CD Prisoners Of Love: A Smattering Of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1984-2003 PLUS A Smattering Of Outtakes And Rarities 1986-2002 [Box] [Limited] (CD 1052157),
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Prisoners Of Love: A Smattering Of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1984-2003 PLUS A Smattering Of Outtakes And Rarities 1986-2002 [Box] [Limited]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Shaker
    2. Sugarcube
    3. Barnaby, Hardly Working
    4. Little Eyes
    5. Stockholm Syndrome
    6. Our Way to Fall
    7. From a Motel 6
    8. Swing For Life
    9. Tom Courtenay
    10. Lewis
    11. I Heard You Looking
    12. You Can Have It All
    13. Did I Tell You
    0. DISC 2:
    1. River of Water, The
    2. Autumn Sweater
    3. Big Day Coming
    4. Pablo and Andrea
    5. Drug Test
    6. Season of the Shark
    7. Upside-Down
    8. Summer, The
    9. Tears Are in Your Eyes
    10. Blue Line Swinger
    11. Story of Jazz, The
    12. Nuclear War (Version 1)
    13. By the Time It Gets Dark
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Stay Away From Heaven
    2. Pencil Test - (previously unreleased)
    3. Almost True - (previously unreleased)
    4. Tom Courtenay - (acoustic)
    5. Big Day Coming - (previously unreleased, demo)
    6. Dreaming
    7. Bad Politics
    8. Blue-Green Arrow
    9. Decora - (previously unreleased, acoustic)
    10. Out the Window - (original version)
    11. Weather Shy
    12. Dreams
    13. Autumn Sweater - (Kevin Shields remix)
    14. Ashes on the Ground
    15. Mr. Ameche Plays the Stranger
    16. Magnet
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 645

  • Credits

    This edition features a third disc that includes 16 tracks of outtakes and rarities.
    Yo La Tengo: Ira Kaplan (vocals, guitar); Georgia Hubley (vocals, drums); James McNew (bass guitar).
    Additional personnel: Chris Stamey, Dave Schramm (guitar); David Henry (cello); Mike Tchang (saxophone); Chris Nelson (trombone); Al Greller (double bass); Dave Rick, Gene Holder, Stephan Wichnewski (bass guitar); Roger Moutenot (bongos).
    Indie-rock bands come and go (sometimes very quickly), but few have developed such long and inventive careers as Yo La Tengo. Since the mid-1980s, Hoboken, New Jersey's finest have been perfecting their restless sound just across the Hudson River from the ever-fashionable music mecca of New York City. From this small distance, the group (founded by the husband/wife team of vocalist/guitarist Ira Kaplan and vocalist/drummer Georgia Hubley) started out appropriating the sounds of revered NYC bands, particularly the dreamy jangle-pop side of the Velvet Underground and the guitar noise of Sonic Youth. However, by 1993's PAINFUL, the trio (now rounded out by regular bassist James McNew) transcended their influences to beautiful effect.
    The two-disc PRISONERS OF LOVE presents many of Yo La Tengo's best moments in non-chronological order, displaying the full range of the band. Here the trio veers from reverb-heavy rock ("Big Day Coming") to gentle pop (the utterly gorgeous "Our Way to Fall") to percussive funk (an entertaining take on Sun Ra's "Nuclear War"). Throughout the collection, the group's sense of adventure is clearly evident, whether running through a guitar freakout or settling into a sleepy vocal harmony. By 2005, Yo La Tengo had cemented their place in rock history as true indie greats, a status wholly affirmed by PRISONERS OF LOVE.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.109) - "[A] chummy best-of-plus rarities set - full of sweet, catchy, noisy pop..."
    Magnet (p.89) - "[T]hey got really good quite fast; Kaplan turned into an adroit feedback manipulator, Hubley became a marvelously crisp drummer, and McNew brought a rock-solid allegiance to the groove..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Witty, nerdy, and scarily smart....Shaken or stirred, YLT's songs sound wholly original."
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