Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

by Mark Lanegan
     
 

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Of the bands that rose to fame during the late-'80s/early-'90s grunge sweepstakes, the Screaming Trees were always darker, heavier, and trippier than their peers, with a vague folkie undertow to go along with the electric guitars, and lead singer Mark Lanegan's solo career suggests that a lot of the band's musical personality cameSee more details below

Overview

Of the bands that rose to fame during the late-'80s/early-'90s grunge sweepstakes, the Screaming Trees were always darker, heavier, and trippier than their peers, with a vague folkie undertow to go along with the electric guitars, and lead singer Mark Lanegan's solo career suggests that a lot of the band's musical personality came from him and not just the instrumentalists. From his first solo album, 1990's The Winding Sheet, Lanegan showed he had a distinctive sonic and lyrical outlook to go along with his deep, smoky voice, with one foot stuck in the blues and the other in some imagined landscape where love, luck, and alcohol are tricky commodities in short supply, and he's expanded greatly on that vision over the course of an increasingly ambitious solo career. Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 is a compilation that presents a useful overview of Lanegan's solo work, pulling representative tracks from his first six albums -- from The Winding Sheet to 2004's Bubblegum -- along with a pair of rare single sides and a bonus disc that includes 12 previously unreleased performances. While the instrumental approach and the sophistication of these songs shift as the album goes along (especially on the first part, which largely moves backwards through Lanegan's chronology), the theme and tone remain remarkably consistent, as Lanegan ponders his soul and the earthly circumstances that contain him while languid melodies drift by, and his voice hits a richly emotional chord without sinking into melodrama. The outtakes, covers, alternate takes, and live tapes that fill the album's second half confirm the force and consistency of Lanegan's musical vision, sounding (with rare exceptions) just as emotionally resonant as the material that already made the grade. If the album has a flaw, it's that it ignores the many collaborative projects that feature Lanegan, including his albums with Isobel Campbell and his vocal contributions to albums by the Soulsavers, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Gutter Twins. But as a sampler of Lanegan's solo efforts, it's superb. If you're already a serious Mark Lanegan fan, Has God Seen My Shadow covers a lot of familiar ground, but the 12 unreleased tracks amount to an album's worth on unheard pleasures, and if you've never been introduced to Lanegan's music, this is beautiful, challenging stuff for those dark nights of the soul.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2014
Label:
Light In The Attic
UPC:
0826853010429
catalogNumber:
104
Rank:
25172

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Bombed  -  Mark Lanegan Band
  2. One Hundred Days  -  Mark Lanegan Band
  3. Come To Me  -  Mark Lanegan Band
  4. Mirrored  -  Mark Lanegan Band
  5. Pill Hill Serenade
  6. One Way Street
  7. Kimiko's Dream House
  8. Low
  9. Resurrection Song
  10. Shiloh Town
  11. Creeping Coastline of Lights
  12. Lexington Slow Down  -  Mark Lanegan Band
  13. Last One In the World
  14. Wheels
  15. Mockingbirds
  16. Wild Flowers
  17. Sunrise
  18. Carnival
  19. Pendulum
  20. The River Rise

Disc 2

  1. Dream Lullaby
  2. Leaving New River Blues
  3. Sympathy
  4. To Valencia Courthouse
  5. A Song While Waiting
  6. Blues For D
  7. No Contestar
  8. Big White Cloud
  9. Following the Rain
  10. Grey Goes Black
  11. Halcyon Daze
  12. Blues Run the Game

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Lanegan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Handwriting
Jack Endino   Bass
Steve Fisk   Piano
PJ Harvey   Vocals
Ian Moore   Guitar,Sitar,Background Vocals
John Agnello   Vocals
Bukka Allen   Accordion,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Steve Bailey   Bass
Tad Doyle   Drums
Kurt Fedora   Bass
Chris Goss   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Barrett Martin   Drums,Vibes,Upright Bass
J Mascis   Piano,Drums
Duff McKagan   Guitar,Drums
Mark Pickerel   Drums
Mickey Rafael   Bass Harmonica
Keni Richards   Piano,Drums
Bill Rieflin   Drums
Ben Shepherd   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Phil Sparks   Upright Bass
Mike Johnson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Ted Trewhella   Piano
David Krueger   Violin
Molly McGuire   Bass
Van Conner   Bass
Mark Hoyt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Sally Barry   Background Vocals
Martin Feveyear   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,Mellotron
Dave Kreuger   Violin
Fred Drake   Percussion
Marek   Piano
Troy Van Leeuwen   Guitar
Mark Boquist   Drums
Aldo Struyf   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Alan Davis   Bass
Wendy Rae Fowler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mathias Schneeberger   Guitar
Dejha Colantuono   Background Vocals
David Catching   Bass,Guitar
Natasha Schneider   Vocals
Joshua Homme   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Paul Dana   Guitar
Mike Stinette   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
John Cale   Composer
Mark Lanegan   Composer,Producer,Images,Archival Materials
Jack Endino   Producer,Engineer
John Burton   Engineer
John Agnello   Engineer
Tracy Chisholm   Engineer
Terry Date   Engineer
Chris Goss   Producer
Manfred Hofer   Composer
Alain Johannes   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jeffrey Lee Pierce   Composer
Keni Richards   Composer
Ben Shepherd   Composer
Mike Johnson   Composer,Producer
Jackson C. Frank   Composer
James "Falling James" Moreland   Composer
Martin Feveyear   Producer,Engineer
Troy Van Leeuwen   Engineer,Instrumentation
Matt Sullivan   Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Charles Peterson   Images,Archival Materials
Mathias Schneeberger   Engineer
Rick Will   Engineer
Brian Baker   Engineer
Steve Gullick   Images,Archival Materials
Rail Rogut   Engineer
Randall Jamail   Producer
Debbi Sullivan   Images,Archival Materials

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