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Executioner's Last Songs, Vols. 2-3

The Executioner's Last Songs, Vols. 2-3

by Jon Langford
     
 
Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' second collection of songs about murder, death, and dying -- recorded to benefit the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty -- certainly ups the ante of ambition and diversity over The Executioner's Last Songs, and while Vol. 2 & 3 lacks some of the

Overview

Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' second collection of songs about murder, death, and dying -- recorded to benefit the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty -- certainly ups the ante of ambition and diversity over The Executioner's Last Songs, and while Vol. 2 & 3 lacks some of the purity and concision of the first disc, the consistent quality of the performances certainly compensates. Where for the most part The Executioner's Last Songs sounded like the work of a single band with a number of different singers taking their turns at the mike, on the follow-up Langford, Steven Goulding, Tom Ray, Celine, and the various guest Cosmonauts on deck bend more to the style of their guests, which given the artists on board was perhaps inevitable. Mark Eitzel, Kevin Coyne, Kurt Wagner, and David Yow, to name but four of the artists teaming up with the PVC here, are simply the sort of performers who can't help but sound like themselves, and with more original songs and contemporary compositions on display, this two-CD set suggests less of a ramble through the morbid tributaries of Anglo-American traditional music than some sort of death-obsessed folk and pop festival, where the Grim Reaper is met with good cheer (Rhett Miller's "Dang Me"), snide wit (Pat Brennan's "Death Where Is Thy Sting"), fatalistic nostalgia (Dave Alvin's "Green Green Grass of Home"), or resigned regret (Otis Clay's "Banks of the Ohio"). All 27 tracks are worth hearing, and regardless of your stand on the death penalty, The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 2 & 3 boasts far too much good music from too many worthy artists for anyone with even a passing interest in roots music to pass up.

Editorial Reviews

Blender - Jason Cohen
The Pine Valley Cosmonauts' continuing effort to raise funds, consciousness and hell results in startlingly good music... A capital achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Bloodshot Records
UPC:
0744302009520
catalogNumber:
20095

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Langford   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Drew Carson   Mandolin,Group Member
Steve Goulding   Drums,Group Member
Lu Edmonds   Saz
Gurf Morlix   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Sally Timms   Vocals,Group Member
Chase Morrison   Cello
Rico Bell   Harmonica
Joe Camarillo   Bass,Drums
Pat Brennan   Organ,Piano,Voices,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Ken Sluiter   Bass,Background Vocals,Mellotron,keyboard bass
Amy Domingues   Cello
Jon Rauhouse   Pedal Steel Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar
Barclay McKay   Piano,Electric Piano
Eddie Carlson   Bass,Drums
Robert Coyne   Guitar
Jonboy   Overdubs
Bobby Boyd   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Purveyor   Mandolin
Tom V. Ray   Electric Bass,Double Bass,Group Member
Jamal Ruhe   Bass,Drums,Background Vocals,Toy Piano
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry   Jug
Don Walls   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Charlie Rich   Composer
Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Kevin Coyne   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Brendan Croker   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Mark Eitzel   Composer
Jon Langford   Composer,Producer,Paintings
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Lu Edmonds   Arranger
Keith Lucas   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Sally Timms   Composer,Sound Effects
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Rico Bell   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Pat Brennan   Composer
Reed   Composer
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Meat Purveyors   Arranger
Rex Hobart   Composer
Celine   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jamal Ruhe   Engineer
Lewis Allan   Composer
Barry Mason   Composer
John Hurt   Composer
Claude "Curly" Putman   Composer

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