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

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
Blender - Jason Cohen
The Pine Valley Cosmonauts' continuing effort to raise funds, consciousness and hell results in startlingly good music... A capital achievement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302009520
  • Catalog Number: 20095
  • Sales rank: 126,392

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gallows Pole - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (5:00)
  2. 2 Louis Collins - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:31)
  3. 3 The Fall of Troy - Kurt Wagner (3:40)
  4. 4 Banks of the Ohio - Otis Clay (5:02)
  5. 5 Homicide - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:17)
  6. 6 Green, Green Grass of Home - Kelly Hogan (3:16)
  7. 7 Death Row - Rico Bell (2:55)
  8. 8 Gulag Blues - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:12)
  9. 9 Horses - Chris Mills (2:59)
  10. 10 Strange Fruit - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:04)
  11. 11 One Dyin' & A Buryin' - David Yow (2:41)
  12. 12 Delilah - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (3:26)
  13. 13 Willie O'Winsbury - Charlotte Greig (5:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bad News - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:23)
  2. 2 The Ballad of Billy Joe - Rebecca Gates (2:43)
  3. 3 Dang Me - Rhett Miller (1:51)
  4. 4 Forever to Burn - Rex Hobart (2:31)
  5. 5 Death Where Is Thy Sting - Pat Brennan (4:33)
  6. 6 Long Black Veil - The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (2:57)
  7. 7 God's Eternal Love - Mark Eitzel (4:07)
  8. 8 Hangin' Me Tonight - Gurf Morlix (3:39)
  9. 9 John Hardy - The Meat Purveyors (2:40)
  10. 10 Pardon This Coffin - Jon Rauhouse (2:29)
  11. 11 Saviour - Kevin Coyne (6:03)
  12. 12 Green, Green Grass of Home - Dave Alvin (3:44)
  13. 13 Angel of Death - Tom Greenhalgh (2:37)
  14. 14 Tom Dooley - The Sundowners (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Langford Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, 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
Patti Smith Composer
Sally Timms Composer, Sound Effects
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Rico Bell Composer
Danny Dill Composer
Pat Brennan Composer
Les Reed Composer
Ken Sluiter Engineer
The 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 Jr. Composer
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