Rare on Air, Vol. 2 [UK]

Rare on Air, Vol. 2 [UK]



Considering the weighty fame of some of artists on this second volume of live sessions from L.A.'s KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic show, such as Joni Mitchell, the Cranberries, Jackson Browne, and Philip Glass, wouldn't you know it, it's Lou Barlow who makes off with this collection. After apologizing for a scratchy voice due to being a bad boy the previous night and not getting any sleep, the Sebadoh leader noiselessly reels off an absolute holy stunner in "Beautiful Friend" that could wake the dead the world over. A simple tale of a rekindled love conviction that cannot be denied or stopped, the breathless hush of it, and Barlow's aching, naked delivery catapult this quick couple of minutes into the haunting, timeless strata of a Hank Williams, Everly Brothers, or Ray Charles classic. Imagine Big Star's "Kangaroo" or "Holocaust" as straight-ahead folk tunes without the scary edges (but just as eerie). This cut tears something open inside of you, with some of the best chord changes heard all year. The best sessions here are all the ones like Barlow's, just the singer and an acoustic. Belly star Tanya Donelly delivers an almost-as-evocative "Sweet Ride" (a B-side of "Gepetto") in this quiet fashion, and the veteran Mitchell is her usual strong self alone on "Just Like This Train." Most of the other bands opt to go the "band-lite" unplugged way, with a drummer playing brushes and picked-at bass. Like most compilations, this skips around too much to satisfy anyone's taste completely, but most is pretty good, and that Barlow track is damn near essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/1995
Label: Mammoth / Umgd
UPC: 0035498010729
catalogNumber: 980107

Album Credits

Performance Credits

MC 900 Ft. Jesus   Track Performer
Philip Glass   Piano,Track Performer
Jackson Browne   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
J.J. Cale   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lloyd Cole   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joni Mitchell   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
World Party   Track Performer
Vic Chesnutt   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Sebadoh   Track Performer
Bettie Serveert   Track Performer
Cranberries   Track Performer
Aimee Mann   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lou Barlow   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Catlin-Birch   Guitar,Vocals
Neil Clark   Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
DJ Zero   Turntables
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
David Gregory   Guitar
Mark Griffin   Vocals
Earl Harvin   Drums
Yuka Honda   Sampling
Jim Karstein   Maracas
Larry Klein   Bass
Christine Lakeland   Guitar
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak   Drums
Kevin McCormick   Bass
Dolores O'Riordan   Guitar,Vocals
David Palmer   Keyboards
Clayton Scoble   Guitar
Chris Sharrock   Snare Drums
Brian Stevens   Guitar
Scott Thurston   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Karl Wallinger   Guitar,Vocals
Tanya Donelly   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Mike Hogan   Bass
Noel Hogan   Guitar
Fergal Lawler   Percussion
Milt Sutton   Percussion
Dave Monsey   Bass
Cibo Matto   Track Performer
Chris McGuire   Saxophone
Tina W. Chesnutt   Bass
Herman Bunskoeke   Bass
Berend Dubbe   Drums
Nikhil Pandya   Tabla
Carol van Dijk   Guitar,Vocals
Miho Hatori   Vocals
Peter Visser   Guitar
Dave Palmer   Keyboards
Jeffrey Richards   Drums

Technical Credits

Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Bettie Serveert   Composer
Bob Carlson   Producer,Engineer
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Vaughan Oliver   Art Direction
Scott Fritz   Engineer
Nikhil Pandya   Contributor
Carol van Dijk   Composer
Chris Douridas   Producer
Theo Mondle   Engineer

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