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Drunk [Bonus Tracks]
     

Drunk [Bonus Tracks]

by Vic Chesnutt
 

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Released barely a year after West of Rome but recorded with an almost entirely different cast of musicians (only Scott Stuckey remains, promoted from engineer to producer), Drunk is further proof of the remarkable creative streak Vic Chesnutt was running in the early '90s. The album was primarily recorded over the course of a three-day weekend at a rural

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Released barely a year after West of Rome but recorded with an almost entirely different cast of musicians (only Scott Stuckey remains, promoted from engineer to producer), Drunk is further proof of the remarkable creative streak Vic Chesnutt was running in the early '90s. The album was primarily recorded over the course of a three-day weekend at a rural farmhouse owned by Stuckey's aunt, with Chesnutt playing guitar and multi-instrumentalist Rob Veal playing nearly everything else, giving the album the same consistency of sound and vision as Chesnutt's debut, Little, but with a newfound rock & roll directness. Chesnutt's first album with as many electric guitars as acoustic, Drunk features some of his finest songwriting, particularly on the opening rocker, "Sleeping Man," the catchiest and most memorable song Chesnutt had yet recorded, and a simply lovely musical setting of Stevie Smith's poem "One of Many." (In a bit of a cheat, "Sleeping Man" is reprised toward the album's end, the exact same recording fortified with overdubbed vocals by Syd Straw and slide guitar from John Keane.) Other highlights include the goofy "Super Tuesday," a brief workout for Fender Rhodes and ukulele, and "When I Ran Off and Left Her" and "Kick My Ass," two songs that show how even more pointedly autobiographical Chesnutt's lyrics were becoming. Chesnutt has said that the album's title refers to his own level of inebriation during the sessions, which he refers to in the scribbled liner notes as "a party for three days," but this is ironically his most focused work so far. Drunk was Chesnutt's first record for the major-label-affiliated Caroline Records, yet it seemed to pass under the radar compared to his earlier indie releases; it was reissued in 2004 by New West, with the addition of nine bonus tracks recorded between 1992 and 1994, including the beautifully affecting "Lillian Gish," a live take on Bob Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," and an early version of "Gravity of the Situation," from 1995's Is the Actor Happy?

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396605521
catalogNumber:
6055
Rank:
94284

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vic Chesnutt   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Human Whistle,Sampling,Tape,fender rhodes,Guitar (Nylon String),Tenor Ukelele,Guitar (Tremolo),Baritone Ukulele
Syd Straw   Vocals
John Keane   Slide Guitar
Scott Stuckey   Background Vocals
Rob Veal   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tina W. Chesnutt   Bass
Norman van der Sluys   Drums
Mark Cooper Smith   Drums
Jeorge Seder   Bass,Bass Guitar
Norman Der Sluys   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Vic Chesnutt   Composer,Producer,Reissue Producer,Audio Production,Drawing,Reverb
Jim Hawkins   Computer Editing
Peter Jesperson   Reissue Producer
Scott Stuckey   Producer,Engineer
Ian MacKaye   Liner Notes
Rick Fowler   Engineer
Rob Veal   Composer
Frans Hagenaars   Producer
Chuck Hermes   Reissue Package Design
Stevie Smith   Composer
Don Zeintara   Engineer
Peter Fancher   Engineer
Hans Bunt   Engineer
Mark Cooper Smith   Engineer
Caz Mack   Producer,Audio Production

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