Live at the Horseshoe Tavern April 19, 2004

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Tobin Sprout has never been as versatile or dynamic a songwriter as his former Guided by Voices bandmate Robert Pollard the two probably connected at the hip for posterity, but he has probably been the more consistent one, avoiding most of the pitfalls, potholes, cul-de-sacs, and half-baked experiments, even if he has never quite scaled the same creative peaks or achieved the often spectacular melodic highs. That consistency has resulted in a catalog of songs remarkable for its sturdy, workmanlike, even-keeled craft, and much of the best of it is present on Live at the Horseshoe Tavern, recorded at the cozy club of the title located in Toronto. In fact, the recording ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Tobin Sprout has never been as versatile or dynamic a songwriter as his former Guided by Voices bandmate Robert Pollard the two probably connected at the hip for posterity, but he has probably been the more consistent one, avoiding most of the pitfalls, potholes, cul-de-sacs, and half-baked experiments, even if he has never quite scaled the same creative peaks or achieved the often spectacular melodic highs. That consistency has resulted in a catalog of songs remarkable for its sturdy, workmanlike, even-keeled craft, and much of the best of it is present on Live at the Horseshoe Tavern, recorded at the cozy club of the title located in Toronto. In fact, the recording might be thought of as that time-honored, classic rock extravagance -- a Best of Live album. Sprout Comes Alive! Unlike some of the double-length behemoths of the '70s, though, Sprout's consummate skill as a writer very nearly sustains Live for its entire two-CD playing time. The selection re-airs most of the artist's finest work and is split roughly evenly between solo material and the stellar contributions he made to GBV, with a few songs from his Eyesinweasel combo and, for good measure, a tune from his one-off collaboration with Pollard, Airport 5. The set ends by introducing demos of three new songs. It's all good stuff, of course, and while none of the readings of past highlights here are revelatory, the band is in fine form throughout, and it's nice to hear these songs gathered together in the same place for the first time. It'll do the trick until a proper compilation of the best of the singer/songwriter's studio recordings finally hits the market, as it should.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Recordhead Records
  • UPC: 802685007622
  • Catalog Number: 76
  • Sales rank: 133,175

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Indian Ink - Steve Vermillion (3:48)
  2. 2 Get Out of My Throat - Steve Vermillion (3:39)
  3. 3 Gleemer - Steve Vermillion (3:15)
  4. 4 Pure Flesh - Steve Vermillion (2:13)
  5. 5 The Crawling Backward Man - Steve Vermillion (3:19)
  6. 6 Dodging Invisible Rays - Steve Vermillion (2:59)
  7. 7 Beast of Souls - Steve Vermillion (4:16)
  8. 8 Ester's Day - Steve Vermillion (1:35)
  9. 9 The Last Man Well Known to Kingpin - Steve Vermillion (3:08)
  10. 10 War and Wedding - Steve Vermillion (2:55)
  11. 11 To My Beloved Martha - Steve Vermillion (3:05)
  12. 12 To Remake the Young Flyer - Steve Vermillion (2:47)
  13. 13 Awful Bliss - Steve Vermillion (1:27)
  14. 14 All Used Up - Steve Vermillion (2:19)
  15. 15 Inside the Blockhouse - Steve Vermillion (2:48)
  16. 16 Sadder Than You - Steve Vermillion (3:08)
  17. 17 Gas Daddy Gas - Steve Vermillion (2:52)
  18. 18 Hit Junkie Dives - Steve Vermillion (6:06)
  19. 19 Scissors - Steve Vermillion (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Good Flying Bird - Steve Vermillion (2:17)
  2. 2 Atom Eyes - Steve Vermillion (2:41)
  3. 3 14 Cheerleader Coldfront - Steve Vermillion (1:48)
  4. 4 Exit Planes - Steve Vermillion (4:24)
  5. 5 Water on the Boaters Back - Steve Vermillion (2:32)
  6. 6 It's Like Soul Man - Steve Vermillion (4:57)
  7. 7 Seed - Steve Vermillion (1:45)
  8. 8 Martin's Mounted Head - Steve Vermillion (2:25)
  9. 9 Marriage Incorporated - Steve Vermillion (3:58)
  10. 10 Little Whirl - Steve Vermillion (2:27)
  11. 11 Over Then, And Back Again - Steve Vermillion (2:13)
  12. 12 Inside Your Serious - Steve Vermillion (3:01)
  13. 13 And I Wonder - Steve Vermillion (1:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tobin Sprout Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Mason Brown Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Randy Diderrich Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Gary Vermillion Drums, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Vermillion Bass, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ron Skinner Producer, Engineer
Tobin Sprout Composer, Engineer
Robert Pollard Composer
James Booth Producer
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