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Wide Awake in the Spirit World: The Best of Outrageous Cherry [Slipcase]


  • 1. What Have You Invented Today?
    2. Stay Right Here for a Little While
    3. Girl You Have Magic Inside You
    4. Why Don't We Talk About Something Else
    5. Pretty Girls Go Insane
    6. Saturday Afternoon
    7. Young and Miserable
    8. More Than Blue
    9. Our Love Will Change the World
    10. This Evening
    11. New Creature
    12. Book of Spectral Projections, The
    13. Wide Awake in the Spirit World
    14. Song for Someone Sometimes, A
    15. Girl You Have Magic Inside You
    16. See You Next Time
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8563850011

  • Credits
    ProducerWarren Defever; Matthew Smith
    EngineerJason Fisher; Tony Hamera; Victor Minetola; Warren Defever; Jason Fisher; Jim Diamond; Tony Hamera; Victor Minetola; Warren Defever

    Outrageous Cherry: Matthew Smith (vocals, guitar, trumpet, keyboards); Larry Ray (guitar, background vocals); Sean Ellwood (bass instrument, background vocals); Samantha Linn (drums, background vocals).
    Personnel: Chad Gilchrist, Aran Ruth, Courtney Sheedy (bass instrument, background vocals); Deb Agoli, Carey Gustafson (drums, background vocals); Chad Gilchrist (background vocals).
    Recording information: Ghetto Recorders, Detroit, MI; Hamtramck, MI; Tempermill Studio, Ferndale, MI.
    Photographer: Doug Coombe.
    Detroit psychedelic pop outfit Outrageous Cherry have been crafting their own version of the Nuggets box since they dropped their reverb-drenched self-titled debut on Bar/None in 1994. Driven by the immaculate pop craftsmanship of guitarist/singer Matthew Smith, the group's penchant for early-Bee Gees melodies, Velvet Underground freakouts, and Galaxie 500-induced dream sequences changed little throughout the years, which makes the career-spanning Wide Awake in the Spirit World: The Best of Outrageous Cherry -- released on Steven Van Zandt's Wicked Cool Records no less -- such a solid listen. Smith, who sounds like a cross between Joey Ramone, Brian Wilson, and the Posies' Ken Stringfellow, somehow manages to simultaneously filter everything through the flat black slabs of both Pink Floyd's Saucerful of Secrets and Spiritualized's Lazer Guided Melodies. It's a neat trick that should wear out its welcome but never does, as the band stays true to the standards of the three-minute pop song, rarely venturing out into the nebulous seas of acid rock improvisation. Standout cuts like "Stay Right Here for a Little While," "Saturday Afternoon," "Why Don't We Talk About Something Else," "New Creature," and "Young and Miserable" may have been plucked from different trees, but they're all from the same orchard. ~ James Christopher Monger

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