Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

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by Camper Van Beethoven
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1992
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0077778605522
catalogNumber:
86055
Rank:
127511

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Camper Van Beethoven   Primary Artist
Jonathan Segel   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Cittern,Casio
Dave Costanza   Trumpet
Davey Faragher   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vox Organ
Victor Krummenacher   Bass
C. Kupps   Harmonica,Bells,Sampling
Greg Lisher   Guitar
David Lowery   Guitar,Vocals,Vox Organ
Chris Pedersen   Drums
Hammer Smith   Harmonica
Katl B. Traler   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jonathan Segel   Composer,Contributor
Dennis Herring   Producer,Engineer
John Beverly Jones   Engineer
Victor Krummenacher   Composer
Greg Lisher   Composer
David Lowery   Composer
Chris Pedersen   Composer

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