lowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology ('91-'93) [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Released at the time the band announced a series of reunion shows for the first time after nearly two decades apart, Low Flows is a convenient enough summary with a couple of bonuses of the curious fIREHOSE, at least when it came to their concluding efforts on a major label. In a weird way, the band perhaps lucked out by being signed before Nirvana's success changed band and label expectations in general; listening to both Flyin' the Flannel and Mr. Machinery Operator from a distance shows them to be just as spikily independent -- at least sonically -- as their first SST releases were. Of the non-album tracks on both discs, the most notable by default are the cuts on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Released at the time the band announced a series of reunion shows for the first time after nearly two decades apart, Low Flows is a convenient enough summary with a couple of bonuses of the curious fIREHOSE, at least when it came to their concluding efforts on a major label. In a weird way, the band perhaps lucked out by being signed before Nirvana's success changed band and label expectations in general; listening to both Flyin' the Flannel and Mr. Machinery Operator from a distance shows them to be just as spikily independent -- at least sonically -- as their first SST releases were. Of the non-album tracks on both discs, the most notable by default are the cuts on the Live Totem Pole release that originally followed Flyin' the Flannel -- a concert EP, it had two originals plus an impressive range of five cover versions, going from Minutemen live standard "The Red and the Black" via Blue Öyster Cult to Public Enemy's "Sophisticated Bitch," to then-recent underground anthem "Slack Motherfucker," one of Superchunk's earliest attention getters. Beyond that, it's a bit of a mixed bag, and those who had both original albums and the EP won't need to rush out for a replacement or upgrade given what else is on offer. "Max and Wells," recorded for a film soundtrack, is an OK enough Ed Crawford-sung cut, while instrumental versions of "Down with the Bass" and "Blaze" are more curios than anything else, not to mention a "mersh again edit" of "Witness." The concluding live tracks from the Mr. Machinery Operator tour, though, do provide a bit of a hail and farewell to the group, at least in their first phase of existence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919541526
  • Catalog Number: 195415
  • Sales rank: 115,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down With the Bass (2:48)
  2. 2 Up Finnegan's Ladder (1:11)
  3. 3 Can't Believe (2:11)
  4. 4 Walking the Cow (3:41)
  5. 5 Flyin' the Flannel (2:48)
  6. 6 Epoxy, For Example (2:35)
  7. 7 O'Er the Town of Pedro (3:09)
  8. 8 Too Long (2:49)
  9. 9 The First Cuss (2:23)
  10. 10 Anti-Misogyny Maneuver (2:30)
  11. 11 Toolin' (2:48)
  12. 12 Song For Dave Alvin (1:48)
  13. 13 Tien an Man Dream Again (1:18)
  14. 14 Lost Colors (2:31)
  15. 15 Towin' the Line (2:48)
  16. 16 Losers, Boozers and Heroes (5:16)
  17. 17 Max and Wells (2:54)
  18. 18 Down With the Bass (2:47)
  19. 19 The Red and the Black (3:34)
  20. 20 Sophisticated Bitch (3:52)
  21. 21 Revolution, Pt. 2 (3:09)
  22. 22 Slack Motherfucker (2:40)
  23. 23 What Gets Heard (2:20)
  24. 24 Mannequin (2:26)
  25. 25 Makin' the Freeway (2:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Formal Introduction (3:42)
  2. 2 Blaze (3:37)
  3. 3 Herded Into Pools (4:27)
  4. 4 Witness (5:37)
  5. 5 Number Seven (1:17)
  6. 6 Powerful Hankerin' (3:32)
  7. 7 Rocket Sled/Fuel Tank (3:30)
  8. 8 Quicksand (3:16)
  9. 9 Disciples of the 3-Way (2:56)
  10. 10 More Famous Quotes (1:31)
  11. 11 Sincerely (3:25)
  12. 12 Hell-Hole (3:43)
  13. 13 4.29.92 (2:09)
  14. 14 The Cliffs Thrown Down (3:12)
  15. 15 Blaze (3:36)
  16. 16 Witness (4:06)
  17. 17 4.29.92 (1:38)
  18. 18 Powerful Hankerin' (3:17)
  19. 19 Tien an Man Dream Again (1:04)
  20. 20 Formal Introduction (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
fIREHOSE Primary Artist
Joe Baiza Guitar
George Hurley Percussion, Drums, Group Member
David Kahne Hammond B3
Steve Moss Saxophone
Freda Rentie Vocals
Mike Watt Bass, Group Member
Ed Crawford Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Vicky Peterson Background Vocals
Nels Courtney Cline Guitar, Soloist
Technical Credits
Butthole Surfers Composer
fIREHOSE Producer
John Agnello Engineer
Jim Dunbar Producer
John Falzarano Engineer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Paul Q. Kolderie Producer
Mike Watt Producer
Mitch Maketansky Producer
Paul Rappaport Executive Producer
Alice Butts Art Direction, Cover Photo
Michael Azerrad Liner Notes
Rasa Alksninis Executive Producer
Maria Triana Mastering
Josh Rosenthal Executive Producer
Roeser Composer
Hurley Composer
Ridenhour Composer
Shocklee Composer
Sean Brennan Mastering
Mark Ramos Nishita Engineer
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