The Lowdown: 1997-2002

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Compiling material from Tandy's little-heard micro-indie releases The Bloodroot Transcriptions, Lichtenstein's Oriole, and Some Summer's Day and tossing in a pair of newly recorded tracks for good measure, The Lowdown: 1997-2002 serves as a balanced, smartly compiled introduction to a group heretofore unknown to all but the most omniscient alt-country fans. Distinguished by frontman Mike Ferrio's world-weary vocals and rough-hewn but literate songs, Tandy crafts generously spacious roots pop so unassuming that the hooks take almost too long to truly sink in -- in fact, The Lowdown might wind up in your pile of CDs headed for the used record store unless last-minute listens...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Compiling material from Tandy's little-heard micro-indie releases The Bloodroot Transcriptions, Lichtenstein's Oriole, and Some Summer's Day and tossing in a pair of newly recorded tracks for good measure, The Lowdown: 1997-2002 serves as a balanced, smartly compiled introduction to a group heretofore unknown to all but the most omniscient alt-country fans. Distinguished by frontman Mike Ferrio's world-weary vocals and rough-hewn but literate songs, Tandy crafts generously spacious roots pop so unassuming that the hooks take almost too long to truly sink in -- in fact, The Lowdown might wind up in your pile of CDs headed for the used record store unless last-minute listens to gems like "The District Doctor" and "Far From Home" earn it a reprieve. One bit of warning: Even the presence of country superfreak Jim White doesn't make America covers like the closing "Sister Golden Hair" any more palatable.
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  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Gammon
  • UPC: 805240210321
  • Catalog Number: 2103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fidelis (4:33)
  2. 2 Facing Winter (Alone Again) (3:54)
  3. 3 The District Doctor (4:16)
  4. 4 Becky California (3:47)
  5. 5 Far from Home (3:25)
  6. 6 Pictures of China (3:09)
  7. 7 Bright Brown (5:39)
  8. 8 I Signed a Circle (4:15)
  9. 9 Ship to Shore (5:01)
  10. 10 Ted (3:49)
  11. 11 Eastern Mountain Birds (4:01)
  12. 12 New Candy Necklace (3:33)
  13. 13 Lorna Boy (5:44)
  14. 14 Shine (3:50)
  15. 15 The Truth Is Better Than a Lie (3:52)
  16. 16 Sister Golden Hair (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tandy Primary Artist
Kelly Willis Vocals
Eric Ambel Trumpet
Dave Van Ronk Vocals
David Hamburger Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Scott Yoder Fender Jazz Bass
Jim Duffy Hammond Organ
Chris Rael Sitar
Pete Ciccone Vocals
Sibel Firat Cello, Vocals
Drew Glackin Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar
Malcolm Holcombe Vocals
George Rush Bass, Upright Bass
Mike Ferrio Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Tom McCrum Percussion, Drums
Miss Darlene Fiddle
Peter Mattei Accordion
Mary Feaster Bass
Technical Credits
Albert Caiati Producer
Alan Douches Mastering
Jordan Trachtenberg Executive Producer
Mike Ferrio Producer
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