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Good Earth

4.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. On The Roof
  2. The High Road
  3. The Last Roundup
  4. Slipping (into something)
  5. When Company Comes
  6. Let's Go
  7. Two Rooms
  8. The Good Earth
  9. Tomorrow Today
  10. Slow Down


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Twintone
  • ASIN: B0000018V9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Go to [...] (the Twin/Tone label owns the rights to the recordings). Select bands. Select Feelies. Select The Good Earth and scroll to the bottom. Marvel at the fact that this is not, in fact, out of print. Then buy the Yung Wu album and the EP No One Knows on CD for the first time. Thank me later. Yes, the Twin/Tone versions sound great. Mine arrived about four days after I ordered them.
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In 1986, the Feelies were at their creative peak. After falling into total obscurity after their debut record, "Crazy Rhythms" in 1980, the band roared to life with the release of this record, an EP, a role in the film, "Something Wild" and a spot opening for R.E.M. on its Pageantry tour.
Unlike the spartan, jumpy sound of their first disc, this record is warm and inviting like a cup of hot tea and relies heavily on guitars with a minimum of fuzz. The disc is full of energy and pays homage at times to the Velvet Underground, but is never too loud and overwhelming. "The High Road" comes close at times near the end of the song, but that's it.
I bought this LP as a teenager in 1986 and wore the record out in two years. I purchased the CD in 1988 and still listen to it often. It is perhaps one of my ten favorite discs in a collection that tops 1,000.
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I was lucky enough to see these guys many times in college and still cherish each of their CDs. That being said, the Good Earth is the one I reach for first. I can't think of an album that has a better vibe to it. Sure, they liked VU and Neil Young but they definitely had their own thing going on. Hopefully some smart business type will get on the stick and put out a Feelies boxset...
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ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS I'VE EVER HEARD. This band should have been HUGE! Their live shows during this period were transcendent. Don't be misled by talk of this album being mellow or folk-oriented. It does have a very intimate and organic feel, but the songs on this album create incredible tension and release. There are quiet moments, but then the energy builds and builds until it reaches a full-on frenzy. And they do it all the hard way without relying on monster fuzz-box distortion. This album really has an incredible feeling of being up close and intimate while at the same time it's expansive and powerful. Genius.
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I'm an old fart whose love of rock and roll goes back 50 years. Yet, somehow, in the flood of crap that, for me, defined the 80s, I missed this group (and probably a few others). Parts of this album remind me of The Velvet Underground, but on happy pills. For me, that's about as high a recommendation as you'll get.
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"The Good Earth" is the true first Feelies album, free of the self-conscious "new wave" attributes of the earlier "Crazy Rhythms" record and coming a full seven years afterward with much digesting, maturing (on the parts of chief Feelies Glenn Mercer and Bill Million) and personnel changes, etc. along the way. This record is not as conceptual as the earlier work (the Crazy Rhythms version of the group really didn't play live enough to be considered a full fledged group) and instead has more of an organic, live in the studio "band" feel. Built around fast, nervous tempos and clean strumming guitars (with the periodic sonorous lead line on top) and Mercer's Lou Reed-like half sung-half spoken vocals this approach became the signature Feelies sound. The next two albums "Only Life" and "Time for a Witness" continued to successfully elaborate on the simple 2 and 3 chord tunes with brief haikuish lyrics methodology established by the group on this record. All three albums taken together make an elegant, often sad, sometimes funny, always MUSICAL testament to a really great, much missed band. The question is, why is this seminal, wonderful album out of print?
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I don't have too much to add to the already many great reviews of this album, I consider it a classic. This was the first Feelies album I heard when I was discovering the scratched-up old records at my college radio station, and it's stuck with me for over 20 yrs... I own this one on CD, vinyl AND chrome cassette, and there aren't too many albums in the collection I'll do that for. If there's one shortcoming of the CD for me, it's the omission of the "No one knows" 12-inch which has 3 (if i recall) non-LP B-sides, my favorite being the fantastic Neil Young cover "Sedan Delivery", which is one of my favorite Neil tunes (in its versions) and which the Feelies render in a wonderful frenzied fashion (a treatment similar to "Everybody's got something to hide" on the first album) that is different enough from the original to stand up to repeated listens. The 12" also has their cover of the Beatles' classic "She said, she said", really the band has had such great taste in choosing covers, I wish they would have recorded cover versions of all of "Revolver" and "Rust never sleeps"... But anyway I find myself missing the "bonus tracks" that I would include at the end, but if you like the album, hunt down the 12" and record it to a CD-R or MP3 (using high-quality processing btw, which I have found is more important than bit rate in music compression). Well that's it for my long-winded review. Recommended!!!
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