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  • Audio CD (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fire Records
  • ASIN: B003ZDL4VI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain - the debut album by Giant Sand, the ever-shifting alternative rock band overseen by the Godfather of Alt. Country Howe Gelb. With that in mind, the band are celebrating in the only way they know how: with a ¬urry of great music. This year will see a special one-o show at The Barbican in London on July 22 and a new Giant Sand album, Blurry Blue Mountain, released in October. Fire Records is also proud to announce the start of a Giant Sand/ Howe Gelb series of rolling reissues from September 2010, which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums starting with the re-release of Valley Of Rain and culminating in two box sets to be released next year. Giant Sands is a mood, says Howe s of Giant Sands, as if trying to o er a low-key explanation for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some 40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970 s, it wasn t until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate, the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24 albums - an impressive haul when considering Howe s equally proli c output under other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his solo releases. Howe, though, is de nitely not content to rest on his laurels. Giant Sand s 2000 album Chore Of Enchantment has been declared one of the Best 1000 Records Ever Made and scooped up plaudits from NME and The Guardian amongst others, with the former insisting the record cemented his reputation as a founding father of modern Americana . His most recent solo project, meanwhile - 2006 s Sno Angel Like You - earned a 5 star review in Mojo and was described by Q as showcasing an immense generosity of spirit and poetic warmth . Rather than retrospect, then, this is a time for celebration. Howe and his band will be marking the 25th anniversary of the release of Valley Of Rain by hosting a very special evening of brand new collaborations and performances. As they play some of their choicest cuts from their back catalogue, they ll be joined by Kristin Hersch, guitarist and founder of the seminal art-rock band Throwing Muses. I'll jump at any chance to be on stage with the wild and wacky, kooky and cozy Howe, says Hersch. With Howe, I never know exactly what will happen, but it's always great to be a part of it. As well as The Barbican show, there are three other UK dates scheduled for July in Winchester, Brighton and Gateshead, before the release of the new album Blurry Blue Mountain in October. And with the re-issues and Giant Sand box set still to come from Fire Records, 2010 will certainly be a celebration to remember for Howe and all of his fans. Fire Records will be releasing all 25 records by Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp & Alternator, Band of Blacky Ranchette. Live dates : july 19: winchester the tower arts centre, 20: brighton picturehouse, 22: london barbican (25th anniversary show with kristin hersh), 24: newcastle the sage Track listing : 1. Valley Of Rain 2. TumbleAnd Tear 3. October Anywhere 4. Barrio 5. Death, Dying and Channel 5 6. Torture of Love 7. Down On Town / Love s No Answer 8. Black Venetian Blind 9. Curse Of A Thousand Flames 10. Artists 11. Man Of Want

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Great music, but the way it is reissued is not worth the money. One track is even taken from a casette tape!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of their best 10 Jun. 2013
By Doug Henning - Published on
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Latter-day fans may disagree, but Giant Sand's first album is a true classic. All the pieces were in place when his album was released: great melodies, inspired musicianship, and actual singing (as opposed to the croak/whisper of their post-90's work). Although it's more straightforward and harder rocking than later albums, it still has that unique southwestern feel that permeates all of Giant Sand's music. It also has some of Howe Gelb's best guitar playing of his career, ranging from twangy riffs to unhinged noise freakout, usually within the same song. It would be a few more years until they really blew things apart with "Long Stem Rant" (their next masterpiece), but this one is definitely worth spending some time with.
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Rough Beginnings 9 Dec. 2011
By Gasmask Emperor - Published on
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This is Giant Sand's first album, and it's a rough start. The sage-like whisper speak-sing of present day Howe Gelb is but a twinkle in Howe Gelb's eye. What we get here is a young Gelb who is finding his way. There's some good songs here, but the performances lack feel and subtlety. Howe hasn't found his 'voice' here; instead he tends to shout his way through the songs. While its fun to hear Howe and Company feeling their way through the early parts of their career, the album wears out it's welcome before it's over. These days, I pass this one over in favor of the many many masterpieces he'd create a few years down the line.
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One of my Fav. albums. 6 Oct. 2010
By Travis carl - Published on
It's really nice to see fire records re-releasing the expansive Giant Sand back catalog. Valley of Rain is the first proper album from the band and it really stands the test of time. Highlights for me include "Barrio" "October Anywhere" and the title track.
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TRACKS ARE... 11 July 2006
By 1stVideo - Published on
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1. Down On Town (Love's No Answer)

2. Black Venetian Blind

3. Curse Of A Thousand Flames

4. Artists

5. Man Of Want

6. Valley Of Rain

7. Tumble And Tear

8. October Anywhere

9. Barrio

10. Death, Dying And Channel 5

11. Torture Of Love
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