Behind the Magnolia Curtain

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Behind the Magnolia Curtain was recorded at Memphis' Ardent Studios, and issued by Rough Trade in 1981. The lineup was Falco with Alex Chilton and Jim Duckworth alternating on guitars and drums original drummer Ross Johnson had been kicked out just before recording, and bassist Ron Miller. Also on board for four tracks was the Tate County Fife & Drum Corps, which included Abe Young and Jesse Mae Hemphill. The music, simultaneously drenched in and made in reaction to Memphis music history is equal parts primal, early rock & roll, deviant Delta-style blues, and avant-garde art -- played without cynicism. In these songs, completely off-the-rails psychobilly, blues, ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Behind the Magnolia Curtain was recorded at Memphis' Ardent Studios, and issued by Rough Trade in 1981. The lineup was Falco with Alex Chilton and Jim Duckworth alternating on guitars and drums original drummer Ross Johnson had been kicked out just before recording, and bassist Ron Miller. Also on board for four tracks was the Tate County Fife & Drum Corps, which included Abe Young and Jesse Mae Hemphill. The music, simultaneously drenched in and made in reaction to Memphis music history is equal parts primal, early rock & roll, deviant Delta-style blues, and avant-garde art -- played without cynicism. In these songs, completely off-the-rails psychobilly, blues, tangos, wrecked '40s-era tunes, and more often co-exist in the same moment. The sound is dense, the time is elastic if you're looking for a constant rhythm, forget it. This is ramshackle, raw, unholy, and utterly amazing; a timeless classic. It took the band a tad over six hours to record, and you can hear that. It sounds like swampy scraped mud, but somehow Falco's acoustic guitar comes through. The songs are all covers --in those days Falco felt there were too many songs in existence already. While it's true that the Cramps had an aesthetic that seemed similar, on the surface, Falco's Panther Burns was at least as much about conceptual art as it was about music -- this was revealed more in the band's live show. Behind the Magnolia Curtain is one of the great recordings to emerge from the post-punk era and remains the essential Panther Burns document. [In 2012, Fat Possum reissued the album with its follow-up EP, 1982's Blow Your Top, in a deluxe edition entitled Lore & Testament, Vol. 1 Behind the Magnolia Curtain. It contains rare photos and wonderful, lengthy essays by Falco, Miller, and even Johnson.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2012
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 767981126425
  • Catalog Number: 12642
  • Sales rank: 58,357

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come On Little Mama (2:15)
  2. 2 She's the One That's Got It (2:28)
  3. 3 Hey - High School Baby (3:01)
  4. 4 Brazil (3:55)
  5. 5 You're Undecided (2:32)
  6. 6 Ooooee Baby (3:32)
  7. 7 River of Love (2:39)
  8. 8 Snake Drive (3:09)
  9. 9 Blind Man (4:02)
  10. 10 Where the Rio De Rosa Flows (2:55)
  11. 11 Snatch It Back (2:23)
  12. 12 Bourgeois Blues (6:02)
  13. 13 St. Louis Blues (4:55)
  14. 14 Moving On Down the Line (2:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm On This Rocket (2:44)
  2. 2 Pantherman (2:45)
  3. 3 Love is My Business (2:18)
  4. 4 Bertha Lou (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tav Falco & the Panther Burns Primary Artist
Tav Falco Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Alex Chilton Guitar, Drums
Jim Duckworth Guitar, Drums
John Sanders Piano
James Sclavunos Percussion, Background Vocals
Ron Miller Bass, Bass Fiddle
Tate County Miss Drums
Technical Credits
Jerry Reed Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
R.L. Burnside Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tav Falco Liner Notes
John Hampton Engineer
Don Hunerberg Engineer
Mack Self Composer
Adam Kidron Producer
S.K. Russell Composer
Benny Joy Composer
Marvin Moore Composer
Cantrell Composer
A. Barroso Composer
Wells Jr. Composer
Cogswell Composer
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