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Stay Golden, Smog: The Best of Golden Smog - The Rykodisc Years [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Rhino / Rykodisc
  • UPC: 081227991456
  • Catalog Number: 512548
  • Sales rank: 65,603

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Until You Came Along (4:58)
  2. 2 Looking Forward to Seeing You (2:47)
  3. 3 Ill Fated (3:42)
  4. 4 Lost Love (3:01)
  5. 5 Jennifer Save Me (4:48)
  6. 6 Making Waves (4:01)
  7. 7 Glad & Sorry (3:34)
  8. 8 V (3:12)
  9. 9 To Call My Own (3:30)
  10. 10 Pecan Pie (2:54)
  11. 11 Won't Be Coming Home (3:36)
  12. 12 Red Headed Stepchild (3:08)
  13. 13 He's a Dick (2:48)
  14. 14 Radio King (3:11)
  15. 15 Please Tell My Brother (2:11)
  16. 16 If I Only Had a Car (4:03)
  17. 17 Until You Came Along '97 (6:14)
  18. 18 Love and Mercy (3:30)
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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, 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
Dan Hersch Remastering
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
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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