World Without Gravity: The Best of the Jim Carroll Band

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
NYC poet Jim Carroll is best known for his autobiographical novel, The Basketball Diaries, which later became a popular movie as well. But Carroll also fronted the Jim Carroll Band, who released three new wave/punk-influenced albums in the early '80s 1980s Catholic Boy, 1982's Dry Dreams, and 1984's I Write Your Name. Since Carroll's books deal with the seedier and/or sadder side of life prostitution, homelessness, drug addiction, etc., it's only logical that his songs would delve into the same subject matter. His semi-hit and most popular song "People Who Died" is highlighted here, and finds Carroll pulling no punches as he describes in lurid detail how many of his friends ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
NYC poet Jim Carroll is best known for his autobiographical novel, The Basketball Diaries, which later became a popular movie as well. But Carroll also fronted the Jim Carroll Band, who released three new wave/punk-influenced albums in the early '80s 1980s Catholic Boy, 1982's Dry Dreams, and 1984's I Write Your Name. Since Carroll's books deal with the seedier and/or sadder side of life prostitution, homelessness, drug addiction, etc., it's only logical that his songs would delve into the same subject matter. His semi-hit and most popular song "People Who Died" is highlighted here, and finds Carroll pulling no punches as he describes in lurid detail how many of his friends died. Other highlights include "I Want the Angel," "It's Too Late," and "Them," among others. Longtime Carroll fans will want to check out World Without Gravity: The Best of the Jim Carroll Band, since it contains two previously unreleased tracks the studio outtake "Plain Division" and a live version of "City Drops into the Night". Although Jim Carroll never achieved mass chart success, he's been able to gain the praises of such high-profile artists as Patti Smith and Keith Richards, no doubt due to his gripping and honest body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1993
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227129026
  • Catalog Number: 71290
  • Sales rank: 48,902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 People Who Died (5:01)
  2. 2 Work Not Play (4:28)
  3. 3 Differing Touch (2:30)
  4. 4 It's Too Late (3:05)
  5. 5 Wicked Gravity (4:58)
  6. 6 I Want the Angel (2:51)
  7. 7 Them (2:41)
  8. 8 City Drops into the Night (7:02)
  9. 9 Dry Dreams (3:08)
  10. 10 Jealous Twin (4:02)
  11. 11 Plain Division (4:31)
  12. 12 Voices (2:57)
  13. 13 Lorraine (6:06)
  14. 14 (No More) Luxuries (4:03)
  15. 15 I Write Your Name (3:33)
  16. 16 Love Crimes (3:23)
  17. 17 Catholic Boy (3:06)
  18. 18 Day and Night (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Carroll Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Shrieve Drums
Syd Straw Background Vocals
Clarence Clemons Tambourine
Walter Steding Violin
Paul Sanchez Guitar
Sarah Birdseye Background Vocals
Valerie Block Background Vocals
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Tom Canning Organ, Keyboards
Michael Caravello Percussion, Conga
Suzanne DelRegno Background Vocals
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Lenny Kaye Guitar, Background Vocals
Kinny Landrum Keyboards
Allen Lanier Synthesizer, Keyboards
Will Lee Bass
Brian Linsley Guitar
Steve Linsley Bass
Brian Marnell Guitar, Background Vocals
Gwynne Rivers Background Vocals
Jon Tiven Organ, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Anne Waldman Background Vocals
Terrell Winn Guitar
Wayne Woods Drums, Background Vocals
Amy Kanter Background Vocals
Sally Tiven Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Clearmountain Producer
Lenny Kaye Liner Notes
Earl McGrath Producer
Jon Tiven Producer
Geoff Gans Art Direction
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