Posted: Aug 10, 2005 8:20 pm
Thanks to an acquaintance who lives in Chicago, and who attended the Wicker Park show, I got a copy of 'Home for Orphans' mailed to me last week. Gotta confess I'm not big on vinyl anymore, so I spent a night making a cd burn of it, and then settled in for maximum enjoyment.
It is good, real good, and although I guess I'd probably be praising just about anything RS-wise, it's even better than I thought it would be.
'If You Can't Give Me Everything' and 'Funny Thing,' for example, make for rich listening. Not just subtler arrangements, but great experiences in and of themselves (speaking in comparison to the Too Much Guitar versions, which I love, incidentally).
The one track I'd love to know a lot more about is 'Find Me Now.' A gut-puncher of a lyric. My wife was in tears. What was that recorded for -- and, more to the point, why wasn't it released? Wow.
Also, the vinyl had a different Side B than what's listed on the Sympathy for the Record Industry site. Will the cd version be different?
Many thanks, indirectly, to Greg for making this early version available to RS fanatics like myself. My only gripe: not enough songs!
But I can live with it.