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Lost Blues & Other Songs

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Essentially Louisville, Kentucky's Will Oldham and a revolving cast of musicians, Palace (Music, Brothers, Songs--the name forever changes) play a bizarre mix of overheard mountain music and self-conscious indie-rock. Oldham warbles lyrics that are one-part traditional ballad and two parts stream-of consciousness, and the band doesn't always seem to have rehearsed the material. This is a collection of singles with five previously unreleased tracks and is an excellent retrospective of what Oldham does. "O How I Enjoy the Light, " "West Palm Beach" and "Gulf Shores" are as meditative and haunting as Palace gets. --Rob O'Connor

1. Ohio River Boat Song
2. Riding
3. Valentine's Day
4. Trudy Dies
5. Come In
6. Little Blue Eyes
7. Horses
8. Stable Will
9. Untitled
10. O How I Enjoy The Light
11. Marriage
12. West Palm Beach
13. Gulf Shores
14. (End Of) Travelling
15. Lost Blues

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0000019S9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Milton on October 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I am gradually working my way through the extensive back catalogue of the unalloyed genius that is Will Oldham. I brought this album recently and I have to say I find it possibly his most enchanting. The younger Oldham's voice was more frail, more fragile than his more recent incarnations, but none the less appealing for that. I can't understand people who criticise the vocals on these early records. In my view, Oldham has a remarkable singing voice. No one on earth could cover his amazing songs better than he sings them himself. The remarkable Ohio River Boat Song opens this album. For all those who say Oldham is morose, please listen to this song, a sublimely uplifting and joyful ode to love. Although tinged with sadness in the last line, the collective choral singing makes the heart soar. Other gems on this album are Trudy Dies, Come In, West Palm Beach and Gulf Shores. However, the poetry of the lyrics (although perhaps lacking narrative, they are extraordinarily expressive, the guy is a genius at forging a resonant phrase that will bring tears to your eyes), the subtle but ingenious instrumental accompaniment in these songs, make the whole album a pure joy from start to finish. No serious music collector should be without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren Toth on May 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am listening to this album right now; I can't stop listening to it! I found Palace on a tape my sister made for me, and I've been hooked ever since. As a writer, it's hard to find music to listen to while working, but Palace's mellow and familiar sound is comforting background music for anything. "Lost Blues" is sometimes sedate, sometimes funky, but always good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album has to be Oldham's best. It has the thrown together feel of the most perfect touch football game you ever played in. I want to live in the world Oldham creates with each song. More celebratory than Viva Last Blues, but just as evocative and rich.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Palace is the brainchild of former actor Will Oldham, who appeared in the movie Matewan in his formative years, playing a child prodigy preacher. Like his film counterpart, Oldham has a tendency for aching hollers and cracked vocals that often portray the dark side of country pop. This collection of singles, b-sides and rarities is a good introduction to the group, especially the strong story-telling of "Gulf Shores", the depressing "Trudy Dies" and the triumphant "End of Travelling." See also Palace Brothers and Palace Songs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
That's a rhetorical question....Excellent earthy music, which brings out one's emotions. Very down to earth and heartful vocals contribute to the esoteric nature of this album. A friend gave me a copy, and I have since passed on the favor to my closest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KPT on December 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is by far the best palace record. "Ohio..","Marriage","West Palm Beach", "Horses", and "Lost Blues" are the top of the heap.There are a few weak spots, but this is how I want my records to be like.
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