Robespierre's Velvet Basement

Robespierre's Velvet Basement

by Jacobites
     
 

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Robespierre's Velvet Basement, the shambolic second album by Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth's Jacobites, is a masterpiece of free-wheeling songwriting, loose arrangements, tossed-off vocals, and straight-to-the-gut emotional expression. The Jacobites were never influenced by what was going on around them; they preferred an earlier…  See more details below

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Robespierre's Velvet Basement, the shambolic second album by Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth's Jacobites, is a masterpiece of free-wheeling songwriting, loose arrangements, tossed-off vocals, and straight-to-the-gut emotional expression. The Jacobites were never influenced by what was going on around them; they preferred an earlier, more decadent era in rock, and in their sound one gets the jagged shards of Jagger and Richards, Stewart and Lane, and Ronson and Hunter. Not that the Jacobites sound anything like the Rolling Stones, the Faces, or Ian and Mick. Acoustic guitars are more prevalent than electronics, and the spirit of Marc Bolan's folky years hovers just above the cloud of cigarette smoke that made the studio blue. This is rock & roll of a type that had not been made since the '70s, and is only starting to be made again in the 21st century, but in the guitars and voices of the Jacobites -- with Nikki's brother, the late, great Epic Soundtracks, on drums -- one has to ask why it sounds so timeless, as relevant today as it was when it was made, as wondrously loose and garagey as only the best in rock & roll can be. Tenderness, pathos, vulnerability, humor, bitterness, who-gives-a-damn clarity, and genuine fire are what make Robespierre's Velvet Basement one of the great, unsung classics of the '80s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/1994
Label:
MAMMOTH
UPC:
0035498008528
catalogNumber:
85

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Big Store
  2. Snow White
  3. When the Rain Comes
  4. Every Girl
  5. Fortune of Fame
  6. Where the Rivers End
  7. Hearts Are Like Flowers
  8. It'll All End Up in Tears
  9. She Never Believes
  10. Silken Sheets
  11. Ambulance Station
  12. Son of a French Nobleman

Disc 2

  1. All the Dark Rags
  2. Into My Arms
  3. If I'm Crying
  4. Country Girl
  5. Sloth
  6. Someone Who Cares
  7. Before I Die
  8. Pin Your Heart to Me
  9. Road of Broken Dreams
  10. One More String of Pearls
  11. I Am Just a Broken Heart
  12. Only Children Sleeping

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jacobites   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Nikki Sudden   Indexed Contributor,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bells,Acoustic Bass
Epic Soundtracks   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine
Dave Kusworth   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tyla   Slide Guitar
Mark Lemon   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nikki Sudden   Producer,Liner Notes
Epic Soundtracks   Feedback
Dave Kusworth   Producer
Mark Powell   Engineer

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