Hollywood Town Hall

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Hollywood Town Hall
Hollywood Town Hall.jpg
Studio album by The Jayhawks
Released September 15, 1992
Recorded Hollywood Sound and Pachyderm Studio
Genre Alternative country, country rock
Length 42:36
Label American
Producer George Drakoulias
The Jayhawks chronology
Blue Earth
(1989)
Hollywood Town Hall
(1992)
Tomorrow the Green Grass
(1995)

Hollywood Town Hall is the third studio album by American rock band The Jayhawks. It peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and number 192 on the Billboard 200. The cover art for the album was shot in Hollywood Township, Carver County, Minnesota.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
Mojo 4/5 stars[6]
NME 7/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[10]
Select 4/5[11]

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly wrote that despite noticeable musical influences from The Everly Brothers, The Rolling Stones, and Neil Young on the album, "there's nothing nostalgic about the passion and desperation in every syllable of singer-songwriter Mark Olson's voice — or in the band’s effortless mix of sawdust harmonies and craggy electric guitars."[4] Steve Hochman of the Los Angeles Times stated that Olson and Gary Louris "achieve a yearning ache that would have done top Burrito Gram Parsons proud".[5] Rolling Stone's Chris Mundy hailed Hollywood Town Hall as the band's "definitive statement" and praised Olson and Louris' vocal harmonies.[9] Music critic Robert Christgau was less positive and gave the album a "neither" rating, indicating an album that "may impress once or twice with consistent craft or an arresting track or two. Then it won't."[12]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett called Hollywood Town Hall "one of the more unlikely major label releases of 1992" and described the album as "accessible enough for should-have-been success but bowing to no trends", concluding that it "sounds more like something made for the group's own satisfaction that connects beyond it as well."[2] Stephen Deusner of Pitchfork Media cited the album as "the Jayhawks' greatest statement."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Olson and Gary Louris except "Wichita" by Olson, Louris and Marc Perlman.

  1. "Waiting for the Sun" – 4:19
  2. "Crowded in the Wings" – 4:55
  3. "Clouds" – 4:51
  4. "Two Angels" – 4:04
  5. "Take Me with You (When You Go)" – 4:50
  6. "Sister Cry" – 4:08
  7. "Settled Down Like Rain" – 3:00
  8. "Wichita" – 5:26
  9. "Nevada, California" – 4:05
  10. "Martin's Song" – 2:58
European CD bonus track
  1. "Leave No Gold" – 5:46
2011 expanded reissue track listing
  1. "Leave No Gold" – 5:48 (previously commercially unavailable in the U.S.)
  2. "Keith and Quentin" – 2:37 (previously commercially unavailable in the U.S.)
  3. "Up Above My Head" – 2:36 (previously commercially unavailable in the U.S.)
  4. "Warm River" – 3:23 (previously unreleased)
  5. "Mother Trust You to Walk to the Store" – 3:53 (previously unreleased)

Personnel[edit]

The Jayhawks
  • Mark Olson – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Marc Perlman – bass
  • Ken Callahan – drums
  • Gary Louris – electric guitar, fuzz guitar, guitar, vocals
Additional musicians
Production
  • George Drakoulias – producer
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Tom Herbers – engineer
  • Brian Jenkins – engineer
  • Brendan O'Brien – engineer
  • Jim Rondinelli – engineer
  • Dale Lavi – photographer
  • Joe Henry – liner notes
  • Martyn Atkins – art direction

References[edit]

  1. ^ Photos and history of front cover art. Retrieved September 26, 2011
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Hollywood Town Hall – The Jayhawks". AllMusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Van Matre, Lynn (November 12, 1992). "Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall (Def American)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Browne, David (September 25, 1992). "Hollywood Town Hall". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Hochman, Steve (October 18, 1992). "In Brief". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall". Mojo (207): 112. February 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall". NME: 37. October 3, 1992. 
  8. ^ a b Deusner, Stephen M. (January 20, 2011). "The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall [Expanded Edition] / Tomorrow the Green Grass [Legacy Edition]". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Mundy, Chris (October 29, 1992). "The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 29, 2001. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 423–24. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  11. ^ Perry, Andrew (December 1992). "The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall". Select (30): 76. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c Drakoulias, George (2011). Hollywood Town Hall (booklet). The Jayhawks. American Recordings. pp. 9–11. 88697 72731 2. 

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