Best of the Rykodisc Years

The Best of the Rykodisc Years

by Josh Rouse
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Rhino / Rykodisc
UPC:
0081227990930
catalogNumber:
512894
Rank:
191117

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Late Night Conversation
  2. Dressed Up Like Nebraska
  3. Invisible
  4. Laughter
  5. Directions
  6. 100m Backstroke
  7. 65
  8. Under Cold Blue Stars
  9. Nothing Gives Me Pleasure
  10. Feeling No Pain
  11. Ugly Stories
  12. 1972
  13. Love Vibration
  14. Come Back (Light Therapy)
  15. Rise
  16. Winter In the Hamptons
  17. It's the Night Time
  18. My Love Has Gone
  19. Street Lights

Disc 2

  1. Miserable South
  2. A Night In
  3. A Song To Help You Sleep
  4. Sad Eyes
  5. Sunshine
  6. Michigan
  7. Suburban Sweetheart
  8. Flair
  9. Be On the Lookout
  10. Cannot Talk [Dressed Up Like Nebras
  11. Christmas With Jesus
  12. Camping In Copenhagen [Demo for Summ
  13. Princess On the

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

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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