KCRW: Sounds Eclectic, Vol. 3

KCRW: Sounds Eclectic, Vol. 3

     
 
The third edition of this series -- culled from performances on the internationally-acclaimed Los Angeles public radio station -- continues to live up to its name, presenting a baker's dozen tracks culled from virtually every nook and cranny of left-field pop culture. The compilers deftly avoid lapsing into obscurity, peppering the disc with recognizable names like

Overview

The third edition of this series -- culled from performances on the internationally-acclaimed Los Angeles public radio station -- continues to live up to its name, presenting a baker's dozen tracks culled from virtually every nook and cranny of left-field pop culture. The compilers deftly avoid lapsing into obscurity, peppering the disc with recognizable names like the Flaming Lips (whose acoustic version of "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" trades the sweep of the original for a sweet intimacy) and Franz Ferdinand (who turn in a slightly less spastic, but still angular, rendition of "Take Me Out"). The mood shifts radically from track to track, with My Morning Jacket providing southern-rock bravado on "One Big Holiday" and Kinky channeling the spirit of '70s vintage Carlos Santana on "Mirando de Lado." Most of the material collected here comes from sessions recorded live at KCRW's studios, and that spontaneity adds considerably to the charm of songs like Radiohead's "Go to Sleep" and Paul Weller's surprisingly energetic "Amongst Butterflies." Sounds Eclectic 3 delivers on what those old beer commercials once promised-plenty of great taste, meted out in a less filling portion. Drink up.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
"Hey! It's the sun/And it makes me shine!" The line encapsulates the upraised arms, billowing robes, and nappy haircut goodness of the Polyphonic Spree. But the combo's energized performance of "It's the Sun" that opens Sounds Eclectic 3 also typifies KCRW Santa Monica's ever-reliable series, where artists stop by the public radio outlet and Nic Harcourt's Morning Becomes Eclectic show to make live recordings and, assumedly, drink some strong coffee. After the Spree it's two gorgeously quiet tracks, the sparely soulful "Blower's Daughter" from Damien Rice, and Jem's gently acoustic "Flying High." Radiohead completists will note an acoustic reading of "Go to Sleep," and Sarah McLachlan's solo piano performance of "Answer" highlights her usual blend of the solemn and the ethereal. Sounds Eclectic 3 isn't all acoustic. My Morning Jacket and Kinky turn in feisty full-band takes, as do Interpol and Franz Ferdinand. Harcourt's notes reveal the latter performances as the respective groups' first-ever radio sessions. In general, it's another strong showing from the KCRW series, and a must for any fan of live music in an intimate setting. [The set is adorned with some incredible, whimsical artwork from noted LA-area artist Daniel Peacock; as usual, sales of Sounds Eclectic went to support the non-profit station itself.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Palm Pictures (Audio
UPC:
0660200213626
catalogNumber:
2136

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Thompson   Drums,Vocals
Wayne Coyne   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Steven Drozd   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Bob Hardy   Bass
Sam Fogarino   Drums
Daniel Huffman   Keyboards
Pat McKinney   Guitar
Jim James   Guitar,Vocals
Two-Tone Tommy   Bass
Danny Cash   Keyboards
Daniel Kessler   Guitar
Carlos Dengler   Bass
Gilberto Cerezo   Guitar,scratching,Vocals
Ulises Lozano   Keyboards,Vocals
Carlos Chairez   Guitar,Vocals
Omar Gongora   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Sam Beam   Guitar,Vocals
Cesar Pliego   Bass,Vocals
Damien Rice   Guitar,Vocals
Lisa Hannigan   Vocals
Alex Kapranos   Guitar,Vocals
Paul John Weller   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Nick McCarthy   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Patrick Hallahan   Drums
Eric Altesleben   Keyboards
Janek Gwizdala   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Earle   Composer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer
Bob Carlson   Engineer
Tim DeLaughter   Composer
Dave Fridmann   Composer
Paul Weller   Composer
Gary Stokes   Engineer
Nigel Godrich   Engineer
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
Michael Ivins   Composer
Wayne Coyne   Composer
Thom Yorke   Composer
Mario Diaz   Engineer
Steven Drozd   Composer
Sam Fogarino   Composer
Ryan Pickett   Engineer
Paul Herman   Composer
Jim James   Composer
Daniel Kessler   Composer
Ulises Lozano   Programming
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Jason Wormer   Engineer
Damien Rice   Composer
Jem Griffiths   Composer
Alex Kapranos   Composer
Ray Guarna   Engineer
Nick McCarthy   Composer
Nic Harcourt   Producer

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