The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen -1993 Alternative Rock LP + 12" + Insert

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The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen

Label: Blast First – BFFP 90, Blast First – BFFP 90S
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl, 12", Limited Edition, 45 RPM
Sticker on sleeve stated: "Includes Limited Edition 12" Single".
Issued with an insert sheet.
Country: UK
Released: 1993
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock


A1 If I Were Going 3:05
A2 Gentlemen 3:54
A3 Be Sweet 3:37
A4 Debonair 4:15
A5 When We Two Parted 5:47
A6 Fountain And Fairfax 4:21

B1 What Jail Is Like 3:30
B2 My Curse 5:45
B3 Now You Know 4:10
B4 I Keep Coming Back 4:52
B5 Brother Woodrow / Closing Prayer 5:40

C1 Rot
C2 Fountain & Fairfax

D1 I Keep Coming Back
D2 Tonight

Companies etc

Copyright (c) – Kali Nichta Music
Copyright (c) – Ultrasuede Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Blast First
Copyright (c) – Blast First
Phonographic Copyright (p) – BBC
Published By – Cripes Music
Published By – Kali Nichta Music
Published By – Ultrasuede Music
Published By – Copyright Control
Recorded At – Ardent Studios
Recorded At – Ultrasuede Studio
Mastered At – Gateway Mastering
Pressed By – P.R. Records Limited


A&R – Terry Tolkin
Cello – Barb Hunter (tracks: A1 to B5)
Design Concept [Cover] – Angel Fernandez
Design, Layout – JoDee Stringham
Engineer – Jeff Powell (tracks: A1 to B5), John Curley (tracks: A1 to B5), John Hampton (tracks: A1 to B5), Paul Long (tracks: C1 to D2)
Engineer [Assistant] – Jeffrey Reed (tracks: A1 to B5)
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig (tracks: A1 to B5)
Mastered By [Vinyl] – Porky
Mixed By – Greg Dulli (tracks: A1 to B5), Jeff Powell (tracks: A1 to B5)
Musician [Played By] – Greg Dulli, John Curley, Rick McCollum, Steve Earle
Photography By – Billy Phelps
Photography By [Band] – D.A. Fleischer
Piano, Mellotron – Harold Chichester (tracks: A1 to B5)
Producer – Greg Dulli (tracks: A1 to B5), Nick Gomm (tracks: C1 to D2)

The Whigs are one of those groups that takes some getting used to. At least they did for me. The music is so unlike the other stuff that finds its way into the mainstream. Not that this group ever really did. The title track on this album did peak its head into the mainstream for a short time, and then the Afghan Whigs sunk back into obscurity, sadly. It makes sense when you think about it. The Whigs lacked a lot of the traits that make for superstardom, great singing, catchy hooks, and simple chord progressions over 4/4 beats, to name a few.

I think the main thing that made the Whigs so unique and compelling was the shuffling of the traditional instrumental roles for a rock band. The bass often flies around wherever it pleases with apparent disregard for the demands of the song. It takes more of a lead guitar role, sometimes even going against the grain of the music with atonal melodies. The guitars and keys therefore have to compensate by sticking tight with the rhythm. But they don't just stick to it, they embrace it, often with repetitive but piercing hooks that leave an ache in your heart. The drums are brilliant and complex, and Greg Dulli's voice is like a rusty knife.

He can't really sing but somehow this only adds to what the music is conveying: the darker corners of Greg Dulli's life.

Gentlemen is the apex of the Afghan Whigs output, and it stands as one of my all time favorites. It's quite possibly the darkest most moving LP in my collection. Unfortunately, although the Afghan Whigs produced many albums, none but this one is consistently good. If you really like Gentlemen though, there are some gems here in there amongst their other material.

The Afghan Whigs - Debonair

These guys are truly in a class of their own, their unique sound is untouchable and timeless.

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The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen

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Afghan Whigs - Fountain and Fairfax - Live

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Condition Used
Format 2LP
Label Blast First