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Western Electric [Gadfly]
     

Western Electric [Gadfly]

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by Western Electric
 
There aren't many CDs whose producers are credited on the front cover, but the producer credit on the cover of Western Electric, the group's self-titled debut album, serves to alert the potential buyer to the presence of Sid Griffin, former leader of the Long Ryders and biographer of

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There aren't many CDs whose producers are credited on the front cover, but the producer credit on the cover of Western Electric, the group's self-titled debut album, serves to alert the potential buyer to the presence of Sid Griffin, former leader of the Long Ryders and biographer of Gram Parsons. Griffin isn't only the producer of Western Electric, though; he is the group's frontman, and his background serves as a clue to the record's sound. Predictably, we are in the austere country-rock territory of Parsons and the Long Ryders, with songs dominated by pedal steel guitar, autoharp, and mandolin. Such instruments often make for lively listening, but much of Western Electric is slow and ponderous. "Recorded over a long period of time," says a sleeve note, and the album feels like it took a long time, if only because the songs often go on and on to the point of becoming trance-like. "Emily in Ginger" is close to eight minutes long and "Whirlwind" over seven. Griffin and his cohorts seem to be evolving a new country-rock sound that evokes the long, empty stretches of the West in its lonely expanse. Or maybe it's that, when you produce your own record for yourself, you can do what you like. (Issued on a British label in 1999, the album was released in the U.S. on March 21, 2000, by Gadfly.) Fans of the Byrds will be cheered by the inclusion of a previously unrecorded song by Gene Clark ("Straight from the Heart") and the ringing 12-string guitar passages. But they should be prepared for the album's deliberate pacing and solemnity.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Gadfly
UPC:
0076605226121
catalogNumber:
261
Rank:
173641

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Western Electric   Primary Artist
Robyn Hitchcock   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Stone   Keyboards
Dave Morgan   Percussion,Drums
Sid Griffin   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals
Neil Herd   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,6-string bass
Pat McGarvey   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Will Morrison   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Steve Beast   Keyboards
Robert Childs   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sid Griffin   Producer
Paul Middleton   Engineer
Brian O'Shaughnessy   Engineer
Pat McGarvey   Producer

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Western Electric [Gadfly] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Sid Griffin album since 'Rebels ...'.He and the whole band play good and sounds very well. But the best is on the end, the last 2 songs are really great.