Widespread Panic Bombs & Butterflies
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- Released: February 5, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Radio Child
- 2.Aunt Avis - (featuring Vic Chesnutt)
- 3.Tall Boy
- 7.You Got Yours
- 8.Hope in a Hopeless World
Widespread Panic: John Bell (vocals, guitar); Michael Houser (guitar, vocals); John Hermann (keyboards, vocals); David Schools (bass, vocals); Todd Nance (drums); Domingo S. Ortiz (percussion, vocals).
Additional personnel: Vic Chesnutt (vocals); John Keane (pedal steel guitar, guitar).
Recorded at Keane Recording, Ltd., Athens, Georgia.
Personnel: John Bell , Michael Houser (vocals, guitars); John Hermann (vocals, keyboards); Domingo Ortiz (vocals, percussion); Dave Schools (vocals); John Keane (guitars); Todd Nance (drums).
Audio Mixers: Clif Norrell; John Keane.
Recording information: Keane Recording, Lts., Athens, GA.
Illustrator: John Ritter.
Widespread Panic are another of the wave of jam bands who let their music flow organically, a la the Grateful Dead, and like the Dead have had a bit of a problem transferring that loose feeling onto disc. That is not to say that Bombs & Butterflies isn't interesting listening, because it is. However, the cuts here mainly sound stiff, whereas in concert, they tend to sound groovy. Only on a cover of a Staples Singers tune do they catch hold of the magic and let loose with a great big bang. "Hope In a Hopeless World" has everything going for it, and while the rest of Bombs & Butterflies is worthy material, one can't help but wonder just what lies ahead for Widespread Panic and their boogie-groovy genre mates. ~ James Chrispell
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