Cowboy Junkies Studio: Selected Studio Recordings 1986-1995
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- Released: November 12, 1996
- Label: BMG Int'l
Q - 2/97, p.1033 Stars (out of 5) - "...STUDIO carefully describes the foursome's maturation from lo-fi self-satisfiers to multi-track, multi-player coffee tablists and...back again. Inevitably, progress robs them of a measure of innocent beauty, but the rock covers--'Sweet Jane,' 'Powderfinger'--are still mindblowing."
- 1.Shining Moon
- 2.Misguided Angel
- 3.Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis)
- 4.Sweet Jane
- 5.Sun Comes up, It's Tuesday Morning
- 6.'cause Cheap Is How I Feel
- 8.Southern Rain
- 9.A Horse in the Country
- 10.This Street, That Man, This Life
- 11.Anniversary Song
- 12.Ring on the Sill
- 13.A Common Disaster
- 14.Lost My Driving Wheel - (previously unreleased)
Cowboy Junkies: Margo Timmins (vocals); Michael Timmins (guitar); Alan Anton (bass); Peter Timmins (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Kim Deschamps (pedal steel guitar, dobro, lap steel); John Timmins (background vocals).
Producers include: Peter Moore, Michael Timmins, John Keane.
Personnel: Margo Timmins (vocals); Michael Timmins (guitar); Ken Myhr (electric guitar); Kim Deschamps (lap steel guitar, dobro); Jeff Bird (mandolin, harmonica, percussion); Dave Allen (fiddle); Jaro Czerwinec (accordion); Spencer Evans, Richard Bell (piano, organ); Peter Timmins (drums); Dave Houghton (percussion); John Timmins (background vocals).
Recording information: 06/28/1986-06/??/1995.
Photographers: Chris Buck; Darren Smith ; Dave Houghton; Margo Timmins.
One of the finest groups generally lumped into the "adult alternative" category, the Cowboy Junkies are well represented on this 14-track collection, which spans the Canadian ensemble's 1986-95 output. Although the compilation shares many tracks with 2001's BEST OF THE COWBOY JUNKIES, its reach extends slightly further, most notably by including the slinky, ominous mid-'90s hit "A Common Disaster," which showcases Margo Timmins's beautifully breathy voice and her brother Michael's resonant guitar lines. Other highlights of the anthology include spare, acoustic renditions of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" and Neil Young's "Powderfinger," and the previously unreleased "Lost My Driving Wheel," a tune that exemplifies the group's charmingly minimalist, low-key aesthetic.
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