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Spanning a career of fringe rock releases and rhythm section revisions, Spoor gathers 15 musical oddities from Davis, CA's Thin White Rope. Wearing their influences on their sleeve, the quartet stumble through a grab bag of covers both obvious (the Velvet Underground's "Here She Comes Now," the Stooges "Little Doll") and truly confounding ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Tiomkin & Washington's "Town Without Pity"). At the collection's core is the group's 1988 tribute EP Red Sun. Unfortunately, of the handful of originals, only the demos for frontman Guy Kyser's "Red Sun" and "Tina and Glen" are up to the standards of the group's album material. The latter finds the band cutting loose on a light-hearted surf rave-up while the former is still better heard in it's album incarnation. Even the jagged edges of "Munich Eunich," however, are an improvement over many of the covers on hand. Removed from the live gig's setting of hot, tightly packed bodies, the feedback sprawl of the Stooges' "Little Doll" wears thin. Likewise, while a take on "Town Without Pity" may have seemed ambitious upon appearance in 1988, it boarders perilously close to parody territory with the passing years. There are some exceptions however: the James Bond theme "Man With the Golden Gun" suits Thin White Rope's desert noir sound just fine, and a take on Marty Robbins' "They're Hanging Me Tonight" has its moments, particularly when Kyser makes his way into the chorus. By the very nature of the collection however, Spoor is a fan issue, not the recommended initiation to the band's music.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/1995
Label: Frontier Records
UPC: 0018663106427
catalogNumber: 31064
Rank: 61325

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thin White Rope   Primary Artist,Group
Matthew Abourezk   Drums
Jozef Becker   Drums
Roger Kunkel   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Guy Kyser   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Lloyd   Piano
Bill Noland   Organ
Stooert Odom   Bass
Kevin Staydohar   Bass
Stephen Tesluk   Bass
John Von Feldt   Bass
Frank French   Drums

Technical Credits

Thin White Rope   Producer
Guy Kyser   Liner Notes
Tom Mallon   Producer
Paul McKenna   Producer
Scott Miller   Producer
Bill Noland   Producer
Moe Tucker   Composer
Dan Vallor   Producer
Christof Ellinghaus   Engineer
Joe Sacco   Artwork,Cover Art
Traditional   Composer

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