Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart [Bonus Tracks]

Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart [Bonus Tracks]

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. [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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
Label:
Omnivore Recordings
UPC:
0816651015436
catalogNumber:
1015436
Rank:
55644

Tracks

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
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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