Wild Smile: An Anthology

Wild Smile: An Anthology

by Epic Soundtracks
     
 

The double-disc set Wild Smile: An Anthology is the third collection of Epic Soundtracks' songs to be released since his tragic death in 1997. The first disc collects tracks from each of his three albums that saw the light of day before his death (1992's Rise Above, 1994's Sleeping Star, and 1996's Change My Life) and two of the recordsSee more details below

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The double-disc set Wild Smile: An Anthology is the third collection of Epic Soundtracks' songs to be released since his tragic death in 1997. The first disc collects tracks from each of his three albums that saw the light of day before his death (1992's Rise Above, 1994's Sleeping Star, and 1996's Change My Life) and two of the records that came out afterward (Everything Is Temporary and Good Things). The songs gathered on the first disc are a nice cross section of Soundtracks' career that show his brokenhearted way with a melody that's equal parts Bacharach, late-period Brian Wilson, and Sister Lovers-era Alex Chilton, sung in a voice that transmits pain without any external filters whatsoever. As with any collection, there are questionable omissions ("Stealaway" and "She Sleeps Alone"), but nothing that can't be fixed by tracking down all his albums and listening to them in their entirety. The real treat is the second disc of rarities that gathers tracks going back to 1981 ("Jelly, Babies" from his 1981 EP on Rough Trade) all the way up to performances from his last show in 1997. The radio sessions, studio outtakes, and live tracks present an alternate look at his career and unearth some breathtaking gems. Two of last songs he wrote, "Fade Away" and "Unfaithful Arms," are incredibly moving ballads; "Teenage Hearts," an outtake from Sleeping Star, is a powerful song that should have been on the album; a version of the Monkees' "I Wanna Be Free" with Max Edie on vocals is a lot of fun; and an acoustic guitar/vocal "Meet Me on the Beach" is a stunning, painfully honest take. Really, the quality of everything here makes the painful excavation process that Epic's friend Chris Coleman (of What a Nice Way to Turn 17 fanzine fame) had to undergo while putting the comp together well worth it. For anyone who ever fell under the gloomy, yet somehow hopeful, spell Soundtracks' songs could cast, Wild Smile is a reminder of just how important an artist he was.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2012
Label:
Troubadour
UPC:
5060174951800
catalogNumber:
12
Rank:
107967

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. You Can Be My Baby  - Epic Soundtracks
  2. Emily May (You Make Me Feel So Fine)  - Epic Soundtracks
  3. Fallen Down  - Epic Soundtracks
  4. Farmer's Daughter  - Epic Soundtracks
  5. Wishing Well  - Epic Soundtracks
  6. Something's Wrong  - Epic Soundtracks
  7. Something New Under the Sun  - Epic Soundtracks
  8. Big Apple Graveyard  - Epic Soundtracks
  9. Meet Me on the Beach  - Epic Soundtracks
  10. Sweet Sixteen  - Epic Soundtracks
  11. Waiting for the Train  - Epic Soundtracks
  12. House on the Hill  - Epic Soundtracks
  13. There's a Rumour  - Epic Soundtracks
  14. I'll Sing a Hymn  - Epic Soundtracks
  15. Caroline  - Epic Soundtracks
  16. Night Time  - Epic Soundtracks
  17. You Better Run  - Epic Soundtracks
  18. I Do Declare  - Epic Soundtracks
  19. There's a Light Up in the Sky  - Epic Soundtracks
  20. Popular Classical Piano Piece  - Epic Soundtracks

Disc 2

  1. C'mon Daddy  - Epic Soundtracks
  2. Teenage Heart  - Epic Soundtracks
  3. I'll Be Back  - Epic Soundtracks
  4. Something New Under the Sun  - Epic Soundtracks
  5. The House on the Hill  - Epic Soundtracks
  6. Fade Away  - Epic Soundtracks
  7. Meet Me on the Beach  - Epic Soundtracks
  8. King of Everything  - Epic Soundtracks
  9. Hear the Whistle Blow  - Epic Soundtracks
  10. I Wanna Be Free (As the Lizards)  - Epic Soundtracks
  11. Midnight  - Epic Soundtracks
  12. I Wish I Had a Girlfriend  - Epic Soundtracks
  13. Stack-O-Tracks, Pt. 2: She Sleeps Alone  - Epic Soundtracks
  14. I'm Your Puppet  - Epic Soundtracks
  15. Bicycle Rider Havoc  - Epic Soundtracks
  16. Don't Go to School  - Epic Soundtracks
  17. I Have Seen the Light  - Epic Soundtracks
  18. Downbound Train  - Epic Soundtracks
  19. Teenage Heart  - Epic Soundtracks
  20. Sad Song Strings  - Epic Soundtracks
  21. Unfaithful Arms  - Epic Soundtracks
  22. Jelly Babies  - Epic Soundtracks

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