Red Earth (Crash Vegas album)

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Red Earth
Crash Vegas - Red Earth - album cover.png
Studio album by Crash Vegas
Released 1989
Recorded E.S.P., New Orleans, Louisiana
The Lab, Hamilton, Ontario
Genre Indie/Folk rock
Length 42:29
Label Risque Disque
Producer Malcolm Burn
Crash Vegas chronology
Red Earth
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Red Earth was the debut album of the Canadian indie band Crash Vegas. It was released by Risque Disque, a label formed by Blue Rodeo. Greg Keelor, one of Blue Rodeo's musicians, collaborated with Michelle McAdorey and co-wrote some of the music for the album, and also provided guitar performances for the recorded version of the songs "Red Earth" and "The One That Keeps Me Running".[2] The band toured in support of the album in 1990, and again from late 1991 to mid-1992. The second tour included opening act Junkhouse, which became increasingly popular as a result of this exposure.

The album is typically described as melancholic and brooding folk rock, with a style reminiscent of Cowboy Junkies or 10,000 Maniacs.[3] It was recorded at The Lab, a studio in Hamilton operated by Jocelyne Lanois, of Martha & The Muffins,[2] and Malcolm Burn.[4]

Songs that received notable airplay on Canadian radio included "Sky", "Smoke" and "Inside Out", which became a Top 20 hit in Canada.[5] It also includes a cover of "Down to the Wire" from the unreleased album Stampede by Buffalo Springfield, which first appeared on the album Decade by Neil Young.[3][5]

Performers for the recorded album, in addition to the band members and Keelor, include Malcolm Burn, who played piano, keyboard, percussion and provided backing vocals; Sammy Vegas, lead guitar on "Down to the Wire", and Anne Bourne on keyboards for "Red Earth".

Track listing[edit]

  1. Red Earth – 4:06
  2. Down To The Wire – 2:59
  3. Sky – 3:39
  4. Smoke – 4:20
  5. I Gave You My Heart – 3:15
  6. The One That Keeps Me Running – 4:58
  7. Moving Too Fast – 3:31
  8. Inside Out – 3:50
  9. Julia Rain – 3:17
  10. It's Not Funny Anymore – 3:45
  11. Bury Her – 4:06


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Biography: Crash Vegas". Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b Dave Schulps and David Antrobus. "Crash Vegas". Trouser Press LLC. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Crash Vegas: Biography"., Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Red Earth, Crash Vegas: Review". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2008-02-14.