Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Chris Knox is one of the pillars of New Zealand's indie rock music scene. Starting with his band Toy Love through his duo Tall Dwarfs and his solo work, he's been making interesting, challenging records for almost 30 years. When he suffered a stroke in late 2009, it was a shock, but soon Knox's musical friends and fans rallied support and Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox was born. Just looking at the list of contributors gives you an idea of how highly regarded Knox's work is. Luminaries of the Flying Nun records stable the Bats, the Chills, the Kilgour brothers rub shoulders with American indie rock legends Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, the Mountain Goats, Lou Barlow, big names like ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Chris Knox is one of the pillars of New Zealand's indie rock music scene. Starting with his band Toy Love through his duo Tall Dwarfs and his solo work, he's been making interesting, challenging records for almost 30 years. When he suffered a stroke in late 2009, it was a shock, but soon Knox's musical friends and fans rallied support and Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox was born. Just looking at the list of contributors gives you an idea of how highly regarded Knox's work is. Luminaries of the Flying Nun records stable the Bats, the Chills, the Kilgour brothers rub shoulders with American indie rock legends Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, the Mountain Goats, Lou Barlow, big names like Neil Finn and Stephin Merritt contribute songs, and people who haven't been heard from much lately show up to pay respect Shayne Carter of Straitjacket Fits, Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel. It's no real surprise that the songs that sound the best are the versions done by the New Zealand acts themselves, there's something sort of magical about the island that gives songs recorded there a feel that isn't easy to re-create. The Chills, the Bats and relative newcomers the Mint Chicks all have that magic. So do the Verlaines, the Bleeding Allstars, and Alec Bathgate who, as Knox's partner in Tall Dwarfs, also deserves some tribute. A couple of the outside artists like Jay Reatard who had planned to work with Knox at one point also do a fine job of capturing it. Most of the North American contingent seems satisfied to just turn in stripped-down versions of Knox's songs, which is fine but also something of a let down. Fans expecting Mangum's contribution to be anything more than him and an acoustic guitar may be let down, too, for example. That being said, Bill Callahan's "Lapse" is a hauntingly beautiful, epic-length take on the song that conjures up the ghost of Fred Neil. Yo La Tengo also turns in a lovely song, and Lou Barlow's "Song of the Tall Poppy" does a fine job of capturing the twin streams of melody and off-kilter production that runs through Knox's career. The compilation is truly a labor of love and the record's producer made the interesting choice to arrange the cover versions chronologically which gives a nice timeline effect to the proceedings. To that end, the two songs that close out the album were recorded after Knox's stroke and feature him on wordless vocals. The tracks are a testament to his will to recover, and also in the case of Tall Dwarfs' "Sunday Song," very moving. Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox is an example of a tribute album done right, and is a must for any fans of Knox or of New Zealand indie rock. Now we just need someone to release a collection of all the Knox originals!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855036724
  • Catalog Number: 50367
  • Sales rank: 125,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pull Down the Shades - Jay Reatard (2:12)
  2. 2 Rebel - The Checks (2:41)
  3. 3 Ain't It Nice - The Bleeding Allstars (2:17)
  4. 4 Don't Catch Fire - Peter Gutteridge (6:38)
  5. 5 Luck or Loveliness - The Chills (3:16)
  6. 6 Nothing's Going to Happen - David Kilgour (3:37)
  7. 7 All My Hollowness To You - The Crying Wolfs (4:22)
  8. 8 Beauty - Stephin Merritt (3:29)
  9. 9 Nostalgia's No Excuse - Portastatic (2:08)
  10. 10 Crush - The Mint Chicks (4:14)
  11. 11 I've Left Memories Behind - Sam Clarkson (3:03)
  12. 12 Burning Blue - The Skygreen Leopards (2:25)
  13. 13 The Slide - Shayne Carter (3:35)
  14. 14 Grand Mal - Pumice (3:01)
  15. 15 Knocked Out - Hamish Kilgour (6:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Not Given Lightly - Boh Runga (3:24)
  2. 2 Bodies - Red & Zeke (2:14)
  3. 3 Sign the Dotted Line - Jeff Mangum (2:10)
  4. 4 Lapse - Bill Callahan (6:27)
  5. 5 Growth Spurt - Genghis Smith (2:25)
  6. 6 Coloured - Yo La Tengo (3:31)
  7. 7 Dunno Much About Life But I Know How To Breathe - A.C. Newman (2:07)
  8. 8 Glide - Alec Bathgate (3:00)
  9. 9 Inside Story - Don McGlashan (3:34)
  10. 10 The Outer Skin - Sean Donnelly (3:51)
  11. 11 What Goes Up - Lambchop (2:58)
  12. 12 Brave - The Mountain Goats (3:30)
  13. 13 Round These Walls - The Tokey Tones (3:29)
  14. 14 Just Do It - The Bats (3:42)
  15. 15 My Only Friend - Bonnie "Prince" Billy (4:24)
  16. 16 It's Love - The Pyjama Party (2:39)
  17. 17 Becoming Something Other - Jordan Luck (5:15)
  18. 18 Driftwood - The Verlaines (4:29)
  19. 19 Song of the Tall Poppy - Lou Barlow (3:30)
  20. 20 Nappin' in Lapland - The Nothing (3:40)
  21. 21 Sunday Song - Tall Dwarfs (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Beattie Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion
James Dickson Piano, Harpsichord
Neil Finn Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Sharon Finn Bass, Vocals
Malcolm Grant Drums
Paul Kean Bass, Lead
Gary Olson Trumpet, Stylophone
Martin Phillipps Vocals
Kaye Woodward Guitar, Vocals
Chris Knox Vocals, Casio, Backwards Vocals
Alec Bathgate Guitar, Vocals
David Kilgour Percussion, Background Vocals
Hamish Kilgour Dumbek, Jew's Harp, Breathing
Bill Callahan Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Darren Stedman Drums
David Pine Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Martin Durrant Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Fiona McDonald Background Vocals
Jordan Luck Vocals
Sean Donnelly Vocals
Jonathan Bree Guitar, Percussion
A.C. Newman Vocals
Scott Mannion Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Omnichord
Stefan Neville Drums
Taane Tokona Drums
Jay Clarkson Vocals
Rob Burns Bass
Boh Runga Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Lyons Background Vocals
Elroy Finn Drums, Vocals
Sam Clarkson Vocals
Sven Pettersen Synthesizer, Guitar
Sean Neukom Violin
Alan Starrat Viola
Pelle Hilstrom Electric Guitar
Myles Chen Cello
Murray Costello Bass
Karel Chabera Jr. Bass
Joi Mulholland Bass
Jade Farley Violin
Jacob Moore Drums
Gwen Norcliffe Background Vocals
George D. Henderson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Emma Bathgate Background Vocals
Ed McWilliams Bass, Background Vocals
Ed Knowles Vocals
Duncan Bruce Tabla, Tanpura
Callum Martin Guitar
Allison Beck Background Vocals
Gavin Hook Vocals
Todd Knudson Drums
Tessa Petersen Violin
Tam Taylor Violin
Roy Martyn Guitar
Technical Credits
Brian Beattie Engineer
Bryan Bell Engineer
Paul Kean Engineer, Mastering
Gary Olson Engineer
Martin Phillipps Instrumentation
Alec Bathgate Instrumentation
David Kilgour Engineer, Instrumentation
Graeme Downes Arranger
Mac McCaughan Instrumentation
Liam Finn Vocal Effect
Marc Jameson Programming, Producer
James Woods Engineer
Dawson Composer
Sean Donnelly Instrumentation
Angus McNaughton Mastering, Vocal Engineer
Jonathan Bree Engineer
A.C. Newman Instrumentation
Scott Mannion Engineer
Kody Nielson Producer
Boh Runga Producer
Jordan Stone Engineer
Mark Lyons Engineer
Red & Zeke Producer
Mike McLeod Engineer
Kimmo Vennonen Mastering
John Collins Engineer
James Hoboken Engineer
Jade Farley Engineer
Instant Karma Producer
Gwen Norcliffe Engineer
Ed McWilliams Engineer
Duncan Bruce Producer, Engineer
David Kelly Vocal Tracking
Vervonica Trow Engineer
Doctor Eckhart Engineer
Tim Bathgate Engineer
Stephen Stedman Engineer
Sam Ralston Engineer
Roy Martyn Producer, Engineer
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