$1.99 Romances

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$1.99 Romances
Studio album by
ProducerJim Dickinson[1]
God Street Wine chronology
Who's Driving
$1.99 Romances
Professional ratings
Review scores
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide[3]

$1.99 Romances is an album by God Street Wine.[4][5] It was their first release on a major record label and their only release with Geffen.

Disappointed about the promotion of this record, GSW negotiated to be dropped from the label after the album came out. They then recorded their next album, Red, on their own, before being signed to Mercury Records.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

UPI called the album "strong", writing that producer Jim Dickinson "worked his magic".[1] The Washington Post wrote that $1.99 Romances "separates the group from the jam-band pack by using Steely Dan as its main model rather than the usual choices of the Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers."[5] Trouser Press wrote that the band "is like a top-drawer wedding band taking the liberty of showcasing some songs of its own devising while the chopped liver is being served".[6]

Billboard praised Dickson's production work, writing that the album "captures the group's Steely Dan-like musical cool and sophistication."[7] Steve Blush, in New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB, called it "a dollar-bin classic".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Lo Faber, except where noted

1."Princess Henrietta"6:50
2."Mile by Mile" (Faber, Aaron Maxwell)3:40
5."Stone House"3:55
7."The Ballroom"5:24
8."Run to You"4:21
9."Crazy Head"4:01
10."Hammer and a Spike"4:43
13."Tina's Town"4:38
14."Into the Sea"6:24


  • Jon Bevo – Organ, Piano, Vocals
  • Lo Faber – Guitar, Vocals, Mixing
  • Aaron Maxwell – Guitar, Vocals
  • Dan Pifer – Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
  • Tomo – Drums, Vocals, Trap Kit


  • Chris Curran – Engineer, Mixing Assistant
  • Jim Dickinson – Producer
  • Nick DiDia – Mixing
  • Sanchez Harley – Vocal Coach
  • Bob Krusen – Engineer
  • Michael Lavine – Photography
  • George Marino – Mastering
  • Kevin Reagan – Art Direction, Design
  • Joe Rogers – Engineer
  • Malcolm Springer – Engineer


  1. ^ a b "God Street Wine's contract for America". UPI.
  2. ^ "$1.99 Romances Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  3. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink. 1999. p. 488.
  4. ^ Markowitz, Dan (July 24, 1994). "As Lines Form, a Band Signs on the Line". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ a b Himes, Geoffrey (September 30, 1994). "GOD STREET WINE BREAKS OUT OF PACK" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  6. ^ a b "God Street Wine". Trouser Press. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  7. ^ "For Producer Jim Dickinson,It's The Space Between The Notes That Counts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 3, 1994 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Blush, Steven (October 4, 2016). New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB. St. Martin's Publishing Group. ISBN 9781250083623 – via Google Books.