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Trace [Remastered & Expanded]
     

Trace [Remastered & Expanded]

by Son Volt
 

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Uncle Tupelo ended in volleys of bitter acrimony between founding members Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, and as most of Uncle Tupelo's final lineup joined Tweedy to form Wilco, Farrar set out to assemble a new band that suited his specifications. Teaming with UT's original drummer Mike Heidorn, guitarist and

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Uncle Tupelo ended in volleys of bitter acrimony between founding members Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, and as most of Uncle Tupelo's final lineup joined Tweedy to form Wilco, Farrar set out to assemble a new band that suited his specifications. Teaming with UT's original drummer Mike Heidorn, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Boquist, and bassist (and Dave's brother) Jim Boquist, Farrar's new group Son Volt started with the deep, resonant sound of his work with Uncle Tupelo and moved it several steps further, and the band's debut album, 1995's Trace, ultimately displayed his talent to better advantage than any album he made before or since. Sequenced to highlight the dynamic push and pull between fierce rockers like "Route" and "Drown," full of Farrar's Neil Young-styled electric guitar, and quieter and more thoughtful numbers like "Tear-Stained Eye" and "Windfall," Trace honored both sides of Farrar's musical personality, and the muscular but unpretentious attack of Farrar's backing band was made to order for these songs. And the mixed themes of freedom, disappointment, and betrayal that punctuate Farrar's lyrics clearly reflected his state of mind as he walked away from one band and into another. One could reasonably describe Trace as Jay Farrar's version of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, a watershed work where the artist occasionally looks to an unsatisfying past as he sets out on a bracing new adventure, and like All Things Must Pass it was a triumph that Farrar would never quite repeat, as he created a body of work that was satisfying but never balanced songs, performances, and mood with the easy perfection he achieved here. However, when Trace appeared in 1995, it was hard not to believe Farrar had broken up Uncle Tupelo for all the right reasons, and it's still a powerful, beautifully crafted, and deeply moving set of songs. [In 2015, Rhino Records marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Trace by bringing out an expanded and remastered deluxe edition of the album. In addition to Trace's original 11 songs sounding rich and clear, the set also includes Farrar's original four-track demos for eight of the album's songs, and though they generally sound like rough run-throughs, the demos make clear Farrar knew just how he wanted the guitars to mesh on these tunes from the very beginning. And a second disc features a cracking live show Son Volt played at New York City's Bottom Line in February 1996; the band is furiously tight and on point, and if Farrar's shyness on-stage is apparent in his minimal between-song chatter, his guitar is as confident and eloquent as you please. While the demos are fine but non-essential, the live disc makes this deluxe edition of Trace a must for anyone who loves this album or this band.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2015
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227951290
catalogNumber:
552112
Rank:
10730

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Son Volt   Primary Artist
Jay Farrar   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Craig Krampf   Drums
Dan Newton   Accordion
Marc Perlman   Bass
Eric Heywood   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Boquist   Banjo,Dobro,Fiddle,Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Jim Boquist   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mike Heidorn   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ronnie Wood   Composer
Jay Farrar   Composer,Reissue Producer
Brian Paulson   Producer
Son Volt   Producer
Mike Hoyer   Composer
Lisa Glines   Reissue Design
Jerry Chestnut   Composer

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