What I Did After My Band Broke Up: The Best of Steve Wynn/Visitation Rights

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Following the breakup of the Dream Syndicate in 1989, Steve Wynn carved out a pretty impressive career as a singer/songwriter. What I Did After My Band Broke Up is a 17-track document of just what the title promises: songs from the eight albums Wynn made between 1990-2004 for a variety of labels and with mostly positive results. When he began recording solo it seemed like he was trying very hard to distance himself from his noisy past. The songs taken from the first couple of albums -- "Tears Won't Help," "Carolyn," and "Conspiracy of the Heart" from 1990's Kerosene Man; "Drag" from 1991's Dazzling Display; and "Carelessly" and "Collision Course" from 1994's Fluorescent -- ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Following the breakup of the Dream Syndicate in 1989, Steve Wynn carved out a pretty impressive career as a singer/songwriter. What I Did After My Band Broke Up is a 17-track document of just what the title promises: songs from the eight albums Wynn made between 1990-2004 for a variety of labels and with mostly positive results. When he began recording solo it seemed like he was trying very hard to distance himself from his noisy past. The songs taken from the first couple of albums -- "Tears Won't Help," "Carolyn," and "Conspiracy of the Heart" from 1990's Kerosene Man; "Drag" from 1991's Dazzling Display; and "Carelessly" and "Collision Course" from 1994's Fluorescent -- are by no means weak indeed, "Carolyn" is one of the great lost singles of the early '90s, but they seem to be lacking something. What they were lacking comes into focus on the songs "Shelley's Blues, Vol. 2," "Why" from 1996's Melting in the Dark -- and the missing ingredients are loud, ugly guitars and a sense of danger. Indie rockers Come provide the backing, and they inspire Wynn to reclaim his fiery past; his vocals have the good old sneer that had been put on the shelf when the DS split. His albums since then haven't been as nasty, but the experience boosted Wynn to a new level of passion and excitement in his writing, and his musicians have responded in kind. Songs from 1999's My Midnight "Nothing But the Shell," "Cats and Dogs," and the transcendent "500 Girl Mornings", 2001's Here Come the Miracles "Death Valley Rain," "There Will Come a Day", and 2003's Static Transmission "Amphetamine," "What Comes After" are as full of fire as anything from the prime of the Dream Syndicate, but are also the work of a more mature and developed writer. More importantly, they kick some serious backside. The collection is far from perfect; as with any collection like this, you can argue over songs included and songs left off -- and more importantly, the disc would have been better served by a chronological approach. That way you could trace the changes in Wynn's style and experience that jolt when the guitars kicked back in. It is also somewhat jarring to hear his raw later-period work next to his glossy early songs. Still, What I Did After My Band Broke Up is packed with great songs and performances; Wynn has nothing to be ashamed of as a solo artist. Even if he had never been in the Dream Syndicate, he would still be an important artist, one who anyone who likes their guitar rock literate, loud, and dangerous needs to know. The album also comes with a bonus disc of Wynn performing some of his favorite songs with just piano courtesy of Chris Cacavas for backing. It is an interesting exercise, but doesn't make for a truly compelling listen. Cacavas is a fine player and Wynn is in good voice, but you definitely miss the guitars. Longtime Wynn fans shouldn't pass up the chance to hear it at least once, though.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Dbk Works
  • UPC: 646315011227
  • Catalog Number: 112

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amphetamine (6:37)
  2. 2 Sustain (4:53)
  3. 3 Carelessly (2:58)
  4. 4 Drag (4:54)
  5. 5 Nothing But the Shell (3:24)
  6. 6 Shelly's Blues, Pt. 2 (3:26)
  7. 7 Death Valley Rain (5:21)
  8. 8 Black Magic (4:22)
  9. 9 Tears Won't Help (4:53)
  10. 10 Collision Course (4:06)
  11. 11 There Will Come a Day (5:48)
  12. 12 What Comes After (4:31)
  13. 13 Cats and Dogs (3:49)
  14. 14 Conspiracy of the Heart (5:06)
  15. 15 Why (2:48)
  16. 16 Carolyn (3:54)
  17. 17 500 Girl Mornings (6:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Family (2:48)
  2. 2 Gospel (2:57)
  3. 3 James River Incident (4:26)
  4. 4 Drought (2:29)
  5. 5 Anthem (4:08)
  6. 6 For All I Care (2:10)
  7. 7 Mandy Breakdown (4:01)
  8. 8 Riverside (3:02)
  9. 9 Follow Me (3:25)
  10. 10 Crawling Misanthropic Blues (2:42)
  11. 11 The Mask of Shame (3:21)
  12. 12 Something to Remember Me By (2:30)
  13. 13 What We Call Love (2:58)
  14. 14 Epilogue (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Wynn Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
John Wesley Harding Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Russ Tolman Background Vocals
Chris Brokaw Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Cacavas Keyboards, Background Vocals
Susan Cowsill Background Vocals
Gary Eaton Bass
Denny Fongheiser Drums
Melissa "Missy" Hasin Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Connie Hill Background Vocals
Tim Landers Bass
Jim Lang Keyboards
Robert Lloyd Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Keyboards, Sitar, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Robert Mache Guitar
Tony Maimone Bass
Steve McCarthy Background Vocals
Joe McGinty Keyboards
Johnette Napolitano Guitar, Background Vocals
Vicki Peterson Background Vocals
Linda Pitmon Drums, Background Vocals
Greg "Frosty" Smith Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Mark Walton Bass
Armistead Wellford Bass
Eric Williams Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Lee Thronburg Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
John Wesley Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Howe Gelb Guitar
Arthur Johnston Drums
Thalia Zedek Guitar, Background Vocals
Deanna Varagona Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Sean O'Brien Bass
Dave DeCastro Bass, Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Harmonica, Mandolin, Strings, Horn, Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Kevin Jarvis Drums
Jason Victor Guitar, Background Vocals
Louis Luttierez Guitar
Jimi Lang Keyboards
Technical Credits
Steve Wynn Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
John Agnello Producer
Chris Cacavas Producer
Michael Dumas Producer
Stewart Lerman Engineer
Steve McCarthy Composer
Johnette Napolitano Composer
Linda Pitmon Composer
Johnny Hott Composer
Craig Schumacher Producer
Stefanie Moloth Cover Photo
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