Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After making most of their earliest records on their own dime, Camper Van Beethoven moved up to the big leagues with 1988's Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, their first album for Virgin Records. While some fans wondered if a larger budget and corporate oversight were going to change the shape-shifting folk-punk smart alecks, the results offered a decisive answer: yes and no. Producer Dennis Herring gave CVB a much bigger and glossier sound than they had ever had before, and between the horn charts, the gated drums, the tasty electric guitar tones, and the keyboards that no longer sounded like they'd been rescued from a junk shop, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After making most of their earliest records on their own dime, Camper Van Beethoven moved up to the big leagues with 1988's Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, their first album for Virgin Records. While some fans wondered if a larger budget and corporate oversight were going to change the shape-shifting folk-punk smart alecks, the results offered a decisive answer: yes and no. Producer Dennis Herring gave CVB a much bigger and glossier sound than they had ever had before, and between the horn charts, the gated drums, the tasty electric guitar tones, and the keyboards that no longer sounded like they'd been rescued from a junk shop, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart made the band sound like professionals rather than enlightened (and slightly sloppy) amateurs, which had always been a certain part of their charm. There was also a greater snark in Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, as the cockiness of their humor developed a sharper and more defensive edge on tunes like "Never Go Back," "Life Is Grand," and particularly the darkly witty paean to Patty Hearst, "Tania." But for all the polish, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart is still very much a Camper Van Beethoven album, especially when Victor Krummenacher's loping bass kicks in, Jonathan Segal's fiddles and keyboards color the melodies, and David Lowery spins his tales confirming that, despite his loose-limbed attitude and goofy sense of humor, he wasn't a hippie -- or a hipster for that matter. Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart revealed you could clean up Camper Van Beethoven but you couldn't necessarily make them behave, which was certainly a good thing. [In 2014 Omnivore Recordings gave Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart the deluxe reissue treatment, with a remastered edition of the original album accompanied by an 11-track bonus disc. The extra tunes include three outtakes from the OBRS sessions -- one a cover of the Buzzcocks' "Harmony in My Head" -- as well as a single edit that combined the two-part "Eye of Fatima," six live tracks, and the darkly eccentric studio track "Pope Festival." The live material doesn't come from one of CVB's best nights, but hearing them attack the Damned's "Smash It Up" and Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" with equal fervor is plenty of fun, and they actually improve on the Stranglers' version of "Hanging Around." If the bonus tracks are a few notches short of essential, serious CVB fans will certainly enjoy the extras, and the original album has stood the test of time rather well.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings
  • UPC: 816651015436
  • Catalog Number: 1015436
  • Sales rank: 51,675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eye of Fatima, Pt. 1 (2:37)
  2. 2 Eye of Fatima, Pt. 2 (2:16)
  3. 3 O Death (3:06)
  4. 4 She Divines Water (3:52)
  5. 5 Devil Song (1:58)
  6. 6 One of These Days (3:27)
  7. 7 Turquoise Jewelry (3:07)
  8. 8 Waka (2:45)
  9. 9 Change Your Mind (3:03)
  10. 10 My Path Belated (2:34)
  11. 11 Never Go Back (3:25)
  12. 12 The Fool (2:36)
  13. 13 Tania (3:47)
  14. 14 Life is Grand (3:22)
  15. 15 Love is a Weed (2:04)
  16. 16 Harmony In My Head (2:45)
  17. 17 Wade In the Water (1:23)
  18. 18 Eye of Fatima, Pts. 1 & 2 (3:26)
  19. 19 The Day That Lassie Went To the Moon (3:04)
  20. 20 One of These Days (3:24)
  21. 21 Smash It Up (3:19)
  22. 22 Seven Languages (4:16)
  23. 23 Kodachrome (3:02)
  24. 24 Hanging Around (3:41)
  25. 25 Pope Festival (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Camper Van Beethoven Primary Artist
Jonathan Segel Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Strings, Cittern, Casio, Group Member
Dave Costanza Trumpet
Davey Faragher Vocals
Victor Krummenacher Bass, Group Member
C. Kupps Harmonica, Bells, Sampling
Greg Lisher Guitar, Group Member
David Lowery Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Pedersen Drums, Group Member
Hammer Smith Harmonica
Katl B. Traler Trombone
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Composer
Camper Van Beethoven Arranger, Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Jonathan Segel Composer, Photo Courtesy
Captain Sensible Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Jet Black Composer
Steve Diggle Composer
Bob Edmondson Composer
Dave Greenfield Composer
Dennis Herring Engineer, Original Album Producer
John Beverly Jones Engineer
Victor Krummenacher Composer
Greg Lisher Composer
David Lowery Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Chris Pedersen Composer
John Pisano Composer
Rat Scabies Composer
Dave Vanian Composer
Hugh Cornwell Composer
Dave McDaniel Composer
Bruce Licher Artwork
Jay Blakesberg Photo Courtesy
Traditional Composer
Jean Jacques Burnel Composer
Bryan George Licensing
Andrew Norton Reissue Photography
Alasdair Ward Composer
Jill Stauffer Liner Notes
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