Scruffy the Cat - The Good Goodbye: Unreleased Recordings 1984-1990 (2014)

Scruffy the Cat - The Good Goodbye: Unreleased Recordings 1984-1990 (2014)

Artist: Scruffy the Cat
Title Of Album: The Good Goodbye: Unreleased Recordings 1984-1990
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Omnivore Recordings
Genre: Roots Rock, Pop, Alt-Country
Total Time: 1:17:30
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 186 mb / 554 mb
In a town where rock bands tend to sound raw and muscular, Boston's Scruffy the Cat were an engaging anomaly, a group whose music was a tuneful mix of pop and rootsy rock & roll, with just a dash of country and folk-rock; the banjo and steel guitar gave the tunes a rural flavor, though the electric guitars and keyboards were strictly from the big city. Scruffy the Cat made a handful of fine records and toured hard without ever quite catching the brass ring, but despite that, they wrote songs that stuck with people, and a couple decades after they broke up (and a year after the death of Scruffy leader Charlie Chesterman), the band is finally getting some well-deserved respect on CD. While Sony is digitally releasing Scruffy the Cat's complete Relativity Records catalog in the collection Time Never Forgets: The Anthology ('86-'88), Omnivore Recordings has brought out a companion volume, The Good Goodbye: Unreleased Recordings 1984-1990, which brings together 78 minutes of early demos, radio broadcasts, live-in-the-studio material, and their unheard final sessions cut in Memphis in 1989. (Actually, one tune from the Memphis recordings was previously released on a split single with the Young Fresh Fellows, but you're forgiven if you have trouble tracking it down.) While Scruffy the Cat were often cheerfully scrappy on their albums, eagerly kicking up some dust in the studio, most of the tracks on The Good Goodbye focus on the group's acoustic side, through even with the volume turned down, tunes like "Shadow Boy" and "Big Fat Monkey's Hat" boast energy and spirit. And a strong shot of R&B slips into the mix on the final six tracks, recorded in Memphis at Ardent Studios and including soul horns on a few tunes as well as a tighter, leaner sound that rocks with real fire and fervor. And throughout this set, the band's heartfelt and often witty regular-guy songwriting makes a strong impression, sharing a rumpled and honest perspective on love and life that most folks will easily recognize. The Time Never Forgets collection is the essential collection for both longtime fans and those looking into their work for the first time, but for the hardcore Scruffy the Cat fan, The Good Goodbye is a marvelous look into the band's lost archives, and the Memphis tracks suggest they had at least one more great album left in them if they'd gotten the record deal they needed at the time.
1 Big Fat Monkey's Hat 02:19
2 The Burning Cross 04:49
3 Everything 03:01
4 The Ghost Song 04:02
5 Lover's Day 03:32
6 Happiness To Go 03:20
7 Oldest Fire In The World 00:47
8 Tiger Tiger 02:43
9 Lost Highway 03:16
10 Tonight 02:42
11 Shadow Boy 02:57
12 Slow Down 02:41
13 Momma Killed Hate 03:49
14 Well...All Right 02:28
15 Red Light 03:32
16 I Like The Way You Dance 04:05
17 The Doctor Song 03:45
18 Sweet News 03:32
19 I Knew That You Would 02:53
20 Love Song #9 04:05
21 Hope 04:25
22 Porch Flambe 03:20
23 The Good Goodbye 03:12
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