Drag It Up [Deluxe Edition]

Drag It Up [Deluxe Edition]

by Old 97's
     
 

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"You're a bottle cap away from pushin' me too far," sings Rhett Miller on the title track of Old 97's' Drag It Up, and those who hold the band near and dear to their hearts will be overjoyed to hear that the album just gets more heartbroken after that. "Won't Be Home" is a headfirst leap into the group's trademark sound -- with a fierySee more details below

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"You're a bottle cap away from pushin' me too far," sings Rhett Miller on the title track of Old 97's' Drag It Up, and those who hold the band near and dear to their hearts will be overjoyed to hear that the album just gets more heartbroken after that. "Won't Be Home" is a headfirst leap into the group's trademark sound -- with a fiery blast of Ken Bethea's Telecaster and a dirty stumble from Philip Peeples' kit, the first song rips through Miller's familiar croon buoyed by bassist Murry Hammond's bright harmonies. This earthy return to form will be welcomed by those who thought their last album, Satellite Rides, and Miller's solo excursion were too slick, and if anything, it seems as though the boys took special care to keep some raw edges on the recording. On the rock numbers, Bethea's guitar frequently bursts beautifully into the red, tearing holes in the already volatile structure of the song, and on occasion, the drums mischievously threaten to rattle the whole train off the tracks, but like the hero in an old kinetoscope, the whole band swoops down in the nick of time to rescue the damsel tied to the tracks. A handful of the songs are rumored to be from a Ranchero Brothers album that Miller and Hammond have been threatening to complete for years, and a few of the more straightforward countrified numbers, like "Blinding Sheets of Rain," "Bloomington," and the breathy "In the Satellite Rides a Star," are likely candidates. Ken Bethea offers his lead vocals for the first time on the slightly goofy but engaging Tex-Mex shuffle "Coahuila," which may not fit exactly in the round hole of the album, but offers a light smile amidst the bombast and heartbreak of the rest of the songs. Drag It Up culminates in a sparse and haunting ode to an Austin pal who was killed by a drunk driver, and while a "tribute" song could induce eye-rolling and saccharine gagging, Old 97's keep it simple and heartfelt, and it ends the evening perfectly. Overall, through the last decade it seems as though Old 97's haven't lost a whit of their spark, and while they may have traded in some of their youthful punk rock spastic enthusiasm, they've replaced it with a world-wise wit and a smart approach to how a rock & roll record should be made in 2004. Their sly references and sad-sack tales might sound alternately cocky or corny if they didn't back up their words with a strong right hook and a pawn-shop handkerchief to wipe away the tears, and as the album is "gettin' smaller in the rear-view mirror," the first impulse is to turn the car around and drive right back through the whole thing again. [The album was reissued in a deluxe version in 2012, with four live tracks added to the CD and a DVD that includes video of the 2004 performance the live tracks are taken from, a 12-minute long documentary, and the video for "In the Satellite Rides a Star."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396625826
catalogNumber:
6258
Rank:
130556

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Old 97's   Primary Artist
Rhett Miller   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Murry Hammond   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Shaker
Ken Bethea   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Philip Peeples   Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Shaker
Craig Packham   Tambourine
Mitch Manker   Trumpet
Archie Thompson   Piano

Technical Credits

Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Jon Fine   Camera Operator
Danny Goldberg   Management
Peter Jesperson   Reissue Producer
Joel Bluestein   Engineer
Old 97's   Composer
Kevin French   Booking
Mark Neill   Producer,Engineer
Clark Vogeler   Director,Producer
Brady Brock   Publicity
Gary Briggs   Producer
Traci Goudie   Artwork
Paul Moore   Reissue Design
Jesse Bauer   Management
Michael Ruthig   Producer,Executive Producer
Brandon Trost   Producer,Cinematography
Amanda Hale-Ornelas   Publicity
Justin Barclay   Authoring
Jeff Richter   Camera Operator
Andy Mendelsohn   Producer
Chuck Ozeas   Camera Operator
Mark Johnson   Camera Operator
Doug Biro   Director,Producer,Camera Operator
George Mays   Camera Operator
Alan Deutsch   Camera Operator
Zachary Mortensen   Producer
Keven McAlester   Director,Producer
Robbie Knauss   Camera Operator
Sarah Hepola   Liner Notes

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