Rain, Steam and Speed

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Rain, Steam and Speed
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Studio album by The Mutton Birds
Released February 1999
Recorded July-August 1998
Studio Blackwing Studios, London, Metropolis Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 50:47
Label shhh! Records
Producer The Mutton Birds
The Mutton Birds chronology
Too Hard Basket
(1998)
Rain, Steam, and Speed
(1999)
Live in Manchester
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Age 3/5 stars[2]
Sunday Herald Sun 4/5 stars[3]
The Australian 4/5 stars[4]
Sunday Telegraph 7.5/10 stars[5]

Rain, Steam and Speed is the fourth and final studio album by the New Zealand band, The Mutton Birds. It was released in 1999.

The album coincided with the departure of the bass guitarist, vocalist and sometime song contributor Alan Gregg, and also the guitarist David Long. It was released as the Mutton Birds remained based in London seeking a breakthrough on the UK market.[6]

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Don McGlashan)

  1. "As Close as This" — 4:21
  2. "Winning Numbers" — 3:46
  3. "Small Mercies" — 4:37
  4. "Green Lantern" — 4:02
  5. "The Falls" — 5:05
  6. "Last Year's Shoes" — 4:27
  7. "Jackie's Song" — 3:43
  8. "Pulled Along by Love" — 4:30
  9. "Goodbye Drug" — 6:19
  10. "Hands Full" — 3:28
  11. "Ray" — 6:24

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Tony Fisher — backing vocals
  • David Mitchell — Ebow guitar
  • Stuart Nesbit — pedal steel
  • Tony Kiley — congas

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Jo Roberts, The Age, 17 September 1999.
  3. ^ Graeme Hammond, Sunday Herald Sun, 3 October 1999.
  4. ^ Iain Shedden, The Australian, 6 November 1999.
  5. ^ Kate Parsons, Sunday Telegraph, 19 September 1999.
  6. ^ Margot Denny, "Mutton music", The Sunday Telegraph, 5 September 1999, page 181.