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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Recorded with help from fellow Walkabouts and other guest performers, Swinger 500 finds Chris and Carla again doggedly pursuing their multifaceted muse. Beginning with a cryptic instrumental snippet with bells, trumpet and low moaning noises, Swinger 500 as always sees the two using gentle folk and country inspirations as a starting point for something far more all-embracing. As compared to the previous studio album Life Full of Holes, Swinger 500 sounds less classically American and very much inspired by the recent Walkabouts albums of the time, European elegance, nightclub grit and back alleys all combining in a drizzly, rainy evening. Not to say the roots of the two ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Recorded with help from fellow Walkabouts and other guest performers, Swinger 500 finds Chris and Carla again doggedly pursuing their multifaceted muse. Beginning with a cryptic instrumental snippet with bells, trumpet and low moaning noises, Swinger 500 as always sees the two using gentle folk and country inspirations as a starting point for something far more all-embracing. As compared to the previous studio album Life Full of Holes, Swinger 500 sounds less classically American and very much inspired by the recent Walkabouts albums of the time, European elegance, nightclub grit and back alleys all combining in a drizzly, rainy evening. Not to say the roots of the two don't show -a great version of Willie Nelson's classic "Funny How Time Slips Away" sits right in the middle of the album, assisted by David Immergluck, ex of Camper Van Beethoven, who adds pedal steel and some mandolin throughout the album. David Barnes of the Bad Livers steps up with banjo and some steel himself, but this is country cast in smoky Continental light -- acts like Nick Cave or previous album guests Tindersticks provide the touchstone if any. There's the piano/percussion loop combination underscoring "Electric Wire," combined with space laser noises shooting through the late night ambience, or the slinky rhythm of the title track, which sound awfully like Cave's "Red Right Hand." Both singers are again in excellent voice, Torgerson's gentle twang and Eckman's husky whisper and low purrs perfectly suited to their songs -- for good contrast, consider her work on the burnt story of love "Black Rope Tied" and his immediately following character study "Fear." Their harmonies on the chorus, not to mention the gentle banjo from Barnes, doesn't offset the ominous lope of the song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/1998
  • Label: Glitterhaus
  • EAN: 4030433043226
  • Catalog Number: 432

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Good News First (4:43)
  2. 2 Electric Wire (5:12)
  3. 3 New Love Ends (3:20)
  4. 4 Black Rope Tied (4:42)
  5. 5 Fear (4:40)
  6. 6 Swinger 500 (5:30)
  7. 7 Funny How Time Slips Away (5:22)
  8. 8 Bingo Catastrophe (2:22)
  9. 9 Blue Winter Snow (5:48)
  10. 10 Mercury Rising (2:58)
  11. 11 Famous Last Words (6:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris & Carla Primary Artist, Track Performer
Danny Barnes Banjo, Steel Guitar
Grant Eckman Drums
David Immerglück Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
Glenn Slater Hammond Organ, Moog Synthesizer
John Von Feldt Upright Bass
Michael Wells Bass, Harmonica
Oscar Williams Trumpet
Bruce Wirth Organ, Harmonium
Terri Moeller Drums
Baker Bass
Johnny Bosch Electric Guitar
Anne Marie Ruljancich Violin
Technical Credits
Chris Eckman Producer
Carla Torgerson Producer
Bruce Wirth Digital Editing
Kevin Suggs Producer, Engineer
Jürgen Peschel Cover Design
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