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Satellite (Ep) EP
|2. G Major|
|3. Rise & Shine|
|4. Timothy Leary|
|5. I'm Through|
|6. Satellite (Astronauts Mix)|
|7. Two Of Us (live @ KCRW)|
|8. Total Eclipse of the Heart (live @ The State Theater Portland, ME)|
Over the past ten-plus years they've been slowly honing their craft, building their fan base and making records that are unprepossessing but more and more compelling. Any fan of low-key, perfectly constructed, hooky and honest guitar pop would be wise to check out Guster if you haven't already. All Music Guide Guster boasts one of the most devoted followings in the country and fans are spreading the word about the band's playful yet literate, spirited yet largely acoustic pop rock. Last summer's Ganging Up On The Sun was the band's highest charting album to date (Top 25). Guster follows with an EP featuring a remix of Satellite, which is currently climbing the AAA and Modern Rock radio charts, a handful of outtakes from the Ganging Up On The Sun sessions plus two new covers the early '80s Bonnie Tyler #1 hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart and TheBeatles' Two Of Us. The Guster following keeps growing and growing.
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1.) Satellite - the terrific second track (and a highlight) of GUOTS, featuring hypnotic double-tracked vocals, electric guitars, and a memorable keyboard riff. Hopefully this will fuel some more album purchases.
2.) G Major - the major reason for this release, as fans had been clamoring for this song ever since news of its exclusion from GUOTS. The lyrics are clearly but cleverly political, and the simple beat coupled with some interesting orchestration make it a great repeat listen. Don't know if it would have improved the flow of the album, but I'm grateful it's officially available.
3.) Rise & Shine - an uncharacteristically underproduced track with moody lyrics and simple but effective percussion from Brian Rosenworcel. Pleasant, but the most fillerish of the GUOTS outtakes.
4.) Timothy Leary - Plays like the great lost lead-off track from GUOTS, and it's the one outtake that I would argue really belonged on the album. As the title indicates, it's lyrically defiant, but more importantly, it's musically tight and driving. I'm not well-read enough to know if the chorus ("One single voice makes a deafening sound/You can be anything this time around") does indeed come from Leary, but it's a great song regardless of your politics. The omission of this and G Major indicate a conscious decision to keep GUOTS more reservedly topical.
5.) I'm Through - The early version of another GUOTS highlight (C'Mon), this song is not without its own charms, particularly the beautiful chorus and a little bit of old-school conga percussion. However, the re-cast version is tighter and a bit more enduring.
6.) Satellite (The Astronaut's Remix)- a rare beast indeed, as I prefer this remix to the album version. The Astronauts embellish the track with a "spacy" beat, some pizzicato parts during the interludes, and apparently bring Adam Gardner's voice way up in the mix. As Gardner has sadly been relegated to backing singer status on the last couple albums, any chance to hear his warm baritone is welcome.
7.) Two Of Us (live)- Guster takes on The Beatles, with a stripped-down, slightly countrified take on a song that was always pretty simple. Ryan Miller and Gardner are obviously not Paul and John, but this radio performance is definitely listenable. And features some more whistling for those who love All The Way Up To Heaven and Red Oyster Cult.
8.) Total Eclipse Of The Heart (live)- We love Guster because of things like ending the CD with this track. Percussionist/fan's best friend Rosenworcel steps up to the mic on this concert encore, and lovingly savages it. A very funny listen.
God bless Guster for releasing this, and it's a testament to their talents that their leftovers constitute the core of such an enjoyable CD. Hopefully demand will result in another volume containing the demos featured on the GUOTS vinyl release and a least one more oft-requested outtake, Emily Ivory.
Their voices, beautiful guitar playing, and lyrics all come together making them a great band!
These songs are remixes and stuff they left off their last CD which came out last year.