Matthew Sweet - Goodfriend - 1992 RSD Top Alt Rock Live and Demos - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP
Matthew Sweet - Goodfriend
Legacy – 88875194311, Volcano (2) – 88875194311
2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue
16 Apr 2016
Alternative Rock, Power Pop, Country Rock, Pop Rock, Acoustic
Record Store Day 2016 exclusive release.
Limited to 4,000 copies.
Hype sticker: FEATURES home demos, live performances and session recordings.
RSD hype sticker reads:
live performances and
This package consists of previously released material
Available on vinyl for the first time!
Record Store Day 2016 exclusive, limited
A1 Divine Intervention
A3 Day For Night
A4 Thought I Knew You
B1 Looking At The Sun
B2 Does She Talk
B3 You Don't Love Me
C1 Someone To Pull The Trigger
C2 I've Been Waiting
D2 Cortez The Killer
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Lead Guitar Ivan Julian
Lead Vocals, Guitar Matthew Sweet
Written-By Matthew Sweet (tracks: A1 to D1)
" Even into the 1990s cool promos popped up periodically in the CD realm supporting certain ascendant artists. One such gem was called Goodfriend, a DJ and fan-club-only companion to Matthew Sweet's 1991 breakthrough album Girlfriend (widely considered to be one of the best pop rock records of the year and of the '90s overall). When I first heard Goodfriend (a friend had a copy), I was pretty blown away by it, with its fine alternate versions of songs from the Girlfriend album. But it was the tracks not on the Girlfriend album that made for a jaw-dropping listen including stellar versions of Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer" and John Lennon's "Isolation" -- these are songs that few covered at that time, or since, frankly.
The alternate versions (live recordings for radio, home studio demos, etc.) of tracks from Girlfriend are spectacular, with that certain special energy not quite captured on the excellent studio release. Part of that energy has to do with the presence of guitarist Ivan Julian, a co-founder of the legendary and influential punk / new wave band Richard Hell & The Voidoids. There Julian picked up the mantle laid down on the original Girlfriend recordings by equally influential session guitarists Richard Lloyd (of Television) and Robert Quine (also from The Voidoids).
.. as with those aforementioned live recordings by Nils Lofgrin, Elvis Costello and The Smiths, these versions are infused with that magic energy that can only happen on stage or when making one's first home demos (its hard to capture that sort of lightning twice, so demos often have a special appeal, warts 'n all). There is a also a compelling sort of guitar hero texture gracing these these recordings, even on the acoustic, folkier versions of the songs. "
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