Saturday, July 10, 2021

Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life (2001)


Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life (2001)


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CD release

1. "It's a Wonderful Life"   2:59

2. "Gold Day"   4:14

3. "Piano Fire"   2:43

4. "Sea of Teeth"   4:29

5. "Apple Bed"   4:54

6. "King of Nails"   4:18

7. "Eyepennies"   5:27

8. "Dog Door"   2:46

9. "More Yellow Birds"   4:53

10. "Little Fat Baby"   3:40

11. "Devil's New" (excluded from European release)   3:32

12. "Comfort Me"   5:01

13. "Babies on the Sun" (The song "Babies on the Sun" ends at 4:37. After 3 minutes of silence, at 7:37 begins the hidden song "Morning Hollow")   15:03


Total length:   63:59



Vinyl release

1. "It's a Wonderful Life"   2:59

2. "Gold Day"   4:14

3. "Piano Fire"   2:43

4. "Sea of Teeth"   4:29

5. "Apple Bed"   4:54

6. "King of Nails"   4:18

7. "Eyepennies"   5:27

8. "Dog Door"   2:46

9. "More Yellow Birds"   4:53

10. "Little Fat Baby"   3:40

11. "Devil’s New"   3:32

12. "Comfort Me"   5:01

13. "Babies on the Sun"   4:37

14. "Maxine"   10:33


Total length:   64:06




Sparklehorse Band Members / Musicians

Mark Linkous – Voice (1–7, 9–14), optigan (1, 2, 6, 8, 12, 13), chamberlin (1, 2), sampler (1, 4, 5, 8), guitar (2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12), Wurlitzer piano (2), percussion (2), acoustic guitar (3), Casio keyboard (3), mellotron (4, 13), drum machine (5, 12), Prophet 5 synthesizer (6, 12), drums (8), backwards high pitched voice (8), Magic Genie organ (9), Moog synthesizer (12, 13), wire recorder (13), baritone guitar (14), e-bow guitar (14)

Dave Fridmann – bass (2, 4, 12), Wurlitzer piano (2, 14), mellotron (2), piano (4, 12), chamberlin (12, 13), glockenspiel (13), vibraphone (14)

Joel Hamilton – Engineer

Polly Jean Harvey – voice (3, 7), electric guitar (3), piano (3), guitar (7)

Sophie Michalitsianos – Voice (6, 10, 12–14), bass (6)

Scott Minor – Drums (2–4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14), orchestron (2), electronic birds (2), electronics (3, 5, 12, 13), Russian satellite (4), chamberlin (4), filtered drums (5), percussion (6, 12), Korg MS-20 keyboard (12), harmonium (14)

John Parish – bass (3), Casio keyboard (3), piano (7)

Nina Persson – voice (2, 5)

Miguel Rodriguez – drums (9)

Bob Rupe – bass (5, 10)

Jane Scarpantoni – cello (5, 10, 14)

Adrian Utley – Dictaphone (2), bass (7), Kitty-Cat guitar (8), fuzzy-ending bass (8)

Tom Waits – voice (8), big seed pod (8), metal things (8), train (8), piano (14)

Joan Wasser – violin (5, 10, 14), Wurlitzer piano (10)

Alan Weatherhead – orchestron (9), mellotron (9), chamberlin (9), lap steel guitar (9)

Margaret White – bass (9), violin (9)

Rex L. White—pedal-steel guitar (12)




It's a Wonderful Life is the 3rd studio album by American musical act Sparklehorse, released in the UK on June 11, 2001 and in the US on August 28, 2001 by record label Capitol/EMI. The album features appearances by Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, John Parish, Nina Persson and Dave Fridmann.

It was the band's most successful album commercially, selling over 63,000 copies.

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