Rykodisc 20th Anniversary

Rykodisc 20th Anniversary

     
 
This is where a thirty-something music geek scratches his balding (not bald) head and says, "Geez, has it really been 20 years since that first Jim Pepper album came out?" He pauses momentarily to consider his mortality, then puts this two-disc sampler in the machine and immediately hears David Bowie's "Changes" and Sugar

Overview

This is where a thirty-something music geek scratches his balding (not bald) head and says, "Geez, has it really been 20 years since that first Jim Pepper album came out?" He pauses momentarily to consider his mortality, then puts this two-disc sampler in the machine and immediately hears David Bowie's "Changes" and Sugar's "Changes" back to back -- two songs that could hardly be more dissimilar, and that together illustrate as well as any could the amazing history of the company that made its name in the early '80s as the world's first CD-only record label. That history is, necessarily, represented a bit spottily on this compilation: Bowie's here, but not Bootsy; Cockburn and Cooder and Cray are here, but not Costello. A few of the inclusions are questionable: Medeski, Martin & Wood's rather lackluster "Bubblehouse" is far from the group's best work for Rykodisc; the same is true of the Jayhawks' laconic "Ain't No End." But there's certainly no arguing with Kelly Willis' grittily brilliant "Take Me Down," Richard Thompson's brutal "Tear Stained Letter," Josh Rouse's "Come Back (Light Therapy)," or Mission of Burma's epochal "Academy Fight Song." And if you've never heard of Osaka Popstar or Alejandro Escovedo, their tracks here may well send you back to the catalog. Yes, it's basically disposable -- the whole idea is to interest you in these recordings enough that you'll acquire all of them and render the compilation unnecessary -- but even so, this 20th anniversary collection is a wise investment and a surprisingly solid listening experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431065125
catalogNumber:
10651

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Changes
  2. Changes
  3. This Magic Moment
  4. Honey White
  5. Looking Forward to Seeing You
  6. Happiness Is Drumming
  7. Satisfaction
  8. Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head
  9. Take Me Down
  10. I Will Dare
  11. Wicked World
  12. Tied to the Tracks
  13. Valentine
  14. Pink Moon
  15. Al Du
  16. Not So Far to Go
  17. 24-7 Man
  18. Day After Day
  19. Thank You Friends
  20. Even the Clouds Get High

Disc 2

  1. Chain
  2. Joe's Garage
  3. Tear Stained Letter
  4. Comeback (Light Therapy)
  5. Walking on Thin Ice
  6. Bubblehouse
  7. Ain't No End
  8. Academy Fight Song
  9. Fire
  10. Crooked Frame
  11. Awkward Age
  12. Descarga de Hoy
  13. Pacing the Cage
  14. Paris 1919
  15. Cougar Run
  16. Confession Time (Cops)

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Bill Hicks   Composer
Kelly Willis   Composer
Nick Drake   Composer
Mickey Hart   Composer
Ali Farka Touré   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
John Cale   Composer
Alex Chilton   Composer
Bruce Cockburn   Composer
Joe Jackson   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Nils Lofgren   Composer
Bob Mould   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Daniel Johnston   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
Clint Conley   Composer
Alejandro Escovedo   Composer
Frank Zappa   Composer
John Flansburgh   Composer
Pete Ham   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Kraig Johnson   Composer
John Linnell   Composer
Gary Louris   Composer
John Medeski   Composer
Marc Perlman   Composer
Dave Pirner   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Don Rose   Liner Notes
Mark Sandman   Composer
Robert Simonds   Liner Notes
Billy Martin   Composer
Kelly Joe Phelps   Composer
Orlando "Maraca" Valle   Composer
James Kochalka Superstar   Composer
Jeff Rougvie   Liner Notes
C. Valle   Composer
Chris Wood   Composer
Josh Rouse   Composer
Arthur Mann   Liner Notes
Paul Uniack   CD Package Design

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