Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
With their decidedly goofy name and album titles like Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverance, it wasn't hard to read the Drive-By Truckers as a joke band early on, especially given their workmanlike but often unfocused mixture of Replacements-style slop and Lynyrd Skynyrd-influenced Southern rock, even if the occasional fine song suggested they had the potential for greater things. It wasn't until 2001's Southern Rock Opera that the DBTs finally managed to hit upon the right formula and began writing, singing, and playing like the great hard rock band they wanted to be as they pondered the political and cultural legacies of life in the Deep South. Once they finally cracked the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
With their decidedly goofy name and album titles like Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverance, it wasn't hard to read the Drive-By Truckers as a joke band early on, especially given their workmanlike but often unfocused mixture of Replacements-style slop and Lynyrd Skynyrd-influenced Southern rock, even if the occasional fine song suggested they had the potential for greater things. It wasn't until 2001's Southern Rock Opera that the DBTs finally managed to hit upon the right formula and began writing, singing, and playing like the great hard rock band they wanted to be as they pondered the political and cultural legacies of life in the Deep South. Once they finally cracked the code, they bacame one of the most consistently satisfying American bands of the new millennium, delivering a string of smart, impassioned albums that prove a band can be smart, hit hard, and speak with an accent at the same time. Between 2003 and 2008, the Drive-By Truckers recorded four studio albums for New West Records, and those albums provide the backbone of Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009, a compilation that offers an efficient overview of their career before jumping ship to ATO Records in 2010. While this collection offers one selection each from the DBTs first two studio albums (including "The Living Bubba," their first genuinely first-class song), this album really kicks into gear with "Ronnie and Neil" from SRO, and from then on it delivers a track listing not necessarily devoted to fan favorites or the group's most accomplished material, but to tunes that might well have been hits in an era where bands like this still got played on the radio, and in this context "Marry Me," "The Righteous Path," "Outfit," and "3 Dimes Down" sound like they should be blasting out of your car stereo right now. The album also allows the personalities of the group's three primary songwriters of this era to shine through -- Patterson Hood and his tales of decent folks living under hard times, Mike Cooley's wicked, often funny and sometimes bitter stories of rednecks long on pride and short on money, and Jason Isbell's thumbnail sketches of people caught between a blighted past and a flawed present in the South. Considering that the Drive-By Truckers have released two more studio albums since the last disc represented here, and they continue to slowly but surely keep building an audience, Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009 is by no means a definitive look at the band's body of work, but as a survey of their formative years, it's great listening and a testament to the power of a band to achieve something great by daring to try; few bands have grown as much through a single act of grand ambition. (Incidentally, that clumsy-sounding title is a reference to a line uttered by John Huston in the film Chinatown: "Politicians, ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.")
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396619726
  • Catalog Number: 6197
  • Sales rank: 12,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Living Bubba (5:57)
  2. 2 Bulldozers and Dirt (4:30)
  3. 3 Ronnie and Neil (4:54)
  4. 4 Zip City (5:18)
  5. 5 Let There Be Rock (4:21)
  6. 6 Marry Me (5:41)
  7. 7 Sink Hole (3:27)
  8. 8 Carl Perkins' Cadillac (5:26)
  9. 9 Outfit (4:06)
  10. 10 The Righteous Path (4:13)
  11. 11 Gravity's Gone (3:36)
  12. 12 Never Gonna Change (5:24)
  13. 13 3 Dimes Down (3:19)
  14. 14 Lookout Mountain (5:02)
  15. 15 Uncle Frank (5:23)
  16. 16 A World of Hurt (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Drive-By Truckers Primary Artist
Anne Richmond Boston Background Vocals
David Barbe Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, Hammer
John Neff Pedal Steel Guitar
Spooner Oldham Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Amy Pike Background Vocals
Jyl Freed Background Vocals
Clay Leverett Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Barbe Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dick Cooper Producer
John Golden Mastering
Kevin Morris Management
Mike Cooley Composer
Andy Baker Producer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Drive-By Truckers Composer, Producer
Andy LeMaster Producer
Glenn Schick Mastering
Patterson Hood Composer
Jeff Capurso Mastering
Wes Freed Artwork, Paintings
Jason Isbell Composer
Earl Hicks Producer
Lilla Hood Art Direction
Christine Stauder Management
Traci Thomas Publicity
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