Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

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Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Camper Van Beethoven - Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart.jpg
Studio album by Camper Van Beethoven
Released May 24, 1988
Recorded Summer/Fall 1987
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:53
Label Virgin
Producer Dennis Herring
Camper Van Beethoven chronology
Vampire Can Mating Oven
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Key Lime Pie
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Philadelphia Inquirer4/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[6]
The Village VoiceB+[7]

Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart is a 1988 album by Camper Van Beethoven, released on Virgin Records. It was the band's first major-label album, and was produced by Dennis Herring, the first time the band had used an outside producer.

The lineup on the album included David Lowery on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Jonathan Segel on violin, mandolin, keyboards, guitar and backing vocals, Victor Krummenacher on bass and backing vocals, Greg Lisher on lead guitar, and Chris Pedersen on drums. It was the first Camper Van Beethoven album not to feature founding guitarist/drummer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Molla.

The album featured the band's trademark eclectic mix of musics, including folk, ska, Eastern European music, Americana, psychedelic rock, and Middle-Eastern music. Despite this, it has a considerably slicker and more mainstream sound than the band's previous, more garage-rock oriented albums, largely due to Herring's production. The reunited Camper Van Beethoven features a number of tracks from the album in its setlists, including most of the first side, as well as "Waka", "Tania", and "Life is Grand" from the second side.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Camper Van Beethoven (David Lowery, Jonathan Segel, Greg Lisher, Victor Krummenacher, Chris Pedersen), except as noted.

Side One
1."Eye of Fatima (Part One)"2:37
2."Eye of Fatima (Part Two)"2:17
3."O Death" (Traditional, arranged by Camper Van Beethoven)3:07
4."She Divines Water"3:52
5."Devil Song"1:59
6."One of These Days"3:27
7."Turquoise Jewelry"3:07
Side Two
9."Change Your Mind"3:03
10."My Path Belated"2:35
11."Never Go Back"3:25
12."The Fool"2:37
14."Life Is Grand"3:23
Total length:41:53

On the reissue, tracks 15-17 are from the "Life is Grand" single, track 18 is from the "Eye of Fatima"/"Turquoise Jewelry" promo single, and track 25 is from the 1987 compilation At Dianne's Place. Tracks 20-24 were recorded October 14, 1988 at UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA; they and track 19 were previously unreleased.


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart – Camper Van Beethoven". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (May 22, 1988). "Camper Van Beethoven: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (Virgin)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  3. ^ Houle, Zachary (February 13, 2014). "Camper Van Beethoven: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart / Key Lime Pie". PopMatters. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Azerrad, Michael (August 11, 1988). "Camper Van Beethoven: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 16, 2002. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Camper Van Beethoven". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 132–33. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 26, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 14, 2018.