The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2 & 3
2 discs, 27 songs...full of death, murder and mayhem.
Classics, near classics and songs you've never heard of by a cavalcade of stars, near stars and people you've never heard of.
Here's The Pine Valley Cosmonauts playing their old death card and raising a little more hell and cash to help wean America off its life threatening death penalty dependency. On hearing Volume One, former Illinois Governor George Ryan spontaneously cleared Death Row and was heard to whimper, "Shit, those country commies know their chops!!!" This leaves us little doubt that this TWO DISC SET sequel portends oblivion for the hangmen that lurk in the rest of the nation.
Upon completion of Volume One we invited more of our favorite singers and songwriters to contribute voices and reputations and were pleasantly trampled by herds of willing collaborators (hence the double disc). They suggested deathly ditties unknown to us, wrote site-specific new ones or quietly bent our cruel and unusual will. Songs of death, murder and mayhem to help drag the dark beast to closure.
"Big deal," you say. "Lefty politics in troubled times," you warn, "Remember what happened to Bill Maher and the Dixie Chicks" you remind. "I don't care about this stuff, I might even disagree," you scoff.
"Is it good?" the music fan in you rightfully demands.
Well, friends, check out this record, and we think you'll agree, this is one tremendous collection regardless of where you stand in the ever so colorful political spectrum. Contributing artists include: Tim Rutili (Califone), Dave Alvin (Blasters, Knitters), Kurt Wagner (Lambchop), Otis Clay (smoooth soul singin' legend), Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan,Rico Bell, Chris Mills, Deano (Dollar Store, Waco Brothers), English folk heroine Charlotte Greig, Alejandro Escovedo, Rebecca Gates (Spinanes), Rhett Miller (Old 97's), Rex Hobart, Edith Frost, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Gurf Morlix, The Meat Purveyors, English folk-rock weirdo genius Kevin Coyne, Jon Rauhouse, a classic track from The Sundowners, and much more. WOW!!!
This two-CD set is bargain priced, and all artists' proceeds benefit the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty.