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Story of My Life [UK Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the grand experiments of Cloudland and Worlds in Collision failed to make Pere Ubu the darlings of America's youth, 1993's Story of My Life found them in less polished studio circumstances, though they were still in a new and different form. Pere Ubu had been pared down to a quartet when they recorded Story of My Life, and while guitarist Jim Jones, bassist Tony Maimone, and drummer Scott Krauss all manned various pieces of noisemaking equipment in the absence of Allen Ravenstine (and producer Al Clay added keyboards), this is still an uncharacteristically lean-sounding Pere Ubu album, dominated by Jones' guitars and leaving plenty of open space for Maimone and Krauss...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the grand experiments of Cloudland and Worlds in Collision failed to make Pere Ubu the darlings of America's youth, 1993's Story of My Life found them in less polished studio circumstances, though they were still in a new and different form. Pere Ubu had been pared down to a quartet when they recorded Story of My Life, and while guitarist Jim Jones, bassist Tony Maimone, and drummer Scott Krauss all manned various pieces of noisemaking equipment in the absence of Allen Ravenstine (and producer Al Clay added keyboards), this is still an uncharacteristically lean-sounding Pere Ubu album, dominated by Jones' guitars and leaving plenty of open space for Maimone and Krauss to shine through. In many respects, Story of My Life finds David Thomas sounding a great deal freer and more playful than he had on Ubu's two previous albums, but without an adversary to battle against as he had on Worlds in Collision, there aren't any moments of unexpected genius like "I Hear They Smoke the Barbecue" or "Oh Catherine," either. However, the opening track of Story of My Life -- "Wasted," which starts out as some sort of damaged sea shanty and suddenly mutates into grand-scale guitar rock -- shows that regardless of what challenges faced them in the studio, Pere Ubu never failed to deliver the goods, and the head-scratching travelogue of oddities in "Postcard," the slightly fractured folk-rock of "Kathleen," and the childhood nostalgia of the title track are superb examples of Ubu's witty side. If Story of My Life feels in retrospect like a stepping stone between Ubu's art pop period and their return to classic form with 1995's Ray Gun Suitcase, it also brings together some of the virtues of both sides of their aural personality, and it's a slightly flawed but underappreciated gem. [Mercury Records reissued Story of My Life in 2007, which had dropped out of print following the closing of Imago Records, who released the album in the United States. The new edition of the album, created with the participation of the band, features three previously unreleased songs recorded during the Story of My Life sessions, a non-LP B-side, and an alternate mix of "Come Home" by Stephen Hague. David Stubbs contributes a literate and informative liner essay as well.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498468203
  • Catalog Number: 9846820

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wasted (2:38)
  2. 2 Come Home (4:52)
  3. 3 Louisiana Train Wreck (3:21)
  4. 4 Fedora Satellite II (3:26)
  5. 5 Heartbreak Garage (3:52)
  6. 6 Postcard (2:53)
  7. 7 Kathleen (4:24)
  8. 8 Honey Moon (2:56)
  9. 9 Sleep Walk (4:25)
  10. 10 Story of My Life (4:08)
  11. 11 Last Will and Testament (3:56)
  12. 12 Come Home (3:37)
  13. 13 Fedora Satellite (2:01)
  14. 14 Gripless (3:23)
  15. 15 Through the Windshield (3:50)
  16. 16 Stoughton 529 (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pere Ubu Primary Artist
David Thomas Guitar, Vocals, Melodeon
Al Clay Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Scott Krauss Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Shortwave Radio
Tony Maimone Synthesizer, Bass, Bass Guitar
Jim Jones Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Jim Jones Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Thomas Mastering
Peter Blegvad Illustrations
Al Clay Producer, Audio Production
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Paul Hamann Engineer, Mastering
Eddie Jones Composer
John Thompson Jr. Video Images
Lou Giodano Engineer
Tom Kafka Video Images
David Stubbs Liner Notes
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