Pure Diamond Gold

Pure Diamond Gold

by The Sadies


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Few bands approach the sheer versatility of the Sadies, live or on disc. On Pure Diamond Gold (the follow-up to their stellar debut, Precious Moments), the band lurches from Johnny Cash-inspired storytelling country ("It's Nothing to Me," "I Tried Not To") to Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet influenced-surf instrumentals ("Rat Creek," "Venison Creek"), while veering off into Nuggets-era garage rock ("Talkin' Down," "Walking Boss") and hillbilly rock and gospel ("16 Mile Creek," "16 Mile Creek Breakdown," "Higher Power"). Pure Diamond Gold consists of songs recorded on two separate occasions -- one a 24-track session with Steve Albini, the second an eight-track session (dubbed the "seven o'clock chicken" session) with Don Pyle (of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet) -- however, despite the differences, the songs hang together well as a whole. In addition to the slew of strong tracks already mentioned, the Sadies best moments here come in the form of the haunting "Eastwinds" (with vocals provided by Catherine Irwin of Freakwater), the surrealistic plane crash narrative of "With a Splash," and the slow-building instrumental "Cloud Rider" (complete with "howling" provided by the family dog). For fans of country-tinged, twangy rock, it doesn't get much better than this.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302005522
catalogNumber: 20055
Rank: 90542

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sadies   Primary Artist
Sean Dean   Upright Bass
Bruce Good   Dobro,Harmonica,Vocals
Larry Good   Banjo
Kelly Hogan   Vocals
Greg Keelor   Guitar
Don Pyle   Rhythm
Catherine Irwin   Vocals
Dallas Good   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Travis Good   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Margaret Good   Vocals
Mike Belitsky   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Andre Williams   Liner Notes
Steve Albini   Engineer
Jon Langford   Cover Painting
Harry Johnson   Composer
Sadies   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Doug Queen   Composer
Andrew Queen   Composer
Arvel Watson   Composer

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Pure Diamond Gold 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're new to the band or if you've heard everything else, this is a must have. It's worth the price for the song, "It's Nothing To Me" alone. A must have.