For the Dead in Space, Vols. 2 & 3

For the Dead in Space, Vols. 2 & 3

     
 

Even given that Tom Rapp is one of the more celebrated cult rock figures owing to his recordings both on his own and as the figurehead of Pearls Before Swine, it still comes as something of a surprise to find a full double-CD tribute album of Rapp covers. It's not that much of a surprise that most of the artists on the compilation…  See more details below

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Even given that Tom Rapp is one of the more celebrated cult rock figures owing to his recordings both on his own and as the figurehead of Pearls Before Swine, it still comes as something of a surprise to find a full double-CD tribute album of Rapp covers. It's not that much of a surprise that most of the artists on the compilation are far more obscure than even Rapp, with a few exceptions like Thurston Moore and Mike Watt (who recorded "Fourth Day of July" together), Alastair Galbraith, and Bardo Pond. Some of Rapp's better-known songs are interpreted, such as "These Things Too," "Rocket Man," "Uncle John," and "Sail Away," though as is almost inevitable on a record with covers of 27 different Rapp tunes, some of them may be obscure even to fans of the songwriter. The mood is largely in keeping with Rapp's original vision -- gentle, eccentric acid folk with streaks of mysticism, aggression, and poetic whimsy, though in keeping with most tribute projects, they modernize the arrangements without challenging the quality or distinction of the originals. It's not all updated psych-folk: Moore and Watt's "Fourth Day of July" is pretty straightforward aggressive rock and Gentle Tasaday's "Snow Queen" has a gothic drone, though it's hard to imagine many Rapp/Pearls Before Swine fans jumping for joy at Aspera's electronic dance-rock treatment of "These Things Too." The collection adds a nice bonus in the form of an actual 1967 track by Rapp himself, "Translucent Carriages," which is a different version than the one released on Pearls Before Swine's Balaklava album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2005
Label:
Secret Eye Records
UPC:
0747014475126
catalogNumber:
5

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ballad to Amber Lady  - Marissa Nadler
  2. Suojelusenkeli
  3. Blind River
  4. Uncle John  -  Bardo Pond
  5. Aquarium Poppers
  6. Snow Queen  -  Gentle Tasaday
  7. Regions of May
  8. When I Was a Child  - Makoto Kawabata
  9. Sail Away
  10. Prayers of Action
  11. Epitaph
  12. Wizard of Is  -  Black Forest/Black Sea
  13. Les Ans  -  Kitchen Cynics
  14. City of Gold  - James Jackson Toth

Disc 2

  1. Frog in the Window  - David Rapp
  2. These Things Too  -  Aspera
  3. Look into Her Eyes  -  Bevel
  4. Riegal  -  Monster Island
  5. Rocket Man  - Ron Chelsvig
  6. Mars
  7. Fourth Day of July  - Mike Watt
  8. Everybody's Got Pain  - Alastair Galbraith
  9. Raindrops
  10. Song About a Rose
  11. Ring Thing
  12. Man in the Tree  -  Cauldron
  13. Forbidden City
  14. Translucent Carriages  -  Pearls Before Swine

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert M. Powell   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bruce Kurnow   Harp
Wayne Harley   Vocals
Adrian Shaw   Bass
Matthew Smith   Bass
Deanna Varagona   Baritone Saxophone
Oren Ambarchi   Guitar,Loops
Gerald Dowd   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
Via Nuon   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Aliccia Berg   Vocals
Eric Hofferber   Voice Bag,Toy Piano
Cary Loren   Guitar,Vocals
James Cooper   Bass Guitar
Nate Lepine   Flute
Clarence Fraher   Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Kitty Bobnak   Cello
Ron Chelsvig   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Trumpet,Vocals
Erik Wivine   Multi Instruments
Joseph Pope   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Rapp   Composer
Richard Alderson   Engineer
Wayne Harley   Composer
Anuta Pop   Engineer
Dave Onnen   Engineer
Jeff Alexander   Engineer,Liner Notes,Artwork
Ron Chelsvig   Arranger,Producer
Arthur Schlenger   Producer

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