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Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   My Life Is Starting Over Again Teenage Fanclub with Jad Fair  
  2   Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Grievience Clem Snide  
  3   Impossible Love Gordon Gano  
  4   Living Life Eels  
  5   Walking The Cow T.V. On The Radio  
  6   Good Morning You The Rabbit  
  7   Sorry Entertainer Calvin Johnson  
  8   Devil Town Bright Eyes  
  9   Dream Scream Death Cab For Cutie  
  10   True Love Will Find You In The End Beck  
  11   Go Sparklehorse with Flaming Lips  
  12   Blue Clouds Mercury Rev  
  13   Love Not Dead Thistle  
  14   Like A Monkey In The Zoo Vic Chesnutt  
  15   Dead Lovers Twisted Heart Starlight Mints  
  16   Story Of An Artist M. Ward  
  17   The Sun Shines Down On Me Guster  
  18   King Kong Tom Waits  
Disc 2:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   My Life Is Starting Over Again    
  2   Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievience    
  3   Impossible Love    
  4   Living Life    
  5   Walking The Cow    
  6   Good Morning You    
  7   Sorry Entertainer    
  8   Devil Town    
  9   Dream Scream    
  10   True Love Will Find You In The End    
  11   Go    
  12   Blue Clouds    
  13   Love Not Dead    
  14   Like A Monkey In The Zoo    
  15   Dead Lovers Twisted Heart    
  16   Story Of An Artist    
  17   The Sun Shines Down On Me    
  18   King Kong    
  19   Rock This Town    


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One of the true purveyors of what is currently considered "lo-fi", Daniel Johnston has spent the last couple of decades making music inspired equally by the Beatles and unrequited, often desperate, love. Suffering throughout his career (which despite this title is still very much alive and well) from mental illness and resulting breakdowns, Johnston began his musical journey making home made tapes which he hawked on the streets of Austin, Texas. Gradually the sheer emotional force of his troubled music meant some kind of recognition came, and he began to release albums through the likes of US indie labels such as Homestead and Shimmy Disc. A true original and troubled musician, the punk generation's equivalent of say Brian Wilson or Syd Barrett, Johnston's music is frequently difficult, his falsetto-like quaver and immature musicianship often bordering on the tuneless, yet possessing an unadorned and raw honesty that just isn't present in much of today's music. Unfortunately because this music didn't meet many of the perceived aesthetic requirements of contemporary "pop" music it remained cruelly undiscovered. And so like many musicians who have stepped outside of the norm - Velvet Underground, The Stooges, our own Tall Dwarfs - recognition comes slowly, if at all, which is why this tribute is truly a special affair. Reading like a who's who of current US "lo-fi" inspired music it quickly becomes obvious how great this mans influence has been - Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), Eels, TV On The Radio, The Rabbit, Bright Eyes, Beck, Death Cab For Cutie, Sparklehorse, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, M.Ward and even Tom Waits - all appear with their interpretations of Johnston's work. Perhaps these more "listenable" interpretations will finally allow these magical songs to gain the recognition in the "indie" world they richly deserve (and who knows, if there is justice in the world of music maybe some will even listen to Johnston's "difficult" originals on the accompanying CD as well). Put together with love and respect, this special album should be in the home of every intelligent and introspective "indie" fan. Recommended.

Product Details

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered
Cat #: RG308CD
Date: 07/04/2005
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 2
Label: Rogue
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Weeks
Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , Pop
Normally: $39.95
SmokeCDs Price: $32.95
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