Silent Majority: Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits

The Silent Majority: Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits

by Terry Allen
     
 
Don't be misled by the subtitle: The Silent Majority is not a career overview, but an odds-and-sods collection, or, as Allen puts it in his liner notes, a collection of outtakes, mistakes, taken-froms, and added-tos. Collecting songs from various stage productions, ballet scores, unfinished projects, and leftovers, The Silent Majority is understandably

Overview

Don't be misled by the subtitle: The Silent Majority is not a career overview, but an odds-and-sods collection, or, as Allen puts it in his liner notes, a collection of outtakes, mistakes, taken-froms, and added-tos. Collecting songs from various stage productions, ballet scores, unfinished projects, and leftovers, The Silent Majority is understandably uneven. Some of these songs were clearly passed over for a reason. Yet the best tracks here are among Allen's finest works, and it's good to have them readily available. The clear standout is 1986's "Cocktail Desperado," previously only available on the cassette-only compilation Sounds From True Stories, a soundtrack of sorts of David Byrne's film, which was in print for about 15 seconds. A mixture of oompah tuba, skittering steel guitar, and one of Allen's most sarcastic vocal performances ever, "Cocktail Desperado" is a career high point that alone makes The Silent Majority a necessary purchase for fans. Although the rest of the album is spotty, there are enough good lines and interesting musical ideas to save most of the songs. The Silent Majority is not the album to start with for the Terry Allen novice (that remains 1979's masterful Lubbock [On Everything]), but it's otherwise worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891107929
catalogNumber:
1079
Rank:
310183

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terry Allen   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Joe Ely   Vocal Harmony
Jo Harvey Allen   Narrator
Tommy Anderson   Trumpet,Tuba
Donna Jo Barnes   Vocal Harmony
Don Caldwell   Saxophone
Donnie Maines   Drums,Vocal Harmony
Kenny Maines   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Autoharp,Tambourine,Vocal Harmony
Curtis McBride   Drums
Russ Standefer   Tuba
K.V. Prasad   Mridamgam
Bonnie Wilkerson   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Terry Allen   Composer
Lloyd Maines   Producer,Liner Notes

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