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Santa Barbara


  • 1. Put Yourself Down
    2. Birdies Sing
    3. Banking on Karma
    4. Market Traders
    5. Travel
    6. Taximan's Daughter
    7. Period Music
    8. Holland
    9. Apricots
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1001082

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    The High Llamas: Sean O'Hagan (guitar, mandolin, keyboards, vocals); Anita Visser (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Marcus Holdaway (cello, keyboards, background vocals); John Fell (bass); Tom Fenner (drums, background vocals); Daniel Strittmayer (drums).
    Additional personnel: Suzanne Allen, Paul Kirby (violin); Charlie Francis (background vocals).
    Producers: Sean O'Hagan, Charlie Francis, The High Llamas, Marc Pringle.
    Recorded at Bang Bang Studios and The Stone Room, London, England.
    U.K. reissue in an LP style slipcase.
    The High Llamas' 1992 debut, originally released only in France (though half of the album's songs had appeared on a British EP, APRICOTS, in 1991), is by far the band's most song-oriented album. Downplaying the country-ish tinge of many songs on leader Sean O'Hagan's 1990 solo album, HIGH LLAMAS, SANTA BARBARA consists of nine stand-alone songs, most in the four-to-five minute range, lacking the segues and instrumental interludes of later Llamas releases.
    O'Hagan has called this "my guitar-pop album." While his guitars take a more prominent role here than on later albums, the songs are actually built on multi-hued layers of keyboards, accented with strings, mandolins, and the lighter-than-air backing vocals of soon-to-depart guitarist Anita Visser. The highlights are the gently mocking "Period Music" and the beautifully atmospheric "Apricots," but every song is a small gem.

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