Whiskey for the Holy Ghost

Whiskey for the Holy Ghost

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by Mark Lanegan
     
 

Mark Lanegan's first solo album, 1990's The Winding Sheet, was a darker, quieter, and more emotionally troubling affair than what fans were accustomed to from his work as lead singer with the Screaming Trees. The follow-up album, 1994 's Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, used The Winding Sheet's sound and style as a…  See more details below

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Mark Lanegan's first solo album, 1990's The Winding Sheet, was a darker, quieter, and more emotionally troubling affair than what fans were accustomed to from his work as lead singer with the Screaming Trees. The follow-up album, 1994 's Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, used The Winding Sheet's sound and style as a starting point, with Lanegan and producer/instrumentalist Mike Johnson constructing resonant but low-key instrumental backdrops for the singer's tales of heartbreak, alcohol, and dashed hopes. While The Winding Sheet often sounded inspired but tentative, like the solo project from a member of an established band, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost speaks with a quiet but steely confidence of an artist emerging with his own distinct vision. The songs are more literate and better realized than on the debut, the arrangements are subtle and supportive (often eschewing electric guitars for keyboards and acoustic instruments), and Lanegan's voice, bathed in bourbon and nicotine, transforms the deep sorrow of the country blues (a clear inspiration for this music) into something new, compelling, and entirely his own. Whiskey for the Holy Ghost made it clear that Mark Lanegan had truly arrived as a solo artist, and it ranks alongside American Music Club's Everclear as one of the best "dark night of the soul" albums of the 1990s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/1994
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787013221
catalogNumber:
132
Rank:
58949

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Performance Credits

Mark Lanegan   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar
Tad Doyle   Drums,Snare Drums
Kurt Fedora   Bass
J Mascis   Drums
Dan Peters   Drums
Mark Pickerel   Drums
Phil Sparks   Bowed Bass,Upright Bass
Justin Williams   Organ
Mike Johnson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Ted Trewhella   Piano
Sally Barry   Background Vocals
Krisha Augerot   Background Vocals
Frank Cody   Organ,Piano
Dave Kreuger   Violin

Technical Credits

Mark Lanegan   Arranger,Producer
Jack Endino   Engineer
John Agnello   Engineer
Ed Brooks   Engineer
Terry Date   Engineer
Mike Johnson   Arranger,Producer

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