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The Virginian

Album: The Virginian
# Song Title   Time
1)    Timber
2)    Bowling Green
3)    Jettison
4)    High on Cruel
5)    Karoline
6)    Lonely Old Lies
7)    Honky Tonk Hiccups
8)    Virginian, The
9)    Duchess
10)    Thanks a Lot
11)    Somebody Led Me Away
12)    Misfire
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Neko Case, Carl Newman (vocals); Matt Murphy (guitar, background vocals); Brian Connelly (guitar); Paul Pigat (steel guitar); John Reischman (mandolin); Sexy Pierre (violin); Peter Willson (piano); Darryl Neudorf (organ); Bernie Addington (acoustic bass); Beez (bass, background vocals); Pete Bourne (drums); Matt Murphy, Rose Melberg, Carolyn Mark (background vocals).
  • Producers: Brian Connelly, Darryl Neudorf, Neko Case.
  • Recorded at Miller Block, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Neko Case/Neko Case & Her Boyfriends: Beez (vocals, electric bass); Matt Murphy (vocals); Sexy Pierre (violin); Darryl Neudorf, Bernie Addington, John Reischman, Peter Wilson, Rose Melberg, Pete Bourne, Paul Pigat, Brian Connelly , Carl Newman, Carolyn Mark.
  • Personnel: Neko Case (vocals, drums); Matt "Guitar" Murphy (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Beez (vocals, electric bass); Rose Melberg, Carolyn Mark (vocals, background vocals); Carole L. Mark, Carl Newman (vocals); Matt Murphy (guitar, background vocals); Brian Connelly (guitar); Paul Pigat (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); John Reischman (mandolin); Peter Wilson (piano); Darryl Neudorf (organ); Bernie Addington (upright bass); Pete Bourne (drums).
  • Recording information: Miller Block, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Editor: Peter Moore.
  • Photographers: Neko Case; Robynn Iwata.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Brian Connelly ; Carl Newman; Beez; Matt "Guitar" Murphy.
  • This 1997 solo debut by Neko Case features the darling Virginia-born/Washington State-bred vocalist offering up a covers-heavy set that both reinforces her alt-country tag and gleefully defies it. In addition to a few originals (most notably, "Jettison," which foreshadows the melancholy mood of FURNACE ROOM LULLABY), Case, backed by her trusty Boyfriends, runs through a number of twangy tunes, including Ernest Tubb's "Thanks a Lot" and Loretta Lynn's "Somebody Led Me Away." She also, however, takes on songs by Queen (the fast-paced "Misfire") and cult crooner Scott Walker (the dramatic "Duchess"). The latter performance, in particular, allows Case to show off her powerful voice, while "Bowling Green," a rollicking rendition of an Everly Brothers song, finds her paired with singer Carl Newman, who would later become Case's partner-in-crime in the New Pornographers. Although subsequent Case albums present more atmospheric, nuanced work and focus on her own compositions, THE VIRGINIAN is a significant step in her artistic development, and essential for her devoted fans.
Professional Reviews
Q (11/00, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A captivating mix of traditional and modern. Jukebox laments, honky tonk and out-and-out rockers mix withthe unexpected..."

Magnet (1-2/98, p.67) - "...`Jettison' finds Case crying in her brew like Loretta Lynn, but `Karoline' proves she can rock out with the best of them..."
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