Retrospective (Red House Painters album)

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Retrospective
Compilation album by Red House Painters
Released July 19, 1999
(See release history)
Recorded 1989-1995
Genre Folk rock, sadcore
Length CD1: 77:51
CD2: 66:23
Total: 144:08
Language English
Label 4AD
Producer Mark Kozelek
Red House Painters chronology
Songs for a Blue Guitar
(1996)
Retrospective
(1999)
Old Ramon
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
NME 8/10 link
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10 link

Retrospective is a 2-disc compilation of Red House Painters' songs from the band's 4AD era. The compilation was released in July 1999. Disc one is a collection of definitive Red House Painters tracks culled from their debut album Down Colorful Hill through 1995's Ocean Beach, as picked by 4AD label owner Ivo Watts-Russell. Disc two, subtitled Demos, Outtakes, Live (1989-1995), is a collection of unreleased demos and live recordings from their 4AD years. The essay inside the booklet was written by Rob O'Condor in April 1999. A working title for this collection was Red Perspective.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mark Kozelek, except where noted. 

CD1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shock Me"   Ace Frehley 4:47
2. "Grace Cathedral Park"     3:52
3. "Katy Song"     8:25
4. "Summer Dress"     2:54
5. "New Jersey" (Electric Version)   4:26
6. "Medicine Bottle"     9:51
7. "Michael"     5:23
8. "San Geronimo"     7:37
9. "Bubble"     5:32
10. "Mistress" (Piano Version)   4:33
11. "Drop"     8:53
12. "Evil"     7:19
13. "Rollercoaster"     4:18
CD2: Demos, Outtakes, Live (1989-1995)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Funhouse" (Demo)   6:07
2. "Waterkill" (Demo)   7:04
3. "Uncle Joe" (Demo)   5:56
4. "Helicopter" (Demo) Kozelek, Jerry Vessel 5:41
5. "Brown Eyes" (4-Track Demo)   2:01
6. "Dragonflies" (Outtake) Kozelek, Robyn Riel-Nail 4:05
7. "Japanese to English" (Live in Paris)   4:21
8. "Shock Me" (Live on KCRW) Frehley 4:26
9. "Over My Head" (4-Track Demo)   3:58
10. "Brockwell Park" (4-Track Demo)   5:51
11. "Shadows" (Outtake)   5:41
12. "Mistress" (Live on KCRW)   4:28
13. "Summer Dress" (Live on KCRW)   2:34
14. "Instrumental" (Demo)   4:05

Notes[edit]

  • Medicine Bottle / Michael: from Down Colorful Hill, September 1992
  • Grace Cathedral Park / Katy Song / Mistress / Rollercoaster: from Red House Painters I, May 1993
  • New Jersey / Bubble / Evil: from Red House Painters II, October 1993
  • Shock Me: from Shock Me EP, February 1994
  • Summer Dress / Drop / San Geronimo: from Ocean Beach, March 1995
  • Waterkill (1990 demo) / Instrumental (1995 demo): previously unreleased
  • Art direction and design by v23. Wire photograph by Chris Bigg; lighthouse photograph by Dominic Davies.

Liner notes credited to "Rob O'Condor" is a typographical error. The author is "Rob O'Connor," who also penned the liner notes for the vinyl edition of Mark Kozelek's "Admiral Fell Promises"

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United Kingdom July 19, 1999 4AD 2CD DAD 9013 CD
United States July 20, 1999 DAD 9011 CD