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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
By the time of their third LP, Pearls Before Swine's mainstay Tom Rapp hadn't changed much in his approach. He was still singing inscrutable folk-rock-psychedelic songs with a crackly lisp, with melodies that were pleasant but didn't really stick in the memory. The chief difference, if any, was that by this point Pearls Before Swine was less of a group and more a front for Rapp working with various other musicians. Only Wayne Harley remained from the lineup on the first album; the drums, in fact, were handled by esteemed jazz veteran Grady Tate. Perhaps working for a major label allowed for more time in honing the arrangements, which employed horns, strings, celeste,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
By the time of their third LP, Pearls Before Swine's mainstay Tom Rapp hadn't changed much in his approach. He was still singing inscrutable folk-rock-psychedelic songs with a crackly lisp, with melodies that were pleasant but didn't really stick in the memory. The chief difference, if any, was that by this point Pearls Before Swine was less of a group and more a front for Rapp working with various other musicians. Only Wayne Harley remained from the lineup on the first album; the drums, in fact, were handled by esteemed jazz veteran Grady Tate. Perhaps working for a major label allowed for more time in honing the arrangements, which employed horns, strings, celeste, lugubrious orchestration, periodic odd sound effects, and some backup vocals by Elisabeth Rapp. At times, Rapp sounded almost normal, as on the cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" the only non-original and the easygoing country-rock of "If You Don't Want To." What to make, though, of a song about a "Frog in the Window," presented in both a hurdy-gurdy good-time version and a more spaced-out one? Or the French-sung "Mon Amour," in which Rapp wanders into Astrud Gilberto territory? The collision of weirdness and ordinariness is strange enough to make one wonder whether Lambchop, decades later, found some inspiration for their own unfathomable mundane art songs in old Pearl Before Swine albums, though Pearl Before Swine was less self-conscious and more interesting. But on These Things Too, they weren't that interesting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Water
  • UPC: 646315711127
  • Catalog Number: 111

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Footnote (1:18)
  2. 2 Sail Away (3:06)
  3. 3 I Look into Her Eyes (4:36)
  4. 4 I Shall Be Released (3:03)
  5. 5 Frog In the Window (Reprise) (2:31)
  6. 6 I'm Going to the City (2:30)
  7. 7 Man in the Tree (3:30)
  8. 8 If You Don't Want To (I Don't Mind) (3:14)
  9. 9 Green and Blue (0:21)
  10. 10 Mon Amour (2:07)
  11. 11 Wizard of Is (3:35)
  12. 12 Frog In the Window (2:42)
  13. 13 When I Was A Child (4:46)
  14. 14 These Things Too (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearls Before Swine Primary Artist
Grady Tate Drums
Richard Greene Electric Violin
Tom Rapp Guitar, Vocals
Jim Fairs Guitar, Celeste, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Wayne Harley Banjo, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Bill Salter Bass
William Salter Bass
Elisabeth Vocals
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Electric Violin
Technical Credits
Tom Rapp Composer
Richard Alderson Producer, Engineer
Jim Fairs Arranger, Producer
Nick Saloman Liner Notes
Peter H. Edmiston Executive Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Bill Eaton Arranger
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