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Retrospective

Red House Painters Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00000JCBT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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RED HOUSE PAINTERS Retrospective (1999 UK issue 27-track 2-CD set featuring 13 definitive Red House Painters tracks culled from their debut album Down Colorful Hill through 1995s Ocean Beach plus a collection of unreleased demos and live recordings from their 4AD years picture sleeve booklet - essential DAD9013CD)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully morose 4 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered the Red House Painters on a CD given away with a music magazine.
The song was 'Grace Cathedral Park'. It seems strange now but I was immediately taken aback with the languid style of the song. It was and is a great pop song, albeit a slow one. But it is beautifully understated and grabs your attention by seemingly not trying to do so.
Then I bought Retrospective and I heard Katy Song, which is one of my favourite songs.
Katy Song, Grace Cathedral Park, Summer Dress and Michael are all excellent songs and definitely encourage you to buy the rest of their back catalogue.
CD 2is not as good but will be appreciated by hardcore fans
I now own all of their work and they are, I think, my favourite band.
I have spent alot of time and money since buying this trying to find bands similar to RHP (Dakota Suite, Low, American Music Club), and as far as I can see, there aren't any that do this kind of music as well as these guys do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lotsa information...but good information... 22 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Red House Painters are a group that have been lauded by many and unheard of by most. It's a shame because, as with artists such as Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake, they have a way of making everyone feel exactly what they were feeling when the songs were recorded. The first disc is compiled as an "introduction" to the world of the Red House Painters, and it does just that, covering everything from their cover of Ace Frehley's "Shock Me" to the sublime meloncholy of "Grace Cathedral Park". It is a worthy sampler, and a must have for anyone contemplating the further world of RHP. The Second disc is an array of demos, unreleased songs and live tracks. While under normal circumstances this is usually a put off to listeners not familiar with the band's ouvre, in RHP's case, it is another great taster of the different styles of their music. Also, since a few of the songs (Shock Me, Mistress)appear on the first CD in completed form, it is an interesting way to hear and understand the original idea of the songs. Retrospective is the perfect introduction to the world of Red House Painters, once the sheer volume of material is overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compilation of the 4AD Years. 8 Feb 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
This compilation captures the 4AD years of Red House Painters- disc One is a basic best of, stemming from albums such as Down Colourful Hill, Red House Painters (two diff eponymous albums) & Ocean Beach. Plenty of fine songs: Grace Cathedral Park, Drop, Rollercoaster, Evil & the band version of New Jersey. The highlight is the epic Katy Song.
Disc 2 is one for the fans- a collection of various demos, outtakes & live versions- Dragonflies, Funhouse, Helicopter & Summer Dress are all delivered in alternate forms.
My only quibble with this, is that Down Colourful Hill is under-represented & my fave RHP-track Down Through is not here. I still think the 14 track eponymous LP from 1993 & the recent Old Ramon (on Sub Pop) are vital purchases. Listening to this excellent collection, with typically brilliant 4AD cover, you have to concede it's mood music- Mark Kozelek's downer songs at odd's with his cheery rendition of Elton John's Tiny Dancer in Almost Famous. A good intro & reminder of the first decade of Red House Painters, one of the great US bands of recent years & easily up there with American Music Club/Mark Eitzel, Jeff Buckley & The Grifters.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special from RHP, as usual 26 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A few tracks I hadn't heard before, and live versions of others which are sometimes better than already great studio originals, this CD is just tremendous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A melancholic masterpiece of introspection/ retrospection 14 Dec 2002
By Ludmila - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that I first heard of the Red House Painters through the film "Excess Baggage," starring Alicia Silverstone and Benicio del Toro as star-crossed lovers of sorts. The Painters' rendition of "All Mixed Up," originally by The Cars, was featured in this film, and I must say that although the film leaves just a little bit to be desired, that the choice of the aforementioned song in certain scenes of the film is phenomenal. . . see the movie, you'll see what I mean, perhaps.
Emily Hope (Silverstone's character in the movie) compels "John Doe" (del Toro's character) to feel oh so "mixed up". . . Anyways, moving on. . . hearing this song was enough to make me pause the credits and see who exactly was this band performing such a hauntingly melancholic and gorgeous version of the Cars' classic. "The Red House Painters," I read. "Hmmm," I said to myself, this sounds like a potentially great band. So the next day I ventured to my friendly neighborhood record store to see what they had to offer for the Red House Painters. I went through the various CD's they had of the band, and purchased "Retrospective," which I thought would be a good introduction to the band. It truly was. (It goes without saying that I also got "Songs for a Blue Guitar," since it does, after all, contain the song "All Mixed Up" which had impacted me so, but since this review is about "Retrospective," I'm going to stick to this album in my review). I read the liner notes, while hearing both disks of this album, and I was enthralled. How could I, such a devoted fan of good and original music (with a penchant for the sad and gloomy and melancholic) have possibly missed this incredible band, I asked myself? I spoke to a friend that evening, after I had spent the entire afternoon indulging in my Red House Painters CD's, and I told her that I had "discovered" this awesome band, entitled the Red House Painters. "Oh, you mean the band who did the song for that Gap commercial?" she replied, much to my dismay (I'm not prone either to "commercial," or "commercialized" music, or to huge retail stores). Regardless, I did not allow this to alter my fascination with this band. They are really phenomenal; sad, gloomy, melancholy, wistful, somber, with an unbelievable talent for transforming the pain suffered in life and in love into song.
"They're like Joy Division without the synthesizers or drum machines, with a bit of Leonard Cohen thrown in," is what I said to my friend who had informed me of their musical Gap appearance. And they are, but with a style entirely all their own. "Retrospective" has not left my CD player. Their rendition of "Shock Me" (a Kiss song) is as shocking as it is beautiful. And "Katy Song," "Summer Dress,"Medicine Bottle," "Michael," and "Mistress" are gorgeous. And the second disk, with demos, outakes, and live performances, is far from disappointing (as such disks tend to be); they only reinforced the fact in my mind that this is one uniquely talented and outstanding band. The tracks "Uncle Joe," "Japanese to English," "Over My Head," and the closing instrumental track, stand out on the second disk. None of the songs on either disk are disappointing, quite the contrary, in fact. . . each song merits another listen, and another, in order to absorb the lovely subtleties of each one. For anyone considering an introduction to the Red House Painters, this is indeed a great place to start. It's not often that a band entrances me so much, and I am more than happy (sad/happy?!) to have discovered the charm that is the Red House Painters, regardless of "Excess Baggage" or a Gap commercial. They have put a voice and music to the pain of the human condition, what we all have suffered at some point or another, and have done so originally, and this is no minor feat. Mopey, melancholic, and mystifying music (how's that for alliteration?!). . . a wonderful contribution to your music collection, especially if you like Joy Division and Leonard Cohen! Sadness can be inspiring, as these guys more than demonstrate in their music. . . perhaps you too might find their gloomy and ruminating music as powerful and gorgeous as I have. And if not, well, no one's asking you to paint your house red! :)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true find. 17 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Graceful, quiet, and elegiac. Mark Kozelek truly is a gifted songwriter, and if you haven't heard this band yet, this is a terrific place to start.
P.S. A big raspberry to Ivo and 4AD for dropping these guys.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy and a glimpse into angst, but a brilliant band 13 Sep 2002
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Red House Painters, a band centered on the ever melancholy Mark Kozelek, created some of the saddest and most haunting music ever released on the 4AD label. Kozelek's songwriting, focusing on angst, rejection, and the pain of solitude had a way of putting into words what everyone has felt at one time or another. On RETROSPECTIVE we are treated to a disc of some of the finest moments from RHP' five albums released on 4AD, as well as to a second disc of outtakes and live material.
RETROSPECTIVE opens up, ironically, with a Kiss cover. "Shock Me", however, is transformed by Kozelek from a wild, outrageous romp to a low pleading. From there, though, the listener gets 12 tracks of Kozelek's poignant songwriting. "Katy Song", the first standout is, like most of RHP's output, an elegy to an ended relationship, twisting through complicated time signatures and finishing with a remarkably tightly played jam. "Medicine Bottle", called RHP's best song by many fans, is an 8-minute expression of the pain of losing a girlfriend because she could not handle introvertedness and the idea that certain thoughts and emotions are felt but can never be communicated. It cultimates in the astounding lines "I do not want to lose / the thrill that it gives me to look out from my window / and scour the houses from the world in the bedrom. / It's all in his head she read, in a girlfriend's self-help book..." That Kozelek can put into words the feelings that most men have from adolescent to 30 is a testament to his unique lyrical skill. Two of the later songs on this disc, the reverb-heavy "Drop" and "Evil", flow well together and display the crystal-clear production that was a hallmark of each of the albums the band released on 4AD.
Disc 2 is less interesting than the first, as one assumes that the outtakes were taken out of the albums for a reason, and the live material is unexciting (in fact, the live version of "Japanese to English" is downright unlistenable). However, it's closing track, an instrumental, displays the musical prowess of a band where the singer and songwriter Kozelek tends to get more recognition than the musicians.
RETROSPECTIVE is a great collection, and packs RHP's best output onto one release. Why only four stars? Red House Painters' music is not for everyone. While those who can remember the angst of their teenage years or still feel it now after a broken relationship know exactly what Kozelek is singing about, others feel the lyrics are juvenile and too depressing. The Red House Painters are worth trying, I think, and if RETOSPECTIVE is too much, try their first 4AD release DOWN COLORFUL HILL.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing masterpiece 12 Jan 2003
By mikey m - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this is one of top 10 albums of all time
" summer dress, japenesse to english, medicene bottle, mistress ( live ), kayt song are timeless. They are framed in depression and immorality which mark leaves us a hope to get threw this sickness of sadness. They frame are emotions which people go throw once in there life but to shallowminded to consider it. This masterpiece expresses or fear in love and hate which only rhp can sympahtize for us. The music linger in our minds as feelings which trap our soul in a state passion which are heart cannot reach. This album is are bible into love. i love this album due too his depression into real life situtions of passion and love which the human heart cannot express in such pain
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Redrospective 15 July 2001
By "zen_monkey" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first thing you're going to do after buying this two cd set is wonder why you're favorite RHP song isn't here. Then you're going to realize that you don't have a clear favorite because just about everything Mark Kozelek's gang has put together has brought you pleasure at one time or another. Then you're going to think: maybe the piano version of 'Mistress' is my favorite RHP song ...
And then you'll get to the second cd which is the real reason you bought the set. Outtakes, demos, live performances ... this is the collection that you've needed to round out your RHP catalog. A version of "Uncle Joe" that's better than the previous release. A live version of "Mistress" more revealing than the ones that appeared on the Rollercoaster album. A demo of "Brockwell Park" from which the hidden coda at the end Ocean Beach was taken. A stark instrumental that neatly describes the band's beauty and pathos.
If you're new to RHP you've found a good starting point. If you've been a fan for years you've found a hidden treasure along the path.
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