To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet

To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet

by Matthew Sweet
     
 

Universal's reissue label Hip-O is distinguished by its willingness to license recordings from other record companies to create definitive compilations. This collection, unlike other Hip-O releases, is not the "ultimate" Matthew Sweet, but rather the ultimate early Matthew Sweet, which is to say, Matthew Sweet prior to the commercial breakthrough he enjoyed with his… See more details below

Overview

Universal's reissue label Hip-O is distinguished by its willingness to license recordings from other record companies to create definitive compilations. This collection, unlike other Hip-O releases, is not the "ultimate" Matthew Sweet, but rather the ultimate early Matthew Sweet, which is to say, Matthew Sweet prior to the commercial breakthrough he enjoyed with his 1991 album Girlfriend. Compilation producer Mike Ragogna is able to use Sweet's 1989 album, Earth, released on A&M Records, now part of the Universal catalog, and various B-sides recorded around the same time as that album, as an anchor for the collection, occupying ten of the 22 tracks. But Hip-O has licensed some tracks by the Buzz of Delight, Sweet's early-'80s duo with drummer David Pierce, including several that were previously unreleased from DB Records, as well as four tracks from his 1986 Columbia Records album Inside, a track from the Golden Palominos' disc The Blast of Silence, and, from I.R.S. Records, a previously unreleased demo by Sweet and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe performing under the name Community Trolls. The result is a fascinating examination of Sweet's musical development. The Buzz of Delight tracks are very much in the Athens, GA, alternative rock sound of the early '80s, reminiscent of R.E.M.'s recordings of the same period. The tracks from Inside find Sweet going for a heavily produced pop sheen with plenty of shimmering echo, similar to the kind of one-man-band recordings Dwight Twilley had been making a few years earlier. The Earth tracks look forward to the better-realized Girlfriend, even concluding with a demo version of that album's title song. And the Stipe collaboration is an appropriate coda. Sweet fans should rejoice at this release, not only for its valuable rarities, but also for the portrait it provides of his promising early work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Fontana A&M
UPC:
0731455622225
catalogNumber:
556222

Tracks

  1. Southern  -  Buzz of Delight
  2. Christmas  -  Buzz of Delight
  3. Briar Rose  -  Buzz of Delight
  4. The Story of Love  -  Buzz of Delight
  5. Ninety-Six Sheets  -  Buzz of Delight
  6. Quiet Her  - Matthew Sweet
  7. Blue Fools  - Matthew Sweet
  8. We Lose Another Day  - Matthew Sweet
  9. Save Time For Me  - Matthew Sweet
  10. Something Becomes Nothing  - Matthew Sweet
  11. Easy  - Matthew Sweet
  12. When I Feel Again  - Matthew Sweet
  13. Wind and the Sun  - Matthew Sweet
  14. Love  - Matthew Sweet
  15. Vertigo  - Matthew Sweet
  16. Having a Bad Dream  - Matthew Sweet
  17. To Understand  - Matthew Sweet
  18. You Gotta Love Me  - Matthew Sweet
  19. Silent City  - Matthew Sweet
  20. Divine Intervention  - Matthew Sweet
  21. Good Friend  - Matthew Sweet
  22. Tainted Obligation  -  Community Trolls

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matthew Sweet   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica,Bells,Casio
Robert Quine   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Syd Straw   Background Vocals
Trip Shakespeare   Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Hammond Organ,DX-7
Bill Laswell   Bass
Chris Stamey   Bass,Guitar
Peter Blegvad   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Leah Kunkel   Background Vocals
Richard Lloyd   Guitar
Gary Lucas   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar,wah wah guitar
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Anton Fier   Drums
Jody Harris   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
David Kahne   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Debbi Peterson   Background Vocals
Vicki Peterson   Background Vocals
David Hyde Pierce   Percussion,Drums,Bells,Vibes,Glass
Nicky Skopelitis   Guitar,Soloist
Michael Stipe   Accordion,Vocals
Alan Tarney   Piano,Keyboards
Dan Wilson   Background Vocals
John Munson   Background Vocals
Freed Harm   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Matt Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Don Dixon   Producer
Matthew Sweet   Programming,Producer,Contributor
Buzz of Delight   Producer
Howard Benson   Programming
Jeff Calder   Liner Notes
Anton Fier   Producer
Alan Glover   Composer
Stephen Hague   Producer
David Kahne   Producer
John Keane   Producer
Scott Litt   Producer
Fred Maher   Programming,Producer,drum programming
John T. Matarazzo   Executive Producer
David Hyde Pierce   drum programming
Alan Tarney   Producer,drum programming
Erick Labson   Mastering
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
David "Leather Sax" Allen   Producer
Ryan Rogers   Art Direction
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Community Trolls   Producer

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