The Best of Mountain Stage Live, Vol. 2

The Best of Mountain Stage Live, Vol. 2


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The Best of Mountain Stage Live, Vol. 2

It seems the "unplugged" trend of the '90s was only a surprise to either fans of Bon Jovi or those who hadn't been paying attention for 35 years, for acoustic music had been a hallmark of rock and its cousins for quite some time by that point. This second volume in the Best of Mountain Stage Live series focuses on both country and alternative artists. The Mountain Stage has been a forum for eclectic acoustic music for years, and while these CD distillations are sometimes erratic, they always contain a few gems. In this case, the alternative artists actually outshine the country ones, beating them at their own mournful game. Perhaps the highlight of the disc is Robyn Hitchcock's version of "The Arms of Love," which is twice as aching as the over-produced version that eventually showed up on Respect. The track also features some spectacular violin work by Deni Bonet. Billy Bragg's touching tribute to his father, "Tank Park Salute," is also among the best this set offers, as is John Wesley Harding's Elvis Costello-meets-Buddy Holly rendition of "You're No Good." The most well-known song on this collection is obviously R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." This take is a hauntingly languid variation on the album version that saturated the airwaves earlier in 1991. Bonet once again steals the show on this number, adding a bittersweet flavor with her violin. John Prine and June Tabor give good efforts as well, especially Tabor, whose piano piece sounds like solo Sandy Denny. However, Delbert McClinton's "Shaky Ground" is really out of place, a blues stinker with too many horns that really undermines the minimalistic purpose of the format. Due to the formal connections between Hitchcock, Bragg, and R.E.M., fans of that trio are probably those best served by this volume.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/1991
Label: Blue Plate
UPC: 0728951000220
catalogNumber: 510002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delbert McClinton   Vocals,Track Performer
Russ Barenberg   Bass,Track Performer
Jerry Douglas   Bass,Dobro,Track Performer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Kathy Mattea   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
June Tabor   Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Bragg   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Wesley Harding   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Robyn Hitchcock   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Prine   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Michelle Shocked   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Thompson   Piano,Keyboards,Band
Sara Hickman   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Flatlanders   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Deni Bonet   Violin,Band
Harrell Bosarge   Drums
Robert Bowlin   Fiddle
Peter Buck   Mandolin
Bill Campbell   Electric Guitar
Nick Connolly   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Gerry Gillespie   Bass
Peter Holsapple   Acoustic Guitar
Bradley Kopp   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Loftin   Bass
Brad McLemore   Guitar
Mike Mills   Bass
John Mock   Guitar
Maura O'Connell   Vocals,Track Performer
R.E.M.   Track Performer
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Catherine Styron   Keyboards
Jesse Taylor   Acoustic Guitar
Cara Tivey   Piano
Huw Warren   Piano
Julie Adams   Vocals,Band,Vocal Harmony
John Kessler   Bass,Band
Ammed Solomon   Drums
Ron Sowell   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals,Band
Ammed Soloman   Percussion,Drums,Band
Bill Berry   Percussion
Don Wise   Saxophone
Peter Back   Mandolin
Debbie Talasek   Vocal Harmony
Steve Herman   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Larry Groce   Producer,Liner Notes
Bunetta   Producer
Dan Einstein   Producer,Liner Notes
Francis Fisher   Engineer
Andy Ridenour   Executive Producer
John Kessler   Director
Fabulous Twister Sisters   Contributor
Mountain Stage Band   Contributor
Don Wafer   Director
David McClanahan   Assistant Technical Director
Susanne Smolka   Art Direction
Marge Ostroushko   Director
Banetta   Producer,Liner Notes
Bowen   Composer

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