The Palace At 4am Part I
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Burch has done time in a number of bands, occasionally crossing paths with Bennett along the way. Freed of outside constrictions, the pair holed themselves up to make THE PALACE AT 4 AM, playing an unsettlingly wide array of instruments and co-writing all the songs together. If history is just, it will put THE PALACE ... Full Description and the contemporaneous Wilco album in the same relative context as the first Wilco and Son Volt recordings after the breakup of Uncle Tupelo. Bennett and Burch's effort does indeed sound like the Wilco record that might have been. There's less of Jeff Tweedy's willful eccentricity and shambling Big Star fixation and more focus on writing and musicianship, but the mix of alt-country, power-pop, and psychedelia influences should make fans of BEING THERE feel right at home. Personnel: Jay Bennett (guitar, tiple, banjo, electric sitar, piano, Clavinet, organ, pump organ, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, omnichord, synthesizer, xylophone, drums, percussion); Edward Burch (vocals, guitar, tiple, piano, pump organ, synthesizer, percussion); Max Johnston (banjo); Melissa Bach (cello); Nate Walcott (trumpet, flugelhorn); James Singleton (upright bass); Brad Elvis, John Richardson , Ken Coomer, Alex Moore, Brendan Gamble (drums). Audio Mixers: Edward Burch; Jon Pines; Jay Bennett; Ken Sluiter; Mike Hagler.
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This is a fantastic, intimate record with great production. I come back to it time and time again and recommend it highly to anyone considering making the purchase. If you're contemplating if this record is for you, then my hunch is that it probably is. Buy it and enjoy!
There are no duds on the album, every song carrying incredible melodies and words..My favorites, though I am discovering new favs every day, include Puzzle Heart, CTM, No Church Tonite, Forgiven, Little White Cottage, and Venus stopped the rain. There are no weak ones...
This album will speak to you, and even though the breakup of Bennett and Tweedy is too bad, I think Bennett/Burch have something going here..Who is Edward Burch anyway? Whoever he is, he and Bennett have an album equal to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and that is saying something.
Would make a perfect gift for fans of Wilco, many of whom may not appreciate how integral of a role Jay Bennett played in the band's sound.
Jay Bennett did not simply "have a hand" in writing "My Darlin'.'' Rather he WROTE the song. Our version (the one which appears on P4AM) is the original, and Summerteeth's is the cover, in spite of their flip-flopped order of release.
As for "Shakin' Sugar" and "Venus," we have always been very clear right from the start that these songs were Tweedy/Bennett collaborations ("check your fileshares" suggests cloak-and-dagger antics). If "Sugar" sounds like Wilco's "Alone," it shouldn't be surprising because the basic tracks are the same. WHY are they the same? Because Jay Bennett played EVERY instrument on the Wilco version. We simply added some more stuff to it and put it on our record.
As to whether people like our record better or Wilco's records better, I do not really care. I make records because I enjoy it. I just wanted to clarify a mis-informed opinion.