Sweet Ride: The Best of Belly

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Belly arrived at a strange time for alternative rock. Prior to the early 1993 release of their debut, Star, they had released a series of critically acclaimed U.K. EPs that balanced the shimmering, otherworldly quality of Throwing Muses with an increased sense of songcraft from ex-Muse/Breeder Tanya Donelly -- dream pop that really emphasized the pop, while adding emotional undercurrents that could shift from sweetness to haunting within one song. Star, like the EPs, captured this well, and since it arrived when all things alt-rock had a shot at the charts, they actually had a gold album and a Billboard hit with "Feed the Tree." This led to semistardom -- not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Belly arrived at a strange time for alternative rock. Prior to the early 1993 release of their debut, Star, they had released a series of critically acclaimed U.K. EPs that balanced the shimmering, otherworldly quality of Throwing Muses with an increased sense of songcraft from ex-Muse/Breeder Tanya Donelly -- dream pop that really emphasized the pop, while adding emotional undercurrents that could shift from sweetness to haunting within one song. Star, like the EPs, captured this well, and since it arrived when all things alt-rock had a shot at the charts, they actually had a gold album and a Billboard hit with "Feed the Tree." This led to semistardom -- not nearly as big as Kurt-n-Courtney or Eddie, nor as gossip-worthy as Evan-n-Juliana, but to a lot of appearances at festivals and even the cover of Rolling Stone, which meant that they wanted to broaden their audience and sound with their second album, the Glyn Johns-produced King. Though the selected songs were good, the big, glossy production didn't quite fit, but it came to define Belly -- deliberately, too, since they began to remix their British hits for MTV and modern rock radio. Rhino's 2002 collection Sweet Ride: The Best of Belly collects all of the singles, but not necessarily in their original form. Included are "Gepetto" in the remix version which was, admittedly, U.S. single version; the live version of "Dusted"; a U.S.-radio mix of "Feed the Tree." There are a couple of key album tracks, and a whole lotta B-sides: a wonderful, slyly sexy version of "Trust in Me" from Disney's The Jungle Book, a cover of "Hot Burrito #1," and, of course, the tremendous title track. There's also some collector-bait ephemera here, okay King B-sides, a French version of a song from King, and a cover of "Are You Experienced?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227824624
  • Catalog Number: 78246
  • Sales rank: 95,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spaceman (4:22)
  2. 2 Gepetto (3:28)
  3. 3 Super-Connected (4:24)
  4. 4 Broken (4:04)
  5. 5 Hot Burrito #1 (3:42)
  6. 6 Trust in Me (4:19)
  7. 7 Feed the Tree (3:41)
  8. 8 Dusted (2:54)
  9. 9 Seal My Fate (4:02)
  10. 10 Judas Mon Coeur (5:19)
  11. 11 Are You Experienced? (3:43)
  12. 12 Thief (3:13)
  13. 13 Full Moon, Empty Heart (3:01)
  14. 14 Now They'll Sleep (3:15)
  15. 15 Lilith (5:28)
  16. 16 Slow Dog (4:02)
  17. 17 Dream on Me (4:57)
  18. 18 Sweet Ride (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Belly Primary Artist
Juliana Hatfield Vocals
Chris Gorman Percussion, Drums
Fred Abong Bass
Leslie Langston Bass
Tanya Donelly Guitar, Vocals
Gail Greenwood Bass, Vocals
Tom Gorman Guitar, Vocals
Dylan Roy Bass
Technical Credits
Belly Producer
Tom Lord-Alge Remixing
Tracy Chisholm Engineer
Chris Ethridge Composer
Lou Giordano Producer
Glyn Johns Producer
Howard Gray Remixing
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Paul Q. Kolderie Producer
Gil Norton Producer
Sean Slade Producer
Wally Gagel Engineer
Chris Bigg Art Direction, Original Sleeve Design
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Thomas Gorman Composer
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