CD Down Here: Collected Recordings 1983-1985 (CD 1078667),
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Down Here: Collected Recordings 1983-1985

  • 1. Black and White
    2. Under the Ladder
    3. People Going Nowhere
    4. Out of Hand
    5. Dissolving
    6. Side He'll Neve Show, A
    7. Down Here
    8. So Clean
    9. Oblivious and Numb
    10. Sad But True
    11. Calculating
    12. Undone
    13. What You Lost
    14. Pretend Not to Care
    15. Sense, The
    16. Not Good
    17. People Going Nowhere - (alternate take)
    18. Black and White - (alternate take)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4

  • Credits
    ProducerRic Menck; Don Zientara; Steve Carr; Bill Johnson

    Crippled Pilgrims: Jay Moglia (vocals, guitar); Scott Wingo (guitar); Dan Joseph (piano, drums); Mitch Parker (bass instrument); Jay Spiegel (drums).
    Personnel: Daniel Joseph (piano, drums).
    Audio Mixers: Don Zientara; Steve Carr.
    Audio Remasterer: Adam Schmitt.
    Liner Note Authors: Ric Menck; Geoff Merritt; Clint Vista; Bill Johnson .
    Recording information: Hit And Run Studios, Rockville, MD (1983-1985); Inner Ear Studio, Washington DC (1983-1985).
    Author: Fred Mills .
    Photographer: Charles Steck.
    The whole of Crippled Pilgrims' sparse output is collected in one place on this anthology, which contains their 1984 debut six-song EP Head Down-Hand Out; their 1985 album Under Water; and alternate versions of two of the songs from the EP, one of which (the alternate of "People Going Nowhere") appeared on the various-artists compilation Bouncing Babies, the other of which (the alternate of "Black and White") was previously unreleased. While less polished than the album, the EP tracks actually have the edge here, with their rough combinations of post-punk with folk-psychedelic-indebted guitars and melodies. While retaining much of that approach, Under Water seems a little stiffer, less tuneful, and more morose, and though it's a point the band's small following of cultists would argue, there's nothing that has the power of the EP's bittersweet, mood-shifting "A Side He'll Never Show." The two alternate versions are by no means trivial add-ons: the alternate of "People Going Nowhere" has a lighter feel that (again arguably) makes it preferable to the one on the EP, and "Black and White" likewise has a more basic arrangement, though it doesn't compare as favorably to the one used on Head Down-Hand Out. Historical liner notes ably sum up the career of this obscure mid-'80s band. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]heir Dream Syndicate-meets-Byrds jangle attack was often as visceral as anything by Green on Red or the Syndicate themselves....A lost treasure worth seeking out."
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