Palace of Gold

Palace of Gold

by Blue RodeoBlue Rodeo


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After having spent the last few years going over old ground on Greatest Hits and the double live Just Like a Vacation, as well as treading water with the less than stellar (but appropriately named) Days in Between, Blue Rodeo found their stride again with Palace of Gold. Having built their own studio, the bandmembers took the time to record in a comfortable, relaxed manner in which they could workshop tunes at their leisure. This newly found freedom allowed them to experiment with the addition of strings and horns on several tracks, a move they had taken tentative stabs at before. On some tunes, the experiment clearly needed some fine-tuning; the moody bossa nova of singer Greg Keelor's "What a Surprise" borders on lounge, and the slight psychedelia of "Comet" seems half-baked. But ballads like Jim Cuddy's soulful "Find a Way to Say Goodbye" and the uptempo "Clearer View" both ring with added depth thanks to the new sonic touches. At their core, the songs on Palace of Gold (at least the best ones) remain close to the group's country-rock core; "Palace of Gold," "Glad to Be Alive," and "Tell Me Baby" all featuring heartfelt singing, jangling guitars, and soaring pedal steel. They could have dropped the gushing "Bulletproof" and still gained some ground. While many longtime fans insist the group reached its high-water mark with the fruitful Five Days in July or Lost Together albums, Blue Rodeo's willingness to move forward while staying true to a good basic sound on Palace of Gold hints that the group's best days may be yet to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2002
Label: Import [generic]
UPC: 0809274491527
catalogNumber: 44915
Rank: 112102


  1. Palace of Gold
  2. Holding On
  3. Homeward Bound Angel
  4. Bulletproof
  5. Comet
  6. Walk Like You Don't Mind
  7. Love Never Lies
  8. Stage Door
  9. Cause for Sympathy
  10. What a Surprise
  11. Clearer View
  12. Glad to Be Alive
  13. Find a Way to Say Goodbye
  14. Tell Me Baby

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Rodeo   Primary Artist
Adele Armin   Violin
Richard Armin   Cello
Jim Cuddy   Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Stephen Donald   Trombone
Bazil Donovan   Bass
Molly Johnson   Background Vocals
Greg Keelor   Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Milchem   Drums
Wendy Rose   Violin
James Gray   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Laura Hubert   Background Vocals
Rick White   Handwriting
Richard Underhill   Alto,Baritone Saxophone
Anne Lindsay   Violin
Claudio Vena   Viola
Bob Egan   Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Ron Mah   Violin
Daniel Blackman   Viola
Bryden Baird   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
Winona Zelenka   Cello
Paul Aucoin   Vibes
Chris Gale   Baritone Saxophone
Jayne Maddison   Violin
Norman Hathaway   Violin

Technical Credits

Blue Rodeo   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rick White   Paintings
Richard Underhill   Horn Arrangements
Anne Lindsay   String Arrangements
Bushwhack Horns   Horn Arrangements
Ian Osborne   Engineer

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