Ain't Life Grand

Ain't Life Grand

by Widespread Panic
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Widespread Panic's fourth album features tighter, more song-oriented writing. The searing guitar of the opening tune, "Little Kin," introduces a grittier album than the previous year's Everyday. After touring with the first two H.O.R.D.E. tours in 1992 and 1993, the band's popularity was growing. Their rousing version of Bloodkin's heartbreak tune "Can't Get High" earned them radio play. As did their own smoothly melodic "Airplane," which features lush vocal harmonies. "Blackout Blues" celebrates the hangover with electric guitar screams and a dance-inducing beat, while "Fishwater"'s chaotic percussion intro awakens the soul. The disc also includes two gorgeous instrumental pieces, "L.A." and the hidden, acoustic guitar track "Waiting for the Wind to Blow the Tree Down in My Backyard." Ain't Life Grand increased Widespread Panic's fan base dramatically and gave them a taste of what continued radio play could mean for the band.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974926924
catalogNumber: 749269
Rank: 24407

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Widespread Panic   Primary Artist
John Bell   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
David Blackmon   Fiddle
Eric Carter   Vocals
Adriene Fishe   Vocals
John Hermann   Keyboards,Vocals
Michael Houser   Guitar,Vocals
John Keane   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Dwight Manning   Oboe
Todd Nance   Drums
Domingo Ortiz   Percussion,Vocals
S. Dominto Ortiz   Percussion,Vocals
Dave Schools   Bass,Vocals
Eric Isa Carter   Vocals
Ronnie Gizmo   Vocals
Eric Carter   Vocals
Dwight Manning   Oboe

Technical Credits

Marcia Beverley   Art Direction
Michael Houser   Contributor
John Keane   Producer,Engineer
James Mitchell   Artwork
James J. Mitchell   Back Cover,Cover Art
Eric Carter   Composer

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Ain't Life Grand 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ain't Life Grand is Widespread Panic's fourth album and it is great music and also a great buy. It is the first Panic album that I ever heard, and I am a total ''Spread-Head'' now. Most people that I have talked to claim that this album had done the same thing to them. Especially if you are not really into hippy bands this album and especially the title track ''Ain't Life Grand'' are extremely impressive and show off the bands outstandingly impressive musical talent. Sonny Oritz, the band's hand percussionist, really begins to let loose and show how talented he is in this album. Also J.B., Schools and the other band members put on a supurb performance. This CD has a real nice upbeat, happy and mellow feel to it that is sure to keep you listening. The high-energy songs Blackout Blues, and Fishwater have a great jam to them that you can really feel deep down. Also songs like LA, and Little Kin have nice, smooth, relaxing sounds to them. There is also a cool hidden track on this CD. See if you can find it.