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In My Tribe [CD]

10,000 Maniacs Audio CD
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One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs, was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternative rock ... Read more in Amazon's 10,000 Maniacs Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000002H4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. What's The Matter Here (LP Version) 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hey Jack Kerouac (LP Version) 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Like The Weather (LP Version) 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cherry Tree (LP Version) 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Painted Desert (LP Version) 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Don't Talk (LP Version) 5:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gun Shy (LP Version) 4:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. My Sister Rose (LP Version) 3:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Campfire Song (LP Version) 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. City Of Angels (LP Version) 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi Cries (LP Version) 4:240.79  Buy MP3 

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In My Tribe was 10,000 Maniacs' second (and best) album and the record that made the band collegiate favourites and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant a star. Producer Peter Asher's rich balance of acoustic and electric instruments gave muscle to the group's folk-rock. "Hey Jack Kerouac" found Merchant musing on the literary beats of the 1950s but the song's musical hook was the rich bed of rhythm guitars laid atop the solid drums. "Don't Talk" offered a similarly propulsive rock sound, with lyrics that advised troubled lovers to keep it to themselves. REM singer Michael Stipe offered hipster credibility by guesting on "A Campfire Song", while a cover of Cat Stevens's "Peace Train" offered listeners a familiar port of entry. However, when Muslim convert Stevens announced his support of Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini's call for the execution of Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, the band rereleased the album without "Peace Train". --John Milward

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10,000 Maniacs at their best 20 Jan 2007
By Phil H
Format:Audio CD
I will freely admit to being a huge fan of Natalie Merchant and the work she did with 10,000 Maniacs. However that respect for the artist had to begin somewhere and about a decade and a half ago it started when my older brother, knowing I worshipped R.E.M. (and with a mind to Micael Stipe's short cameo on A Campfire Song), loaned me a vinyl copy of In My Tribe to listen to and I fell in love.

Starting with the triple-whammy of "What's the Matter Here" (the song that turned the aforementioned older brother onto this album), "Hey, Jack Kerouac", and "Like the Weather" the album quickly establishes itself as a pop-rock masterclass. Its never going to be a favourite of political right wingers or people that resent a good lecture about the iniquities of society but the album is served well by these three definitive Maniac moments and the witty, wordy, and pleasant-despite-the-negatives world it presents. Its strange hearing the 20-ish year old Natalie Merchant's voice compared to the throatier and more mature singer of recent years but even at this stage her voice was gorgeous.

"The Painted Desert" is (in my often humble opinion) the most under-rated song in Merchant's catalogue. A painfully honest open letter from a woman to the man she thought would be waiting for her to join him after he left for a trip, Merchant does a great job of making sure that everyone but the author of the letter understands what is really going on. This leads into "Don't Talk", another iconic Maniac song in the "social conscience" vein established throughout the album with a driving rhythm carrying it forward excellently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour... 22 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
'In My Tribe' is an absolute masterpiece. It's the folkiest of the 10,000 Maniacs' works, which is great, as this effectively means that we're offered a pretty twanging, tinkling backdrop, over which Natalie Merchant's voice is free to swoop about like an impressive bird in an uncluttered sky. Or something.
Anyway, out of all their albums and Natalie's own solo stuff, her voice is never clearer, and her vocal melodies never so effective as 'In My Tribe'. From the meloncholic pop of 'About The Weather' to the elegant rage of songs about child abuse ('What's the matter here?'), alcoholism ('Don't Talk') and the military ('Gun Shy'), it's a gorgeous, powerful album that only flags on the somewhat inadvised 'My Sister Rose'.
As it's so-stripped down it's probably not quite as accessible as the poppy 'Blind Man's Zoo', but ultimately 'In My Tribe' is the greatest thing Natalie Merchant or the 10,000 Maniacs ever did. It's great, and if you're interested enough to read a review of it then you won't regret buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ' A Thin Slice Of Heaven ' 27 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
The summer of 1988 was one of the greatest times of my life. I was working in a Summer Camp in the United States, learning about life and visiting places I had always dreamed of.
It was a fellow camp counsellor, who I shared accomodation with, that played 'In My Tribe' one evening, and it altered the way I percieved music. Being a '80s teenager brought up on a diet of New Wave and New Romantics, listening to this album showed me that music could be more than style over substance.
From it's opening bar of the first track 'What's the matter here?' to 'Verdi cries' the album elevates you heart, cleansess your mind and touches your soul like no other I have experienced.
Since that glorious day, it has often puzzled me that it still remains an underworld masterpiece, and it is this lack of recognition of one of the true 'Classic Albums' of the eighties or any decade that had led me to this article.
I urge anyone to become a member of 'The Tribe', I am and always will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tribe well worth joining 31 Mar 2008
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In My Tribe is the second major label release for US band 10,000 Maniacs. If ever a band were inappropriately monikered it was 10,000 Maniacs. Conjuring images, for me at least , of slavering riff heavy doom merchants -rather than Natalie Merchant - the bands polite brand of folky rock had shown promise on 1985 album "The Wishing Chair" but it was this 1987 album that the bands emollient mature music reached it,s zenith.
Since the release of "The Wishing Chair" Natalie Merchant the bands distinctive vocalist had lost usual song-writing partner John Lombardo who had quit the band in 1986 so she consequently shared the song-writing duties with the band particularly Robert Buck who also contributes, guitar , mandolin and pedal steel .Maybe the more varied input from the other band members helped the song writing process because with the exception of "My Sister Rose"-which is one of those occasions were the groups penchant for queasy world music influences is given full reign - In My Tribe is a consistent hugely enjoyable album.
Merchant,s friendship with Michael Stipe meant he was more than happy to provide vocals for "The Campfire Song". One of the great things about this album , as is indeed the case with most great albums, is that despite being a folk / rock band there is true diversity in the music. "Verdi Cries" features a lovely stately string arrangement courtesy of David Campbell and a gossamer sensitive vocal by Natalie Merchant. "Like The Weather " is almost a nursery rhyme but thankfully steers clear of twee. "City Of Angels" twinkles appropriately with mandolin and shimmering guitar while "Don,t Talk" is a tense compelling tale of a relationship breakdown.
Lyrically too the songs are not the derisory la di da pastoral fare you might expect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In My Tribe
This and 'Blind Man's Zoo' are the Maniacs' finest. Natalie Merchant was always better in the confines of this band.
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by lonniej
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Masterpiece
Bought my first copy of In My Tribe 22 years ago and it sounds just as fresh, unique and ahead of it's time today. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Weenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete..
One of those rare albums that truly deserves the label 'Classic'. By that I mean every song here is excellent. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by I. P. J. Brayshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite
the best maniacs/merchant album, strong, lyrical and anecdotal by turns; vocals frequently inaudible, but this works to the advantage of some of the more preposterous lyrics (on... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2004 by simon barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, beautiful, important music
This really is an amazingly good album, filled with depth and passion and shaped by one of music's most distinct, compelling voices (Natalie Merchant). Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2003 by Daniel Jolley
2.0 out of 5 stars Instantly forgettable
By many people, this has been hailed their finest work. If it were a painting, it would be a masterpiece. To me it's just another bowl of fruit on canvas. Read more
Published on 13 May 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The best they've done, along with 'Our Time in Eden'
Looking back on the 10,000 Maniacs discography (and I wouldn't consider 'Love among the ruins' or 'The earth pressed flat' to be real Maniacs work), 'In my tribe' and 'Our time in... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 1999
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