Vacancy (EP)

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Vacancy (EP)
EP by Joseph Arthur
Released May 11, 1999
Recorded Sound City, Sunset Sound
Genre Alternative rock
Length 32:24
Label Undercover
Real World Records
Producer T-Bone Burnett, Rick Will, Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur chronology
Big City Secrets
(1997)
Vacancy (EP)
(1999)
Come to Where I'm From
(2000)
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Vacancy is an EP by Joseph Arthur released on May 11, 1999. Released by the independent label Undercover out of Portland, Oregon, Vacancy is a hand packaged, limited edition that was assembled one at a time by two people at Undercover. Each one was pressed and die-cut, then assembled and folded by hand. Vacancy was limited to 10,000 copies worldwide—5,000 to the US and 5,000 to Europe, the UK and France. The EP's sleeve design was nominated in 1999 for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. Joan Osborne plays acoustic guitar on "Crying on Sunday."

The song "Bed of Nails" appears in the film "The Bone Collector" starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joseph Arthur

No. Title Length
1. "Hang Around Here"   3:27
2. "Bed of Nails"   3:42
3. "Prison"   4:49
4. "Making Mistakes"   5:28
5. "Vacancy"   3:07
6. "Crying on Sunday"   4:38
7. "Toxic Angel / (Untitled Hidden Track)"   7:13

Personnel[edit]

  • All songs by Joseph Arthur.

Musicians:

  • Joseph Arthur:
    • vocals on all tracks.
    • acoustic guitar - track 1, 2, 4, 5, 7.
    • electric guitar - track 1, 2, 3, 6.
    • backwards electric guitar - track 7.
    • bass - track 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
    • keyboards - track 2.
    • piano - track 2.
    • harmonica - track 4, 7.
    • loops - track 4.
    • background vocals - track 6.
  • Carla Azar: drums - track 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; bells - track 1; piano - track 6; bass drum - track 7; sleigh bells - track 7.
  • T-Bone Burnett: bass - track 7.
  • "Eugene": piano - track 4.
  • Eric Gerber: background vocals - track 6.
  • Nadia Lanman: cello - track 1.
  • Joan Osborne: acoustic guitar - track 6.
  • Rick Will: electric guitar - track 4; symphonic noise treatment - track 7.
  • Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Rick Will and Joseph Arthur.
  • Engineered by Rick Will.
  • Mixed by Rick Will with T-Bone Burnett and Joseph Arthur.
  • Additional engineering on track 1 by Ben Findlay.
  • Assistant engineering by Nick Raskulinecz, Kevin Dean and Marek.
  • Art direction and design by Zachary James Larner with Joseph Arthur at Bombshelter NYC.
  • Original artwork by Joseph Arthur.
  • Recorded at Sound City, Sunset Sound.