The Best of the Rykodisc Years

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Listening to this collection of tracks taken from his years recording for Rykodisc (1998-2005), it's plain that Josh Rouse arrived fully formed. From his first release (1998's Dressed Up Like Nebraska), he was already a thoughtful writer with a heartbreakingly intimate voice and the unfailing ability to wrap his melancholy in warm and sweet melodies. He made some very fine albums over the seven-year stretch and The Best of the Rykodisc Years selects three or four songs from each. The progression from album to album is slight but noticeable. Starting off on Nebraska, Rouse seems earnest and slightly restrained, but by the time of 2003's 1972 Rouse was feeling frisky enough to...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Listening to this collection of tracks taken from his years recording for Rykodisc (1998-2005), it's plain that Josh Rouse arrived fully formed. From his first release (1998's Dressed Up Like Nebraska), he was already a thoughtful writer with a heartbreakingly intimate voice and the unfailing ability to wrap his melancholy in warm and sweet melodies. He made some very fine albums over the seven-year stretch and The Best of the Rykodisc Years selects three or four songs from each. The progression from album to album is slight but noticeable. Starting off on Nebraska, Rouse seems earnest and slightly restrained, but by the time of 2003's 1972 Rouse was feeling frisky enough to drop the stunningly poppy and pretty goofy "Love Vibration." His next album, 2005's Nashville, will probably go down as his masterpiece and the four songs here make a case for Rouse as one of the foremost practitioners of intelligent and adult, but also sweet and teenage, pop of his era. If disc one presents a strong over view of Josh Rouse, disc two of the collection presents enough rarities to send Rouse fans into fits of joy. It gathers up all the tracks from the 2001 EP Bedroom Classics, Vol. 1 (which includes a lovely, stripped-back version of "Sad Eyes," a track that later showed up on Nashville) and seven demos and previously released outtakes. It also includes a previously heard outtake, "Princess of the Porch," which was part of a rarities disc released with The Smooth Sounds of Josh Rouse DVD. If Ryko had added all the tracks from this disc two, it would have been an unbeatable package. As it stands, though, it works both as an intro to the heartwarming sound of Josh Rouse and as a collector's item.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Rhino / Rykodisc
  • UPC: 081227990930
  • Catalog Number: 512894
  • Sales rank: 196,925

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Late Night Conversation (3:55)
  2. 2 Dressed Up Like Nebraska (3:25)
  3. 3 Invisible (3:35)
  4. 4 Laughter (4:41)
  5. 5 Directions (3:27)
  6. 6 100M Backstroke (3:33)
  7. 7 65 (3:31)
  8. 8 Under Cold Blue Stars (4:28)
  9. 9 Nothing Gives Me Pleasure (3:17)
  10. 10 Feeling No Pain (4:21)
  11. 11 Ugly Stories (5:27)
  12. 12 1972 (3:49)
  13. 13 Love Vibration (4:52)
  14. 14 Come Back (Light Therapy) (4:39)
  15. 15 Rise (5:06)
  16. 16 Winter in the Hamptons (3:15)
  17. 17 It's the Nighttime (4:07)
  18. 18 My Love Is Gone (4:21)
  19. 19 Streetlights (4:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Miserable South (5:37)
  2. 2 A Night In (5:00)
  3. 3 A Song to Help You Sleep (3:24)
  4. 4 Sad Eyes (4:32)
  5. 5 Sunshine (3:15)
  6. 6 Michigan (3:38)
  7. 7 Suburban Sweetheart (4:13)
  8. 8 Flair (4:05)
  9. 9 Be on the Lookout (3:15)
  10. 10 Cannot Talk (5:49)
  11. 11 Christmas with Jesus (3:54)
  12. 12 Camping in Copenhagen (3:52)
  13. 13 Princess on the Porch (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Rouse Primary Artist, Guitar, Trombone, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodica, Bells
Steve Allen Wurlitzer
Jim Hoke Flute, Saxophone
Brad Jones Organ, Bass, Piano, Marimbas, Vibes, chamberlain, Upright Bass, Wurlitzer
Craig Krampf Percussion
Roger Moutenot Guitar, Keyboards
Daniel Tashian Guitar, Vocals
Malcolm Travis Drums
George Nicholson Organ
Chris Carmichael Strings
Kurt Wagner Vibes, Ambience
David Henry Bass, Cello, Background Vocals
Will Kimbrough Guitar
Joe Pisapia Background Vocals
Marc Pisapia Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Paul Burch Vibes
Curt Perkins Guitar, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals, Vibes, Loops, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Hayden Desser Bass
John Deaderick Piano
Dennis Cronin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Pat Sansone Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vibes
Howie Beck Drums
James "Hags" Haggerty Bass, Vocals
Ned Henry Violin
David Gehrke Drums, Tambourine
Katie Cook Background Vocals
Sharon Gilchrist Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Remastering
Brad Jones Producer, Engineer
Kip Kubin Programming
Tony Miracle Programming
Roger Moutenot Producer, Engineer
Daniel Tashian Composer
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Kurt Wagner Composer
David Henry Producer, Engineer
Josh Rouse Composer, Producer, Engineer
Curt Perkins Composer
Hayden Desser Producer, Engineer
Pat Sansone Composer, Engineer
Paz Suay Art Direction
Christopher Moon Management
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