Morning Becomes Eclectic: Selected On-Air Performances

Morning Becomes Eclectic: Selected On-Air Performances

     
 

Once upon a time, radio was full of surprises. And while those days are largely gone, there are still a few outposts of innovation -- like KCRW, the Santa Monica, California-based station that's home to the morning show that provides both the name and the material for this album of live-in-the-studio performances. Marquee artists such as Beck andSee more details below

Overview

Once upon a time, radio was full of surprises. And while those days are largely gone, there are still a few outposts of innovation -- like KCRW, the Santa Monica, California-based station that's home to the morning show that provides both the name and the material for this album of live-in-the-studio performances. Marquee artists such as Beck and PJ Harvey share space with like-minded lesser lights, a blend that keeps things fresher than an all-hits, all-the-time compilation might. The songs that are the most familiar -- Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me" and Ednaswap's "Torn" (the original version of the Natalie Imbruglia hit) -- sound a bit out of place amid more off-kilter tracks by Morcheeba and Mercury Rev, whose "Opus 40" is every bit as transportive in this stripped down form as it is on DESERTER'S SONGS. While out-and-out head-turners are few -- aside from folkie John Martyn's alchemization of Portishead's "Glory Box" -- there's nary a dull moment to be had here. And when's the last time you associated that thought with radio?

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Denise Sullivan
Easing the listener in with Angelique Kidjo's A Capella "Blewu" and easing her out with Pink Martini's twisted take on "Que Sera Sera" 16 tracks later, you can't say the folks who put together this best-of from the Los Angeles public radio station's studio weren't thinking. However the question remains: what were they thinking? This is the series formerly known as Rare on Air which featured tracks by artists with far more name recognition than this bunch -- though Lyle Lovett and PJ Harvey are the star turns here that will resonate with the target adult hipster audience. Nonetheless, John Martyn's epic "Glory Box," Joe Henry's "Monkey" (superior to his clinical album version) and Beth Orton's acoustic "Sugar Boy" are keepers.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
Label:
Mammoth / Umgd
UPC:
0035498020926
catalogNumber:
980209

Tracks

  1. Blewu  - Angélique Kidjo
  2. Glory Box  - John Martyn
  3. Is This Love?  -  Cake
  4. Monkey  - Joe Henry
  5. Socks, Drugs and Rock N' Rol  -  Buffalo Daughter
  6. Sugar Boy  - Beth Orton
  7. All I Need  -  Air
  8. Kiss Me  -  Sixpence None the Richer
  9. Dance Hall Vibes  -  Freestylers
  10. Secret Smile  -  Semisonic
  11. Torn  -  Ednaswap
  12. Bears  - Lyle Lovett
  13. Opus 40  -  Mercury Rev
  14. Exit Music (For a Film)  - Brad Mehldau
  15. Is This Desire?  - PJ Harvey
  16. The Sea  -  Morcheeba
  17. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)  -  Pink Martini

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Martyn   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lyle Lovett   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Henry   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Mercury Rev   Track Performer
PJ Harvey   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Arran Ahmun   Drums
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Gregg Arreguin   Guitar
Dale Baker   Drums
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Jennifer Condos   Bass
Scott Cutler   Guitar
Jonathan Donahue   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Drew Feldman   Bass
Grasshopper   Guitar
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Sean Kelly   Guitar
Angélique Kidjo   Vocals,Track Performer
Xan McCurdy   Electric Guitar
Brad Mehldau   Piano,Track Performer
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
John Parish   Guitar
Brian Reitzell   Drums
Dan Wilson   Guitar,Vocals
Ednaswap   Track Performer
Vince Di Fiore   Trumpet,Keyboards
John McCrea   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Todd Roper   Percussion,Drums
Beth Orton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Semisonic   Track Performer
John Munson   Bass,Keyboards
Jacob Slichter   Drums,Keyboards
Buffalo Daughter   Track Performer
Morcheeba   Track Performer
Spencer Cozens   Keyboards
China Forbes   Vocals
Sixpence None the Richer   Track Performer
Jorge Rossy   Drums
Ross Godfrey   Guitar
Air   Track Performer
Skye Edwards   Vocals
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Keyboards
Nicolas Godin   Keyboards
Brian Kehew   Keyboards
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Jeff Mercel   Drums
Anne Preven   Vocals
Freestylers   Track Performer
Pink Martini   Track Performer
Matt Cantor   DJ
Matt Slocum   Guitar,Horn
Ted Barnes   Guitar
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Beth Hirsch   Vocals
Jason Russo   Bass
Rob Ellis   Drums
SuGar Yoshinaga   Guitar,Vocals
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Adam Snyder   Keyboards
Tony Ayiotou   Guitar
Gavin Bondy   Trumpet
Justin Cary   Bass
Scott Coogan   Percussion,Drums
Aston Harvey   Keyboards
Jeremy Hogg   Guitar
Clive Jernner   Drums
Jim Lampi   Stick,Chapman Stick
Thomas Lauderdale   Piano
Gabe Nelson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Yumiko Ono   Vocals,Mini Moog
Richard Rothfus   Drums
Justin Russo   Keyboards
Robert Taylor   Trombone
Jason Turnbridge   scratching,DJ
John Wager   Bass
Doug Smith   Percussion,Vibes
Sean Kelly   Guitar
Brian Davis   Percussion,Conga
Joe Henson   Bass

Technical Credits

PJ Harvey   Composer
Bob Carlson   Engineer
Ray Evans   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Ali Friend   Composer
Paul Godfrey   Composer
Chris Eselgroth   Graphic Design
Ross Godfrey   Composer
Lane Wurster   Art Direction
Skye Edwards   Composer
Scott Fritz   Engineer
Pete Plympton   Engineer
Ricke Ricketts   Engineer
Bella Bellow   Composer
Aston Harvey   Producer
Brad Kern   Engineer
Theo Mondle   Engineer
Nic Harcourt   Producer

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