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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
At last, a Will Oldham release for everyone. One of the indie underground's most idiosyncratic artists, Oldham has built up a catalogue of achingly poetic, rootsy rock songs that can be lonesome, creepy, winking, or anywhere in between. For Greatest Palace Music, he headed to Nashville to record new versions of old favorites. While his craggy voice remains the centerpiece, the arrangements are markedly different, with a cast of top-notch session players offering pedal steel, female harmonies, piano, fiddle, and mandolin to supplant the haunting, stripped-down early recordings. The loping ballad "Agnes, Queen of Sorrow," for example, was a spare, acoustic ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
At last, a Will Oldham release for everyone. One of the indie underground's most idiosyncratic artists, Oldham has built up a catalogue of achingly poetic, rootsy rock songs that can be lonesome, creepy, winking, or anywhere in between. For Greatest Palace Music, he headed to Nashville to record new versions of old favorites. While his craggy voice remains the centerpiece, the arrangements are markedly different, with a cast of top-notch session players offering pedal steel, female harmonies, piano, fiddle, and mandolin to supplant the haunting, stripped-down early recordings. The loping ballad "Agnes, Queen of Sorrow," for example, was a spare, acoustic guitar-driven recording on the 1994 EP Hope, but here it's a transcendent duet buoyed by Mike Johnson's gorgeous pedal steel playing, Stuart Duncan's moaning fiddle, and Bruce Watkins's crisp acoustic guitar solo. Other songs are more thoroughly retrofitted: "Ohio River Boat Song," a dramatic dirge on Oldham's debut single from '93, is transformed into a richly arranged up-tempo number. Most striking of all is "Pushkin," an unsettling prayer backed by acoustic guitar on 1994's Days in the Wake, where Oldham weakly asserted, "God is the answer / God lies within," with only a trace of hope in its verity. Here it's a full-on country gospel number, with a rousing female chorus injection a dose of conviction to the same linke. Greatest Palace Music may not earn Will Oldham play on CMT anytime soon, but it reasserts the depth and artfulness of his largely under-recognized talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Drag City
  • UPC: 781484025221
  • Catalog Number: 252
  • Sales rank: 72,789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Partner (4:31)
  2. 2 Ohio River Boat Song (2:54)
  3. 3 Gulf Shores (3:54)
  4. 4 You Will Miss Me When I Burn (4:08)
  5. 5 The Brute Choir (3:41)
  6. 6 I Send My Love to You (2:28)
  7. 7 More Brother Rides
  8. 8 Agnes, Queen of Sorrow (3:04)
  9. 9 Viva Ultra (3:13)
  10. 10 Pushkin (3:56)
  11. 11 Horses (4:01)
  12. 12 Riding (3:45)
  13. 13 West Palm Beach (3:42)
  14. 14 No More Workhorse Blues (4:03)
  15. 15 I Am a Cinematographer (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Primary Artist
Michael Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar
Lloyd Barry Horn
Eddie Bayers Drums
George Chambers Horn
Duane Denison Electric Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Ann McCrary Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Bruce Watkins Acoustic Guitar
Mark Fain Bass
Tony Crow Synthesizer, Keyboards
Paul Oldham Vocals
Suzanne Young Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Andrew Bird Fiddle, Strings, Glockenspiel, Performing Ensemble
Ned Oldham Electric Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Aram Stith Electric Guitar, Vocals
Waldo Weathers Horn
Todd Brashear Vocal Harmony
Bobby Bare Jr. Vocals
David Bird Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jack Carneal Percussion, Vocals
Willie Tyler Electric Guitar
Marty Slayton Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Harmony
San Stancil Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Cynthia Hopkins Vocals
Colin Michael Gagon Trombone, Accordion, Vocals, Squeezebox
D.V. Devincentis Saxophone
Mary Feiock Vocals
Lily Nevers Animal Sounds
Technical Credits
Brendan Croker Composer
Jon Langford Composer
Mark Nevers Producer, Engineer
Sally Timms Composer
Paul Oldham Engineer, Mastering
Will Oldham Producer, Engineer
Andrew Bird String Arrangements
Ned Oldham Engineer
D.C. Berman Vocal Coach
Aram Stith Engineer
Marty Slayton Duet
Colin Michael Gagon Engineer
Robert Amft Paintings
Patsy Desmond Paintings
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