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La Costa Perdida

Camper Van BeethovenAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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True to the freewheeling, joyfully schizophrenic swirl of rock, punk, ska, folk, world music and (insert next genre-bending style here) that has defined the Camper Van Beethoven aesthetic since the enduring lineup took shape circa mid-80s, each member of the band has a different spin on how they started working on the songs that developed into La Costa Perdida, their debut on 429 Records and ... Read more in Amazon's Camper Van Beethoven Store

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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B009O07NSE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Down The Coast
2. Too High For The Love-in
3. You Got To Roll
4. Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out
5. Peaches In The Summertime
6. Northern California Girls
7. Summer Days
8. La Costa Perdida
9. Aged In Wood
10. A Love For All Time

Editorial Reviews


I like what I hear here.. --Rolling Stone

Delightful… It does illustrate how unique this band still is, 30 years after it formed. And it truly is a kick to hear CVB ply its craft with road-tested assurance and subtly virtuosic musicianship. --Pitchfork

For 30 years and counting, Camper Van Beethoven have existed in a parallel-universe borderland, coming across like a punk band perpetually on a Balkan bluegrass bender. But they finally bring it all back home to their native California on 10th album, La Costa Perdida, recalling '60s-vintage West Coast pop filtered through their timeless, idiosyncratic prism. --Spin

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Alternative rock pioneers Camper Van Beethoven have returned with a new album, LA COSTA PERDIDA their 429 Records debut. The lineup, featuring Victor Krummenacher (bass, baritone guitar), Greg Lisher (guitars), David Lowery (guitars and vocals), Chris Pedersen (drums), Jonathan Segel (violin , guitar , mandolin, organ , backing vocals) and Michael Urbano (drums and percussion), have reunited and created their most cohesive album yet. Produced by the band, this album, their eighth studio album and first since 2004, is steeped in their connection to Northern California, specifically the areas where the band members first nurtured their musical talents Redlands, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. With a geographical jumping off point, the band fills in the dramatic, joyous, interpersonal and psychological aspects of the locales as only CVB can. The ten tracks on LA COSTA PERDIDA were recorded in the Oakland home studio of Jonathan Segel.

Says Victor Krummenacher: The coolest part was that everything flowed from the fact that these distinctive musicians and personalities sat in the living room. Our music now sounds like four people are writing it. The songs have great energy, but we re more relaxed and stately and a lot more confident. The songwriting here has elements of vintage Camper along with grown-up Camper.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strange and sublime beauty of an album January 23, 2013
By mabewa
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This is a lovely, eclectic, funny, dark, strange and joyous little album. Only 10 songs this time, one of them a brief instrumental interlude, but the songs are all so vibrant, well-written and well-played that it sounds like a greatest-hits album by a lesser artist. There are plenty of moments that remind me of past Camper albums, as well as some new touches (like the Beach Boysish backing vox on "Northern California Girls" or the Captain-Beefheart style guitar duels on "You've Got to Roll.") It mostly reminds me of a quieter, more grown-up version of "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart," in that every song is a little gem that fits into the wider album perfectly. If you've ever loved this band, do not miss this album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! January 23, 2013
By Psycler
Format:Audio CD
Not many bands that have been around for 30 years to begin with, let alone to put out a CD that is so relevant and yet sticks to their roots. La Costa Perdida is just that recording. First, the musicianship is second to none. The guitars intertwining with violin throughout the recording playing off each other with sublime melodies. The rhythm section keeps it all together. Every play of the CD gets you more hooked than the time before. Secondly, the lyrics are smart, funny and take you on a descriptive journey in each song. Personal favorites: A Love For All Time (musically a must listen on headphones) Northern California Girls (the "crunchy" guitar at the end brings you to feel the yearning of the songs protagonist) Too High For The Love-in (tells an unfortunate story with just the right amount of humor) Definitely worth the wait!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite CVB January 23, 2013
By philgeo
Format:Audio CD
This is my new favorite album from Camper Van Beethoven and it is strong from start to finish. My favorite song is "Too High for the Love In" due to the interplay of the guitar and backing vocal parts which evoke a cool mid-1960's feel for me. In general the music is interesting. As usual in Camper Van Beethoven varying non standard scales and modes are used in the various instrumental parts. On this album though I felt like there was an even better synergy between the guitar and violin parts than before. David Lowrey's lyrics will probably always contain some element of snark, but I feel both the lyrics and music convey a true affection for the section of the California coast where the band came together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed fan April 13, 2013
By M. Bush
Format:Audio CD
First a little about me - I love Camper Van and Cracker too; I like the folksy, funny, wry, country-ska-polka mashup and easy lightness of their music. I thought New Roman Times was an amazingly well executed concept album from start to finish, I love Telephone Free, II & III, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, Key Lime Pie. I bought this album without any second thoughts whatsoever. And I am incredibly disappointed.

I think overall there are elements of the CVB style and music in this album, but the overall execution just fails - it sounds unfinished, in need of editing, revision, or just more work. The lyrics are flat and kind of feel like an after thought, and DL's delivery often sounds strained and painful (when not down right horrifying - 'A Love For All Time' wants to be a Paul Anka song and that just isn't his vocal strength.) I know he's not a 'singer' in the typical way, but he has a style that works for him, and I feel like he's strayed too far from that style in too many places in this album, the end result is distracting.

The music generally holds up pretty well and provides a lot of glimpses of what this album might have been - which ultimately just make me sad that it didn't deliver. (Stay well away from 'Aged in Wood', however, it's some kind of unlistenable art-rock pastiche of noise and some ear splitting metal-on-metal-screeching).

I would recommend the title track, 'La Costa Perdida' - it's a solid track, with a great uncomplicated country honky tonk waltz style, and the only track where the lyrics and singing really remind me of what they are capable of from start to finish.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait. January 23, 2013
By Smash
Format:Audio CD
If you are thinking about buying this album, don't waste your time thinking about it, BUY IT. Smart lyrics and great sound will have you hooked after one play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Love You January 24, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Hey Brother,

I've been Lonely So Long without a new CVB album and really thought the fine CVB gang would release something new One of These Days. However, I'm Not Like Everybody Else and was sure that they might Shut Us Down with an infinitesimal Interlude. Fortunately, it's okay to Change Your Mind after already telling yourself that it's Not That Funny to leave your fans thinking the typical Four Year Plan waiting for an aged band's new album would come only after ZZ Top Goes to Egypt. But hey, our Sons Of The New Golden West came through with Storms of What Makes You Think You're The One in their book.

Hey, I Know I'm Not Wrong....Sometimes I Know When I Win The Lottery while listening to a new Harmony in My Head. My Beautiful Child bought this album for me due to an unusual Chain of Circumstances and after the first listen, I thought to myself, "Here Comes The Warm Milk!."

La Costa Perdida is a Down & Out album with an Abundance of Peace & Love Over & Over that unlocks your Heart much like The Perfect Enigma Machine reveals secrets from behind White Fluffy Clouds.

Camper Van Beethoven has Come Out swinging at the Borderline of My Path Belated reminding me that Life is Grand and that we can once again Wade In The Water of Guardian Angels and Flowers like Hippy Chix who eat Ice Cream Every Day.

Better yet, they're touring a la Discotheque CVB and Well, Save Me a Place at the LA venue. So, if I Don't See You there, maybe you can catch my Photograph online somewhere if you Think About Me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Me gusta
I have been waiting for this album since "New Roman Times" and it did not disappoint. I am a critical listener, in that I do not celebrate everything my favourite artists release... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Pearce
2.0 out of 5 stars "la costa perdida" is missing something
This is an uneven album. At its best it is "nice," with the sounds helping to evoke the theme of nostalgia/exile for California (and all California symbolizes), something many of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Royce P. Grubic
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic CVB
Genius. Heard the songs played live last night and can't stop listening to it. Have been a fan since 1985 and I love this as much of any of their early albums. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amanda Wilbur
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for 2 or 3 tracks
Never paid attention to CVB. Track 8 is killer, name checks some Central California garden spots and is in pretty good Spanglish. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert M. Baird
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasing comeback
I was struck by one line in Amazon's main review of this album: "The songwriting here has elements of vintage Camper along with grown-up Camper. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid record
Somewhere between Cracker and New Roman Times. I really enjoyed the drumming and slower songs.
Fans of Key Lime Pie and Greenland will enjoy this.
Published 11 months ago by Franklin Mints
3.0 out of 5 stars "Almost"
Only writing this review because I thought with SO many 5-star reviews some balance was needed. I am a long time fan & have heard all areas of their work - band & solo (minus... Read more
Published 12 months ago by W. Mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return
I haven't heard anything from Camper in years. With this offering they are back in great form. Every song is a gem, and there's lots of variety no filler. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thomas C. Beall
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop playing it.
I hear something new every time I listen. I can't be worried or unhappy when I play this. Thanks Camper Van Beethoven!
Published 13 months ago by Aleph the Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
They are maturing like a fine wine at each instrument. I enjoy it very much. When's the ext one? thx
Published 13 months ago by Steven Cammack
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