Beautiful Lies You Could Live In

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Released in 1971, Beautiful Lies You Could Live In was the final release of Tom Rapp guitar/vocals and Pearls Before Swine. This discounts the 1972 LP Familiar Songs, which was compiled from scraps by Reprise Records and put out as a solo Rapp effort despite protests from Rapp, who has all but disowned it. Unlike the previous pair of PBS Nashville outings, the band -- whose core had been condensed to only Rapp and wife Elisabeth vocals -- had returned to New York and a new set of backing musicians, notably former Mothers of Invention member Billy Mundi drums, Stu Scharf guitar, Bob Dorough piano, Grady Tate drums, and Amos Garrett guitar, among others. Rapp's originals ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Released in 1971, Beautiful Lies You Could Live In was the final release of Tom Rapp guitar/vocals and Pearls Before Swine. This discounts the 1972 LP Familiar Songs, which was compiled from scraps by Reprise Records and put out as a solo Rapp effort despite protests from Rapp, who has all but disowned it. Unlike the previous pair of PBS Nashville outings, the band -- whose core had been condensed to only Rapp and wife Elisabeth vocals -- had returned to New York and a new set of backing musicians, notably former Mothers of Invention member Billy Mundi drums, Stu Scharf guitar, Bob Dorough piano, Grady Tate drums, and Amos Garrett guitar, among others. Rapp's originals continue to reflect his distinctively personal and poignant folk-rock style, apparent on the starkly introverted and haunting "She's Gone" and the Baroque-tinged opener, "Snow Queen." This is contrasted by the laid-back rural "A Life," highlighting Rapp and Elisabeth's tight harmonies, as well as the midtempo narrative "Simple Things." However, it is the cover of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire" that may garner the most spins. The plaintive lyrics are swaddled in a homey waltz arrangement, capturing the spirit of the piece like few readings have done. The succinct "Epitaph" concludes the album, and is marked by a rare lead vocal from Elisabeth, who set A.E. Housman's "Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries" to a beautifully mysterious melody that lingers long after the tune has stopped. It is likewise a fitting way to have ended Pearls Before Swine, as Rapp retired the moniker prior to recording Stardancer for Blue Thumb the following year. In 2003, Beautiful Lies You Could Live In was included as part of the four-volume Jewels Were the Stars compendium, anthologizing their final era and output.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Water
  • UPC: 646315711424
  • Catalog Number: 114

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snow Queen (4:00)
  2. 2 A Life (2:57)
  3. 3 Butterflies (2:46)
  4. 4 Simple Things (2:55)
  5. 5 Everybody's Got Pain (2:47)
  6. 6 Bird on a Wire (3:33)
  7. 7 Island Lady (4:01)
  8. 8 Come to Me (2:57)
  9. 9 Freedom (3:03)
  10. 10 She's Gone (2:11)
  11. 11 Epitaph (1:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearls Before Swine Primary Artist
Bob Dorough Piano
Grady Tate Drums
Amos Garrett Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tom Rapp Guitar, Vocals
Morris Brown Bass
Steve Grable Piano, Keyboards
Gordon Hayes Bass
Gerald Jemmott Bass
Michael Krawitz Piano
Herb Lovelle Drums
Billy Mundi Drums
Stuart Scharf Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jon Tooker Guitar
Elisabeth Vocals
Robby Merkin Organ, Piano
Gerry Jermott Bass
Technical Credits
Tom Rapp Composer
Jim Rooney Engineer
Steve Grable Programming
Mark Henry Harman Engineer
Joe Phillips Liner Notes
Peter H. Edmiston Producer
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
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