Around the Well

Around the Well

by Iron & WineIron & Wine

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Named after a lyric from "The Trapeze Swinger," Around the Well collects two discs' worth of B-sides, rarities, and discarded tracks from the Iron & Wine catalog. These kinds of compilations can be tricky to assemble, but Around the Well is both comprehensive and conveniently presented, with each disc representing the two amorphous halves of Iron & Wine's career. Disc one is limited to the group's early days, meaning it's filled with soft bedroom whispers, homespun acoustics, and the lo-fi production that fueled Sam Beam's home recording sessions. Material from those same sessions would later form the track list of The Creek Drank the Cradle, but Around the Well pays attention to the songs that were cut from the album, offering several genuine gems amidst a constant stream of pleasant, stay-in-bed songcraft. Meanwhile, the second disc highlights Iron & Wine's shift from intimate solo project to collaborative indie folk band, beginning with the Our Endless Numbered Days sessions and culminating in the pastoral psychedelia of The Shepherd's Dog. Some of these selections are already familiar to Iron & Wine's biggest fans, including Beam's cover of "Such Great Heights" (heard on the Garden State soundtrack, as well as an oddly trippy M&Ms commercial) and the gorgeous concert staple "The Trapeze Swinger." Even so, few fans outside of Beam's social circle have heard standout tunes like "Kingdom of the Animals" and the vaguely Middle Eastern-sounding "Arms of a Thief," and Around the Well serves as a helpful reminder that a discarded Iron & Wine song is still better than most fine-tuned cuts from other bands.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787080810
catalogNumber: 70808

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Iron & Wine   Primary Artist
Joey Burns   Musician
Brian Deck   Musician
Paul Niehaus   Musician
Rob Burger   Musician
Jim Becker   Musician
Sam Beam   Musician
EJ Holowicki   Musician
Randy Henry   Musician

Technical Credits

Brian Deck   Producer,Audio Production
Tim Gane   Composer
Peter Hook   Composer
Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Stephen Morris   Composer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Gillian Gilbert   Composer
Wayne Coyne   Composer
Steven Drozd   Composer
Balthazar de Ley   Engineer
Ben Gibbard   Composer
Sam Beam   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Jimmy Tamborello   Composer
Colin Studybaker   Engineer
Dusty Summers   Art Direction
Neil Strauch   Engineer
M. Ivins   Composer

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