Various Artists – … Still Sad
Just like fellow musical archeologists at Numero, it pays to keep an eye on Anthology’s digital output for releases that seem to slip out without so much as a trumpet, but that still maintain the label’s mark of excellence. Lately the label has offered up excellent digs from Aussie ‘70s outsiders The Cigarettes, Robert Lester Folsom’s lost band Abacus, and soft pop duo Jimmer Glynn & Alan Rackin, who made an album for Apple but missed the deal as the label’s masthead’s broke up months after the recording. All of those are worth your time and dime, but the most exciting addition to the digital roster comes in the form of this companion piece to the label’s great Sad About The Times compilation, that saw Mikey Young cull together a collection of faded ‘70s Americana and AOR for a comp that perfectly summed up the end of summer heart sink.
… Still Sad continues the arc, adding in another sixteen tracks to the series’ already stellar reputation. Starting strong with a favorite of my own from New Jersey folk duo Widsith, then nabbing the sole 45 from Pennsylvania country-rock winders Seneca Trail, the comp spends the rest winding through the dive bar jukeboxes of the early ‘70s for last call crooners and melancholy mustache ballads that all seem to speak tales of woe and loss. There’s love in the ranks here but it seems to be strained rather than celebrated, living up to the comp’s thematic promise. Young has steered some of the label’s most diverse offerings, adding the Aussie-focused Follow The Sun to the two Sad comps. Along with deep cuts on Paul Major’s Anthology comp that focuses on his own deep record dives, Anthology has proven a perfect fit for those looking to move beyond the Nuggets-era and get into the cocaine and grain alcohol woes of the ‘70s. If you enjoyed the first, odds are this one is essential, and if you’ve just been looking to fade out that sun a bit and get a cutoff and Coors summer started, then this right here is the place to start.
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