Treeless Plain

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wilson Neate
The Triffids' first single was released in 1981, but the band's full-length debut, Treeless Plain, didn't emerge until two years later. By then, the group had relocated from Perth to Sydney and solidified its lineup with the addition of Jill Birt keyboards and Martyn Casey bass. Although frontman and principal songwriter David McComb drew on a primarily American rock tradition for inspiration Bob Dylan, the Doors, Television, and the Velvet Underground, the resulting songs were always inextricably linked to his native Western Australian environment. Indeed, the title of this album refers to the Nullarbor "No Tree" Plain, the desolate area the band regularly traversed en ...
See more details below
CD (Remastered)
$15.35
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $12.79   
  • New (3) from $12.79   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wilson Neate
The Triffids' first single was released in 1981, but the band's full-length debut, Treeless Plain, didn't emerge until two years later. By then, the group had relocated from Perth to Sydney and solidified its lineup with the addition of Jill Birt keyboards and Martyn Casey bass. Although frontman and principal songwriter David McComb drew on a primarily American rock tradition for inspiration Bob Dylan, the Doors, Television, and the Velvet Underground, the resulting songs were always inextricably linked to his native Western Australian environment. Indeed, the title of this album refers to the Nullarbor "No Tree" Plain, the desolate area the band regularly traversed en route to Perth's nearest significant neighbor, Adelaide -- a 32-hour drive. Comprising material that had been honed in live performance and recorded over a dozen midnight-to-dawn sessions, Treeless Plain underscores the Triffids' knack for blending folk and country with indie rock in a way that anticipated the rise of alt-country in the '90s. While "A Place in the Sun" and "Rosevel" attest to that dimension of the band's sound, it is best embodied in the majestic "Red Pony," with its hypnotic, mournful strings. McComb's characteristically dark narratives are also well-represented -- for instance, the bass-heavy groove, syncopated percussion, and stinging guitar of "Hanging Shed" suggesting a more melodic version of the Birthday Party. The energized, thumping makeover of Dylan's "I Am a Lonesome Hobo" and the driving "A Hell of a Summer," both featuring McComb's vocals at their most commanding and resonant, rightfully remained live favorites until the band's demise. Treeless Plain piqued interest in the U.K. -- where the band ultimately enjoyed the bulk of its success -- and offered incontrovertible evidence of McComb's skill as a songwriter with a unique lyrical and musical vision that would be fully realized on Born Sandy Devotional.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Domino
  • UPC: 801390010422
  • Catalog Number: 104
  • Sales rank: 345,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Pony (4:10)
  2. 2 Branded (2:43)
  3. 3 My Baby Thinks She's a Train (3:38)
  4. 4 Rosevel (3:00)
  5. 5 I Am a Lonesome Hobo (2:14)
  6. 6 Place in the Sun (2:21)
  7. 7 Plaything (3:01)
  8. 8 Old Ghostrider (3:07)
  9. 9 Hanging Shed (4:02)
  10. 10 Hell of a Summer (4:30)
  11. 11 Madeline (2:36)
  12. 12 Nothing Can Take Your Place (3:05)
  13. 13 Interview (1:19)
  14. 14 Old Ghostrider (2:51)
  15. 15 Plaything (2:48)
  16. 16 My Baby Thinks She's a Train (3:21)
  17. 17 Rosevel (2:57)
  18. 18 Hell of a Summer (3:40)
  19. 19 On the Street Where You Live (2:24)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Triffids Primary Artist
David Angell Viola
Martyn Casey Bass Guitar, Vocals
David McComb Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Various
Jill Birt Organ
Alsy MacDonald Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer
Robert McComb Guitar, Violin, Keyboards, Vocals, Saw
Stuart Matchett Spoken Word
Ian Macourt Cello
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
The Triffids Audio Production
Martyn Casey Cover Art
Graham Lee Liner Notes
Nick Mainsbridge Engineer, Liner Notes, Remixing
David McComb Composer, Sound Effects, Cover Art
Alsy MacDonald Composer, Contributor
Don Bartley Mastering
Ian Davies Producer, Audio Production
Tom Takacs Cover Photo
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously