Las Vegas Story

The Las Vegas Story

by The Gun Club
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The tragedy of the Gun Club's third album, The Las Vegas Story, is that it was largely ignored by both critics and fans due to the mixing and mastering disaster that marred its predecessor, Miami -- an album that was full of great songs and performances but was so marred by poor sound that it sounded lifeless. Both records were

Overview

The tragedy of the Gun Club's third album, The Las Vegas Story, is that it was largely ignored by both critics and fans due to the mixing and mastering disaster that marred its predecessor, Miami -- an album that was full of great songs and performances but was so marred by poor sound that it sounded lifeless. Both records were issued by Chris Stein's Animal label. The Las Vegas Story was produced by Jeff Eyrich who was just coming off T-Bone Burnett's Proof Through the Night project and was about to enter the studio with both the Plimsouls and Thin White Rope. Its lineup features the return of original guitarist Kid Congo Powers, as well as drummer Terry Graham and new bassist Patricia Morrison (aka Pat Bag) from L.A. punk outfit the Bags. Late frontman /guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce was writing feverish rock & roll songs that took their inspiration from Southern blues and West Texas country music all framed by an angular, jagged post-punk energy. The screaming rawness at the heart of the band's debut, Fire of Love, had been replaced by a dry, moaning lonesome, percussion heavy desert sound, space and echo float through the mix like a ghost through Pierce's slide guitar playing. Bass drum and tom-toms fuel the attack with a basic, primitive nocturnal energy. Topics ranged from personal disintegration in "Walkin' with the Beast," and the country-blues-drenched "Eternally Is Here," and the shambolic, two-step country confusion of "My Dreams" that quotes directly from Television's "Marquee Moon" to the disappearance of the nation in "Bad America"'s edgy guitar wrangle. There are a couple of covers on the set tossed right in the center of the album: "The Master Plan," a spooky, brooding, rock read of Pharoah Sanders' and Leon Thomas' "The Creator Has a Master Plan," and a slovenly, funereal version of "My Man's Gone Now," by George and Ira Gershwin from Porgy and Bess. The Las Vegas Story is a provocative record that reveals the Gun Club was pulled in many directions at once, and though the tension is in evidence on every track, it nonetheless holds together. After Fire of Love, The Las Vegas Story is their most satisfying album and is, perhaps, the band's most visionary offering.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Sympathy 4 The R.I.
UPC:
0790276074224
catalogNumber:
742
Rank:
46639

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gun Club   Primary Artist
Terry Graham   Cymbals,Bass Drums,Tom-Tom,Snare Drums,Floor Tom,Hi Hat
Jeffrey Lee Pierce   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Bells
Kid Congo Powers   Guitar,Maracas,Voices,Slide Guitar,Whirly Tube
Patricia Morrison   Bass,Maracas,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Leon Thomas   Composer
Tony Campbell   Cover Photo
Mark Ettel   Engineer
Jeff Eyrich   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jeffrey Lee Pierce   Composer,Montage
Kid Congo Powers   Feedback
Pharoah Sanders   Composer
Patricia Morrison   Contributor
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Craig Aurness   Cover Photo
Gillian Titus   Art Direction

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >