Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990-2006

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Unbreakable's track list looks much like a latter-day Afghan Whigs set list, albeit one without valiant attempts at covering the Rolling Stones or Stevie Wonder. Plenty enough is provided to ensure satisfaction, but like a Whigs live set, several songs are missing in action, lost to time constraints -- and, of course, since there are no visuals, you're not going to get the odd juxtaposition of pent-up Dulli-ites moshing to ballads involving devilishly delivered lines like "'Cause she wants love, and I still wanna f*ck," not to mention on-stage antics suited for a DVD titled Ex-Altar Boys Gone Wild. What's just as deserving of placement on this disc? A wide assortment of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Unbreakable's track list looks much like a latter-day Afghan Whigs set list, albeit one without valiant attempts at covering the Rolling Stones or Stevie Wonder. Plenty enough is provided to ensure satisfaction, but like a Whigs live set, several songs are missing in action, lost to time constraints -- and, of course, since there are no visuals, you're not going to get the odd juxtaposition of pent-up Dulli-ites moshing to ballads involving devilishly delivered lines like "'Cause she wants love, and I still wanna f*ck," not to mention on-stage antics suited for a DVD titled Ex-Altar Boys Gone Wild. What's just as deserving of placement on this disc? A wide assortment of anthology-worthy material that, as effectively as the content included, contains a wicked mixture of desire, lust, lechery, hate, and regret. Among the missing and worthy are "You My Flower," "Band of Gold," "My Enemy," "Honky's Ladder," "Somethin' Hot," and all the unincluded songs from Congregation and Gentlemen; any 80 random minutes from Up in It through 1965 are likely to pull up a set that's every bit as pleasurable as this one, despite the wrongness that comes with breaking up two front-to-back works of genius. Two inclusions were recorded by a briefly reunited 1965-era lineup: "I'm a Soldier," despite its uncharacteristic subject matter, sounds characteristically sleazy, while "Magazine" slinks and pulses along without reaching true lift-off. The non-chronological sequencing works to the band's advantage, covering up a gradual development of overambitiousness and increased reliance on trite come-ons. ("Come on and taste me/Come on and take me" is no "If I stepped it off, walked outside your trance/Crawled inside your mind and got my hand inside your pants.") Hopefully Rhino -- or Rhino's Handmade division -- will eventually make a box containing all the albums, (mostly excellent) EP and single tracks, and (often graphically extreme) videos. This band's catalog is filled with blackhearted soul carrying a swashbuckling swagger that no other band -- including Dulli's Twilight Singers -- could possibly touch, and all of it should be left to circulate as much as possible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227318628
  • Catalog Number: 73186

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Retarded (3:25)
  2. 2 Crazy (4:05)
  3. 3 Turn on the Water (4:18)
  4. 4 Debonair (4:14)
  5. 5 I'm a Soldier (4:21)
  6. 6 66 (3:24)
  7. 7 Be Sweet (3:38)
  8. 8 Come See About Me (3:47)
  9. 9 Uptown Again (3:12)
  10. 10 What Jail Is Like (3:30)
  11. 11 Magazine (3:20)
  12. 12 I'm Her Slave (2:59)
  13. 13 Going to Town (3:17)
  14. 14 Gentleman (4:09)
  15. 15 Let Me Lie to You (4:35)
  16. 16 John the Baptist (5:36)
  17. 17 Crime Scene, Pt. 1 (5:57)
  18. 18 Faded (8:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Afghan Whigs Primary Artist
Alex Chilton Vocals
John Curley Bass, Guitar, keyboard bass
George Drakoulias Bass, Percussion, E-bow
Greg Dulli Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Mellotron
Steve Ferrone Drums
Corey Henry Trombone
Susan Marshall Vocals
Happy Chichester Organ, Piano, Vocals, Clavinet
Roderick Paulin Saxophone
Rick Steff Organ
Doug Falsetti Vocals
Steve Earle Drums
Christa Wells Vocals
Rick McCollum Guitar, Theremin
Mathias Scheeberger Guitar, Clavinet
Dana Hamblen Vocals
Jessy Green Violin
Barb Antonio Cello
Peter James Bond Drums
Michael Horrigan Drums
Sergio Hurtado Percussion
Technical Credits
Jack Endino Engineer
Dan Reed Liner Notes
David Bianco Engineer
John Curley Engineer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Greg Dulli Composer, Producer
John Hampton Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Jeff Powell Engineer
Ross Ian Stein Engineer
Dave Hillis Programming, Engineer
Joe Hadlock Engineer
Ryan Hadlock Engineer
Cory Frye Liner Notes
Scott Ford Art Direction
Cesare ZappalĂ  Contributor
Smokey Creamwell Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good Collection, But The Band Deserves Better

    A complete boxset with the albums, EPs, and all the various B sides and other songs from all over the place would be nice. With a bunch of unreleased tracks and high fidelity remasterd live gems from all those bootlegs, where the band would tear into cover songs you weren't expecting in the middle of their own tunes, somehow making them fit harmoniously and -more importantly- in tone. It's all Rhythmically Sinister, and it will make you move like one of Pavlov's dogs.

    You ever listen closely to the words of The Supremes' Come See About Me? Greg Dulli did, and his findings as reported in the cover may surprise you. Behind a peppy pop song lurks an empathically charged dirge that will raise the hairs on your neck.

    This isn't the Whigs package the material deserves, but it's a great start if you're just diving in. And also a must if you already have everything: I'm A Soldier is a new track, and it's the Jam of the Year.

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