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Operators Are Standing By: The Essential Gary Lucas


  • 1. They Can't Believe He's Risen Again
    2. Glo-Worm
    3. It's Happening Again
    4. Nightmare of History, The
    5. Astronomy Domine
    6. I Want to Play Your Guitar
    7. Handful of Gimme, A
    8. Children's March
    9. Eastenders
    10. Poison IV League
    11. Fool's Cap
    12. Volga Boatman / The Stumble
    13. Don't Let the Bastards Wear You Down
    14. Cantina
    15. King Strong
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 316

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel includes: Gary Lucas (guitar).
    Operators Are Standing By: The Essential Gary Lucas is a second collection of songs originally released on the Enemy label (the first was Level the Playing Field). Fortunately, despite being on two different labels, there is no overlap between these collections, and each is augmented by a couple previously unreleased tracks. As with any Gary Lucas release, there is a wide range of music presented, the common denominator being his virtuosic guitar playing. From the beautiful acoustic fingerpicking of "Fool's Cap" and Percy Grainger's "Children's March to the fried psychedelia of "Astronomy Domine" (a killer version), Lucas' guitar talents are undeniable and impressive. This would be a good place to start for anyone interested in Gary Lucas' music specifically, or for someone who's way into guitar in general. ~ Sean Westergaard

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.131) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Mining the mother lodes of punk, folk, blues and acid rock, Lucas here creates tunes that are at once strange and strangely familiar..."
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