Give Out But Don't Give Up

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Give Out But Don't Give Up
Give out but don't give up album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 March 1994 (1994-03-28)
Length61:00
Label
Producer
Primal Scream chronology
Screamadelica
(1991)
Give Out But Don't Give Up
(1994)
Vanishing Point
(1997)
Singles from Give Out But Don't Give Up
  1. "Rocks"
    Released: 28 February 1994
  2. "Jailbird"
    Released: 6 June 1994
  3. "(I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind"
    Released: 28 November 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Los Angeles Times1.5/4 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]
Select5/5[7]

Give Out But Don't Give Up is the fourth studio album by Scottish rock band Primal Scream. It was released on 28 March 1994 in the United Kingdom by Creation Records and in the United States by Sire Records. It peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart.[8] Musically, it marked a massive departure from the psychedelic sound of their previous studio album Screamadelica (1991) into one influenced by classic rock and blues music. Its cover photo is a cropped version of Troubled Waters by American photographer William Eggleston.

The album peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart.

A second version of the album, featuring previously lost recordings, was released in 2018 as Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, and Robert Young, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jailbird" 3:46
2."Rocks" 3:37
3."(I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind" 4:30
4."Funky Jam" 5:24
5."Big Jet Plane" 4:15
6."Free" 5:30
7."Call on Me" 3:50
8."Struttin'" 8:29
9."Sad and Blue" 3:27
10."Give Out But Don't Give Up"
6:16
11."I'll Be There for You" 6:34
12."Everybody Needs Somebody" 5:22
2009 Japanese reissue edition: Disc 1 bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Rocks (Live at Glastonbury)"3:56
14."Rocks (Jimmy Miller Remix)"3:42
15."Rockers Dub (Kris Needs Mix)"5:04
2009 Japanese reissue edition: Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Funky Jam (Club Mix)" 5:25
2."Funky Jam (Super Droog Mix)" 8:30
3."Jailbird (The Dust Brothers Mix)" 5:39
4."Jailbird (The Toxic Trio Stay Free Mix)" 10:28
5."Jailbird (Sweeney 2 Sabres of Paradise Mix)" 5:48
6."Jailbird (Weatherall Dub Chapter 3 Mix)" 12:49
7."Struttin' (Back in Our Minds)" 9:54
8."Give Out But Don't Give Up (Portishead Remix)"
  • Clinton
  • Gillespie
  • Innes
  • Young
5:51
9."Ramblin' Rose (Live)" 2:28
10."I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have (Live)" 4:52

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 28
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 31
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 56
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 2
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 22

The Original Memphis Recordings[edit]

In October 2018, the band released Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings featuring original mixes of tracks recorded by producer Tom Dowd at Adent Studios, Memphis, with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section in 1993.

Aware of the success of Screamadelica, Creation Records' Alan McGee "thought the Memphis sessions too flat."[17] As a result, the tracks were subsequently re-worked for the official 1994 release of the album, and the original recordings remained forgotten until guitarist Andrew Innes rediscovered the tapes in his basement. [18]

Critical response to the Memphis release was positive, with God Is In The TV describing the collection as "a restrained, heartfelt, tearjerking tribute to the classic Muscle Shoals sound and very possibly the best album of [Primal Scream's] career."[19]

Discussing hearing the material after 25 years, Bobby Gillespie said it "sounded really beautiful, really clear, well-produced; incredibly performed by all the players and musicians and singers… I was blown away when I heard it." [20]

The story behind the rediscovery of the tapes was explored in the documentary, Primal Scream: The Lost Memphis Tapes.[21]

The Original Memphis Recordings - Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Jailbird"3:54
2."Rocks"3:51
3."Call On Me"3:26
4."Everybody Needs Somebody"6:06
5."Sad & Blue"3:49
6."Big Jet Plane"5:33
7."Free"6:55
8."Jesus"6:42
9."Cry Myself Blind"4:53
Ardent Outtakes: Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."Billy / To Love Someone"4:48
2."Memphis Groove (Improvised Song Jam)"5:12
3."Sad And Blue (Early Rehearsal Jam)"2:30
4."Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Trying To Get To You"1:22
5."Big Jet Plane (Early Rehearsal Jam / Tom Dowd Instructions)"5:15
6."Free (Bobby Vocal / Full Band Rehearsal Jam)"5:46
7."Everybody Needs Somebody (Alternative Recording)"5:55
8."Country Guitar"1:30
9."Jailbird Guitar"1:08
10."Jesus (Monitor Mix)"7:15
11."Funky Jam (Original Recording)"4:50
12."Free (Early Rehearsal Sitar / Piano / Bobby Vocal)"4:58
13."Call On Me (Monitor Mix)"3:26
14."Cry Myself Blind (Monitor Mix) / Big Jet Plane (Sitar Version)"9:43
15."All I Have To Do Is Dream"1:39

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Give Out But Don't Give Up – Primal Scream". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  2. ^ Kening, Dan (26 May 1994). "Primal Scream: Give Out But Don't Give Up (Sire)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ Steffens, Daneet (15 April 1994). "Give Out But Don't Give Up". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ Ali, Lorraine (24 April 1994). "Primal Scream: 'Give Out but Don't Give Up;' Sire/Warner Bros". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Primal Scream: Give Out But Don't Give Up". Q. No. 171. December 2000.
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Primal Scream". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 654. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Higginbotham, Adam (April 1994). "On a Jagger tip!". Select. No. 46. p. 86.
  8. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Primal Scream Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  17. ^ Russell, Tim (25 October 2018). "Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings (Sony)". godisinthetvzine.co.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  18. ^ Maine, Samantha (24 August 2018). "Primal Scream are releasing the long-lost, original recordings of 'Give Out But Don't Give Up'". Nme.com. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  19. ^ Russell, Tim (25 October 2018). "Primal Scream – Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings (Sony)". godisinthetvzine.co.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  20. ^ Wehner, Cyclone (17 October 2018). "Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie On Finding Buried Treasure With Their Scrapped 1993 'Give Out' Recordings". musicfeeds.com.au. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  21. ^ BBC, - (16 November 2018). "Primal Scream: The Lost Memphis Tapes". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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