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Jubilee [Grant Lee Buffalo]
Grant Lee Buffalo
3. Change Your Tune
5. Truly, Truly
6. Super Slo Motion
7. Fine How'd Ya Do
8. Come to Mama, She Say
9. 8 Mile Road
10. Everybody Needs a Little Sanctuary
11. My, My, My
12. Crooked Dice
14. Shallow End, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46879
Jeff Fox; Paul Fox
Grant Lee Buffalo: Grant-Lee Phillips (vocals, guitar, 6 & 12 string slide guitar, banjo, Mellotron, Hammond B-3 organ, organ, synthesizer, vibraslap, celesta); Joey Peters (drums, tablas, tambourine, guiro, shakers, djimbe, timbles, maracas, wood blocks, cymbals, sleigh bells).
Additional personnel includes: Greg Leisz (lap steel & pedal steel guitars); Robyn Hitchcock (harmonica, background vocals); Phil Parlapiano (accordion); Jon Brion (Chamberlin, tack piano, organ, vibraphone, optigan); Rami Jaffe (Hammond B-3 organ); Dan Rothchild (bass, background vocals); E, Michael Stipe, Andrew Williams (background vocals).
Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Grant Lee Phillips (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, banjo, cello, celesta, organ, pump organ, Mellotron, synthesizer, vibraphone, vibraslap); Robyn Hitchcock (vocals, harmonica); Dan Rothchild, E, Michael Stipe , Andrew Williams (vocals); Greg Leisz (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Phil Parlapiano (accordion); Jon Brion (piano, tack piano, organ, pump organ, chamberlin, vibraphone); Rami Jaffee (organ); Joey Peters (drums, bass drum, cymbals, djembe, guiro, maracas, shaker, tabla, tambourine, timbales, wood block, sleigh bell).
Audio Mixer: Tom Lord-Alge.
Recording information: A & M Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Illustrator: Bernard Roundhill.
Photographer: Matthew Welch .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Greg Leisz; Joey Peters; Paul Mitchell.
JUBILEE finds Grant Lee Buffalo updating their lush trademark sound, injecting it with even more adrenaline without sacrificing any of the sincerity of 1994's MIGHTY JOE MOON. Their great big sound has gotten even bigger, bringing with it the control of seasoned veterans with a strong command of the tools at their disposal. Laying atop a rich bed of organic sounds, JUBILEE possesses that rare quality of sounding like an instant classic, mixing rage seamlessly with beauty.
Vocalist Grant-Lee Phillips slips effortlessly from ranting rasp to a sweet falsetto, notably on the album's opener, "APB." On guitar, Phillips proves equally adept, layering acoustic guitar and serpentine electric leads atop the band's solid rhythm section. "Seconds" features swirling backwards guitar and simmering rhythm parts, while the band's well-known Beatles fixation shows up on "Change Your Tune," with its high register chorus and wobbly slide solo. Notable guest appearances include the inimitable Michael Stipe ("Everybody Needs A Little Sanctuary") and the equally inimitable Robyn Hitchcock, who lends a wailing harmonica to "My, My, My."
Rolling Stone (8/20/98, p.110) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...Phillips continues to evoke an utterly unique world composed of American lore, biblical references, literary flair and stirring emotional honesy..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/12/98, p.78) - "...Grant Lee Buffalo...exert more inspired song craft from the zone between pop, roots rock, and art..."
- Rating: B+
Musician (7/98, p.91) - "Grant Lee Buffalo's music is for people who want it both ways: to dance and to dream....Phillips writes slinky, sensual, Beatlesque melodies that slip between major and minor, eluding resolution..."
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