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The Executioner's Last Songs

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's a great idea, an album to benefit the Illinois Death Penalty Moratorium Project, and who better to execute it (pun intended) than the linchpin of the Chicago alt-country movement, Mekons and Waco Brother member Jon Langford? He's reassembled the occasional Pine Valley Cosmonauts to back a bunch of artists on tales of death, murder, and execution. There's everything from the traditional and gruesome ("Knoxville Girl" from Brett Sparks and a very powerful, gritty "Tom Dooley" by Steve Earle, as graphic as any gangsta rap) to straight-up country (Johnny Paycheck's "Pardon Me (I've Got Someone to Kill)," which these days stands almost as a parody of a country song, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's a great idea, an album to benefit the Illinois Death Penalty Moratorium Project, and who better to execute it (pun intended) than the linchpin of the Chicago alt-country movement, Mekons and Waco Brother member Jon Langford? He's reassembled the occasional Pine Valley Cosmonauts to back a bunch of artists on tales of death, murder, and execution. There's everything from the traditional and gruesome ("Knoxville Girl" from Brett Sparks and a very powerful, gritty "Tom Dooley" by Steve Earle, as graphic as any gangsta rap) to straight-up country (Johnny Paycheck's "Pardon Me (I've Got Someone to Kill)," which these days stands almost as a parody of a country song, albeit a chilling one), all the way to standards (post-punk feminist icon Jenny Toomey on a lovely acoustic rendition of Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets"), punk (the Adverts' "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" interpreted by Dean Schlabowske), and originals (Johnny Dowd's "Judgement Day," among others). It's an odd assemblage, but it hangs together very well, not just because of the thematic content, but also the intensity of the performances, like Edith Frost's luminous "Sing Me Back Home" or Dianne Izzo's raw take on "Oh Death." Apart from contributing guitar and some vocals throughout, Langford does get a couple of moments in the spotlight, duetting on the Dowd cut, then on "The Plans We Made," a tale of love gone awfully wrong that he sings with fellow Mekon Sally Timms. There's no bad cut here, although Tony Fitzpatrick's "Idiot Whistle" proselytizes a little too much, and "The Hangman's Song" from Christa Meyer and Tim Kelley of Puerto Muerto is just plain weird. But this album makes its points in very plain, blunt terms, and offers some excellent music along the way. If you still don't think music and politics can mix, start here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302007427
  • Catalog Number: 20074
  • Sales rank: 117,115

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Knoxville Girl - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (4:03)
  2. 2 I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:18)
  3. 3 Gary Gilmore's Eyes - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:17)
  4. 4 The Snakes Crawl at Night - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:03)
  5. 5 Tom Dooley - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (4:34)
  6. 6 The Hangman's Song - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:55)
  7. 7 (Pardon Me) I've Got Someone to Kill - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:41)
  8. 8 Poor Ellen Smith - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:07)
  9. 9 Miss Otis Regrets - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (4:08)
  10. 10 Judgement Day - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:56)
  11. 11 The Great State of Texas - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:42)
  12. 12 Sing Me Back Home - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:30)
  13. 13 Oh Death - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (4:54)
  14. 14 Hanged Man - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:38)
  15. 15 The Plans We Made - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (4:53)
  16. 16 25 Minutes to Go - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:34)
  17. 17 Idiot Whistle - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (1:52)
  18. 18 Walls of Time - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Langford Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Rosie Flores Track Performer
Janet Beveridge Bean Track Performer
Drew Carson Mandola
Steve Goulding Drums
Kelly Hogan Track Performer
Tim Kelley Track Performer
Sally Timms Track Performer
Tom Ray Banjo, Ukulele, Double Bass
Jenny Toomey Track Performer
Edith Frost Track Performer
Neko Case Track Performer
Lonesome Bob Track Performer
Brett Sparks Track Performer
Ken Sluiter Background Vocals
Paul Burch Track Performer
Johnny Dowd Track Performer
Deanna Varagona Vocal Harmony
Amy Domingues Piano, Cello
Diane Izzo Track Performer
Jon Rauhouse Banjo
Dan Massey Drums
Tony Fitzpatrick Track Performer
Technical Credits
Johnny Paycheck Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Henry Paul Composer
Bernice Johnson Reagon Composer
Lynn Davis Composer
Jon Langford Paintings
Aubrey Mayhew Composer
Ken Sluiter Engineer, Mastering
Jon Rauhouse Engineer
Steve Allen Engineer
Molly Davis Composer
Robert G. Chaney Composer
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