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Destroyer - City of Daughters / Thief - 1998/2000 Rare Canada Indie Rock 2LP
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Destoyer - City of Daughters / Thief



Label: Nominal Records

NOMI003

Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered, Reissue
Both LPs were remastered at SAE Mastering.

Initial pressing of 1026 copies.

Cover VG++ close to mint, minor cornerwear top left


Country: Canada

Released: Apr 2009

Genre: Rock

Style: Indie Rock

Thief was originally released in 2000. It was produced at JC/DC Studios from July 31 to September 4, 1999. For this release, it was remixed in stereo at JC/DC Studios in Fall 2008.




Tracklist






City Of Daughters



A1 Comments On The World As Will


A2 No Cease Fires! (Crimes Against The State Of Our Love, Baby)


A3 Dark Purposes


A4 Emax I
Written-By – John Collins


A5 I Want This Cyclops


A6 Loves Of A Gnostic


A7 Emax II
Written-By – John Collins


A8 State Of The Union


A9 School, And The Girls Who Go There







B1 The Space Race



B2 Melanie And Jennifer And Melanie



B3 War On Jazz II Or How I Learned To Love The War On Jazz



B4 Emax III
Written-By – John Collins (3)

B5 You Were So Cruel


B6 Signs


B7 Rereading The Marble Faun


B8 Son Of The Earth






Thief


C1 Destroyer's The Temple


C2 To The Heart Of The Sun On The Back Of The Vulture, I'll Go


C3 Way Of Perpetual Roads


C4 Canadian Lover / Falcon's Escape


C5 City Of Daughters


C6 Every Christmas





D1 Mercy (We Had The Right)


D2 Queen Of Language


D3 I.H.O.J.
Organ – Scott Morgan Written-By – Stephen Wood


D4 In Dreams


D5 Death Of The Festival Circuit


D6 M.E.R.C.I.
Written-By – Scott Morgan


D7 Thief







Credits

Acoustic Guitar– Daniel Bejar (tracks: C1 to D7)
Artwork By– Lester Smolenski
Bass Guitar– John Collins (3)
Clarinet– Scott Morgan (2) (tracks: A1 to B8)
Drums– Scott Morgan (2)
E-bow– Stephen Wood (tracks: C1 to D7)
Effects [Delays, Phases]– Stephen Wood (tracks: C1 to D7)
Effects [Fuzzbox]– Daniel Bejar (tracks: C1 to D7)
Electric Guitar [Epiphone]– Stephen Wood (tracks: C1 to D7)
Electric Guitar [Fender Telecaster]– Daniel Bejar (tracks: C1 to D7)
Engineer– John Collins (3) (tracks: A1 to B8)
Guitar– Daniel Bejar (tracks: A1 to B8)
Keyboards– Jason Zumpano (tracks: C1 to D7)
Mixed By [Stereo Remix, Uncredited]– Daniel Bejar (tracks: C1 to D7)
Mixed By [Stereo Remix]– David Carswell (tracks: C1 to D7), John Collins (3) (tracks: C1 to D7)
Piano– Jason Zumpano (tracks: C1 to D7)
Producer– John Collins (3)
Remastered By [Uncredited]– Roger Seibel
Saxophone– Scott Morgan (2) (tracks: A1 to B8)
Synthesizer– Daniel Bejar (tracks: A1 to B8), John Collins (3) (tracks: A1 to B8)
Synthesizer [Proteus]– Jason Zumpano (tracks: C1 to D7)
Vocals– Daniel Bejar
Written-By– Daniel Bejar (tracks: A1 to B8)


Notes


Reissue of Destroyer's second and third albums in a single gatefold sleeve.

City Of Daughters was originally released in 1998. It was recorded and mixed at JC/DC Studios from October 1996 to February 1997, except for track B6, "Signs", which was recorded on Tascam 4-track in April 1996. For this release, the album was remastered to fix "frequency related glitches" which caused the original vinyl release to skip on many record players.

Thief was originally released in 2000. It was produced at JC/DC Studios from July 31 to September 4, 1999. For this release, it was remixed in stereo at JC/DC Studios in Fall 2008.

Both LPs were remastered at SAE Mastering.

City Of Daughters was originally released in 1998. It was recorded and mixed at JC/DC Studios from October 1996 to February 1997, except for track B6, "Signs", which was recorded on Tascam 4-track in April 1996. For this release, the album was remastered to fix "frequency related glitches" which caused the original vinyl release to skip on many record players.



City of Daughters (from 1998) is relatively sparse in terms of the accompaniment, but Bejar’s talent for turning simple, even garish, lyrics into anthems is already here. On “No Cease Fires!” you’ll find him crooning the title over and over along with “I want you, I want you, I want you” before the synth solo takes over. And it works. Somehow, with enough conviction, he’s able to make just about anything read as passionate and profound. Those takeaways get more erudite with time, though. “Destroyer’s Temple,” from Thief kicks off with the unforgettable (and oft-refrained) line “You’ll find there’s joy in being barred from the temple.”

Tellingly, City of Daughters, for an album so sparse of collaborators, features a lot of experiments in sound and instrumentation, even if those sounds aren’t as thickly layered as they’ll later be. There are several short “noise” tracks, the aforementioned synth solos, rain effects and “found voices,” and you can look to “The Space Race” for probably the only club beat break on a Dan Bejar album. That’s just one of the ways that many of these early songs were nearly ready for the full-on Destroyer treatment.

Bejar’s (and John Collins’ and Scott Morgan’s) talent for arranging suitable settings for his stories and rants really starts to show as soon as 2000’s Thief. The band’s shifts from staccato to shimmering on “Queen of Languages,” and “In Dreams” is the beginning of what might be considered Destroyer’s signature sound. It’s sometimes a bit herky-jerky here, but of course in later years it yields masterpieces of bombast like “The State” (from 2008’s Trouble in Dreams). Even more so on Streethawk: A Seduction. The moment comes again and again when, if it were just four years later, the larger band would kick in and take off into flights of virtuosity for a few minutes. On the seven-minute “The Bad Arts,” for instance, that moment yields a single bass guitar line, and later, a lonely guitar solo.

The fact is Dan Bejar's longevity somehow managed to sneak up on me. Has it really been 12 years since City of Daughters? In fact yes, 12 years and eight releases later we’re able to look back at from whence the indie-pop icon—Canada's hybrid Lou Dylan (or do you prefer Bob Reed?)—came and realize that he emerged almost fully prepared, and it was mostly a matter of handing him the right tools to enable him to bring his grander visions to life.

Destroyer - I Want This Cyclops (City of Daughters)




Destroyer - School, And The Girls Who Go There



Destroyer - The Space Race

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 05 August, 2012.

 
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