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  • Audio CD (Oct. 16 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000OVA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
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1. Catapult
2. Angels Of The Silences
3. Daylight Fading
4. I'm Not Sleeping
5. Goodnight Elisabeth
6. Children In Bloom
7. Have You Seen Me Lately?
8. Miller's Angels
9. Another's Horsedreamer's Blues
10. Recovering The Satellites
11. Monkey
12. Mercury
13. A Long December
14. Walkaways

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Counting Crows ~ Recovering The Satellites


Recovering the Satellites may not be quite the tower of song that the Crows' debut August and Everything After was, but it could hardly be called a sophomore slump. Vocalist Adam Duritz and crew mine similar territory on the more densely produced Satellites, couching tales of dreamers, lovers, and losers in music that's part classic rock redux and part heartfelt folk jangle. As able as the band is though, it remains Duritz's show, and his plaintive voice and serpentine lyrics are what drive this record home, particularly on "Daylight Fading", "Miller's Angels" and the aching hit "A Long December." --Michael Ruby

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Format: Audio CD
This whole song reminds me of summer. Maybe that's because I listened to it a LOT over the summer, but it's still one of those cds that smells like sunscreen and goes well with a light breeze. In my opinion, the Counting Crows are best with their slower songs, and, if you agree with me, this cd might not be the best for you. Their lyrics aren't easy to relate to, which is a definite negative in my book, but there's still a FEW treasures here.
Catapult - 8.0 Not a very catchy song, but good to listen to while lying in bed on a warm summer day
Angels of the Silences - 5.0 Not one of my favorites. I don't find there to be a steady beat.
Daylight Fading - 7.0 "Well, I heard you let somebody get their fingers into you." If that's not the dirtiest Counting Crows' lyrics, I don't know what is.
I'm Not Sleeping - 5.0 Bad start, worse middle, screechy ending. Adam, we understand that you're not sleeping. Stop talking about it.
Goodnight Elizabeth - 9.0 My favorite song on the cd. Wonderful.
Children in Bloom - 8.5 Another slower song by the Crows. Good. Very good.
Have You Seen Me Lately? - 8.5 One of the few faster songs of theirs that I like. Good refrain...very good. Catchy.
Miller's Angels - 8.0 Another slowy. Stick to the slow ones, guys. Good.
Another Horsedreamer's Blues - 6.0 Slower, but a no. SKIP OVER
Recovering the Satellites [Live] - 5.0 SKIP OVER
Monkey - 5.0 The title is no more promising than the song. SKIP OVER
Mercury - 5.0 No. SKIP OVER
A Long December - 8.5 This is the song you wasted your time to skip to. Good song. Catchy.
Walkaways - 5.0 1 minute song. Just turn off the cd.
Listen to the first half, scratch up the rest (BUT SAVE A LONG DECEMBER!!) I don't think this cd is worth more than 5 dollars. But, if you like the faster Counting Crows songs, maybe 10. MAYBE
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Format: Audio CD
The Counting Crows are a pretty good band. They all play their instruments well and they are tastefull in their approach. August and Everything After was their big introductory statement, but Recovering the Satellites is a successful endeavor in sprawling all over their musical map. Pop, twangy, folk, balladry, and more are all here. But there is one thing that could make Recovering the Satellites so much better:
Fire Adam Duritz.
I can never listen to Recovering the Satellites all of the way through simply because Duritz has taken a group of good musicians and ruined their potential. Every lyric he writes seems to be a woe-is-me dive into extreme self pity, and it certainly doesn't help that each word he sings is performed in a whiny moan.
A Long December is a good title for a song, but that's all you'll find here. Duritz's lame attempts for metaphors (the references to oysters with no pearls) do nothing but remind you that the lyrics you are listening to are the equivalent of a seventh grade creative writing essay. The chorus boasts a profound rendition of "Na na na na na, yeah!" Oh, please. In Daylight Fading, he sings "Dayling fading/come and waste another year/all the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear." What does that even mean?
What a pity. Recovering the Satellites is musically strong. But with a guy like Duritz at the helm, the Counting Crows stay in first gear the whole way.
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Format: Audio CD
When I read reviews of this album I'm often dumbfounded by the lack of insight. Its not a pop album, though Counting Crows have often been mis-tabbed as a radio weighted, pop-indulging band. They're a song writing, and just as importantly, album-making band. This is one of the most complete albums I have ever heard. It doesn't flow seemlessly from song to song(a la "The Wall, Pink Floyd"), but it flows naturally, features some great instrumentation, and incorporates a beautiful emotional ebb and flow of a great story telling band. The orchestration of instruments form a perfect compliment to Adam Duritz' voice. The orchestration and deversity of music alone are a noteworthy achievement, yet the song writing is outstanding. The band spent months and months cramped up in a large rented house to fine tune each song on the album. Let me tell you, it shows.
Too many fans and music critics were looking for the radio songs that won Counting Crows acclaim on their first album. This album does not feature any songs that lend themselves well to radio play. However, each song is worth a thousand listen's, and are part of one of the better albums ever constructed. If you can diversify your taste to allow for Adam Duritz's whiney, and sometimes abrasive voice, you will be thoroughly intoxicated by the music featured on "Recovering the Satellites". Its truely one of the more unique and well-rounded albums in rock history. I believe too few have given it the chance it deserves. If you give it that chance I think you'd agree this album deserves to be compared with the great one's.
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Format: Audio CD
As usual, the Counting Crows have produced another outstanding CD. An once again, its songs are in a different style than their previous albums. Counting Crows illustrate their ability to compose many styles on music by releasing this album, which has more of a rock feel to it than their previous releases, which had more of a folksy sound with some pop and rock fused with it. As is customary with all Counting Crows CDs, almost every song is above-par, making use of every track on the CD. "Recovering the Satellites" is an exceptional power ballad, "Long December" has a nice feel to it with great lyrics, and "Have You Seen Me Lately" is more upbeat than most songs by the Crows, but it debatably the best songs on the album, if not one of the best Counting Crows songs to date. There is no doubt many of these songs will be included in their Greatest Hits, which is to me released within a week. Though this is not the best CD by Couting Crows, (That honor would have to be awarded to "Hard Candy"), it is certainly a good puchase for anyone who enjoys listening to Counting Crows, and at the low price it is offered by Amazon, it is good value.
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