CD Why We Fight [John Wesley Harding] (CD 1067203),
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Why We Fight [John Wesley Harding]

  • 1. Kill the Messenger
    2. Ordinary Weekend
    3. Truth, The
    4. Dead Centre of Town
    5. Into the Wind
    6. Hitler's Tears
    7. Get Back Down
    8. Me Against Me
    9. Original Miss Jesus, The
    10. Where the Bodies Are
    11. Millionaire's Dream
    12. Come Gather Round
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 00405

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Berlin

    Personnel: John Wesley Harding (vocals, guitar); Greg Leisz (guitar); Steve Berlin (flute, French horn, saxophone, piano, organ, clavinet, harmonium, timpani, percussion); Chris Cacavas (organ, synthesizer, background vocals);
    John Leftwich (bass); Ephrain Toro (drums, percussion).
    Engineers: Bill Jackson, Michael Webster, Paul DuGre.
    Recorded at Paul and Mike's Studio, Los Angeles, California.
    After a recording alliance with producer Andy Paley spawned John Wesley Harding's first two studio albums for Sire, the singer/songwriter had suffered more Elvis Costello comparisons than anyone should have to endure. While such assessments were largely due to the vocal similarities of both Wes and E.C. -- plus the fact that some of the Attractions had played on 1990's widely acclaimed Here Comes the Groom -- a loyal and burgeoning pack of fans found Harding's material to be genuine enough to hang in there. While some of those same disciples were soon second-guessing their loyalty when Wes forced them to cope with an ill-advised cover of Tommy James' "Crystal Blue Persuasion" on the following year's experimental pop effort, The Name Above the Title, JWH finally got it right on 1992's Why We Fight. Arguably his strongest album and boasting the perfect balance of folk and attitude, Harding gets down to business under the guidance of Los Lobos saxophonist/producer Steve Berlin. A contemptuous opening number, "Kill the Messenger" seemingly sets the pace, but the controversial and infectious "Hitler's Tears" soon reveals that Harding was really just getting warmed up. If the allure of a song like "Millionaire's Dream" didn't allow Harding to cash in (Why We Fight stalled commercially and was out of print for eight years), "Where the Bodies Are" was a harsh but needed criticism of the justice system that would still make a great bumper on Court TV. While this reissue offers no bonus material, it was remastered, houses new artwork, and most importantly, stands the test of time. ~ John D. Luerssen

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