Sha Sha

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Sha Sha
Studio album by Ben Kweller
Released

Version 1:
2000 (CD-R)
Version 2:

March 5, 2002 (US)
March 25, 2002 (UK)
Recorded

1999 at Muscle Shoals Studio, Alabama

2002 at Sear Sound, NYC, NY
Genre Indie rock, power pop
Length 45:02
Label ATO
Producer Stephen Harris
Ben Kweller chronology
EP Phone Home
(2001)
Sha Sha
(2002)
On My Way
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 6.7/10 9/19/02
Robert Christgau (choice cut) link

Sha Sha is the debut album by American indie rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former Radish member Ben Kweller. The album was originally composed of outtakes from sessions for Radish's unreleased album Discount Fireworks. It was self-released by Kweller, via CD-R, in 2000. In 2002, Jason Mullner Records released a second version of the album with a radically different track listing featuring many new recordings and songs.[1]

Track listing[edit]

2000 CD-R version (PA 101)[edit]

All songs written by Kweller except where noted

  1. "Launch Ramp"
  2. "Next Time"
  3. "Drink Me Away"
  4. "How It Should Be (Sha Sha)" (Joe Butcher/Ben Kweller)
  5. "Wasted and Ready"
  6. "In Other Words"
  7. "What It's Like to Live in Commerce" (AKA: "Commerce, TX")
  8. "Silent Scene"
  9. "Girl in Between"
  10. "4.40 (Episode 2)"

2002 ATO Records version (07863 68114-2)[edit]

All songs written by Ben Kweller except where noted

  1. "How It Should Be (Sha Sha)" – 1:49 (Joe Butcher/Ben Kweller)
  2. "Wasted & Ready" – 3:51
  3. "Family Tree" – 4:20
  4. "Commerce, TX" – 3:52
  5. "In Other Words" – 5:36
  6. "Walk on Me" – 3:55
  7. "Make It Up" – 4:50
  8. "No Reason" – 3:51
  9. "Lizzy" – 4:06
  10. "Harriet's Got a Song" – 4:50
  11. "Falling" – 4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Ben Kweller - Main Performer, Vocals, Guitar, Piano
  • John Kent - Drums
  • Josh Lattanzi - Bass guitar
  • Jane Scarpantoni - String Arrangements
  • Steve Mazur - Engineer
  • Stephen Harris - Producer, Mixing, Engineer
  • Roger Greenawalt - Producer
  • C. Taylor Crothers - Photography
  • Mike Waring - Photography
  • Liz Smith - Photography
  • Brett - Art Direction
  • Greg Calbi - Mastering

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
Modern Rock Tracks
2002 Wasted and Ready #29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B.K Discography". Xanthein.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09.