Train Leaves at Eight

Train Leaves at Eight

by The Walkabouts


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The Walkabouts' second collection of covers comes with a quite definite theme, a musical tour of Europe, ranging from Greece in the South all the way up to Norway. And it's most definitely a journey, one which suits the darker, more introspective, and very literate nature of this Seattle band. But the ground covered is more than geographic; not many bands could move from Greek icon Mikis Theodorakis to Krautrockers Neu! on the same record. But the Walkabouts, whose career has largely happened in Europe, handle it with aplomb, throwing up plenty of changes in arrangements and working hard to penetrate to the core of a song, even the enigmatic "Solex in a Slipshod Style," on the face of it an odd choice, coming from Dutch sampling queen Solex. A few of the writers might be familiar to Americans, like Jacques Brel and Scott Walker, but the majority of the names will be unknown -- a good thing, since the music can be judged on the interpretation, not the original version. A few famous friends, like R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Los Lobos sax man Steve Berlin add contributions, but it's the band who make it special, with Carla Torgerson's velvety voice caressing the lyrics while Chris Eckman worries his way into others. It might not be the most relaxing journey on offer, but it's one of the most rewarding, a night train across a Europe, not only through the countries, but also the hearts, minds, and souls.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2017
Label: Glitterhouse
UPC: 4030433049020
catalogNumber: 490
Rank: 85978

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Walkabouts   Primary Artist
Robin Holcomb   Vocals
Scott McCaughey   Vibes,Bass Harmonica
Danny Barnes   Banjo
Steve Berlin   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Peter Buck   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Nyckelharpa
Chris Eckman   Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Vocals
Glenn Slater   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Carla Torgerson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Melodica
Brian Young   Percussion,Drums
Elaine di Falco   Accordion
Joe Bass   Synthesizer,Bass
Dan Tyack   Pedal Steel Guitar
Anne Marie Ruljancich   Violin

Technical Credits

Jacques Brel   Composer
Walkabouts   Producer
Fabrizio De André   Composer
Carla   translation
Mikis Theodorakis   Composer
Stina Nordenstam   Composer
Chris Eckman   Liner Notes,translation
Carla Torgerson   translation
Goran Bregovic   Composer
Erica Johnson   translation
Ivano Fossati   Composer
Tom Barman   Composer
Jochen Distelmeyer   Composer
Kevin Suggs   Producer,Engineer
Lluís Llach   Composer
Françoiz Breut   Composer
Dominique A   Composer
Phill Brown   Train Sounds
Eric Deleporte   Composer
Scott Walker   Composer
Vlado Kreslin   Composer
Andrew Beer   translation

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