Little Sand Box

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Howe Gelb's solo recording career literally began on a whim: Gelb recorded 1991's Dreaded Brown Recluse with his band Giant Sand, but when his record label decided it was too soon for another Giant Sand album, Gelb chose to release it under his own name, and suddenly he had a second career. It was after Giant Sand collapsed for a spell that Gelb began cutting proper solo projects, most of which seemingly evolved from a vague creative notion to a makeshift but heartfelt work of art, and Gelb has brought together eight of his solo albums into a box set, Little Sand Box. While each of these albums has a personality and feel of its own, approached as one massive suite, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Howe Gelb's solo recording career literally began on a whim: Gelb recorded 1991's Dreaded Brown Recluse with his band Giant Sand, but when his record label decided it was too soon for another Giant Sand album, Gelb chose to release it under his own name, and suddenly he had a second career. It was after Giant Sand collapsed for a spell that Gelb began cutting proper solo projects, most of which seemingly evolved from a vague creative notion to a makeshift but heartfelt work of art, and Gelb has brought together eight of his solo albums into a box set, Little Sand Box. While each of these albums has a personality and feel of its own, approached as one massive suite, the consistent themes of Gelb's music certainly shine through -- his sweetly craggy voice, the loopy but emotionally incisive poetry of his lyrics, the performances that seem playful bordering on lackadaisical but pull themselves together before they collapse, and the soundscapes that always seem to conjure images of the Arizona desert, even when he's working in Denmark or Spain. Of the eight albums included, the two strongest are 2006's 'Sno Angel Like You, in which Gelb borrows from the traditions of gospel music to bring a stronger framework to his music while still sounding as passionate, human, and idiosyncratic as ever, and 2011's 'Sno Angel Wingin' It, a document of the concert tour that followed, with Gelb accompanied by a rough-and-ready band and a full gospel choir who turn the performances into rowdy peals of joy. 2011's Alegrías, cut with a handful of fine flamenco musicians, is another gem and reveals that a little outwardly imposed discipline doesn't hurt Gelb one bit. On the other end of the scale, 1998's Hisser is an aggressively lo-fi set that often seems to stumble across the line from casual into incoherent, and the final collection of piano pieces is just too much of a somewhat enjoyable thing though since it compiles highlights from four full-length albums, listeners should probably be grateful Gelb opted to pick and choose rather than delivering them in full. Gelb has written new notes for each album that explain the genesis of these projects and offer a beguiling look into Gelb's life and working methods. Except for the final piano disc, each album includes bonus tracks, none of which outshine the original tracks on their respective LPs but don't disappoint, either. How much Howe Gelb one needs is a question only fans can answer for themselves, but if you're up for a major journey through Gelb's universe, Little Sand Box delivers the deluxe guided tour with the sage himself as your guide, and there isn't a single false or insincere moment to be found in these eight albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • Label: Fire Records
  • UPC: 809236130129
  • Catalog Number: 301
  • Sales rank: 66,018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spirit Lie (5:05)
  2. 2 Picture Shows (3:51)
  3. 3 Loretta and the Insect World (3:21)
  4. 4 Actually Faxing Sophia (1:16)
  5. 5 Cella in the City (3:43)
  6. 6 Still Too Far (3:49)
  7. 7 Warm Storm (4:03)
  8. 8 Always Horses Coming (2:34)
  9. 9 Vigdis (1:27)
  10. 10 Vienna 2-Step Throw Away (2:29)
  11. 11 Bible Black, Book 2 (8:18)
  12. 12 Brown Recluse (4:47)
  13. 13 Wild Dog Waltz (4:41)
  14. 14 Blanket for Tina (2:25)
  15. 15 Victoria Wisp (0:37)
  16. 16 Detrimental Instrumental (2:13)
  17. 17 Vigdis (3:21)
  18. 18 Cello in the City (4:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Temptation of Egg (2:27)
  2. 2 4 Door Maverick (5:02)
  3. 3 This Purple Child (5:43)
  4. 4 Shy of Bumfuck (2:10)
  5. 5 Propulsion (2:44)
  6. 6 Catapult (4:12)
  7. 7 Creeper (3:50)
  8. 8 Tanks Rolling Into Town (1:45)
  9. 9 Halifax in a Hurricane (2:02)
  10. 10 Living on a Waterfall (1:35)
  11. 11 Like a Store Front Display (3:51)
  12. 12 Explore You (4:58)
  13. 13 Nicos Lil Opera (1:58)
  14. 14 Thereminender (2:24)
  15. 15 Hisser (1:36)
  16. 16 Intro Speck (0:10)
  17. 17 Soldier of Fortune (3:11)
  18. 18 Lull (2:02)
  19. 19 Short Way to End the Day (0:46)
  20. 20 No Name Guitar (1:42)
  21. 21 Craclkin Water (5:27)
  22. 22 Satellite (7:52)
  23. 23 Leather (5:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 3 Sisters (4:08)
  2. 2 Saint Conformity (4:22)
  3. 3 Pontiac Slipstream (3:49)
  4. 4 Sputter (0:24)
  5. 5 Blue Marble Girl (4:05)
  6. 6 Source (0:20)
  7. 7 2 Rivers (1:23)
  8. 8 Available Space (4:14)
  9. 9 Pedal Steel and She'll (4:19)
  10. 10 Cold (3:24)
  11. 11 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:58)
  12. 12 Hatch (4:18)
  13. 13 Shadow of Where a River Was (2:13)
  14. 14 Vex (Paris) (3:39)
  15. 15 Vex (Tuscon) (2:20)
  16. 16 Hard on Things (4:16)
  17. 17 Slide Away (5:27)
  18. 18 Hatch (8:00)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Glisten (3:50)
  2. 2 Felonius (3:34)
  3. 3 Jason's List (4:36)
  4. 4 Cowboy Boots (4:27)
  5. 5 Torque (Tango de la Tongue) (4:19)
  6. 6 Piango (3:05)
  7. 7 Lyring There (4:13)
  8. 8 B 4 U (Do Do Do) (5:46)
  9. 9 The Nashville Sound (2:07)
  10. 10 Blood Orange (3:30)
  11. 11 Moons of Impulse (2:44)
  12. 12 Now I Lay Me Down (6:46)
  13. 13 Lemmy N Emmy (4:10)
  14. 14 Torque Originale (4:11)
  15. 15 B 4 U (Do Do Do) (5:57)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Get To Leave (2:55)
  2. 2 Paradise Here Abouts (2:09)
  3. 3 But I Did Not (4:11)
  4. 4 Hey Man (2:40)
  5. 5 The Farm (4:00)
  6. 6 That's How Things Get Done (3:14)
  7. 7 Love Knows (No Borders) (3:24)
  8. 8 The Voice Within (1:10)
  9. 9 Nail in the Sky (2:52)
  10. 10 Howlin' A Gale (4:24)
  11. 11 Robes of Bible Black (2:25)
  12. 12 Worried Spirits (3:10)
  13. 13 Neon Filler (4:54)
  14. 14 Chore of Enchantment (3:59)
  15. 15 Get to Leave-Holy (3:42)
  16. 16 Nail in the Sky (3:30)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Paradise Here Abouts (2:58)
  2. 2 Dirty from the Rain (3:02)
  3. 3 That's How Thigns Get Done (3:34)
  4. 4 Spiral (3:59)
  5. 5 Robes of Bible Black (3:25)
  6. 6 Vortexas (5:37)
  7. 7 Ballad of the Tuscon 2 (4:49)
  8. 8 Hey Man (2:27)
  9. 9 Worried Spirits (4:06)
  10. 10 Howlin' A Gale (4:13)
  11. 11 Nail in the Sky (3:10)
  12. 12 Astonished (4:58)
  13. 13 But I Did Not (4:52)
  14. 14 Love Knows (No Borders) (4:16)
Disc 7
  1. 1 4 Door Maverick - Band of Gypsies (3:35)
  2. 2 Uneven Light Of Day - Band of Gypsies (3:32)
  3. 3 The Ballad Of Lole Y Manuel - Band of Gypsies (3:18)
  4. 4 Cowboy Boots On Cobble Stone - Band of Gypsies (3:50)
  5. 5 Notoriety - Band of Gypsies (2:33)
  6. 6 Blood Orange - Band of Gypsies (3:17)
  7. 7 Lost Like A Boat Full Of Rice - Band of Gypsies (1:12)
  8. 8 Broken Bird & The Ghost River - Band of Gypsies (3:33)
  9. 9 (There Were) Always Horses Coming - Band of Gypsies (3:01)
  10. 10 The Hangin' Judge - Band of Gypsies (2:50)
  11. 11 Saint Conformity - Band of Gypsies (2:46)
  12. 12 Where The Wind Turns The Skin To Leather - Band of Gypsies (3:27)
  13. 13 One Diner Town - Band of Gypsies (3:31)
Disc 8
  1. 1 See (Lull) (2:29)
  2. 2 What (Lull) (3:21)
  3. 3 Of (Lull) (2:40)
  4. 4 Now (Lull) (2:07)
  5. 5 Spangle Bob of Radio Value (Ogle) (10:32)
  6. 6 Before the Tenant They Sat with Popcorn and Hunch (Ogle) (1:29)
  7. 7 Hokum Bigbow Was Probably Not His Given Name (Ogle) (7:16)
  8. 8 Tangualtion (Spun) (4:41)
  9. 9 Loss and Its Hold On Us (Spun) (5:23)
  10. 10 Denmark Stunningly Soaked (Spun) (2:13)
  11. 11 Excursion Disruption (Spun) (3:23)
  12. 12 California Roll (Snarl) (3:06)
  13. 13 Calculating Route (Snarl) (7:25)
  14. 14 Ample (Snarl) (6:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howe Gelb Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Chimes, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Piano Strings, Musician, Hammond B3
Rosie Flores Guitar, Vocals
Victoria Williams Vocals
Lisa Germano Violin
Rainer Ptacek Slide Guitar
Rainer Ambience
Kevin Salem Keyboards
Raimundo Amador spanish guitar
Paula Jean Brown Bass, Vocals
Joey Burns Bass, Cello, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Steve Johnston Choir Director
John Parish Accordion, Drums
Joe Pena Guitar, Drums
Winston Watson Drums
Eric Westfall Violin, Rhythm Box
John Convertino Drums, Stick, Brushes
Grandaddy Musician
Paul Brown Bass
Michael Shaw Choir, Chorus
Brett Sparks Piano, Vocals
Neil Harry Pedal Steel Guitar
Nick Luca Bass, Guitar, Conductor
Jim Bryson Guitar
Dave Draves Keyboards, Hammond B3
Anil Hand Clapping, Jaleos
Marie Frank Vocals
Rich Mercurio Drums
Joe Burns Bass
Anders Pedersen Mandolin, Lap Steel Guitar
Michael Fan Violin
Jeremy Gara Drums
Peter Dombernowsky Percussion, Conga, Cajon
Thøger T. Lund Bass, Double Bass
Nils Grøndahl Violin
Nick Augustine Bass
Suzan Lavertu Choir, Chorus
Jerusha Lewis Choir, Chorus
Christine Methengye Choir, Chorus
Neema Mugala Choir, Chorus
Voices Of Praise Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
Ramos Drums
Anders Stochholm Percussion
Thorbjørn Krogshede Saxophone
Andrew McCormack Drums
Rakel Winchester Background Vocals
Patrick Joseph Choir, Chorus
Lonna Kelley Vocals
David Rife Violin
Prin' Lala Harmony
Jason Steed (BMI) Bass
Henriette Sennenvaldt Vocals
Michael Gibbs Hammond B3
Tano Shaker, fender rhodes
Lin Cortés Electric Bass, Cajon, Hand Clapping, spanish guitar, wah wah guitar, Jaleos
Fernando Vacas wah wah guitar
Paqui Heredia Background Vocals
Isa Vidal Cello
Antonio Fernández "Añil" Percussion, Drums, Cajon
Sofie Albertsen Gelb Vocals, Background Vocals
Scott Loder Bass
John Rauhaus Pedal Steel Guitar
Katrine Stochholm Piano
Rox Erikson Accordion
Kelly Burd Bass
Judy Rodrigez Choir, Chorus
Joy Clarke Choir, Chorus
Jason Decorse Guitar
Inma Spoken Word
Fred Guignion Slide Guitar
Faith Johnston Choir, Chorus
Carla Ecker Violin
Renie Sparks Autoharp, Vocals
Micahel Gibb Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Victoria Williams Engineer
Rainer Ptacek Composer
Kevin Salem Producer
Paula Jean Brown Composer
Michael Dumas Engineer
John Hanlon Recording Assistant
Mark Nevers Engineer
John Parish Producer, Contributor, Soundscape
Roger Seibel Mastering
Michael Stewart Engineer
Winston Watson Recording Assistant
Eric Westfall Engineer
John Convertino Composer
Howe Gelb Composer, Producer, Engineer
Harvey Moltz Engineer, Recording Assistant
Scott Hull Mastering
Grandaddy Contributor
Nick Luca Engineer, Recording Assistant
Dave Draves Producer
Jim Blackwood Engineer, Mastering, Remastering
Jakob Berthelsen Engineer
Roger Siebel Mastering
Creatori Composer
Jarrett Bartlett Engineer
Kent Olsen Engineer
Peretti Composer
Anders Boll Engineer
Jonas Friis Engineer
Fernando Vacas Producer
Pedro Cantudo Engineer
Alistair Chant Engineer
Saholy Diavolana Contributor
Suze Engineer
Weiss Composer
Luka Gelb Contributor
Cliff Eager Recording Assistant
Chris Schumacher Recording Assistant
Rob Petrachuck Engineer
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