You Can Play These Songs with Chords

You Can Play These Songs with Chords

by Death Cab for Cutie


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This is a pretty good 18-track collection of rarities and unreleased material. It's not recommended to newcomers who want an introduction to the band or casual listeners who want only one or two of their CDs, but Death Cab for Cutie fans should be pleased with the selection. The earliest recordings -- "This Charming Man" (a cover of a Smiths song with some botched phrases such as "under this charming car"), "TV Trays," "New Candidate," and "Tomorrow" -- were done in November 1996. Several other tracks were recorded in May-July 1997; of these songs, "President of What," "Champagne From a Paper Cup," "Pictures in an Exhibition," "Amputations," and "Line of Best Fit" were later re-recorded for Something About Airplanes (the differences between the original and re-recorded versions aren't incredibly interesting, but the songs themselves are good and they comprise only a small part of this collection anyway). "Flustered/Hey Tomcat!" (a showcase for tape manipulation that isn't particualarly interesting) and "State Street Residential" were originally recorded in December 1997 and March 1998 respectively; both were mixed in May 2002 for this album. "Wait," a cover version of a Secret Stars song, and "Prove My Hypothesis" were released on 7" singles in 1999; both were remixed for this album. "Song for Kelly Huckably" was recorded in July 1999 (a new recording was released on the Forbidden Love EP in 2000) and the original version, "Army Corps of Architects" (which was remixed for this album), was the B-side of a Sub Pop singles club 7" in 2000. As you might expect, the overall quality of the songs isn't quite up to the standard of the best Death Cab for Cutie albums, but it comes close enough to entertain fans who aren't die-hard completists.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
Label: Barsuk
UPC: 0655173102824
catalogNumber: 31028
Rank: 65060

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Death Cab for Cutie   Primary Artist
Chris Walla   Organ,Bass,Guitar,scratching,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Noise,Wurlitzer,Fuzz Bass,Pedals,Vocal Harmony
Ben Gibbard   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Noise,Shaker
Nathan Good   Drums,Tambourine
Nick Harmer   Bass,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Johnny Marr   Composer
Morrissey   Composer
Secret Stars   Composer
Geoff Farina   Composer
Chris Walla   Composer,Liner Notes,drum machine,Loop,Construction,Execution
Ben Gibbard   Composer,Liner Notes,Concept,Instrumentation
Nick Harmer   Composer,Liner Notes

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