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Recovering The Satellites

Recovering The Satellites

1 Jan 1996
4.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1996
  • Release Date: 18 Jun. 1999
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Geffen Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 59:03
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  • ASIN: B001KS964W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,301 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2002
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Counting Crows' first album, August & Everything After, was a fine debut. It contained some truly memorable songs such as "Round Here" and "Mr Jones". But taken as a whole album it was disappointing. It contained a few lacklustre songs and there was no real "light and shade".
So then three years later, they released this album, and what a change has taken place. Gone is the bare bones production of T-Bone Burnett, replaced by the sympathetic, but still fairly raw, sonic honing of veteran Gil Norton. Adam Duritz's songwriting is flawless and the (vastly underrated) band play as a far more pleasing whole. It is my favourite Counting Crows album and one of my favourite albums of all time.
It opens with a "Strawberry Fields"-like organ line, leading into "Catapult", a song in which Duritz sets up the mood for what follows, singing "What a big baby / Won't somebody save me please?" Duritz's voice, while never pitch perfect, is nevertheless ideal for this sort of song, positively crying out in loneliness and desperation. "Someone should be with me here / ('Cause I don't wanna be alone)."
"Angels of the Silences" is the first song that tells you this is going to be a different ride than the previous album, with it's punk-esque guitar and frantic pace. It's followed by the most Country-esque song on the album, "Daylight Fading".
The sequencing of songs on the album is slightly odd, because we're still just getting into it. "I'm Not Sleeping" is memorable for it's piercing strings line and it's insomniacal lyrics, possibly written in frustration at four in the morning! "1-2-3-4-5-6-7 am / All alone again." The strings fairly throb in sympathy.
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After hearing Mr Jones i decided to get the Counting Crows first album 'August and Everything After.' That album blew me away and made me an avid fan of the counting crows. The next step was to buy this album, their second studio album.

I didn't really know what to expect, did i want an album that was the same to the first, or a new sound? What i got was something in between, and the results were once again spectacular.

The thing that made me love August and Everything after was the intro track 'Round Here' and i thought that the band would need to start the album in emphatic fashion in order to impress me. The first song on this album is an instant classic, called 'Catapult' it is such a fast intro that you will feel like you are hurtling along at a 100mph!

The album continues in this vein with 'Angels of the silences' and 'I'm not sleeping' but slows down for the beautiful 'Goodnight Elisabeth' which reminded me of 'Sullivan Street' from the first album.

But for me, the album peaks half way though with the stunning 'Millers Angels.' he song is so good i cannot describe it!

The title track is another highlight and will get you tapping along for a long time.

The major disapointment for me was the next two songs. 'Monkey' and 'Mercury' are the weakest counting crows songs that i have heard and in my opinion should have been omitted from the final listing.

However, this album finishes emphaticaly with 'Walkaways' and left me with the urge to get more albums from this band.

Please buy this and their first album. Your hearing senses will never be the same again.
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This album is amazing, saying that though, all the counting crow albums are so good. They are my favourite band by a considerable amount and thats because they have everything, talent, songwriting ability, good sound and most of all emotion. This album may be heavier than all the others but its still fantastic and listening to songs like a long december and good night Elizabeth only make you in awe of the genius of Adam Duritz. These are the ultimate band if you like the sound of goo goo dolls,nine days, matchbox 20, stroke 9, creed or vertical horizon. you will not be dissapointed, go for it!!!
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Have to say this is a poor Crows record when stood along side most if not all their catalogue . No stand out songs for me just another bunch of fast rock songs ; no light and shade, no memorable hooks and one cd that will get very little playing time from me !
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As a follow up to August and Everything After this is a terrific album overall but there are on or two less memorable songs hence only four stars. well worth adding to the collection if you liked the first album. Stand-out songs for me are: Catapult; Daylight Fading; Have you Seen Me Lately; Another Horsedreamer's Blues and Recovering the Satellites.
Like August this is an album that grows on the listener with more listens - worth persevering.
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I became a huge Counting Crows fan about 5 years ago, and the first purchase I made of theirs was-of course-'August and Everything After' and naturally, I was amazed!! I then had to go out and buy 'Recovering the Satellites'. I hurried home to put my new album on and to be honest, I was quite disappointed-it sounded really to different to 'August' and I was convinced that it would never grow on me. However, I persevered and listened to it a couple more times and I started to properly listen to the music and the lyrics and something just clicked-I loved it!! It may be different to what you are used to if you only have 'August' at the moment, but it has to be said that the change is not a bad one at all-if anything, it could be said that it is even more mature. The song and music writing is as good as ever and Adam Duritz is-of course-still fantastic!! As I listened to the album more and more, I began hearing and noticing new things-its one of those albums that you think you know really well and then one day when you put it on, you hear something that you'd missed before-you just keep discovering new things about each song and I think that is the beauty of this album!! Outstanding tracks to listen out for on the album are "Angels of the Silences", "Goodnight Elisabeth" (my absolute fav on the album-a really beautiful track), "Have You Seen Me Lately?", "Recovering the Satellites" and "Walkways". "Walkways" is a really clever song, it is purely acoustic with Adam singing over the top and its only just over a minute long!! "'I gotta rush away', she said, 'Been to Boston before, and anyway, this change I've been feeling, doesn't make the rain fall'"-brilliant track!!

So, do not despair!! If you already have it or are going to buy it-you may fall in love with it straight away!!
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