Stay Golden, Smog: The Best of Golden Smog - The Rykodisc Years

Stay Golden, Smog: The Best of Golden Smog - The Rykodisc Years

by Golden Smog
     
 
Between 1992 and 2007, Golden Smog, the engagingly shambolic alt country stupor-group featuring members of the Jayhawks, Wilco, Soul Asylum, and Run Westy Run, cut two EPs and three full-length albums. That may not seem like much of a catalog from which to draw a "Greatest Hits" album,

Overview

Between 1992 and 2007, Golden Smog, the engagingly shambolic alt country stupor-group featuring members of the Jayhawks, Wilco, Soul Asylum, and Run Westy Run, cut two EPs and three full-length albums. That may not seem like much of a catalog from which to draw a "Greatest Hits" album, but Stay Golden, Smog: The Best of Golden Smog, The Rykodisc Years doesn't even dig that deep. Stay Golden, Smog gathers eight of the fourteen songs from the Smog's first full album, 1995's Down by the Old Mainstream, and eight of the fifteen tunes from the follow-up, 1998's Weird Tales. As the title would suggest, Golden Smog's two most recent efforts, released by Lost Highway Records, aren't represented here, and their debut EP, 1992's On Golden Smog -- originally released on a small Minneapolis indie label and later reissued by Rykodisc -- is ignored. At this writing, the entire Golden Smog catalog is in print, and all of this begs the question: what exactly is the point of this album? There's no arguing that there's plenty of fine music on this collection; Golden Smog may have started as a drunken goof among a handful of friends, but there was an undeniable chemistry between the participants, and with the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Gary Louris, Dan Murphy, Marc Perlman, Kraig Johnson, and Jody Stephens on board, it's no surprise that this disc features some really fine songs played by friends who know how to make them work in the studio. Unlike most side projects, Golden Smog was capable of coming up with material worthy of the members' day jobs (such as "Won't Be Coming Home," "To Call My Own," and "Pecan Pie"), and to bait the hook for completists, this set tosses in two unreleased tracks, a rough early take of "Until You Came Along," and a cover of Brian Wilson's "Love and Mercy." But as an overview of Golden Smog's career thus far, Stay Golden, Smog leaves too much by the sidelines to do the trick, and since Down by the Old Mainstream and Weird Tales are in print and available at mid-line price, this disc isn't even especially cost effective. In short, only the most casual observers or superfans desperate for the two unreleased songs need concern themselves with this.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Rhino / Rykodisc
UPC:
0081227991456
catalogNumber:
512548
Rank:
74796

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Golden Smog   Primary Artist
Ed Ackerson   Percussion,Piano
James Luther Dickinson   Wurlitzer
Kraig Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Louris   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Marc Perlman   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jody Stephens   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jeff Tweedy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Merkl   Toy Piano
Jarret Decatur   Bass,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Macklyn   Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Leonardson Saratoga   Drums,Tambourine
Scot Summit   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Raymond Virginia   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin
Jason Orris   Background Vocals
Dan Murphy   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jim Boquist   Background Vocals
Jessy Greene   Violin,Background Vocals
Bryan Hanna   Tambourine,Background Vocals
John Woodland   Background Vocals
David Spear   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Scot Summit   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Macklyn   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Leonardson Saratoga   Drums,Tambourine
Jarret Decatur   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Harp,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,chamberlain
Raymond Virginia   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
David Spear   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tommy Merkel   Toy Piano
John Woodland   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Composer
Golden Smog   Audio Production
Ed Ackerson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kraig Johnson   Composer
Ronnie Lane   Composer
Gary Louris   Composer
Brian Paulson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Marc Perlman   Composer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Pete Matthews   Engineer
Patrick Milligan   Discographical Annotation
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
Heinrich Kley   Cover Painting

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