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Acoustic [V2 Records]

Acoustic [V2 Records]


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V2 Records' impressive roster helps to fill out this two-disc set of mellow songs from Radiohead, Dido, Badly Drawn Boy, and Coldplay, as well as some well-known acoustic performances from Nick Drake, Jeff


V2 Records' impressive roster helps to fill out this two-disc set of mellow songs from Radiohead, Dido, Badly Drawn Boy, and Coldplay, as well as some well-known acoustic performances from Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, and Simon & Garfunkel. Unlike some sort of massive "Unplugged" session, the compilation acts more like an introduction to acoustic music at the turn of the 21st century, with a handful of classic low-key favorites thrown in here and there. Almost all of the tracks have appeared as album tracks, B-sides, soundtrack selections, on-air performances, or live cuts somewhere else, but that doesn't change the sheer enjoyment of hearing alternate versions of songs that may be all-too familiar in their electric versions. As Radiohead drifts further and further out into electronic experimentation, their stripped-down "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (originally released on The Bends) is all the more intriguing, and Stereophonics' live roll through the Rod Stewart classic "Handbags and Gladrags" is as charmingly boozy and gruff as any of the Faces early recordings. The exceptional Elbow are equally moving in an acoustic setting, as are the songs from Wheat, Doves, I Am Kloot, and relative newcomer Tom McRae. Sticklers out there may object that Mercury Rev's fully orchestrated "The Dark Is Rising" and Beth Orton's electronic blip-filled "Central Reservation" are hardly textbook examples of the word "acoustic," but their lush sounds provide good contrast to the warm and intimate selections surrounding them. In a market that is glutted with electronic "Chillout" records, it is warmly refreshing to hear some authentically chilled-out performances whose intimate looseness is far more at ease than any downbeat compilation in recent memory.

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Echo Uk Import


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Drake   Track Performer
Big Star   Track Performer
Everything But the Girl   Track Performer
Jools Holland   Track Performer
Simon & Garfunkel   Track Performer
Doves   Track Performer
Mercury Rev   Track Performer
Radiohead   Track Performer
Jeff Buckley   Track Performer
David Gray   Track Performer
Paul Weller   Track Performer
Beth Orton   Track Performer
Eva Cassidy   Track Performer
Quinn   Track Performer
Grandaddy   Track Performer
Muki   Track Performer
Wheat   Track Performer
Anthony Christmas   Drums
Faultline   Keyboards
Badly Drawn Boy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vibes
Coldplay   Track Performer
I Am Kloot   Track Performer
Elbow   Track Performer
Ben Christophers   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Sophie Baxter   Vocals
Grand Drive   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Martyn   Composer,Producer
Chris Bell   Composer
Alex Chilton   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Producer
Paul Simon   Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Aimee Mann   Producer
Mark Brydon   Engineer
Dido   Producer
Dave Fridmann   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Roy Halee   Producer
Tim Holmes   Producer
Michael Hunter   Engineer
Laurie Latham   Producer
John Leckie   Producer,Engineer
Gil Norton   Producer
Rick Nowels   Producer
Andy Wallace   Producer
Ben Watt   Producer,Engineer
Darren Woodford   Concept
Nigel Godrich   Engineer
Peter Norris   Producer
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
Moloko   Producer
Chris Allison   Producer,Engineer
Spek   Producer
Morcheeba   Producer
Paul Godfrey   Composer
Ross Godfrey   Composer
Feeder   Arranger,Producer
Stereophonics   Producer
Skye Edwards   Composer
Dave McCracken   Producer
Thom Yorke   Composer
Matthew Sime   Engineer
Julie Daniels   Producer
Nic Moran   Concept
Grant Nicholas   Producer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Faultline   Producer
Badly Drawn Boy   Producer
Kings of Convenience   Producer
Guy Garvey   Producer
Lestyn   Programming,Engineer
Away Team   Producer,Engineer
Chris Martin   Composer
Ed Harcourt   Producer
Jason Lytle   Producer
Mundo   Producer,Remixing
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Tom McRae   Producer
Turin Brakes   Producer
Ben Christophers   Producer
Ben Hiller   Producer,Engineer
McClune   Producer
Pete Mason   Executive Producer
Seamus Fenton   Engineer
Andy Hargreaves   Contributor
Rollo Armstrong   Composer
Arnold Bramwell   Contributor
Bal Cooke   Producer
Mike Cave   Pro-Tools
Tony Marrison   Producer
Chris Browne   Engineer
Andrew Jones   Engineer
Martin O'Donnell   Concept
Peter Jobson   Contributor

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