Palace of Gold [Bonus Tracks]

Palace of Gold [Bonus Tracks]

by Blue Rodeo
     
 

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After having spent the last few years going over old ground on Greatest Hits and the double live Just Like a Vacation, as well as treading water with the less than stellar (but appropriately named) Days in Between, Blue

Overview

After having spent the last few years going over old ground on Greatest Hits and the double live Just Like a Vacation, as well as treading water with the less than stellar (but appropriately named) Days in Between, Blue Rodeo found its stride again with Palace of Gold. Having built their own studio, the bandmembers took the time to record in a comfortable, relaxed manner in which they could workshop tunes at their leisure. This newly found freedom allowed them to experiment with the addition of strings and horns on several tracks, a move they had taken tentative stabs at before. On some tunes, the experiment clearly needed some fine tuning; the moody bossa nova of singer Jim Cuddy's "What a Surprise" borders on lounge, and the slight psychedelia of "Comet" seems half-baked. But ballads like Greg Keelor's soulful "Find a Way to Say Goodbye" and the uptempo "Clearer View" both ring with added depth thanks to the new sonic touches. At their core, the songs on Palace of Gold (at least the best ones) remain close to the group's country-rock core; "Palace of Gold," "Glad to Be Alive," and "Tell Me Baby" all featuring heartfelt singing, jangling guitars, and soaring pedal steel. They could have dropped the gushing "Bulletproof" and still gained some ground. While many longtime fans insist the group reached its high-water mark with the fruitful Five Days in July or Lost Together albums, Blue Rodeo's willingness to move forward while staying true to a good basic sound on Palace of Gold hinted that the group's best days may be yet to come. [There is also a version that includes the bonus tracks "The Railroad," "Bad Timing," and "You're Everywhere."]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661322929
catalogNumber:
613229
Rank:
232776

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Rodeo   Primary Artist
Adele Armin   Violin
Richard Armin   Cello
Jim Cuddy   Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Stephen Donald   Trombone
Bazil Donovan   Bass
Molly Johnson   Background Vocals
Greg Keelor   Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Milchem   Drums
Wendy Rose   Violin
James Gray   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Laura Hubert   Background Vocals
Rick White   Handwriting
Richard Underhill   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Anne Lindsay   Violin
Claudio Vena   Viola
Bob Egan   Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Ron Mah   Violin
Bryden Baird   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
Winona Zelenka   Cello
Paul Aucoin   Vibes
Chris Gale   Baritone Saxophone
Jayne Maddison   Violin
Norman Hathaway   Violin

Technical Credits

Blue Rodeo   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jim Cuddy   Composer
Greg Keelor   Composer
Bobby Paterson   Booking
Rick White   Paintings
Richard Underhill   Horn Arrangements
Anne Lindsay   String Arrangements
Bushwhack Horns   Horn Arrangements
Susan de Cartier   Management
Planet Soul Strings   Contributor
Ian Osborne   Engineering
Jeremy Holgersen   Booking
Nick Holmes   Engineering
Kay White   Booking

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