Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008

Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008

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by Drive-By Truckers
     
 

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Eleven years after releasing their first album and eight years after redefining themselves with Southern Rock Opera, the rare concept album whose execution was just as impressive as its ambitions, the Drive-By Truckers have gained a richly deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working and most rewarding rock bands atSee more details below

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Eleven years after releasing their first album and eight years after redefining themselves with Southern Rock Opera, the rare concept album whose execution was just as impressive as its ambitions, the Drive-By Truckers have gained a richly deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working and most rewarding rock bands at work today. Having cranked out five great albums in seven years, they presumably felt bad about not having a new studio effort for 2009, so they've offered fans not one but two time-honored stopgaps -- a live album (actually an installment in New West's Live from Austin, TX series of live discs drawn from the archives of Austin City Limits), and a collection of outtakes and rare tracks. The Fine Print: A Collection of Outtakes and Rarities brings together a dozen songs that, for a variety of reasons, didn't appear on one of the DBTs' albums, including four covers, alternate versions of two tracks, and a few numbers that didn't fit the pattern of the sets for which they were intended. The oddball Christmas tune "Mrs. Claus' Kimono" is the only tune here that was clearly left behind for reasons of quality (it's an amusing novelty but not much more), though "The Great Car Dealer War" has a hard time capturing the sense of menace that permeates The Dirty South, though it tells its story quite well. While the alternate take of "Goode's Field Road" doesn't match the version that later appeared on Brighter Than Creation's Dark, the re-recording of "Uncle Frank" that appears here rescues the song from the band's flawed debut album, and along with "Little Pony and the Great Big Horse" serves as a reminder that Mike Cooley is truly this group's secret weapon as a vocalist and songwriter. Jason Isbell's "TVA" doesn't really need to be seven minutes long, but it's full of brilliant moments, and along with "When the Well Runs Dry," stands as a reminder of how much he brought to the band before departing for a solo career. The cover of Warren Zevon's "Play It All Night Long" sounds as gritty as Zevon was reaching for in his original, and Tom T. Hall's "Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken)" is a brilliant choice for a cover, sounding as sadly pertinent and tragically honest as it did when it was written in the late '60s. And though the world doesn't really need another Bob Dylan cover, the version of "Like a Rolling Stone" that closes this set shows this band full of gifted writers who understand how to approach a great song. Like most odds and ends collections, The Fine Print is uneven and doesn't match the consistent quality of the Drive-By Truckers' usual work, but nearly all of these tracks are too genuinely good to have been left to gather dust, and even the DBTs' scraps can make for a pretty satisfying meal.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2009
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396616923
catalogNumber:
6169
Rank:
60368

Tracks

  1. George Jones Talkin' Cell Phone Blues  -  Drive-By Truckers
  2. Rebels  -  Drive-By Truckers
  3. Uncle Frank  -  Drive-By Truckers
  4. Tva  -  Drive-By Truckers
  5. Goode's Field Road  -  Drive-By Truckers
  6. The Great Car Dealer War  -  Drive-By Truckers
  7. Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken)  -  Drive-By Truckers
  8. When the Well Runs Dry  -  Drive-By Truckers
  9. Mrs. Claus' Kimono  -  Drive-By Truckers
  10. Play It All Night Long  -  Drive-By Truckers
  11. Little Pony and the Great Big Horse  -  Drive-By Truckers
  12. Like a Rolling Stone  -  Drive-By Truckers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drive-By Truckers   Primary Artist
John Neff   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Cooley   Guitar,Vocals
Patterson Hood   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hi String,Vocal Harmony
Jason Isbell   Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Brad Morgan   Drums
Shonna Tucker   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
David Barbe   Producer,Engineer
Kevin Morris   Management
John Neff   Composer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Mike Cooley   Composer
Glenn Schick   Mastering
Patterson Hood   Composer
Wes Freed   Artwork,Paintings
Jason Isbell   Composer
Brad Morgan   Composer
Jimmy Nutt   Engineer
Christine Stauder   Management
Shonna Tucker   Composer

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