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Remember


"Do not attempt to listen to all at once," reads a disclaimer on the back of Remember, a sprawling live album that comes for any brain cells left unfried by the Fiery Furnaces' studio work. The band is well known for changing almost everything it can about its songs in concert, transforming them into Latin funk jams, keyboard-driven prog rock excursions, and elaborate medleys, but this album goes further, splicing together very different performances of each of its song into dazzling, and sometimes bewildering, musical collages. This isn't just an edited or subtly studio-enhanced live album along the lines of Kiss' Alive! or Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous: Remember not only subverts the purpose of most live albums -- capturing a band's concert performance as accurately and unobtrusively as possible -- but is also far more fragmented than anything they recorded in a studio. Over 40 songs performed by four different versions of the touring Furnaces lineup during three years' worth of playing in all kinds of venues provided fodder for Remember, which ends up feeling like one giant ever-changing song spanning two hours and two discs. The tangents and changes that embellished the album versions of these songs become their structures, transforming the album from a document into a springboard for even more daring experiments.Remember begins with distorted applause and what sounds like a fantastic voyage through the circuitry of the band's keyboards, then throws listeners into the deep end with a mega-mosaic of "Blueberry Boat." Hopping from coy synth pop to raw punk, Eleanor Friedberger's voice is the only constant as listeners whip from snippet to snippet (at one point, she calls out the members of the band, sounding more like a ringmaster than a rock singer). From there, Remember dives deep into the Fiery Furnaces songbook, turning up an acid rock take on Gallowsbird's Bark's "Two Fat Feet" and a reverent, organ-driven twist on EP's "Remember." The album also offers a few clusters of stability, grouping songs from Bitter Tea into a suite on the first disc and smaller chunks of Blueberry Boat and Widow City on the second. As enmeshed as these songs are, there are a few great stand-alone moments: "Teach Me Sweetheart" improves on the Bitter Tea version by switching between charging guitars and theatrical keyboards, while "Japanese Slippers," "Crystal Clear," and "Chief Inspector Blancheflower" hit home just how muscular the Fiery Furnaces are when they choose to rock out. Remember offers such heroic doses of the band's hyperactive creativity that it might only appeal to the Furnaces' die-hard fans, and even they should take that disclaimer seriously -- listening to all of Remember at once, or putting it on shuffle, could result in some serious disorientation. However, the band does things with this album that just wouldn't be possible on a more conventional live album, and difficult to do on an album created entirely in the studio. The Fiery Furnaces' hyperactive creativity keeps them fascinating in concert, on record, and on Remember's one of a kind fusion of those worlds. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB St Louis Park
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  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • UPC: 790377020229
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Intro
  • 2. Blueberry Boat
  • 3. Single Again
  • 4. Two Fat Feet
  • 5. Don't Dance Her Down
  • 6. Single Again (Reprise)
  • 7. Wicker Whatnots
  • 8. Little Thatched Hut
  • 9. I'm In No Mood
  • 10. Black Hearted Boy
  • 11. Bitter Tea
  • 12. Waiting To Know You
  • 13. Vietnamese Telephone Ministry
  • 14. Oh Sweet Woods
  • 15. Borneo
  • 16. Benton Harbor Blues
  • 17. Japanese Slippers
  • 18. Benton Harbor Blues (Reprise)
  • 19. Whistle Rhapsody
  • 20. Crystal Clear
  • 21. Whistle Rhapsody (Reprise)
  • 22. Teach Me Sweetheart
  • 23. Evergreen
  • 24. Bitter Tea (Reprise)
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Chris Michaels
  • 2. Quay Car
  • 3. My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found
  • 4. Spaniolated
  • 5. Name Game
  • 6. Birdie Brain
  • 7. 1917
  • 8. Slavin' Away (Intro)
  • 9. Tropical Ice Land
  • 10. Asthma Attack
  • 11. Tropical Ice Land (Reprise)
  • 12. Wayward Granddaughter, The
  • 13. Garfield El, The
  • 14. Candymaker's Knife In My Handbag, A
  • 15. Forty Eight Twenty Three Twenty Second St.
  • 16. Slavin' Away
  • 17. Seven Silver Curses
  • 18. Clear Signal From Cairo
  • 19. I'm Gonna Run
  • 20. Here Comes The Summer
  • 21. Chief Inspector Blancheflower
  • 22. Automatic Husband
  • 23. Ex Guru
  • 24. Clear Signal From Cairo (Reprise)
  • 25. Uncle Charlie
  • 26. Navy Nurse
  • 27. Uncle Charlie
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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