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Anthology [VINYL]

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Product details

  • Vinyl (10 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000006NMM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Barriers
2. Turning
3. Other Worlds
4. Transfiguration
5. Don't Look Down
6. Cold Rain
7. In The Forest
8. Back Together
9. Other Days And Different Planets
10. Walk Through To This Side
11. Smokerings
12. Ivy
13. Grey Diamond Desert
14. Night Comes Creeping
15. Invisible Lantern
16. Subtle Poison
17. Windows
18. Black Morning Sun
19. Flower Web
20. End Of The Universe
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Understandably, Screaming Trees gained far more attention during the '90s, caught up as that decade was in the Nirvana fallout and the fluke (but well-deserved) success of "Nearly Lost You." But the band's '80s efforts are worth a listen, and Anthology, cherry-picking from the three SST albums as well as the Other Worlds EP that preceded them, is a fair enough place to start. As is the case with just about all the other SST comps put out over the years, this is fairly sparsely presented and packaged -- no reminiscences or rare photos, no otherwise unavailable rarities, just some basic production and selection notes. But one can audibly hear the band changing over time, not least because the initial Other Worlds selections and a fair amount of the Even if and Especially When cuts are such well-scrubbed American post-punk of the mid-'80s. It's hard to hear Mark Lanegan's relatively higher and kinder drawl as being from the same, harrowing persona showcased on his solo debut, The Winding Sheet, five years later, but that's change and development for you. The shift from Steve Fisk to Jack Endino in particular does make the band sound more typically "Seattle" in the sense that eventually became famous, but the groundwork was already laid with such fine songs as "Grey Diamond Desert," a beautiful if wracked ballad.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of greatest things about the 60's and 70's is how the bands from that eras influenced musicians in later times. It becomes apparent very early in this fine collection of songs that Mark Lanegan and the heavyweight Conner brothers listened to a healthy slice of The Doors when they were learning their trade in their collective dingy garages. Lanegans voice has been obviously honed by his rock n'roll lifestyle and you can almost hear the moment on this CD when the cigarettes finally took their toll. This is no bad thing given the gravelly quality it has inflicted on his Morrisson-esque vocals. The songs on this are a collection of the bands years on the SST label, spanning 1985 - 89 and there are more highs than lows on the 21 songs on offer. Don't Look Down almost gives you vertigo just listening to it and Transfiguration, Back Together and Walk Through To This Side are truly psychedelic sounding gems. There are some really brooding sounds on tracks like Grey Diamond Desert and Subtle Poison. With 21 tracks to go through there are too many to try and quickly describe. Screaming Trees differ in sound from other bands from the Washington / Seattle area in the sense that Nirvana, Soundgarden e.t.c. were actually coming with a sound which was different to what anyone had heard before while ST were in effect recycling a sound which had been lost since the demise of The Doors and making it their own. Nonetheless it fitted in equally well with the whole grunge movement and if you own any music from that era Screaming Trees are another band I can recommend you add to your collection and starting with Anthology is as good a place as any to start.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Start here... 22 May 2004
By Synergy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
On much of this compilation, Mark Lanegan sounds like he is about 18 years old. Despite the truth in that, in no way does it detract from the likeability of the songs. In fact, there are only a few tunes here that I don't care for. It's a solid collection and admittedly, I find myself really grooving with the earlier material. The guys may not have perfected their fluidity like in "Sweet Oblivion" and "Dust", but you can definitely get a feel for why the Trees eventually went "famous". Catchy and genuinely fun, not unlike the Monkees on LSD. It's also not difficult to associate this music with a small but personal venue, where it would be appropriately played and appreciated.
If you're thinking of exploring earlier Trees material, this is probably the best place to start.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An essential disc for all Screaming Trees fans... 20 May 2006
By Music fan from Bama - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This disc is an absolute must-have for Screaming Trees fans who can't get their hands on earlier albums (Clairvoyance, Even if and Especially When, Invisible Lantern, and Buzz Factory). While the Screaming Trees' best efforts were their final three discs (Uncle Anesthesia, Sweet Oblivion, and Dust), Anthology:SST Years provides an excellent overview of the band prior to changing labels. This disc is chock full of excellent tunes - all which perfectly blend '60s psychedelia, '70s rock, and '80s punk.

While the list of solid songs on here is too long to mention, I can say with confidence that it's worth the price just for "Cold Rain" and "Black Morning Sun". Everything else is icing...
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
thanks sst! 12 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
thank god. all the old s.trees hits compiled. 'transfiguration', 'walk through to this side' and the wah wah overload is just too much! by the time the screaming trees novice gets to the 'buzz factory' stuff on this cd they won't believe that it's the same guy singing (reminds me of the difference 'tween "closing time" and "small change" from good ol' uncle tom when i listen to the cd start to finish {does mark lanegan smoke camel unfiltered?}). that said, i sure can't think of a better way to spend bucks.
Why didn't I buy this sooner?! 28 Mar 2014
By John Lowther - Published on
If you like the Trees, grunge, 90's, or just music in general this is a great compilation. 21 songs compiled from 5 albums, you can find at least 5 songs on here that will have you singing later(or belting them out along with the CD in my case, don't worry it's only when I am alone driving to work). My personal favs are: In the Forest, Smokerings, Ivy, Grey Diamond Desert, Subtle Poison, Black Sun Morning, Flower Web, End of the Universe, & Where the Twain Shall Meet. I love this more than their later stuff which is what turned me onto this album.
Grunge Heaven 5 Feb 2014
By Manish Soni - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Better than Ocean of Confusion. Better than Sweet Oblivion. Better than 99% of what passes for music these days.

This a great, visionary band in their prime - raw, aggressive, brutal, uncompromising. While this is great grunge, great alternative, great post-punk, it is above all great music.There is not a weak track on this superb collection. The songwriting is honest and powerful, and Mark Lanegan's voice is simply fantastic - just listen to 'Grey Diamond Desert' for the definition of 'eerily haunting'. You simply cannot go wrong picking this album up.
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