The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although his name doesn't ring all that many bells in the mainstream, Daniel Johnston is a veritable American Idol among fellow musicians who respond to the often brutal honesty and unfettered beauty of his work. Johnston -- who, despite the title of this stellar tribute, is very much alive -- has battled mental illness for most of his adult life, a state of affairs that's part and parcel of many of his songs. More important in their creation, however, is his ability to capture both remarkable innocence -- evident here in Tom Waits's appropriately creepy take on the monster-movie homage "King Kong" -- and deep-seated melancholy, as on the rending "Sorry Entertainer," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although his name doesn't ring all that many bells in the mainstream, Daniel Johnston is a veritable American Idol among fellow musicians who respond to the often brutal honesty and unfettered beauty of his work. Johnston -- who, despite the title of this stellar tribute, is very much alive -- has battled mental illness for most of his adult life, a state of affairs that's part and parcel of many of his songs. More important in their creation, however, is his ability to capture both remarkable innocence -- evident here in Tom Waits's appropriately creepy take on the monster-movie homage "King Kong" -- and deep-seated melancholy, as on the rending "Sorry Entertainer," interpreted here by Calvin Johnson. Many of the performers gathered here pay direct tribute to Johnston by sticking as close to his ultra-minimalist style as possible -- most notably Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes, who turns in an endearingly lo-fi "Impossible Love," and Mercury Rev, who tear down their usual wall of sound for a whispery "Blue Clouds." Others take Johnston compositions into unfamiliar places: Beck puts his imprint on a shuffling "True Love Will Find You in the End" without compromising the original's wide-eyed hopefulness, while Bright Eyes bring an added tension to "Devil's Town," with the help of Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. Normally, tribute albums are but a pale imitation of the intended honoree, but the love and dedication present in these renditions make Discovered Covered palatable to Johnston diehards and an ideal entrée for those who have never heard this distinctive artist's music.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Daniel Johnston is a cult figure rather than an artist with a mainstream following for two important reasons: while Johnston is a truly gifted songwriter, his lyrics are often so painfully intimate and obsessively personal that much of his best work is difficult to listen to without feeling like a voyeur, and his skills as a performer are rudimentary at best, with Johnston's quavering, tuneless voice and primitive instrumental accompaniment enough to drive away most listeners unless they're determined to listen past the inept technique to hear the songs hidden within. In 1994, Kathy McCarty, a friend and admirer of Johnston, stepped forward to address the dilemma of his songs versus his recordings by making the album Dead Dog's Eyeball, in which she sang 19 of his songs, accompanied by imaginative and beautifully executed arrangements. The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered attempts to do something similar but with a more ambitious agenda -- disc one of this set features 18 different artists each covering a favorite Daniel Johnston tune, ranging from Tom Waits and Beck to Bright Eyes and Death Cab for Cutie, while disc two features Johnston's original recordings of the same songs in the same sequence. Presumably the idea is that new listeners, once they've grown to appreciate the songs in relatively sugarcoated form, will then be able to move on to investigate Johnston's songs in their pure form. There is a flaw in this thinking -- while the covers on disc one range from good to excellent and in the liner notes most of the musicians make brief but coherent arguments in support of their choices, the original versions on disc two don't make for an especially strong Daniel Johnston's Greatest Hits album, with a number of key songs missing in action. (Johnston himself has compiled a much stronger overview of his work, Welcome to My World.) But the tribute disc has enough pearly moments to compensate -- Tom Waits' full brio interpretation of "King Kong," Calvin Johnson's craggy voice merging with the angst of "Sorry Entertainer," Sparklehorse and the Flaming Lips joining forces for a grand-scale cover of "Go," and Jad Fair embracing "My Life Is Starting Over Again" with help from Teenage Fanclub. Disc two also includes song lyrics, samples of Johnston's artwork, and a video for the song "Rock This Town," all of which can be accessed via your computer's CD-ROM drive. As a testimony to the artistry of Daniel Johnston, Discovered Covered isn't quite up to the standard of Dead Dog's Eyeball, but as an all-star (or semi-star) celebration of an often marginalized artist, it's engaging stuff that never loses sight of the beauty and gravity of these songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • Label: High Wire Music
  • UPC: 854882200344
  • Catalog Number: 114
  • Sales rank: 39,227

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Life Is Starting Over Again - Jad Fair (2:10)
  2. 2 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances (4:08)
  3. 3 Impossible Love - Gordon Gano (4:49)
  4. 4 Living Life - Eels (2:48)
  5. 5 Walking the Cow - TV on the Radio (4:44)
  6. 6 Good Morning You - Rabbit (3:00)
  7. 7 Sorry Entertainer - Calvin Johnson (3:01)
  8. 8 Devil Town - Bright Eyes (3:06)
  9. 9 Dream Scream (6:58)
  10. 10 True Love Will Find You in the End (3:23)
  11. 11 Go - Sparklehorse (4:31)
  12. 12 Blue Clouds (4:43)
  13. 13 Love Not Dead - Thistle (3:26)
  14. 14 Like a Money in the Zoo (5:20)
  15. 15 Dead Lovers Twisted Heart - The Starlight Mints (3:41)
  16. 16 Story of an Artist (4:20)
  17. 17 The Sun Shines Down on Me - Guster (3:06)
  18. 18 King Kong - Tom Waits (5:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Life Is Starting Over Again - Late Great Daniel Johnson (2:05)
  2. 2 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances - Late Great Daniel Johnson (3:18)
  3. 3 Impossible Love - Late Great Daniel Johnson (2:55)
  4. 4 Living Life - Late Great Daniel Johnson (2:38)
  5. 5 Walking the Cow - Late Great Daniel Johnson (3:34)
  6. 6 Good Morning You - Late Great Daniel Johnson (1:12)
  7. 7 Sorry Entertainer - Late Great Daniel Johnson (2:17)
  8. 8 Devil Town - Late Great Daniel Johnson (1:02)
  9. 9 Dream Scream - Late Great Daniel Johnson (4:49)
  10. 10 True Love Will Find You in the End - Late Great Daniel Johnson (1:45)
  11. 11 Go - Late Great Daniel Johnson (3:47)
  12. 12 Blue Clouds - Late Great Daniel Johnson (3:21)
  13. 13 Love Not Dead - Late Great Daniel Johnson (4:07)
  14. 14 Like a Monkey in the Zoo - Late Great Daniel Johnson (2:40)
  15. 15 Dead Lovers Twisted Heart - Late Great Daniel Johnson (1:13)
  16. 16 Story of an Artist - Late Great Daniel Johnson (4:56)
  17. 17 The Sun Shines Down on Me - Late Great Daniel Johnson (2:00)
  18. 18 King Kong - Late Great Daniel Johnson (5:42)
  19. 19 Rock This Town - Late Great Daniel Johnson (8:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daniel Johnston Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Various, Interviewee
Tom Waits Percussion, Mouth Percussion, Musician
Marc Ribot Guitar, Musician
Vic Chesnutt Cymbals, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Snare Drums, Classical Guitar, Synthesizer Bass, Musician, Guitar (Nylon String)
Jad Fair Vocals, Musician
Beck Musician
Jonathan Donahue Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Dave Fridmann Synthesizer, Musician
Gordon Gano Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Musician
Calvin Johnson Musician
Mark Linkous Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Sampling, Juno, Musician
Gerard Love Bass, Musician
Francis MacDonald Drums, Musician
Raymond McGinley Guitar, Musician
Scott Minor Sampling, Musician
Eels Track Performer, Musician
Ryan Miller Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Musician
Brian Rosenworcel Drums, Musician
Michael Ivins Bass, Vocals, Musician
Wayne Coyne Vocals, Musician
Jeff Mercel Drums, Background Vocals, Mellotron, Musician
Brendan Fitzpatrick Bass, Musician
Joe Pisapia Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Musician
Steven Drozd Guitar, Vocals
Matt Cohen Bass, Musician
Melissa Moore Vocals, Voices, Sampling, Musician
Eef Barzelay Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Billy Ryan Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Musician
Allan Vest Guitar, Strings, Vocals, Musician
Chris Walla Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Musician, Delay
Ben Gibbard Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Human Whistle, Melodica, Musician
Nick Harmer Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Korg, Musician
Maria Taylor Organ, Drums, Vocals, Musician
M. Ward Sounds, Musician
Conor Oberst Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Musician
David Andrew Sitek Musician
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals, Musician
Jason McGerr Drums, Musician
Eric Paul Drums, Musician
Carlos Anthony Molina Piano, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Musician
Astor Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Guitar Effects, Musician
Doctor Grasshopper Guitar, Background Vocals, Musician
Steven Drozo Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Ron Dumont Bass, Musician
Brad Mehlenbacher Drums, Musician
Matthew Linkous Bass, Guitar, Sampling
Nick Zinner Guitar, Musician
Pete Fitzpatrick Guitar, Musician
Norman Blake Organ, Musician
Technical Credits
Jerry Harrison Producer
Teenage Fanclub Author
Tom Waits Producer
Vic Chesnutt Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Daniel Johnston Artwork, Drawing
Mercury Rev Arranger, Producer
Rabbit Producer
Jad Fair Author
Kevin Salem Producer
Warren A. Bruleigh Producer
Duncan Cameron Producer
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Karl Derfler Engineer, Drum Engineering
Robbie Egle Producer, Engineer
Dave Fridmann Engineer
Gordon Gano Producer, Author
John Golden Mastering
Calvin Johnson Producer, Author
Bill Johnston Digital Photography
Mark Linkous Engineer, Executive Producer, Author, drum machine
Gary Leib Artwork
Mark Miller Producer
Done Piper Engineer
Guster Producer
Eric Masunaga Enhanced CD Audio Creation, Enhanced CD Development
Brian Rosenworcel Author
Everett True Liner Notes, Interviewer
Michael McCoy Engineer
Suzanne Kapa Engineer
Jordan Trachtenberg Engineer, Executive Producer
Matt Cohen Engineer
Melissa Moore Author
Elisa Garcia Art Direction, Package Art Direction
Eef Barzelay Author
Allan Vest Author, drum machine
Chris Walla Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, Feedback
Ben Gibbard Author, Feedback
M. Ward Arranger, Producer, Author, Instrumentation
Conor Oberst Author
TV on the Radio Producer
David Andrew Sitek Producer, Instrumentation
Tunde Adebimpe Author
John Shyloski Engineer
Dick Johnston Executive Producer, Digital Photography
Mark Oliver Everett Producer, Author
Astor Author
Doctor Grasshopper Author
Greg Gilpatrick Director, Video Director
Eric Krauter Enhanced CD Development
JT LeRoy Author
Matthew Linkous Author, drum machine
Tom Shirley Director, Video Director
Mark "Guitar" Miller Producer
Koool G Murder Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Tribute Album Ever

    If you read the liner notes all of these great artists will tell you how great the songs Daniel Johnston has written are. After a few listens I am a believer in the beautiful genius of this songwriter. Besides that this cd is a great value- you get 2 cds for the price of one. And both are worth the price of admission. When I listened to the Johnston versions I was amazed that I'd never heard of him, and when i listened to the more orchestrated cover versions i was enthralled and at the same time even more reminded of how great Daniel Johnston's songs are. This is also an enhanced cd containing artwork of Johnston's and videos. Any fan of heartfelt rock, or heartfelt music period, should get this cd. P.S. Daniels not really dead.

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