Frank Black and the Catholics (album)

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Frank Black and the Catholics
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Studio album by Frank Black and the Catholics
Released September 9, 1998
Recorded March 20, 1997 –
March 22, 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:19
Label SpinART
Producer Frank Black
Frank Black and the Catholics chronology
The Cult of Ray
(1995)The Cult of Ray1995
Frank Black and the Catholics
(1998)
Pistolero
(1999)Pistolero1999

Frank Black and the Catholics was the debut album from Frank Black and the Catholics. The backing group on this album performed on Black's previous album, The Cult of Ray, but the group name was first adopted on this release. The album was recorded live to two-track tape over the course of two days in 1997, but a protracted dispute with Black's label American Recordings,[1] reportedly over the "raw" sound of the recordings,[2] delayed its release for 18 months. The album was released in June 1998 in the MP3 format on GoodNoise.com (precursor to eMusic) and was the first album by a major artist to be commercially released on the Internet. The album was then released in the fall of 1998 by SpinART records in the US. During the interim, Lyle Workman left the group and was replaced by Rich Gilbert, and Black prepared the follow-up, Pistolero.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[4]
NME 6/10[5]
Pitchfork 6.8/10[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing is sequenced in alphabetical order.

All tracks written by Frank Black, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All My Ghosts"   3:32
2. "Back to Rome"   3:25
3. "Do You Feel Bad About It?"   2:07
4. "Dog Gone"   3:00
5. "I Gotta Move"   3:37
6. "I Need Peace"   5:12
7. "King & Queen of Siam"   2:51
8. "Six-Sixty-Six" Larry Norman 3:03
9. "Solid Gold"   4:18
10. "Steak 'n' Sabre"   3:47
11. "Suffering"   2:58
12. "The Man Who Was Too Loud"   3:31

Track #8, "Six-Sixty-Six", is a cover of a song by Larry Norman that originally appeared on the 1976 album In Another Land. Frank Black had long admired Norman, naming the first Pixies album, Come On Pilgrim, after a line in a Norman song. The two were introduced by Bono at a U2 concert and developed a relationship.

Personnel[edit]

Frank Black and the Catholics
  • Frank Black – guitar, vocals
  • Scott Boutier – drums
  • David McCaffery – bass, vocals
  • Lyle Workman – lead guitar
Technical
  • Billy Bowers – recording engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics (Play It Again Sam)". Archived from the original on 2000-06-15. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics [spinART; 1998]". Archived from the original on 5 August 2004. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics". Archived from the original on 21 August 2003. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  8. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Frank Black and the Catholics". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 74. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.