Crickets: Best of the Fading Captain Series 1999-2007

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Determined as ever to retain his reputation as the most prolific man in indie rock, in 1999 Robert Pollard launched his ongoing series of Fading Captain record releases (most issued through his own Rockathon label), which gave him a platform for his many side projects outside Guided by Voices as well as material considered too esoteric for his "real" albums. The Fading Captain series eventually accumulated 48 releases before Pollard opted to pull the plug in 2007 (three years after Pollard dissolved GBV to launch a solo career), with the anthology Crickets drawing the serial to a close. Crickets is a two-CD set that collects 50 tunes from the various Fading Captain singles,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Determined as ever to retain his reputation as the most prolific man in indie rock, in 1999 Robert Pollard launched his ongoing series of Fading Captain record releases (most issued through his own Rockathon label), which gave him a platform for his many side projects outside Guided by Voices as well as material considered too esoteric for his "real" albums. The Fading Captain series eventually accumulated 48 releases before Pollard opted to pull the plug in 2007 (three years after Pollard dissolved GBV to launch a solo career), with the anthology Crickets drawing the serial to a close. Crickets is a two-CD set that collects 50 tunes from the various Fading Captain singles, EPs, and albums, along with six unreleased tracks, so even completists will feel compelled to pick this up. Since product overkill is a way of life for Pollard, Crickets would seemingly be welcome as a way of gleaning the high points from a large pool of fairly obscure work, but one thing that becomes clear to anyone familiar with Pollard's music is that he was shrewd enough to save his best songs for his higher-profile albums, and though there are some excellent pop songs present and nothing here slips below a respectable B-minus, a lot of this stuff sounds awfully similar after a while. Since Pollard also used the Fading Captain releases as a forum for his more off-kilter work, plenty of songs here revel in their own eccentricities -- sound effects, droning guitars, sloppiness even by GBV standards -- and though some of them display a certain charm, more often the extraneous stuff just takes the focus away from the melodies that make Pollard's best work memorable. And while Pollard's top-shelf music rocks hard, too much of Crickets simply meanders. The Fading Captain releases were records intended for hardcore Robert Pollard fans, and Crickets doesn't do much to convince more casual observers that there's buried treasure here to be found in them, since this lacks the cohesion and charge of even the lesser GBV albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Recordhead Records
  • UPC: 802685009923
  • Catalog Number: 99
  • Sales rank: 247,945

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tight Globes - Doug Gillard (3:07)
  2. 2 Total Exposure - Airport 5 (4:07)
  3. 3 Death of the Party - Keene Brothers (3:14)
  4. 4 Festival of Death - Circus Devils (1:33)
  5. 5 Break Some Concentration - Psycho & the Birds (1:59)
  6. 6 Beaten by the Target - The Moping Swans (3:16)
  7. 7 Built to Improve (2:47)
  8. 8 Flings of the Waistcoat Crowd (1:42)
  9. 9 Never Forget Where You Get Them - Go Back Snowball (3:31)
  10. 10 Stifled Man Casino - Airport 5 (3:20)
  11. 11 Bull Spears - Circus Devils (1:50)
  12. 12 White Gloves Come Off (2:27)
  13. 13 Time Machines - Lexo and the Leapers (2:16)
  14. 14 Alone, Stinking and Unafraid - Lexo and the Leapers (3:38)
  15. 15 Sensational Gravity Boy - Freedom Cruise (1:42)
  16. 16 Dolphins of Color - Circus Devils (2:47)
  17. 17 Fairly Blacking Out - Takeovers (3:18)
  18. 18 The Naked Wall - Keene Brothers (3:51)
  19. 19 Do Something Real - Doug Gillard (2:55)
  20. 20 It Is Divine - Go Back Snowball (3:43)
  21. 21 I'm Dirty - Howling Wolf Orchestra (2:15)
  22. 22 However Young They Are - Airport 5 (2:37)
  23. 23 Look at Your Life - The Moping Swans (3:52)
  24. 24 Harrison Adams (4:59)
  25. 25 All Men Are Freezing (2:14)
  26. 26 Sister I Need Wine - Guided by Voices (1:59)
  27. 27 I'm Gonna Miss My Horse - Ellsworth Pollard (3:04)
  28. 28 Butcherman - Psycho (1:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Zoom (It Happens All Over the World) (2:23)
  2. 2 First of an Early Go-Getter - Lifeguards (4:22)
  3. 3 Correcto - Circus Devils (1:59)
  4. 4 Pop Zeus - Doug Gillard (2:28)
  5. 5 First Spill Is Free - Takeovers (1:51)
  6. 6 Instrument Beetle - Robert Pollard & His Soft Rock Renegades (7:02)
  7. 7 Bunco Men - Elf God (2:22)
  8. 8 Selective Service - Guided by Voices (1:54)
  9. 9 Soldiers of June - Circus Devils (1:38)
  10. 10 Remain Lodging (At Airport 5) - Airport 5 (3:43)
  11. 11 Island of Lost Lucys - Keene Brothers (2:34)
  12. 12 Feathering Clueless (The Exotic Freebird) - Airport 5 (3:01)
  13. 13 Suffer the Sun - Psycho & the Birds (2:03)
  14. 14 The Vault of Moons (3:53)
  15. 15 Trial of Affliction and Light Sleeping (2:27)
  16. 16 Children Come On (1:27)
  17. 17 (No) Hell for Humor - Circus Devils (1:06)
  18. 18 Society Dome - Lifeguards (3:58)
  19. 19 7th Level Shutdown - Robert Pollard & His Soft Rock Renegades (3:19)
  20. 20 Her Noise - Circus Devils (2:01)
  21. 21 Dumbluck Systems Stormfront - Go Back Snowball (4:10)
  22. 22 Frequent Weaver Who Burns - Doug Gillard (2:50)
  23. 23 Town of Mirrors (3:12)
  24. 24 Powerblessings (1:54)
  25. 25 Island Crimes (3:47)
  26. 26 Lugnut Blues - Alien Mofo (2:52)
  27. 27 You've Taken Me In - Little Bobby Pop (2:11)
  28. 28 The Power of Suck - Radiation Feeder (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Pollard Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Maracas, Vocals
Tommy Keene Guitar, Keyboards
John Richardson Drums
Chris Slusarenko Bass
Tim Tobias Bass, Guitar
Tobin Sprout Guitar, Background Vocals, Human Whistle
Jim MacPherson Drums
Greg Demos Bass, Guitar
Kevin March Drums, Background Vocals
Jim Pollard Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Doug Gillard Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Dave Philips Guitar
Jason Narducy Bass
Mitch Mitchell Bass
Jon Wurster Drums
Nate Farley Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Larry Keller Drums
Gale Bonham Guitar
R. Walt Vincent Piano
Tony Conley Guitar
Bruce Horner Choir, Chorus
Jay Madewell Drums
Matt Davis Choir, Chorus
Mike Lipps Choir, Chorus
Todd Tobias Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Noise
Jon McCann Drums
Technical Credits
Anacrusis Contributor
Ric Ocasek Producer
Tommy Keene Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Kevin Fennell Contributor
Jim O'Rourke Contributor
Chris Slusarenko Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Bruce Willie Smith Contributor
Nick Kizirnis Contributor
John Shough Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Tobin Sprout Instrumentation
Robert Pollard Composer, Producer, Engineer, Artwork, Collage, Cover Collage
Pete Jamison Contributor
Mac McCaughan Instrumentation
Eric Payton Contributor
Don Thrasher Contributor
Dan Toohey Contributor
Steve Wilbur Contributor
Rob Phillips Contributor
Dave Swanson Contributor
John Petkovic Contributor
Doug Gillard Engineer, Instrumentation
Steve Hathaway Producer, Engineer
Paul Comstock Contributor
Don Depew Contributor
Johnny Strange Contributor
Charlie Campbell Producer, Engineer
Jim Greer Contributor
Mitch Swann Contributor
Tony Conley Engineer
Wayne Hartman Producer
Rich Turiel Collage
Todd Tobias Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation
Mike Jueneman Booklet Design
Wendell Napier Contributor
Pollard Brothers Producer
Tasties Contributor
Brian Berg Producer, Engineer
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