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  • Audio CD (Oct. 9 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000VBJD74
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1. Angels
2. I Know You Will
3. Here Without You
4. Close Your Eyes
5. Anymore
6. I Want To Break Your Heart
7. She Was the One
8. Geometry
9. The Child In You
10. Lover's Rock
11. Taken
12. Haven't Got the Right (To Treat Me Wrong)
13. Hollywood Waltz
14. I Knew You Would
15. Bonus Track 1
16. Bonus Track 2
17. Bonus Track 3
18. Bonus Track 4

Product Description

Eight years after Chris Stamey left the dB's (and three years after the group finally sputtered to a halt), he reunited with former bandmate Peter Holsapple (who became the group's de facto leader in Stamey's absence) for this duo album. Mavericks finds both Holsapple and Stamey sounding a bit older, quieter, and more pensive than they did in the old days; while one can see many flashes of the bright, angular power pop that dominated the dB's first two albums, most of the songs are dominated by acoustic instruments, somewhat slower tempos, and a more "mature" tone. The introspective overtones of "Angels," "I Know You Will," or "Close Your Eyes" mark a switch from what these guys were doing on Repercussion or Stands for Decibels, but if you're looking for clever and well-crafted pop tunes, both Holsapple and Stamey deliver the goods, and they do rock out a bit here and there (most notably on "Lovers Rock" and the wonderfully sardonic "I Want to Break Your Heart"). Both Stamey and Holsapple are at the top of their form as vocalists and players, and they get plenty of welcome assistance from such Hoboken-scene notables as Dave Schramm, James MacMillan, and Jane Scarpantoni (fellow former dB Gene Holder even pops up on one cut). Mavericks often sounds like semi-acoustic post-new wave pop for grownups, but it's a good bit more fun (and less academic) than that description would suggest. The album has also stood the test of time quite well, as the Collectors' Choice's 2007 reissue demonstrates, and the new edition includes six bonus tracks. The new material includes Holsapple's original demo for "Angels," remixes or alternate takes of "Close Your Eyes," "Anymore," "Here Without You," and "I Know You Will" (the latter as an instrumental, with additional guitar from Dave Schramm), and one otherwise unavailable tune, the country-flavored "Hollywood Waltz." In the new liner notes, Holsapple and Stamey write "It is our hope that the inclusion of these bonus tracks will add to the listening experience for you," and while they don't add much to an album that was already pretty great, they don't take much away, either, and with or without them Mavericks is one of the finest discs these gifted musicians have given us. [Collector's Choice reissued the CD in 2007 and included six bonus tracks.] ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mavericks, Before it was the Cool Thing to Be.... Jan. 12 2009
By armenianthunder - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As much as I love the DB's, this album (originally recorded nearly a decade after the two songwriters last worked together in that band) is a different beast. Gone are the herky-jerky new-waveisms of their early albums, and in are more organic sounding songs from two mature, talented songwriters both of whose names should be on all music fans' lips. From the rootsy, charming "Angels," to the chiming Beatle-esque "Geometry," to the stripped-down, wistful "She Was the One," these are some of the best songs either has ever written, and the relaxed vibe of the recording sessions is apparent in the effortless, simplicity and directness of these songs and arrangements. Recommended for fans of earthy, warm pop-rock like, say, Tom Petty's "Wildflowers," Michael Penn's best work, or the songs of Alejandro Escovedo. But basically, anyone who loves a great pop song will love this album, because it's chock full of 'em.

Ever since I found a copy of this album in the mid-nineties in the clearance bin of my local reputable record store (a crime!) I have been anxiously awaiting another installment from the Holsapple-Stamey hitmaking duo. I guess the next best thing is this re-issue with some bonus tracks, including demos, b-sides and remixes, and I'll happily take it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Songwriter's Pop Masterpiece April 7 2008
By John Werner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps one of the best ways I can personally judge an album is if I like it even more a year or so later. If that's any kind of litmus test of musical greatness this album is "freak on" superbad. Perhaps I am predisposed to like this stuff as I am a fan of Holsapple and Stamey's band, the dBs. This is better and that says alot. It is so much more mature in songwriting that it touches me deeper than anything the dB's recorded. I love the arrangements too as the acoustic guitars ring out authoritatively playing "Beatle-Quality" great melodies. For me it's the promise of Southern Folk Rock (called alternative in the early 80's with R.E.M.'s rise)fulfilled in the early 90's.

Here's a quirk of mine. When I am emotionally into music I try to see if the album has a centerpiece. Sure enough I find this one does and it's the seventh cut "She Was The One". It's the crescendo of missed or lost love that serves as both the emotional as well as physical center of the album. This is great programming because by the time tracks 6,7, and 8 hit me I'm really into some kind of zone. I love this stuff. I wish more music did this to me. I think this recording qualifies as a pop masterpiece. Perhaps I'm not as "touched" as I feared because instead of just passing into the great, but unavailable category...Collector's Choice issued a deluxe reissue in 2007. Somebody somewhere agrees with me! Highly Recommended
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsung classic July 10 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The first six tracks of this album are nothing short of fabulous original songwriting. Stamey and Holsapple definitely compliment one another, with Holsapple's melancholy, tuneful pieces balanced by Stamey's driving pop/rock sensibility. The duo harmonizes seamlessly, and the album seems produced and assembled with great, introspective vision. It's a shame their collaboration seems to have ended here. Holsapple's solo work tries but mostly misses, while Stamey went on to put out a fantastic somewhat Beatlesque album "Fireworks" which contains one of pop's greatest songs "Something Came Over Me." We just haven't heard from him in a while. Mavericks is an unsung and in many ways solitary classic.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful, intelligent, and heartbreakingly accessible... Oct. 9 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can't possibly describe the hours of pleasure that "Mavericks" and other Holsapple/Stamey efforts have brought me. I listen to this album, along with all my "dB's" albums, frequently. Time never diminishes the dead-on lyrics, the amazing hooks, the wit, and the feeling that you'd love to hang out with Peter Holsapple because he's a really talented, normal, grounded individual. I realize this is more of a general review of these artists, but they make the world a much better place in which to live. Truly, I'm not exaggerating. For the unenlightened, do yourselves a big favor and LISTEN TO THESE GUYS!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking songwriters April 19 2000
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Format: Audio CD
This has been a favorite of mine for years, along with other albums by Chris Stamey, "It's Alright" and "Fireworks." Both Holsapple and Stamey are amazing songwriters: each combines intellectual substance, deep emotion, and impeccable artistic taste better than almost anyone I know. Put them together, and you have an instant classic. Their voices are unconventional, and probably described best as an acquired taste, but they can be acquired pretty readily. If you like REM, Marshall Crenshaw, Peter Case, or other creators of literate, slightly offbeat pop songs, you'll likely enjoy them.

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