Klassics with a "K"

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All Music Guide - Troy Carpenter
Rare is the case where a side band becomes more compelling than its members' main gig, but the chill attitude and honest style of the Kostars puts Klassics with a K in that category. Vivian Trimble and Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson formed the Kostars after a few off-the-cuff acoustic jam sessions between the two on a Luscious tour. Klassics was released the following year, with three songs by each Kostar and four they wrote together. The other two members of Luscious Jackson show up to play as do Gene and Dean Ween, but the Kostars definitely have their own sound, more organic and less busy. Jack Torso's liner notes explain that the seed of the Kostars was planted on ...
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All Music Guide - Troy Carpenter
Rare is the case where a side band becomes more compelling than its members' main gig, but the chill attitude and honest style of the Kostars puts Klassics with a K in that category. Vivian Trimble and Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson formed the Kostars after a few off-the-cuff acoustic jam sessions between the two on a Luscious tour. Klassics was released the following year, with three songs by each Kostar and four they wrote together. The other two members of Luscious Jackson show up to play as do Gene and Dean Ween, but the Kostars definitely have their own sound, more organic and less busy. Jack Torso's liner notes explain that the seed of the Kostars was planted on a "sultry evening in Baton Rouge" when Trimble and Cunniff "made a beeline for the woods behind the club with acoustic guitars in hand." This summer night scene sets the mood of the album well; one can almost feel the crickets and the heat steaming off the Bayou in the slinky beat of "Jacqueline" or the campfire waltz of "Never So Lonely." Equally as evocative is the rainy day nostalgia of "Red Umbrella": Trimble and pal Niko Tavernise harmonize over a sweet progression "Through the window, I hear/the rain, it reminds me of you/the sounds of the drops/caress me as sweetly as you." The groovy, uptempo "Hey Cowboy" is the closest Klassics comes to a "rocker," as the record has a consistently relaxed feel throughout. By simply making fun music that appeals to their mellow sensibilities, Trimble and Cunniff created a pocket masterwork. Klassics is a classic itself, in the way it bottles up a universal set of reflective moods for easy but not schmaltzy listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1996
  • Label: GRAND ROYAL RECORDS
  • UPC: 758148002522
  • Catalog Number: 25

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never So Lonely (3:30)
  2. 2 Jacqueline (3:33)
  3. 3 Red Umbrella (3:58)
  4. 4 Jolene on the Freeway (3:23)
  5. 5 One Sunny Day (4:07)
  6. 6 Hey Cowboy (4:49)
  7. 7 Reverend (2:59)
  8. 8 Mama Never Said (3:54)
  9. 9 Don't Know Why (3:47)
  10. 10 French Kiss (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kostars Primary Artist
Kate Schellenbach Percussion, Drums
Vivian Trimble Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, ARP, Casio, Multivox
Jill Cunniff Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, wah wah guitar
Gabrielle Glaser Electric Guitar
Dean Ween Electric Guitar, Vocals
Gene Ween Electric Guitar, Vocals
Niko Tavernise Trumpet, Vocals
Technical Credits
Kate Schellenbach Contributor, drum machine
Wally Traugott Mastering
Vivian Trimble Contributor
Josephine Wiggs Producer, Engineer
Kostars Producer
Jack Torso Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mellow Gold

    In between Luscious Jackson albums, Jill Cunniff and Vivian Trimble formed this impromptu group as an outlet for more acoustic-based easy-listening fare. A summer breeze blows through these tracks, creating a relaxing and nostalgia-tinged atmosphere of AM radio classics. A handful of friends joined in on the sessions, with fellow bandmates Kate Schellenbach on drums and Gabby Glaser contributing some guitar work. Niko Tavemise adds trumpet to ''One Sunny Day'' and sings on the lovely ''Red Umbrella,'' and Dean and Gene Ween provide guitar and vocals to one of the album's best cuts, ''Don't Know Why.'' The material on this record is surprisingly consistent, especially for a side project of such a spontaneous nature. Fans of these gals will definitely want to give this a listen. While the Kostars have yet to reconvene for a follow-up disc, Vivian has since left Luscious Jackson to form Dusty Trails with ex-Breeder Josephine Wiggs (who produced and engineered ''Klassics With A K'').

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