- Audio CD (Jan. 14 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Light In The Attic
- ASIN: B00GIJQHOU
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Has God Seen My Shadow?: An Anthology 1989-2011
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One of America's great modern day vocalists and songwriters, Mark Lanegan has much in common with the timeless work of such legends as Fred Neil, Tim Hardin and Karen Dalton. The former frontman of Screaming Trees, collaborator with Kurt Cobain and Queens of the Stone Age, half of a modern day Nancy & Lee with Isobel Campbell and, most commonly, solo artist, Lanegan is a man whose career has been defined by an unwillingness to sit still. Light in the Attic is set to shine a spotlight on this great American performer and songwriter with the release of HAS GOD SEEN MY SHADOW? AN ANTHOLOGY 1989-2011. Collecting Lanegan's solo material for Sub Pop, Beggars and more plus 12 unreleased tracks, this is the archive treatment Mark has long deserved. It is released in two sumptuous formats: A double-CD edition with a gatefold, tip-on jacket and a 44-page booklet comprising hand-written lyrics and rare archive photos by Charles Peterson and Steve Gullick, and a triple-LP box set, each LP in single pocket jackets within a heavy, tip-on slip case, with a 20-page book featuring the same attention to detail and extras as the CD release. The 32 tracks shine a light on Marks rare talent, and span the singers entire career, from 1990s debut album THE WINDING SHEET to a treasure trove of recent unreleased gems and feature such guests as PJ Harvey, Josh Homme and J Mascis. His is a sound of grizzled vocals and dark melody, it's lyrics chiseled out of late night thoughts and dark humor.
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The first disc? A worthy sampler, basically in reverse chrono-order; I hope it makes you buy the albums of this most under-appreciated (but oft-recorded: Screaming Trees to Mad Season to Twilight Singers to Isobell Campbell to Gutter Twins to Soul Savers to QOTSA, etc.) grunge alumn. What a voice, aesthetic, and musical ethic!
This 2-disc set includes an overview of Lanegan's solo work on Disc One -- 20 songs, a full disc, ranging across his albums from THE WINDING SHEET (1989) to BUBBLEGUM (2004) -- and 12 unreleased tracks on the much shorter Disc Two, including one from the BLUES FUNERAL sessions of 2011, and a live recording from 2000.
The songs on Disc One are organized as follows:
Tracks 1-3 from Bubblegum (2004)
Track 4 -- "Mirrored" B-side of single from 2004
Tracks 5-9 from Field Songs (2001)
Tracks 10-11 from I'll Take Care of You (1999) covers
Track 12 "Lexington Slow Down" from a 2003 EP
Tracks 13-14 from Scraps At Midnight (1998
Tracks 15-16 from The Winding Sheet (1989)
Tracks 17-20 from Whiskey For the Holy Ghost (1994)
Given the amount of previously unreleased material, this is essential for hardcore Lanegan fans. For those just discovering his music, it's a perfectly fine introduction, but no substitute for his best albums. I recommend starting with Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994) or Field Songs (1998), and the very different, more rocking Blues Funeral (2012).
Both discs are in one sleeve of the vinyl LP-style cardboard case with and the 44-page booklet in the other sleeve. All the lyrics are included, one song to a page, in Lanegan's cursive scrawl. There are 8 photos of the Man in all including those in the booklet and those on the CD case. The case is laminated, so it not only looks good, but is quite sturdy.
Mark Lanegan has recently become one of my favorite artists. This is a great set for Lanegan fans old and new!