Backyard BBQ Broadcast [25th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Having hooked up with Imago for Glum, and then just as quickly leaving the major-label world -- it didn't help any that Imago itself went bust a little while later -- Giant Sand kept things simple for its follow-up release. Taking its name from the fact that, indeed, part of it was recorded at a benefit show for New Jersey's WFMU held in a backyard with a barbecue, Backyard Barbecue Broadcast also contains numbers from another session done at the station the following year. With the trio accompanied by extra guitarists at each session Bill Elm and, on the latter session only, Mike Semple, Giant Sand make their way through a series of interesting cuts, most of which hadn't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Having hooked up with Imago for Glum, and then just as quickly leaving the major-label world -- it didn't help any that Imago itself went bust a little while later -- Giant Sand kept things simple for its follow-up release. Taking its name from the fact that, indeed, part of it was recorded at a benefit show for New Jersey's WFMU held in a backyard with a barbecue, Backyard Barbecue Broadcast also contains numbers from another session done at the station the following year. With the trio accompanied by extra guitarists at each session Bill Elm and, on the latter session only, Mike Semple, Giant Sand make their way through a series of interesting cuts, most of which hadn't been formally released by the band and still haven't, for that matter. Notably, two songs crop up here which Bill Elm, John Convertino, and Joey Burns later redid with Howe Gelb's help under their Friends of Dean Martinez guise. Both are covers -- Charles Trénet's classic boulevardier song "I Wish You Love" and Santo & Johnny's "Seashells." Otherwise, Gelb compositions are featured, with the songs performed at the actual BBQ itself mastered on the CD as one overall track. Whether intentionally or not, the brief bits between the songs are filled in with lower-fidelity bits from the band -- odd, but it doesn't really distract. Gelb's vocals sound more than a little thrashed on the BBQ cuts, but he still keeps things going pretty well, while the band performances themselves call to mind the Purge & Slouch sessions, though with a little more overall focus. The songs from the other session make for good listening as well, the piano-led "Lean" in particular being a winner, balancing off a slow pace with looming feedback twang that bursts forth fully every so often. A semi-unlisted track from a 1993 New York station broadcast, "Rolling Stones I Am," ends the disc with a bit of straight blues-rock and another singer, one Ms. Hot Dog. ["Yer Ropes" and the aforementioned "Rolling Stones I Am" are listed as bonus tracks on the 2011 reissue on Fire.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • Label: Fire Records
  • UPC: 809236117724
  • Catalog Number: 177
  • Sales rank: 244,057

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Giant Sand Primary Artist
Joey Burns Bass, spanish guitar
John Convertino Drums
Bill Elm Pedal Steel Guitar
Howe Gelb Electric Piano, Vocals, Guitar (Nylon String)
Mike Semple Guitar
Technical Credits
Charles Trénet Composer
Nicholas Hill Producer
Howe Gelb Composer, Liner Notes
Justin Luchter Mastering
Farina Composer
Jim Blackwood Remastering
James Nicholls Package Concept
Irene Trudell Engineer
John Foster Sleeve Design
Some Sand Producer
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