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  • Audio CD (January 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000083EKU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gravity Talks
2. Old Chief
3. 5 Easy Pieces
4. Deliverance
5. Over My Head
6. Snake Bit
7. Alice
8. Blue Parade
9. Thats What Youre Here For
10. Brave Generation
11. Abigails Ghost
12. Cheap Wine
13. Narcolepsy

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on January 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Though Green on Red is more often lauded for their later work with Chuck Prophet (e.g., the country-influenced roots-rock "Gas Food Lodging"), this first full-length LP is a true gem of LA's early-80s "paisley underground." The album's slate of twelve originals (plus a bonus original previously available only on the original cassette release) measures up nicely to the scene's other high-water marks, including Rain Parade's "Emergency 3rd Rail Power Trip," Dream Syndicate's "The Days of Wine & Roses," and The Three O'Clock's "Baroque Hoedown."

Though not as edgy as The Dream Syndicate or as punky as The Salvation Army (nor as poppy as their follow-on, The Three O'Clock), Green on Red's "Gravity Talks" integrated many of the same flavors, but resulting in a sound unlike their contemporaries. The mood takes in the bleakness and desperation of Dream Syndicate, the dreamy (or nightmarish) psychedelia of Rain Parade (whose guitarist, Matthew Piucci plays lead on "Snake Beat"), and the darker edges of True West. This is very much a rock record, but with a weariness that belies its youth-oriented genre. Vocalist and lyricist Dan Stuart surveys childhood's end, and finds himself standing at the abyss of adulthood ("Brave Generation"), assaying the failure and resignation that might lay ahead ("Old Chief"), and contemplating final departure ("Blue Parade").

The band smooths down the harder guitar sound that sparked their previous EP, taking a more contemplative approach, with longer instrumental passages dominated by organ lines that bring to mind The Doors. The purposeful nostalgia of the EP gives way to more fully digested influences, with Stuart's vocals straddling the chasm of innocence, despair and abandon that once served Roky Erickson so effectively.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gregjkrueger@webtv.net on January 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This disc never should have taken so long to come out. A true classic of Western Psychedelia with Hammond organ not found on their later music. Old Chief, a song of the downtrodden but still had a friend to lift him up. All songs with a story and good instrumentation to back it up. Gravity talks, Deliverance, Alice, Cheap Wine, all songs I would have been poorer for having missed. Now with the final discs coming out I can RIP. Green On Red, Long Ryders, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, True West. True Friends, in music. I thank them all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave S. Owen on February 23, 2010
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I had entered the world of not trusting what the rock radio stations were telling me, or playing, at the time this album came out. When it did, I bought it and wore the grooves out.
Enter R.E.M., Camper Van Beethoven, and 100 Flowers and Rain Parade.
Gravity Talks fits well with any of those bands and then some.
To sample this album three songs stick out and hold up today: Abagail's Ghost, Narcolepsy, and Cheap Wine
Abagail's Ghost is a rocking garage sounding rampage of a tune!
Put it on any compilation party mix and it will please all.
The lyrics through out this album have smart thinking in them and really also hold up today...just like any pre-1970 Bob Dylan music.
This is a true alternative classic and a golden gem of an album to own in any alternative universe.
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I like almost everything that Green on Red has recorded, but this debut album is my absolute favorite. Much more electric, hypnotic and psychedelic than their later work, plus the songs are just outstanding. Lead singer Dan Stuart wails and pleas and almost tears his heart out singing these songs, electric guitars crackle, while Chris Cacavas pounds away on the organ. This music truly weaves a spell on the listener. Elements of Neil Young with Crazy Horse, some Velvet Underground, and a few other tasty musical reference points contribute to the sound. Green on Red continued to put out memorable albums, but this one was so different and so special that it will always be a cherished album in my collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I listened to these guys back in high school. It was better then. I love the music but I can't take the singer so much in large doses. This is my favorite record of this band.
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