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One Foot In The Grave Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • ASIN: B000003RN0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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1. He's A Mighty Good Leader
2. Sleeping Bag
3. I Get Lonesome
4. Burnt Orange Peel
5. Cyanide Breath Mint
6. See Water
7. Ziplock Bag
8. Hollow Leg
9. Forcefield
10. Fourteen Rivers Fourteen Floods
11. Asshole
12. I've Seen The Land Beyond
13. Outcome
14. Girl Dreams
15. Painted Eyelids
16. Atmospheric Conditions

Product Description

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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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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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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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By Keir H. Fogarty on 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 Foot is a record w/ a lot of soul that should appeal to a lot of people & not be pigeonholed as 'merely an indie record' not worthy of promotion. Largely acoustic except for the more electrified stomp of Burnt Orange Peel ["I got work to do" 1 minute, "I got time on my hands" the next] & the squeal of Ziplock bag. Sleeping Bag, Painted Eyelids & Girl of My Dreams are all as charming as any other song ever written. Cyanide Breathmint is an especially beautiful view of life, "when they want you to cry leap into the sky, when they suck yr mind, like a pigeon you'll fly, I know I know it's the positive people running from their times looking for some feeling" seemingly unrelated to the title. A couple of the tunes here, the opener & I've seen the Land Beyond are actually traditional folky tunes which sit well w/ Bek's originals. The title track is of course not here but a highlight of the more chaotic but equally worthy Stereopathetic Soul Manure. I recommend both albums & Mellow Gold & if you can find it the It's All in yr mind single from these same sessions. Other players here include Calvin Johnson, Sam Jayne & Chris Ballew. swingin' in yr swing...
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