Red Apple Falls

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Red Apple Falls
Red Apple Falls.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 20, 1997
RecordedOctober 30 - November 3, 1996
LabelDrag City
ProducerJim O'Rourke, Bill Callahan
Smog chronology
The Doctor Came at Dawn
Red Apple Falls
Knock Knock
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[3]

Red Apple Falls is the sixth album by Smog (the alias of Bill Callahan), released in May 1997 on Drag City and re-released in Europe in 2001 by Domino.


It was recorded by Jim O'Rourke and Callahan, with assistance from Phil Bonnet. It is the first of two Smog records produced by O'Rourke, and Callahan's third team-up with O'Rourke. He also played bass guitar, piano, Hammond organ, hurdy-gurdy and drums.


"Ex-Con" was released as a single. An early version of "Red Apples" first appeared on Callahan's first EP Floating in 1991, and was later covered by Chan Marshall for her album The Covers Record. "I Was a Stranger" was redone by Callahan for the 2000 EP 'Neath the Puke Tree.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Morning Paper" – 3:22
  2. "Blood Red Bird" – 4:01
  3. "Red Apples" – 5:06
  4. "I Was a Stranger" – 3:23
  5. "To Be of Use" – 5:41
  6. "Red Apple Falls" – 6:49
  7. "Ex-Con" – 3:35
  8. "Inspirational" – 6:25
  9. "Finer Days" – 4:50


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Red Apple Falls – Smog". AllMusic. Retrieved February 25, 2006.
  2. ^ Mulvey, John (May 24, 1997). "Smog – Red Apple Falls". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Smog". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 754–55. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Mullen, John (June 1997). "Smog: Red Apple Falls". Select (84): 107.