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
(1987)Vampire Can Mating Oven1987
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
(1988)
Key Lime Pie
(1989)Key Lime Pie1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (B+)[3]

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 smoother 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 songs written by Camper Van Beethoven (David Lowery, Jonathan Segel, Greg Lisher, Victor Krummenacher, Chris Pedersen), except as shown.

Side one
  1. "Eye of Fatima (Part One)" - 2:37
  2. "Eye of Fatima (Part Two)" - 2:15
  3. "O Death" (Traditional) - 3:06
  4. "She Divines Water" - 3:53
  5. "Devil Song" - 1:56
  6. "One of These Days" - 3:27
  7. "Turquoise Jewelry" - 3:07
Side two
  1. "Waka" - 2:45
  2. "Change Your Mind" - 3:02
  3. "My Path Belated" - 2:35
  4. "Never Go Back" - 3:25
  5. "The Fool" - 2:36
  6. "Tania" - 3:46
  7. "Life Is Grand" - 3:23

2014 Omnivore Reissue[edit]

  1. "Eye of Fatima (Part One)" - 2:37
  2. "Eye of Fatima (Part Two)" - 2:15
  3. "O Death" - 3:06
  4. "She Divines Water" - 3:53
  5. "Devil Song" - 1:56
  6. "One of These Days" - 3:27
  7. "Turquoise Jewelry" - 3:07
  8. "Waka" - 2:45
  9. "Change Your Mind" - 3:02
  10. "My Path Belated" - 2:35
  11. "Never Go Back" - 3:25
  12. "The Fool" - 2:36
  13. "Tania" - 3:46
  14. "Life Is Grand" - 3:23
  15. "Love Is A Weed" - 2:04
  16. "Harmony In My Head" - 2:46
  17. "Wade In The Water" - 1:23
  18. "Eye of Fatima Pts. 1 & 2" (Edit) - 3:27
  19. "The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon" (Live) - 3:04
  20. "One Of These Days" (Live) - 3:25
  21. "Smash It Up" (Live) - 3:20
  22. "Seven Languages" (Live) - 4:16
  23. "Kodachrome" (Live) - 3:03
  24. "Hanging Around" (Live) - 3:42
  25. "Pope Festival" - 3:00

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "allmusic ((( Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart > Review )))". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Camper Van Beethoven". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 132-133, cited March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Camper Van Beethoven". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on March 17, 2010.