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The Doctor Came At Dawn [Import]

Smog Audio CD
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An under-recognized pioneer of the lo-fi revolution, Smog was essentially the alias of one Bill Callahan, an enigmatic singer/songwriter whose odd, fractured music neatly epitomized the tenets and excesses of the home-recording boom. Melancholy, poignant, and self-obsessed, Callahan's four-track output offered a peepshow view into an insular world of alienation and inner turmoil, his ... Read more in Amazon's Smog Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0000019QP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. You Moved In 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Somewhere In The Night 2:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lize 5:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Spread Your Bloody Wings 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carmelite Light0:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Everything You Touch Becomes A Crutch 2:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. All Your Women Things 6:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Whistling Teapot (Rag) 3:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Four Hearts In A Can 4:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hangman Blues 4:490.89  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this 4 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
one was important in music scene back then and no doubt some sort of breakthrough for Bill Callahan. It is very beautiful and the start of what turned out to be an incredible journey with one of the greatest and most original talents music has seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and murky delights form Bill Callahan 24 April 2010
By klaher
Format:Audio CD
Smog's 1996 album picks up from where previous album Wild Love left off. The cover is quite similar to Arab Strap's debut, or is it the other way round? First track You Moved In is filled with foreboding strings and tinkling piano, along with carefully plucked guitar. Bill Callahan sounds less than thrilled at the prospect of the unidentified "you" moving in! Somewhere in the Night is more uptempo. At just over 2 minutes long is driven by a slightly off tune acoustic guitar and handclaps, and works as it only would for Smog.

Lize is a slower, well-constructed song based around a slowly picked electric guitar, as Callahan puns "they don't make Lize (or lies) like they used to". Then Spread Your Bloody Wings is darker, with a muddier, less clear melody, a bit more of an ambient piece.

After a short interlude, Everything You Touch Becomes A Crutch is faster before stalker centrepiece, All Your Women Things. It's just short of seven minutes and is fairly epic, along similar lines to Red House Painters' Medicine Bottle, both musically and lyrically. It's the age old tale of love gone bad, Callahan painstakingly etches out every detail of all the aforementioned "women things" which used to be scattered round his room. The killer line is at the end, when we discover "it's been 7 years and the thought of your name still makes me weak at the knees".

A total departure for the following track, Whistling Teapot, which Bill Callahan sings in a totally different voice, stretching towards falsetto at times. Could almost be a different singer only for the fact that the track drips with loathing. Four Hearts In A Can echoes Lize in melody, but adds strings and is more wistful and yearning. It would have been a nice ending but this is Smog, so the final track, Hangman Blues is a suitably stark, barely-there song, filled with pauses.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs Of Devotion 4 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Obsession on record. Some of you might be appalled, some apathetic, some rubbing their miserablist hands in glee. But wait, this is a smog album, so the most relevant question needs be is there any songs on it? And the answer, thankfully, is yes. Unlike his recent output where Bill has taken his love of Lou Reed to unfathomably tuneless lengths, for all its bleakness, 'Doctor' is perhaps his best set of songs. For the first time the production is spot on and we are left with most probably the only real contender to be the 90's verson of 'Sister Lovers' or 'Berlin'. Yes, there are some possible minor criticisms about the authenticity of the despair, but lets not get all uptight about this. There is enough attention to detail, and gallows humour, here to satisfy any fan of those two records.
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4.0 out of 5 stars listen before you buy 3 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you already know bill Callahan and smog, you probably already know this album. A real grower with repeat listens. This is grown up music, that you will return to, not pop that you listen to for a couple weeks and move on.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smog's Sad Epic 23 Mar 2000
By Ted - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day when Smog gathered clutter and clash in JULIUS CAESAR, not only would I never suspect the beauty and sound of DOCTOR CAME AT DAWN, but even when first listening to it, did I ever suspect that this would wind up one of my favorites of all time. One of the saddest epics, if not THE, of the 90s, DOCTOR walks around thoroughly modern scenes of loss and desolation. Anyone who has ever experienced the mating ritual of the 90s, you get together and because you both can't make rent on a nice place alone, you shack up, and not long after, it all falls apart. You will find a friend in this album. Starting with this theme in the opening track, YOU MOVED IN, Smog looks at the world through different pairs of the saddest eyes but never wallows in the dirt. I don't think Smog has done anything close to this since. Others disagree and wave off this album as too depressing, more into the last couple of records (the mediocre RED APPLE FALLS and KNOCK KNOCK) but to me, those albums reminds me of many singer/songwriters coming out in the late 60s and 70s. Once you get into the mid-70s, these singers who had such great songs and simple productions on their early albums, start to try and do different things with each song on their later records and forget that they are making an album (ALBUM--like collection). That lap steel on the recent ventures, for instance, what is that? Cash in on the Palace/alterna-country thang? DOCTOR is simply perfect and one of the best that the 90s had to offer--saying alot as it was a great decade for music--as usual. Moments created in SPREAD YOUR BLOODY WINGS and CARMELITE LIGHT are so unique sound and lyric-wise. SPREAD YOUR BLOODY WINGS is like a surrealist poem! And I'm not saying that lightly! To sum it up, Smog captures the stupidity and sadness of 20-something youth in the 90s.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 17 Nov 2002
By happyapple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I will agree that Luke's review is ridiculous. BUT... this album is not quite as great as everyone says. Bill Callahan's guitar is always out of tune (this is especially apparent with doubled guitar passages), and all of the playing is very sloppy. It's almost as if Callahan is making up the music as he goes along, and is unsure of what note he's going to play until it's too late. This doesn't hurt all of the tracks, though. It gives a few of them the feeling of floating in and out of water (if you happen to be looking at the album cover while listening).
Those complaints aside, the songs on this CD are mostly very good. Callahan's simple, repetive, dark, and melancholy chord changes provide a perfect backing to his droning baritone voice. The lyrics are equally as dark and melancholy, and seem quite mysterious as well. It's as if they paint pictures of emotions (mainly sadness) rather than dealing with them in any direct sense. Most of the time, you don't really know what Callahan is talking about, but you feel his emotions.
"Doctor Came At Dawn" is Smog's darkest release to date. Highlights include "You Moved In", "Spread Your Bloody Wings", and "All Your Women Things". Personally, I prefer Callahan's partner Cindy Dall, Mark Eitzel, Ida, Red House Painters, Idaho, or Dakota Suite over Smog in the sadcore genre. But if you are a fan of lo-fi sadcore, this is still good stuff.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain and Suffering Never Felt This Good 22 May 2003
By Timothy Caulfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bill Callahan has created a masterpiece that is really beyond words. All I can say is that if you've recently had your heart torn out and stepped on with a pair of soccer cleats, THIS is the album for you. Tenderness and nostalgia, bitterness and despair, Doctor Came At Dawn is frighteningly accurate in its depiction of a breakup you can only relate to. Be prepared to reach for the Kleenex... Smog you're a genius.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a record about the second half of your soul 3 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
maybe this is a record for occations when you have been deserted. and maybe it happens a lot. then this record will suit you well. but don't get me wrong, it's not a depressing record. it's about distance and loss, the sadness is in you!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Beautiful Album 31 Mar 2001
By William Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply stated, this is an excellent and consistant album, and is my favortie Smog release. When I first bought it, I just listened to it over and over. It isn't complex, and it isn't ground-breaking, but it has an almost indescribable uniqueness. "All Your Women Things" is one of the best tracks, as is the opening track. Enjoy.
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