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Basement Dreams

Album: Basement Dreams
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dad Downstairs
2)    No One Said a Word
3)    Basement Dream
4)    I Run and Hide
5)    Doghaus Gospel
6)    Outskirts
7)    Fremont Row
8)    Free Light of Day
9)    Doghaus Trance
10)    Widowmaker
11)    Kid On Trumpet
12)    Neal's Blues
13)    Oil In My Lamp
14)    Nothing Left To Prove
15)    Me and Queen Sylvia
16)    Delaware Station
17)    Promises To Keep
18)    Very Last Time, The
19)    St. Cloud
20)    Wisest of the Wise
21)    Denver Song
22)    Highway Butterfly
23)    Dad Again
1)    Alive At Teh Same Time - (previously unreleased, live)
2)    Highway Butterfly - (previously unreleased, live)
3)    Junkyard In the Sun - (previously unreleased, live)
4)    No One Said a Word - (previously unreleased, live)
5)    St. James City - (previously unreleased, live)
6)    Delaware Station - (previously unreleased, live)
7)    St. Cloud - (previously unreleased, live)
8)    I'm Gonna Leave This Burned Out Town - (previously unreleased, live)
9)    Fremont Row - (previously unreleased, live)
10)    Rain All Night - (previously unreleased, live)
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Neal Casal (vocals); Ryan Hedgecock (vocals, mandolin); Ramon Casal, Amy Allison, Angie McKenna (vocals); Uncle Lightnin' (harp); Davis Jaynes (strings); John Ginty (piano, organ); Don Heffington, John Hummell, Phil Cimino (drums); Chuck Wood, Sundown Slim (percussion).
  • Audio Mixers: Rick Deardorff; Jeff Robinson; Jim Scott ; Neal Casal; John Ginty.
  • Recording information: Fuzzfolk (07/1998); Sheffield, England (07/1998); Fuzzfolk (08/1998); Sheffield, England (08/1998); Fuzzfolk (08/1999); Sheffield, England (08/1999); Fuzzfolk (1996-1998); Sheffield, England (1996-1998); Fuzzfolk (1999); Sheffield, England (1999).
  • Photographer: Neal Casal.
  • If planning to investigate the work of Neal Casal, start here. The album, although a trifle long, is shot through with a genuine and varied musicality. There's a very real sense of play; explicitly with the amused outtakes of the artist's father navigating his way through approximate renditions of old boot camp favorites, and also the eponymous "Kid on Trumpet." Charm aside, Casal's own compositions really take flight on the venomous "No One Said a Word," the quietly foreboding "Basement Dreams," and the bluesy "I Run and Hide complete with distant harmonica. "Freelight of Day," which refers obliquely to a suicide, and "Wisest of the Wise" continue the dark theme with artful use of tremolo laden guitar. In earlier works Casal had seemed to peddle a pleasant enough if unexceptional alt-country yearning. This collection exhibits talent and taste and nods to a pre-'60s heritage which is underlined by the achingly beautiful cover of "Widowmaker," with Angie McKenna on backing vocals. This man has got something special, perhaps a film soundtrack or Oscar ceremony would raise his profile to the level it deserves. ~ Mark Joseph
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]ome of the best songs he's written are here -- among them 'Outskirts' and 'Me And Queen Sylvia,' pieces of singer-songwriter perfection..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The delicate, acoustic 'Basement Dream' might just by the high point of his entire career, perhaps the greatest song Jackson Browne never wrote..."
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