Town & Country [Bonus Tracks]

Town & Country [Bonus Tracks]

by The Rave-Ups


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The Rave-Ups were one of a handful of bands that were mixing up punk rock energy and country twang during the '80s, years before anyone had dared utter the word alt-country. What set the Rave-Ups apart from such peers as Rank and File and the Long Ryders was their willingness to wear their cheerfully snotty attitude on their sleeve. For many like-minded bands, the country side of their personality included a commitment to sincerity and idealism, but Rave-Ups leader Jimmer Podrasky was the sort of guy who would cover Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and mess with the lyrics, as if he either didn't remember them or couldn't be bothered to learn them in the first place. Podrasky also had enough attitude to begin "Positively Lost Me," a heartfelt study of a romance gone bust, with the words "You lost a lot when you lost me," and make both his hurt and his arrogance connect. The Rave-Ups had a lot more than sneer and swagger to offer on their first album, 1985's Town & Country, especially when they turned down the amps and the tempo on numbers like the bittersweet "Class Tramp," the evocative "Radio," and the darkly introspective "Better World," though it does take some nerve to write a line like "If God is dead, then who took over?" The Rave-Ups also showed a keen sense of fun on Town & Country, especially in their tribute to a beloved bad car ("In My Gremlin") and celebrating life in Los Angeles ("Not Where You're At [But Where You Will Be]"). And Podrasky had the good fortune to have a tight, spunky band to put his songs across, and guitarist Terry Wilson, bassist Tommy Blatnik, and drummer Timothy J. give these songs plenty of muscle and snap. While they clearly liked country music for its passion, songcraft, and iconography, the Rave-Ups were a real rock & roll band in all the ways that mattered, and Town & Country's tough talk and beating heart shine through throughout. [In 2016, Omnivore Records gave Town & Country a long-overdue reissue, adding 11 bonus tracks to the original ten-track set. Along with a jokey demo of "If I Had a Hammer" and two live tunes from a radio broadcast, this edition includes eight songs from an unreleased album the Rave-Ups cut in 1986, and if the tunes -- some of which would be recut for 1987's The Book of Your Regrets -- sound rough, they also show how much the group was maturing in terms of its songwriting. The liner notes include an excellent essay from Jimmer Podrasky about the group's early days in Los Angeles and the recording of Town & Country. Having Town & Country back in print is a most welcome occurrence, and Omnivore is to be thanked for bringing it back, and in style.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2016
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651014842
catalogNumber: 101484

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rave-Ups   Primary Artist
Steve Berlin   Piano,Saxophone
Timothy Jimenez   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Jimmer Podrasky   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Blatnik   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Terry Wilson   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Rave-Ups   Reissue Producer
Kimm Rogers   Composer
Bob McGrath   Composer
Greg Allen   Reissue Producer
Stephen Barncard   Producer
Steve Berlin   Producer
Mark Linett   Producer,Engineer
Jimmer Podrasky   Composer
Clyde Kaplan   Engineer
Nels Israelson   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Robert Fusfield   Artwork
Lee Hayes   Composer
Tommy Blatnik   Composer
Tim Jimenez   Composer
Michael Kaniecki   Composer
Frank Rocco   Logo
Douglas Leonard   Composer
Terry Wilson   Composer

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