45 RPM: The Singles of The The

45 RPM: The Singles of The The

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Matt Johnson's idiosyncratic series of records has been matched over time with an equally in-its-own-place collection of singles, and 45 RPM is a handy and sometimes revelatory compilation of many of Johnson's best moments in his various incarnations. Much of his music can be seen as both of its time and blatantly reacting against it, often resulting in aSee more details below

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Matt Johnson's idiosyncratic series of records has been matched over time with an equally in-its-own-place collection of singles, and 45 RPM is a handy and sometimes revelatory compilation of many of Johnson's best moments in his various incarnations. Much of his music can be seen as both of its time and blatantly reacting against it, often resulting in a fascinating tension that at its best is really distinct music and at its worst can be flailing. Generally speaking it's more the former here, though some songs like "Sweet Bird of Truth," with its all too stiff yupfunk undercarriage not quite letting Johnson's snarling vocal work as it should, don't connect. The highlights, though, are predominant -- the almost winsome jangle of "Uncertain Smile," the vicious lust/AIDS metaphor "Infected," the snarling jump and jaunt of "Armageddon Days (Are Here Again)," and Johnson's most underrated single, "Love Is Stronger Than Death," are four standouts among many. His Hank Williams tribute is only represented by "I Saw the Light," but that alone has to rank as one of the most unique and yet still honestly affectionate covers of that song yet. Both "Uncertain Smile" and the sparkling but still harrowing "Perfect" are the original single cuts, while "This Is the Day" comes from the Disinfected EP and three closing cuts -- an alternate "December Sunlight," "Pillar Box Red," and "Deep Down Truth" -- appear for the first time. The limited-edition two-disc version is the one to hunt down thanks to the contents of that second disc -- eight remixes of various singles (including a couple not on the main disc itself, like "Gravitate to Me"). As good as "Infected" is, it's the 12" version that's the real monster. About the only misstep is the lack of anything from the debut Burning Blue Soul, but hopefully a planned second volume will cover that among other things.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998661127
catalogNumber:
86611

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

The   Primary Artist
David Johansen   Harmonica
Bob Mintzer   Saxophone
Gail Ann Dorsey   Bass Guitar
Anna Domino   Vocals
Matt Johnson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vocals,Melodica,Omnichord
Ambrosian Singers   Vocals
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Dan K. Brown   Bass Guitar
Crispin Cioe   Flute,Saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
James Eller   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Johnny Green   Moog Synthesizer
Earl Harvin   Drums
Steve Hogarth   Piano
Judd Lander   Harmonica
Warne Livesey   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Marr   Background Vocals
Johnny Marr   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Roli Mosimann   Percussion
Tessa Niles   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Palmer   Drums
Eric Schermerhorn   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Chris Whitten   Drums
Gavyn Wright   Leader,Arabian Violin
Zeke Manyika   Vocals,Background Vocals
Geoff Foster   Background Vocals
Louis Jardine   Percussion
Simon Hale   Keyboards,Leader
Spencer Campbell   Bass Guitar
Angela McCluskey   Vocals
John McArthey   Leader
Astarti String Orchestra   Strings
Liz Horsman   Vocals
Brian Macleod   Drums

Technical Credits

Prophets   Contributor
Matt Johnson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Contributor,Remixing,Design Mastering
Clive Langer   Producer
James Eller   Producer
Paul Hardiman   Remixing
Peter Henderson   Engineer
Pete Hofmann   Engineer
Warne Livesey   Arranger,Producer
Roli Mosimann   Programming,Producer
Mike Thorne   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Alan Winstanley   Producer,Engineer
Simon Hale   Arranger
Rev. Andrew Johnson   Artwork
Andy Earl   Cover Photo
Roger Scheepers   Engineer
Fiona Skinner   Artwork,Logo Design
Mark Bishop   Engineer

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