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Purge & Slouch
     

Purge & Slouch

by Giant Sand
 

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In comparison to the previous few Giant Sand records, Purge and Slouch was an exercise in recording almost for the heck of it, with a loose lineup of eight other performers, with Rainer Ptacek again back in the fold for a bit, assisting the Gelb/

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In comparison to the previous few Giant Sand records, Purge and Slouch was an exercise in recording almost for the heck of it, with a loose lineup of eight other performers, with Rainer Ptacek again back in the fold for a bit, assisting the Gelb/Convertino/Burns trio. The liner notes explain the casual nature of the whole thing, which was in fact recorded in the living room, guest bedroom, and porch of one Harvey Moltz, who helped record it all. Gelb himself sounded bemused at the end results, but, taking it as it is, Purge and Slouch is a fun treat; a lengthy release (nearly a full CD's worth) with an agreeably relaxed vibe. Any guesses that the home-based recording and seemingly informal atmosphere would result in nothing but acoustic hoedowns are abolished with the opening drum slam and feedback screech of "Slander." With that as a wake-up call, things generally take a calmer turn for the remainder of the album, touching on both unplugged shuffles and subtly electrified approaches, including some intriguingly nervous, edgy efforts like the amusingly titled "Santana, Castaneda and You." Unsurprisingly, there's also a fair amount of sheer weirdness, like the very odd tape collage "Overture (Part 1)," and sharp, wry humor, like the barbed lament on cultural cooptation "Elevator Music," one of the few times where everybody fully rocks out for a bit. There's one cover on the album -- a brief, murky take on Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" that's one of the more unusual such remakes around -- while another strong point is the lengthy, haunting "Corridor," with backing vocals from previous Giant Sand guests Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson. Combine that with a variety of fragments and a generally loose atmosphere, and, while Purge and Slouch won't be the album to immediately convince a Giant Sand newcomer, fans will find it an engaging listen. Best song title of the bunch -- "Song of the Accountants."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/1994
Label:
Restless Records
UPC:
0018777274623
catalogNumber:
72746

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Performance Credits

Giant Sand   Primary Artist
Rainer Ptacek   Dobro
Paula Jean Brown   Bass
Malcolm Burn   Bass
Joey Burns   Cello,Acoustic Bass
John Covertino   Drums
Susan Cowsill   Background Vocals
Perry   Guitar
Vicki Peterson   Background Vocals
Mark Walton   Bass
Trina Shoemaker   Background Vocals
Howe Gelb   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Sampling
Sofie Albertsen   Background Vocals
Neil Harry   Pedal Steel Guitar
Loren Dircks   Guitar

Technical Credits

Giant Sand   Contributor
John Covertino   Producer
Howe Gelb   Producer
Harvey Moltz   Producer
Sofie Albertsen   Cover Design

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