Captain Swing (album)

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Captain Swing
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Studio album by Michelle Shocked
Released October 1989
Genre Folk, blues, bebop, dixieland
Label Mercury
Producer Pete Anderson
Michelle Shocked chronology
Short Sharp Shocked
(1988)
Captain Swing
(1989)
Arkansas Traveler
(1991)

Captain Swing is a mixed genre album by American folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked. It was first released by Mercury Records in 1989 and later reissued by Shocked's own label Mighty Sound in 2004. It was named after Captain Swing, the pseudonymous rebel leader who penned threatening letters during the rural English Swing Riots of 1830.[1] The album was a cross-country inventory of swing musical styles—from Dixieland to Western, Big Band to BeBop.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Michelle Shocked; except where indicated

  1. "God Is a Real Estate Developer" (Shocked, Matt Fox) - 3:13
  2. "On the Greener Side" - 2:56
  3. "Silent Ways" - 2:40
  4. "Sleep Keeps Me Awake" - 2:44
  5. "The Cement Lament" - 3:07
  6. "(Don't You Mess Around with) My Little Sister" - 2:39
  7. "Looks Like Mona Lisa" - 2:32
  8. "Too Little Too Late" - 2:16
  9. "Streetcorner Ambassador" - 3:28
  10. "Must Be Luff" - 2:45
  11. "Russian Roulette" 3:33 [hidden track]

Personnel[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Pete Anderson – producer, arrangements
  • Peter Doell – engineer (Capitol Studio B)
  • David Leonard – mixing engineer (Skip Sailor Recording, Sound Castle Studio, The Enterprise)
  • Don Murray - mixing engineer on 8, 9 & 10.
  • Charlie Paakkari – additional engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering engineer (Precision Lacquered)
  • Barb Hein - production assistant
  • Ross Garfield - custom drums and tuning (Drum Doctor)
  • Jaime Hernandez - cover art (Fantagraphics)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lomax, John Nova (April 21, 2008). "Q&A: Michelle Shocked Talks About God, Texas, Slavery, Mercury Records and the Lomax Family". Houston Press. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  2. ^ Selke, Lori (March 22, 2013). "Michelle Shocked's Short Rise and Long, Confounding Fall". San Francisco Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2018.