art Direction, Concept, Cover Design
Glenn Phillips Arranger, Composer
Swimming Pool Q's Composer
Jeff Gold Art Direction
David Anderle Producer
Denis Blackham Mastering
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jeff Calder Composer, Reissue Executive Producer
Ron Cristopher Source Material
Bob Elsey Composer
J.E. Garnett Composer
Mike Howlett Producer, Sequencing Programmer
Rodney Mills Remastering
Glenn Morrow Composer
Greg Quesnel Engineer
Ed Stasium Engineer
Billy Burton Composer
John Eder Reissue Photography
Geoffrey Himes Liner Notes
Richard Frankel Art Direction
Marty Kearns keyboard arrangements
Lisa King Media Consultant
Ash Arnett Packaging, Reissue Design, Reissue Executive Producer
Howard Weinstein Mastering
Gene Zacharewicz Marketing
Charlie Brusco Direction
Howard Tucker Producer
Bill Burton Creation
Glenn Bewley Reissue Photography
Jerry Stine Producer
Irma Chisolm Legal Advisor
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