Five Men in a Hut: Singles 1998-2004

Five Men in a Hut: Singles 1998-2004

by Gomez
     
 

Five Men in a Hut is basically the final roundup for Gomez's Hut/Virgin years, but it's a positive boon for fans, especially in the U.S. In the U.K., each Gomez album had at least a few associated singles, but they never got the same treatment stateside. Since each album had a certain specific "sound" to it, one can see how some of theseSee more details below

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Five Men in a Hut is basically the final roundup for Gomez's Hut/Virgin years, but it's a positive boon for fans, especially in the U.S. In the U.K., each Gomez album had at least a few associated singles, but they never got the same treatment stateside. Since each album had a certain specific "sound" to it, one can see how some of these songs wouldn't have fit with the album they were recorded with, but the B-sides were hardly throwaways. In fact, the B-sides were often excellent and allowed the band to try different things and stretch out a bit. Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline gathered a few of these tracks, but more than half of Five Men in a Hut is comprised of B-sides (and two previously unreleased tunes) so ultimately all the A's and B's of many of these singles are now readily available. Each disc of this set is packed with music; it would have been difficult to include much more. Highlights include the country-ish "Tanglin'," "Best in Town," and the hilarious "Dire Tribe." There's a wonderful cover of Charley Patton's "Mississippi Boll Weevil Blues" and they put a horn section to good use on "Chicken Bones." "Air Hostess Song" borders on electronica, as does the vocodered "ZYX." Since each album was different from the others, it's really interesting to hear all the different Gomez sounds together on the same album. This would make an excellent introduction to the band, but it's at least as exciting for the longtime fan (if not more so) since more than half of this material has been difficult if not impossible to track down. Ultimately, excluding the alternate mixes of album tracks and live cuts that weren't included here, there are only seven remaining songs that exist only on singles. Songs like "Who's Gonna Go to the Bar," the epic, sprawling "Gomez in a Bucket," and the vinyl-only "Wham Bam" will apparently remain unavailable, but Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline and Five Men in a Hut together will satisfy all but the most rabid Gomez collector. Five Men in a Hut is a great summation of this fantastic band's early years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0094637206126
catalogNumber:
72061
Rank:
180346

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Whippin' Piccadilly  -  Gomez
  2. Best in the Town  -  Gomez
  3. Catch Me Up  -  Gomez
  4. Ping One Down  -  Gomez
  5. Tanglin'  -  Gomez
  6. Bring It On  -  Gomez
  7. Champagne for Monkeys  -  Gomez
  8. Zyx  -  Gomez
  9. Step Inside  -  Gomez
  10. Blind  -  Gomez
  11. Pop Juice  -  Gomez
  12. 78 Stone Wobble  -  Gomez
  13. Royalty  -  Gomez
  14. Old School Shirt  -  Gomez
  15. Air-Hostess Song  -  Gomez
  16. Sweet Virginia  -  Gomez
  17. Mississippi Boweevil Blues  -  Gomez
  18. Old China  -  Gomez

Disc 2

  1. Rhythm and Blues Alibi  -  Gomez
  2. Silhouettes  -  Gomez
  3. Silence  -  Gomez
  4. Butterfly  -  Gomez
  5. Get Myself Arrested  -  Gomez
  6. Dire Tribe  -  Gomez
  7. We Haven't Turned Around  -  Gomez
  8. So  -  Gomez
  9. Shot Shot  -  Gomez
  10. Chicken Bones  -  Gomez
  11. Flight  -  Gomez
  12. Pick Up the Pieces  -  Gomez
  13. Big Man  -  Gomez
  14. Sound of Sound  -  Gomez
  15. Pussyfootin'  -  Gomez
  16. Coltrane  -  Gomez
  17. M57  -  Gomez
  18. Diskoloadout  -  Gomez

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gomez   Primary Artist
Tony "Gad" Robinson   Trumpet,Valve Trombone,Brass
Ken Nelson   Guitar
Dajon Everett   Percussion,Celeste,Drums
Steve Fellows   Guitar
Tony Looby   Alto Saxophone
Naomi Radom   Violin
Nick Wales   Viola
Susie Wright   Saxophone
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Charley Patton   Composer
David Boyd   Liner Notes
Tony "Gad" Robinson   Digital Editing
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Ken Nelson   Engineer,Audio Production
Gomez   Producer,Engineer
Frank Arkwright   Mastering
Paul Hicks   Engineer
Claire Lewis   Programming,Engineer
Ben Ottewell   Composer
Tom Gray   Composer
Paul Blackburn   Composer
Olly Peacock   Composer
Ian Ball   Composer
Scott Minshall   Artwork
Naomi Radom   String Arrangements
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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