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Age of Miracles
     

The Age of Miracles

by Chuck Prophet
 
For his seventh album, Chuck Prophet updates the all-over-the-map quality that made Green on Red's early albums so bracing. Age of Miracles is rooted in the same country and folk influences as Prophet's other solo albums, but Prophet and co-producer Eric Drew Feldman add a quasi-psychedelic haze and some distinct blues riffs to the

Overview

For his seventh album, Chuck Prophet updates the all-over-the-map quality that made Green on Red's early albums so bracing. Age of Miracles is rooted in the same country and folk influences as Prophet's other solo albums, but Prophet and co-producer Eric Drew Feldman add a quasi-psychedelic haze and some distinct blues riffs to the mix. The title track, for example, combines a Neil Young-style country-rock tune with a prominent string section playing a woozy high-register part, a funky wah-wah guitar riff that appears to be playing at half speed for full lysergic atmosphere, and a vocal part from Prophet's wife and musical partner, Stephanie Finch (the Emmylou Harris to his Gram Parsons), that's so high it's almost audible only to dogs. Similarly, the opening "Automatic Blues" has a swampy, creepy atmosphere that recalls Feldman's former employer Captain Beefheart, and the downright odd "You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)" has a trippy electronic sheen and an unexpected rapped chorus. In this context, songs like the more traditionally minded "West Memphis Moon" are the ones that sound out of place! However, the combination of country twang and psychedelic weirdness works more often than not, and it makes a nice change from Prophet's recent albums, which were starting to sound a bit formulaic. It's not as big a change as Wilco made with Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but Age of Miracles has a similar restless quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396606221
catalogNumber:
6062
Rank:
18237

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Prophet   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Glockenspiel,Harpsichord,Tom-Tom,Vocals,Tres,Lap Steel Guitar,Shortwave Radio,Guitar (Baritone),Bullhorn
Ralph Carney   Horn
Jim Bogios   Percussion,Drums
Bonnie   Vocals
Max Butler   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Davey Faragher   Bass,Bass Guitar
Eric Drew Feldman   Piano,Moog Synthesizer
Rick Holmstrom   Guitar
Mark Pistel   ARP
Michael Urbano   Drums
Winston Watson   Drums,Triangle
David Trumfio   Vocals
CVS   Vocals
Steve Mugalian   Drums
Bridget   Vocals
Stephanie Finch   Organ,Vocals,Vox Jaguar
Marc Pisapia   Drums
Jerry Flowers   Bass
Atom Ellis   Bass,Bass Guitar
Valerie   Vocals
Danny McGough   Organ
James "Hags" Haggerty   Bass
Paul Rhodes   Cello
Jacob Valenzuela   Trumpet
Jason Borger   Synthesizer,Glockenspiel,Electric Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Wurlitzer,Casio,Vox Continental
Ellen Gronningen   Violin,Viola
Trisha McGovern   Violin
Jeffrey Luck Lucas   Cello

Technical Credits

Chuck Prophet   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Eric Drew Feldman   Producer,Audio Production
Roger Moutenot   Engineer
Mark Pistel   Programming,Echoplex
David Trumfio   Engineer
Stephanie Finch   Contributor
Craig Schumacher   Engineer
Michael Krassner   Engineer
William Eggleston   Cover Photo
Glen   Engineer
Mike Prosenko   Art Direction
Jason Borger   String Arrangements
Justin Phelps   Engineer

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