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One Foot In The Grave [Import]

Beck Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Before "Loser" skyrocketed him into the pop-star stratosphere, Beck recorded this album of lo-fi tunes and ballads in the basement of K Records founder Calvin Johnson. This largely acoustic LP is a snapshot of the troubadour life Beck led when he was more likely to be found Dumpster-diving than predicting the Zeitgeist. The backwoods folk of "He's a Mighty Good Leader" and Delta blues of "Fourteen Rivers Fourteen Floods" shows past intent study of American traditional music, whereas the cynical critique of California culture voiced in "Cyanide Breath Mint" highlights the lyrical agility of a postpunk poet. In a tribute to the virtues of this album's simplicity, rocker Tom Petty covered "Asshole" with remarkable restraint, leaving the pleasures of the three-chord lament intact. As Beck morphs his way into the cultural landscape, this record lets us know that at least he has roots somewhere. --Lois Maffeo

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BECK One Foot In The Grave (1998 US K Records 16-track CD album picture sleeve KLP28)

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my comfortable favs of Beck Oct. 3 2006
Format:Audio CD
Seriously, I always thought of this album as something he recorded in his basement, due to the very crude production quality of the recordings. But that's not a bad thing, because if you can imagine sitting in while some guy just grabbed a guitar in the basement and started playing this stuff, and putting together these recordings, you would recognize the raw talent. The talent is what compensates for lack of polish, and believe me, today there is waaaay too much polish compensating for lack of talent out there. They will put lipstick on any dancing pig to sell records these days, but I digress... This is not a party album, at least not a 50 people in the house party. Be it alone, or partaking with a few friends at 2:00 am, and put this on while everyone is mellowed out, and you will find Beck some new fans. Some of the lyrics are slightly tilted, and I'm not sure sometimes if it's intentional or he's just a bad poet, but I let it slide because the music makes up for it. This guys has a keen grasp on the different genres of music, and he's not afraid to explore that way, even with less "cool" sounds like Gospel or other folksy stuff.

Anyway, Beck's not for everybody, he will go over the heads of the thicker skulled out there, so it's best you give an honest listen to his stuff alone at first when you have some quiet time, to prevent any mouth breathers in the room from wrecking the experience. Check it out. You have nothing to lose except a few bucks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars She'll do anything July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a low-fi recording by Beck. It's mostly acoustic, with a few electric performances. It has a feel like "Beck got together with some of his non-professional friends and played some songs". This album could actually be mistaken for a collection of demos. It features Beck's usual kind of oddball songwriting. People that are already Beck fans should enjoy it, but other people might not find it too interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite beck album. . . June 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
and they're all great. this minimal, cheaply recorded collection of songs features some of beck's most memorable songs. in my opinion, the limited production values just make it easier to apperciate the raw genius of beck's songwriting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Heartland Folk music May 17 2004
By T.A.
Format:Audio CD
While all of the preppy kids were jamming to "Loser," Beck released two more CD's almost simultaneously with MELLOW GOLD. One was STEREOPATHETIC SOUL MANURE (see reviews), the other was this compilation of folk tracks, mis-titled, ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE. Excluding "Burnt Orange Peel," this is a CD full of songs right out of a Southern Baptist hymnal. The music, almost entirely acoustic, is tradtitional as can be, and the lyrics are stellar. The warped thing is how Beck weaves his modern day dimentia into these neoclassical hymns ("There's blood on the futon...there's a kid drinking fire."), and how he projects his own dismal outlook on our preppy society ("I got a funny feeling they got plastic in the afterlife"), yet, the songs still will fool your grandmother. Quite a few of the tunes consist of Beck, by himself, with an acoustic guitar, and no digital effects or overdubs. Songs like "Hollow Log" are crafted so beautifully, as though they could be played on ANY instrument and still sound good. By no means were these guys just screwing around in the studio...there are too many gems on this CD, and too much talent (fellow Texan Chris Ballew of "The Pres. of the USA" accompanies on many of the tunes). This CD can turn any hard rocker into an avid folk listener...the songs are too genuine to ignore. TRY THIS--listen to this CD in an old pick-up truck with no AC driving through Oklahoma, Kansas or Nebraska, and tell me the Spirit doesn't move you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars beck-one foot in the grave March 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
without any doubt or qualification or caviat, this is the best American album of the past 25 years. Unparalleled sheer genius! If you own only one cd, dispose of it promptly and get "One Foot in the Grave".
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4.0 out of 5 stars beck gets acoustic. a good album for the walkman. Sept. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
in 1994 beck dropped 3 albums. his classic major label debut mellow gold (you know the one with loser on it). and 2 others on indie labels (one foot & stereo). stereo was the weird odd and ends of early beck stuff nicely put together on one disc. and one foot was the low key acoustic one. this is a really great laid back album (except for Burnt Orange Peel of course which is about as punk as beck gets. lol. how weird he would throw that on here, eh). anywho this is a great album to put in the walkman and go for a walk around the block to on a sunny day. it's great for doing that in fact :) i've done it many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars raw and real April 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've probably listened to this album more than any other album in my collection (and given the number in my collection, that's impressive)--Why do I like it so much? This is the album that came out of Beck's younger days when he was homeless and wandering the streets of LA--this speaks of concrete jungles, aimless drifting and minimum wage jobs--it's about the simple, universal things in life--its written in Beck's semi-nonsensical way, but I feel it is really the most emotionally direct album that he's made--every album since this one has had emotional tones, sure, and have even been about personal things (notably Sea Change)--but the production and sound of his later albums are the production and sound of a musician who's made it--attends fancy parties, works with big names, is called a genius by the critic community--One Foot in the Grave was made by a kid in his 20's, been homeless, drifting--doesn't think the album is ever gonna be heard by anyone--doesn't care--just making music to get it out of himself--to let out all those tumultuous feelings that barrage him day after day in a world that doesn't care unless you're somebody--he wasn't a somebody when this was made--he was just a lonesome guy straggling through the polluted streets of LA, wondering if anyone cared, following his muse on a path that he didn't see the end of
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1.0 out of 5 stars woah...
ok, right. the musicality of this record is terrible. everything is so incredibly out of tune and off key you'll be cringing and gritting your teeth the entire time. Read more
Published on June 21 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars I goofed!
Oops, did I ever goof! A girlfriend left Odelay in my car after we went mall shopping one weekend. I hated it when I first heard it, it sounded like weak Kid Rock, but after a... Read more
Published on June 4 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen the music beyond
This is a pretty subdued and minimalist effort here. I agree with the other reviewer, the one who said that people must like this cause its rare and makes them think their cool. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Lo-Fi heaven
Song for song, no other Beck album compares to this lo-fi classic. "Cyanide Breath Mint", "Sleeping Bag", and "Forcefield" are just several of the... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by D. Fernandez
2.0 out of 5 stars not down wit it
Many serious Beck-o-philes refer to this disk as prime, unadulterated Beck. I think it has more to do with the fact that it's a relatively rare record and they feel cool because... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by "richlatta"
5.0 out of 5 stars the limitations are limitless
i like to go on long walks at night. This album is great for that. You dont need your mind for this album. All you need is a good night, a good landscape and a discman. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2002 by michael macadam
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