U0018861026022

Screaming Trees - Anthology: SST Years 1985-1989

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
07/30/1991
Artist
Screaming Trees
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
SST
Duration
01:13:50

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Understandably, Screaming Trees gained far more attention during the '90s, caught up as that decade was in the Nirvana fallout and the fluke (but well-deserved) success of "Nearly Lost You." But the band's '80s efforts are worth a listen, and Anthology, cherry-picking from the three SST albums as well as the Other Worlds EP that preceded them, is a fair enough place to start. As is the case with just about all the other SST comps put out over the years, this is fairly sparsely presented and packaged -- no reminiscences or rare photos, no otherwise unavailable rarities, just some basic production and selection notes. But one can audibly hear the band changing over time, not least because the initial Other Worlds selections and a fair amount of the Even if and Especially When cuts are such well-scrubbed American post-punk of the mid-'80s. It's hard to hear Mark Lanegan's relatively higher and kinder drawl as being from the same, harrowing persona showcased on his solo debut, The Winding Sheet, five years later, but that's change and development for you. The shift from Steve Fisk to Jack Endino in particular does make the band sound more typically "Seattle" in the sense that eventually became famous, but the groundwork was already laid with such fine songs as "Grey Diamond Desert," a beautiful if wracked ballad. With the advent of CD burning, an aficionado could easily put together an enjoyable enough compilation from these years that wouldn't have the same track listing, but Anthology is still a reasonable enough find for a newcomer wanting to know more. ~ Ned Raggett

1) Barriers (02:53)
2) The Turning (02:46)
3) Other Worlds (02:39)
4) Transfiguration (03:55)
5) Don't Look Down (02:55)
6) Cold Rain (03:36)
7) In the Forest (04:06)
8) Back Together (02:15)
9) Other Days and Different Planets (03:14)
10) Walk Through to This Side (02:34)
11) Smoke Rings (03:45)
12) Ivy (03:19)
13) Grey Diamond Desert (04:24)
14) Night Comes Creeping (03:54)
15) Invisible Lantern (03:04)
16) Subtle Poison (03:51)
17) Windows (02:42)
18) Black Sun Morning (05:01)
19) Flower Web (03:41)
20) End of the Universe (05:48)
21) Where the Twain Shall Meet (03:28)

Album
Anthology: SST Years 1985-1989
Publisher
E1 Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Anthology: SST Years 1985-1989 | Screaming Trees