1/ Alive and Living Now (Fier,Skopelitis,Stipe) 5.38 2/ The Haunting (Kramer) 5.30 3/ When the Kingdom Calls (Fier,Skopelitis,Kramer) 6.26 4/ A Sigh (Fier,Skopelitis,Kramer) 8.36 5/ Thunder Cries (Fier,Skopelitis,Kramer) 4.22 6/ Hands of Heaven (Fier,Skopelitis,Kramer) 5.22 7/ Dying From the Inside Out (Fier,Skopelitis,Mould) 8.18 8/ Begin To Return (Kidney) 6.12 Recorded at Platinum Island, NYC, Grog Kill, Willow, NY, Dreamland, West Hurley, New York, Mark Angelo, London, Sunset Sound Factory, Los Angeles, RPM, New York City & Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York Engineers : Oz Fritz, Mike Krowiak, Tom Mark, David Cook, Robert Musso and Billy Youdelman Assisted by Wes Naprstek, Steve McLoughlin and John Yates Mixed by "Iron" Mike Krowiak at RPM Studios Assisted by Jeff Lippay Track 4 mixed by David Cook at Dreamland Assisted by John Yates Produced and arranged by Anton Fier Executive Producer: Tony Meilandt Project Coordinator: Sarah Auld Mastered by Howie WeinbergAnton Fier: drums (except 8), percussion (4,6), keyboards (6,8); Bill Laswell: bass (1,2,3,5,6,7), fretless bass (4); Nicky Skopelitis: 6 string electric guitar (1,3,5,6,7), 12 string electric guitar (1,4,7,8), dobro (1), 6 string acoustic guitar (3,4,5,6,7), 12 string acoustic guitar (3,6); Richard Thompson: lead guitar (1,3,6), guitar (2,7); Carla Bley: Hammond organ (1,3); Amanda Kramer: background vocals (1,7), keyboards (1,2,3,4,5,7), vocals (2,3,4,5,6); Michael Stipe: vocals (1); Aiyb Dieng: chatan (4,6); Bob Mould (7): vocals, guitar; Bob Kidney (8): vocals, guitars.
1991 - Nation/Venture (Germany), VE 905 (Vinyl) 1991 - Nation/Venture (Germany), CDVE 905 (CD) 1991 - Nation/Charisma (USA), 91745-2 (CD)
John Chedsey (courtesy of Satan Stole My Teddybear website)
The 1991 album Drunk With Passion is the fifth installment of drummer Anton Fier's ongoing, ever-changing project known as Golden Palominos. As always, there's no shortage of musical heavyweights plying their trade on this edition. Guitarist Richard Thompson and bassist Bill Laswell are Palomino veterans. The vocal chores are handled by ex-Information Society singer Andrea Kramer, and Bob Mould sings lead on "Dying From the Inside Out." The emphasis here is on mood, which is decidedly ethereal, starting with the album's lead track "Alive and Living Now," featuring Michael Stipe on vocals and Carla Bley adding Hammond organ. The song is a buoyant, mid-tempo celebration of life. Other highlights include "The Haunting," with lovely vocals from Kramer, and "When the Kingdom Calls," which has some fluid, melodic guitar work from Thompson. The proceedings are so dreamy that the album threatens to float away at times. However, Mould opens "Dying From the Inside Out" with a blood-curdling howl and the band follows his lead with a primal stomp. A very classy album.
4 stars out of 5
Tom Demalon (courtesy of the All Music Guide website)
I followed the trail of Richard Thompson which led me straight to Drunk With Passion by the Golden Palominos. Richard is my Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for popular music - his presence on any recording is a stamp of artistic integrity. Drunk with Passion is a collection of dreamy slow-tempo songs with vocals by Amanda Kramer. Instead of the usual technique of mixing the solo vocals center-forward, Amanda's voice is buried in the mix and appears to come from all points. Her disembodied voice gives Drunk With Passion an eerie quality. `The Haunting,' `When The Kingdom Comes,' and `Hands Of Heaven' are favorites featuring the ghost of Amanda and Richard Thompson's delicate guitar work - the combination is hypnotic. Minor flaw: the screaming and chaotic `Dying From The Inside Out' spoils the relaxing mood set by the previous six compositions. It's out of place. That aside, Drunk With Passion is a mesmerizing fifty-minutes courtesy of the Golden Palominos.
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