Welcome to the Minority: The A&M Years 1988-1991

Welcome to the Minority: The A&M Years 1988-1991

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by Soul Asylum
     
 
In 1992, Soul Asylum became one of the first success stories of the post-Nirvana grunge explosion when their album Grave Dancer's Union went double platinum on the strength of the singles "Runaway Train" and "Somebody to Shove." But unknown to their new fans, Soul Asylum had a long history, having released

Overview

In 1992, Soul Asylum became one of the first success stories of the post-Nirvana grunge explosion when their album Grave Dancer's Union went double platinum on the strength of the singles "Runaway Train" and "Somebody to Shove." But unknown to their new fans, Soul Asylum had a long history, having released their first album in 1984, and they'd already been bounced from one major label, A&M, prior to hitting the big time. The not-so-jolly irony of it all was that Soul Asylum's old fans largely turned their back on the band once they broke wide, and their new fair-weather audience for the most part didn't embrace the band's back catalog, which featured some of their best music. Welcome to the Minority: The A&M Years 1988-1991 is a three-disc set that compiles the lion's share of Soul Asylum's recordings for A&M, capturing the band in a grace moment when they were on the rise but still had the love of the underground rock scene. The set includes the two albums Soul Asylum cut for A&M in full, 1988's Hang Time and 1990's And the Horse They Rode in On, as well as a disc of unreleased live material. Hang Time is arguably Soul Asylum's finest hour, an album that manages to split the difference between slop and precision and honors both with sweat and fury. It also boasts some of vocalist Dave Pirner's best songs and a killer contribution from guitarist Dan Murphy, "Cartoon." And the Horse They Rode in On in some ways sounds like a dry run for Grave Dancer's Union, an effort to add some new creative wrinkles to Soul Asylum's approach, but the poorly focused production prevents it from hitting its target despite some fine songs. Both albums have been enhanced with bonus tracks -- non-LP songs and a remixed version of "Something Out of Nothing" -- but the real treat for fans is disc three, which collects highlights from two October 1990 Soul Asylum gigs in Chicago, IL, and Ann Arbor, MI; it captures the beer-fueled guitar-basing blast of a good Soul Asylum club show with commendable accuracy, featuring full-on renditions of songs from their A&M albums along with some alternately goofy and brilliant covers, including "Tracks of My Tears" and "To Sir with Love." (But why couldn't Hip-O find room for the infamous promo-only track "James at 16 (Heavy Medley)," which captured the group's knack for booze-inspired covers at its most inspired?) Welcome to the Minority isn't the definitive Soul Asylum package by a long shot, and many serious fans will already have the two original albums in their collection, but despite that this is a superior look at a great moment in an under-appreciated band's career, and the live disc is essential listening for folks who dug Soul Asylum in the 1980s.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Hip-O Select
UPC:
0602517141896
catalogNumber:
000808302

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Down on Up to Me
  2. Little Too Clean
  3. Sometime to Return
  4. Cartoon
  5. Beggars and Choosers
  6. Endless Farewell
  7. Standing in the Doorway
  8. Marionette
  9. Ode
  10. Jack of All Trades
  11. Twiddly Dee
  12. Heavy Rotation
  13. Put the Bone In
  14. Just Plain Evil
  15. It's Not My Fault

Disc 2

  1. Spinnin'
  2. Bitter Pill
  3. Veil of Tears
  4. Nice Guys (Don't Get Paid)
  5. Something out of Nothing
  6. Gullible's Travels
  7. Brand New Shine
  8. Easy Street
  9. Grounded
  10. Be on Your Way
  11. We 3
  12. All the King's Friends
  13. Something out of Nothing

Disc 3

  1. The Tracks of My Tears
  2. Something out of Nothing
  3. Freaks
  4. I Put a Spell on You
  5. Cartoon
  6. Be on Your Way
  7. Closer to the Stars
  8. Marionette
  9. All the King's Friends
  10. Made to Be Broken
  11. Little Too Clean
  12. Movin' On
  13. Nice Guys (Don't Get Paid)
  14. To Sir with Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soul Asylum   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Melodica
Dave Pirner   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Saxophone,Vocals
Grant Young   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer
Terry Jacks   Composer
Joe Blaney   Engineer
Christopher Cerf   Composer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Paul Hamingson   Engineer
Jalacy Hawkins   Composer
Tom Herbers   Producer
Lenny Kaye   Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Dave Pirner   Composer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Donald Black   Composer
Dana Smart   Compilation Supervisor
Sarah Durkee   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Marcus London   Composer
Ryan Rogers   Art Direction
Anthony Hayes   Compilation Supervisor
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Producer
Lee Lodyga   Liner Notes
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Randy Aronson   Tape Research

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