The Las Vegas Story

The Las Vegas Story

by The Gun Club

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Overview

The tragedy of the Gun Club's third album, The Las Vegas Story, is that it was largely ignored by both critics and fans due to the mixing and mastering disaster that marred its predecessor, Miami -- an album that was full of great songs and performances but was so marred by poor sound that it sounded lifeless. Both records were issued by Chris Stein's Animal label. The Las Vegas Story was produced by Jeff Eyrich who was just coming off T-Bone Burnett's Proof Through the Night project and was about to enter the studio with both the Plimsouls and Thin White Rope. Its lineup features the return of original guitarist Kid Congo Powers, as well as drummer Terry Graham and new bassist Patricia Morrison (aka Pat Bag) from L.A. punk outfit the Bags. Late frontman /guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce was writing feverish rock & roll songs that took their inspiration from Southern blues and West Texas country music all framed by an angular, jagged post-punk energy. The screaming rawness at the heart of the band's debut, Fire of Love, had been replaced by a dry, moaning lonesome, percussion heavy desert sound, space and echo float through the mix like a ghost through Pierce's slide guitar playing. Bass drum and tom-toms fuel the attack with a basic, primitive nocturnal energy. Topics ranged from personal disintegration in "Walkin' with the Beast," and the country-blues-drenched "Eternally Is Here," and the shambolic, two-step country confusion of "My Dreams" that quotes directly from Television's "Marquee Moon" to the disappearance of the nation in "Bad America"'s edgy guitar wrangle. There are a couple of covers on the set tossed right in the center of the album: "The Master Plan," a spooky, brooding, rock read of Pharoah Sanders' and Leon Thomas' "The Creator Has a Master Plan," and a slovenly, funereal version of "My Man's Gone Now," by George and Ira Gershwin from Porgy and Bess. The Las Vegas Story is a provocative record that reveals the Gun Club was pulled in many directions at once, and though the tension is in evidence on every track, it nonetheless holds together. After Fire of Love, The Las Vegas Story is their most satisfying album and is, perhaps, the band's most visionary offering.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0711297490725
catalogNumber: 1564382
Rank: 37615

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gun Club   Primary Artist
Dave Alvin   Guitar
Terry Graham   Cymbals,Bass Drums,Tom-Tom,Snare Drums,Floor Tom,Hi Hat
Jeffrey Lee Pierce   Piano,Vocals,Bells
Kid Congo Powers   Guitar,Maracas,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Patricia Morrison   Bass,Maracas,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Leon Thomas   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Judy Clapp   Engineer
Mark Ettel   Engineer
Jeff Eyrich   Producer
Jeffrey Lee Pierce   Composer,Montage
Kid Congo Powers   Feedback
Jody Reynolds   Composer
Pharoah Sanders   Composer
Gillian Titus   Art Direction
Russ Garfield   Drum Technician
Shamus Damani   Legal Advisor
Ron Grinnel   Drum Technician

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