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Mavericks [Bonus Tracks]
     

Mavericks [Bonus Tracks]

by Holsapple-Stamey
 

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Eight years after Chris Stamey left the dB's (and three years after the group finally sputtered to a halt), he reunited with former bandmate Peter Holsapple (who became the group's de facto leader in Stamey's absence) for this duo album. Mavericks finds both Holsapple and Stamey sounding a bit older, quieter, and more

Overview

Eight years after Chris Stamey left the dB's (and three years after the group finally sputtered to a halt), he reunited with former bandmate Peter Holsapple (who became the group's de facto leader in Stamey's absence) for this duo album. Mavericks finds both Holsapple and Stamey sounding a bit older, quieter, and more pensive than they did in the old days; while one can see many flashes of the bright, angular power pop that dominated the dB's first two albums, most of the songs are dominated by acoustic instruments, somewhat slower tempos, and a more "mature" tone. The introspective overtones of "Angels," "I Know You Will," or "Close Your Eyes" mark a switch from what these guys were doing on Repercussion or Stands for Decibels, but if you're looking for clever and well-crafted pop tunes, both Holsapple and Stamey deliver the goods, and they do rock out a bit here and there (most notably on "Lovers Rock" and the wonderfully sardonic "I Want to Break Your Heart"). Both Stamey and Holsapple are at the top of their form as vocalists and players, and they get plenty of welcome assistance from such Hoboken-scene notables as Dave Schramm, James MacMillan, and Jane Scarpantoni (fellow former dB Gene Holder even pops up on one cut). Mavericks often sounds like semi-acoustic post-new wave pop for grownups, but it's a good bit more fun (and less academic) than that description would suggest. The album has also stood the test of time quite well, as the Collectors' Choice's 2007 reissue demonstrates, and the new edition includes six bonus tracks. The new material includes Holsapple's original demo for "Angels," remixes or alternate takes of "Close Your Eyes," "Anymore," "Here Without You," and "I Know You Will" (the latter as an instrumental, with additional guitar from Dave Schramm), and one otherwise unavailable tune, the country-flavored "Hollywood Waltz." In the new liner notes, Holsapple and Stamey write "It is our hope that the inclusion of these bonus tracks will add to the listening experience for you," and while they don't add much to an album that was already pretty great, they don't take much away, either, and with or without them Mavericks is one of the finest discs these gifted musicians have given us. [Collector's Choice reissued the CD in 2007 and included six bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742085426
catalogNumber:
8542

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holsapple-Stamey   Primary Artist
Chris Stamey   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm,Various,Electronic Accordion
Alan Bezozi   Drums
Michael Blair   Drums,Glockenspiel,Shaker
Chris Butler   Tambourine
Gene Holder   Guitar,Soloist
Peter Holsapple   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Recorder,Various
James MacMillan   Fretless Bass Guitar
Dave Schramm   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Michael Shockley   Tambourine
Ilene Markell   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello

Technical Credits

Chris Stamey   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Peter Holsapple   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production,Instrumentation
James MacMillan   Engineer
Jon Rosenberg   Engineer
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
John Siket   Engineer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Brigid Pearson   Art Direction

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