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Bear Me Away

Gallon Drunk

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SNCD020
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Gallon Drunk's slow-burn persistence over the years, especially after the initial glare of British press attention and a high-profile American stint opening for Morrissey in 1992 followed by lineup changes and increasingly sporadic releases, gets its due with this detailed two-disc compilation, mostly of B-sides, EPs and other tracks that didn't appear on the group's full-length efforts or were never released to start with (though oddly, some Black Milk tracks reappear). While a number of early B-sides aren't included here -- apparently waiting on the 2007 reissue series of the first few albums -- Bear Me Away: An Anthology of Rare Recordings 1992-2002 is still worth any fan's time. James Johnston's embrace of the spirit of acts like the Cramps and the Birthday Party, often mixed with a heavy dose of film noir and a '50s beat Americana that never quite was, at its best can be a charismatic, rampaging beast -- or just as inclined to slink around the corners, a threat in the air as streetlights glisten in rainwater-filled puddles. If Bear Me Away by slight default is mostly for hardcore followers, it's a strong collection by any measure, not hurt by beginning with tracks from the 1995 sextet-era of the group, including the killer title cut, then skipping all over the group's releases without regard to chronology (though liner notes spell out clearly where each track is from). Some of the most recent material shows that Johnston and company's spirit has far from flagged with time -- Before Your Eyes, recorded during the Fire Music sessions, has a wonderful, almost sassy vocal over pure garage rock keyboard-led mania, while The Prowler, originally on the vinyl version of that album, is pure soundtrack-that-never-was threat and sass, especially thanks to Terry Edwards' always on-the-money sax playing. In contrast, Lost and Alone, a piano-and-strings instrumental done for an actual film soundtrack in 2000, lives up to its melancholic title perfectly. Jewess Tattooess, also from that year and done for a stage performance, is a demented carnival song par excellence, the lead keyboard figure providing the steady heart of the loud, sorrowful track. Other amazingly inspired moments get pulled from oblivion as a result, especially on the live front -- a monstrous version of Up on Fire from 2000, with a huge, blasting beat supporting Johnston's bravura performance, a wonderfully maniacal 1991 take on the Silver Apples' interpretation of Rudy, and a great one-two punch of In the Long Still Night and Bear Me Away from 1997. ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

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ディスク   1

  • 01. Traitor's Gate (04:31)
  • 02. Bear Me Away (04:13)
  • 03. Up on Fire (04:31)
  • 04. One More Time (04:13)
  • 05. Before Your Eyes (02:57)
  • 06. Swagger (01:00)
  • 07. I Can Hear You (05:18)
  • 08. Some Cast Fire (03:35)
  • 09. Now and Forever (04:19)
  • 10. Rustler (02:31)
  • 11. Every Second of Time (05:55)
  • 12. Just One More (03:54)
  • 13. Lost and Alone (01:53)
  • 14. Jewess Tattooess (05:59)
  • 15. Ruby (04:05)
  • 16. Bloody Is Red (05:40)

ディスク   2

  • 01. Chain of Gold (05:46)
  • 02. Hurricane (04:05)
  • 03. Gerry's Club (02:48)
  • 04. Jake on the Make (02:22)
  • 05. Prowler (01:38)
  • 06. Can You Feel It? (06:19)
  • 07. You Should Be Ashamed (05:05)
  • 08. Loser's Theme (03:56)
  • 09. At My Side (05:03)
  • 10. Most Fertile Man in Ireland (01:15)
  • 11. In the Long Still Night (04:25)
  • 12. Bear Me Away (05:02)
  • 13. Lament (03:32)
  • 14. Paper Ladies (06:05)

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Gallon Drunk

Often compared to dark and brooding sounds of such artists as Tom Waits, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, and Morphine, the London quartet Gallon Drunk originally united in 1990 consisting of members James Johnston (vocals, guitar, organ, piano, harmonica), Ryan Savage (keyboards, maracas, trumpet), Ian White (drums), and Jeremy Cottingham (bass). Shortly after their formation, the quartet began issuing sing

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