Welcome to Sky Valley

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Kyuss
Studio album by Kyuss
Released June 28, 1994
Recorded 1993 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California
Genre Stoner rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 51:55
Label Elektra, Chameleon[1]
Producer Kyuss & Chris Goss
Kyuss chronology
Blues for the Red Sun
(1992)
Welcome to Sky Valley
(1994)
...And the Circus Leaves Town
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Daily Republic (A-)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]

Welcome to Sky Valley is the third studio album by American stoner rock/metal band Kyuss, originally released on June 28, 1994.

Album information[edit]

Kyuss was recorded in early 1993 and scheduled for release in January 1994.[7] They sneak-previewed the completed album at Foundations Forum 93 and contributed the song "Demon Cleaner" to the sampler disc.[7] Due to mild success from their previous album, Kyuss had been promoted from their subsidiary record label "Dali" to the main label "Chameleon." On November 11, 1993 Chameleon Records abruptly shut down. Their joint-venture partner Elektra quickly picked up the band and scheduled the album for release in March 1994.[7] The album was then delayed for another three months after that, eventually being released almost a year after being initially recorded.

This is the first Kyuss album to feature bassist Scott Reeder, who replaced Nick Oliveri in 1992. Welcome to Sky Valley was the last to feature founding member Brant Bjork. The song "N.O." was originally recorded by Across The River, a band fronted by Mario Lalli and featuring bassist Reeder. After Reeder left The Obsessed and joined Kyuss, Bjork suggested they record "N.O." as a tribute to Across The River.

On compact disc, Welcome to Sky Valley was originally released with its ten total songs contained in three tracks, with an additional, fourth hidden track. It was later re-released with all ten tracks separated individually. However, most commercially-sold versions of the compact disc contain the three tracks, a setup which is meant to encourage listeners to experience it as a full album instead of as a collection of separate songs. Guitarist Josh Homme claimed in an interview that the band "just wanted it to be like hell to play on a CD player". The album's liner notes instruct the listener to "Listen without distraction".

The band Tool covered "Demon Cleaner" during a 1998 show at the Hollywood Palladium, with bassist Reeder joining them onstage during the performance.[8] The song is also contained in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica and The Crew.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. Movement I – 17:47 (Josh Homme, Brant Bjork)
    1. "Gardenia" – 6:54
    2. "Asteroid" – 4:49
    3. "Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop" – 6:04
  2. Movement II – 14:50 (Homme, Scott Reeder)
    1. "100°" – 2:29
    2. "Space Cadet" – 7:02
    3. "Demon Cleaner" – 5:19
  3. Movement III – 18:19 (Homme, Bjork, Reeder, Mario Lalli)
    1. "Odyssey" – 4:19
    2. "Conan Troutman" – 2:12
    3. "N.O." – 3:47
    4. "Whitewater" – 8:00
  4. "Lick Doo" – 0:57 (Hidden Track)

Promo tracklisting[edit]

  1. "Gardenia" (Brant Bjork) – 6:50
  2. "Asteroid" (Josh Homme) – 4:50
  3. "Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop" (Josh Homme) – 6:03
  4. "100°" (Josh Homme) – 2:29
  5. "Space Cadet" (Josh Homme/Scott Reeder) – 7:02
  6. "Demon Cleaner" (Josh Homme) – 5:19
  7. "Odyssey" (Josh Homme) – 4:19
  8. "Conan Troutman" (Josh Homme/Brant Bjork) – 2:12
  9. "N.O." (Mario Lalli/Scott Reeder) – 3:48
  10. "Whitewater" (Brant Bjork/Josh Homme) – 8:00
  11. "Lick Doo" – 0:57 (hidden track)

Personnel[edit]

Kyuss
Additional personnel
  • Lead guitar on "N.O." by Mario Lalli
  • Produced by Chris Goss & Kyuss
  • Engineered & mixed by Joe Barresi
  • Assistant engineers: Jeff Sheehan, Wade Norton, Alexe Campbell
  • Additional engineering: Brian Jenkins
  • Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, CA
  • Mixed at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Futuredisc Systems, Hollywood, CA
  • Photography: Alex Solca
  • Art Direction: Skiles
  • Additional percussion on "Asteroid" by Peter Moffet
  • Additional peculiar background vocals: Scott Reeder, Josh Homme & Madman Of Encino

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: Kyuss
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "allmusic ((( Kyuss > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Kyuss". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 473, cited March 17, 2010
  4. ^ DeCicco, Nick. "Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley Music Review". Daily Republic. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri. "Sky Valley". Entertainment Weekly. July 1994, cited March 17, 2010
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Kyuss". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Morris, Chris (January 15, 1994). "Kyuss Lands on Its Feet and Keeps Climbing". Billboard. 
  8. ^ Augusto, Troy J. (April 2, 1998). "Tool". Variety. Retrieved 2007-07-13.