Red House Painters (Rollercoaster)
|Red House Painters|
|Studio album by Red House Painters|
|Released||May 24, 1993|
|Recorded||Summer 1992 - Spring 1993|
|Genre||Slowcore, sadcore, folk rock, dream pop|
|Red House Painters chronology|
Red House Painters (also known as Rollercoaster or Red House Painters I to distinguish it from the second eponymous album, known as Bridge or Red House Painters II) is the second album by the group Red House Painters, released on May 24, 1993 by 4AD.
The album follows Red House Painters' 1992 debut Down Colorful Hill, and the recording sessions spawned twenty-three songs culled from leader/producer Mark Kozelek's back-catalog, fourteen of which comprised the Rollercoaster album. Eight songs left over from the recording sessions would make up the band's second self-titled album. Kozelek's lyrics focus on themes of pain, desolation and loss, while musically the album runs from the folk-pop of "Grace Cathedral Park" to the shoegaze of "Mistress" to the stark "New Jersey" and onto the soundscapes of "Funhouse" and "Mother". Kozelek said of the recording sessions, "It was a nightmare, because the initial excitement of recording twenty-three songs became, 'one down, twenty-two to go'... And I was nervous that people were now paying attention, but Ivo [Watts-Russell, 4AD label owner] made helpful suggestions and never demanded anything. If we went over budget, we went over budget." Watts-Russell also suggested the album be a double album, and compiled the track listing himself.
Kozelek discussed his views of the album in the foreword of the 2002 and revised 2008 editions of his book of lyrics, Nights of Passed Over: "...I know the Rollercoaster album is many people's favorite. But for me, it is and will always be the most difficult to get through. I hadn't heard it in years, and though there are some beautiful things I had forgotten about -- a delicate piano in "Things Mean a Lot", the way the band brings life to "Brown Eyes" midway through, and the chorus of "Strawberry Hill", which was sung by a group of strangers we gathered from outside the Divisadero Street studio where we were recording -- what I remembered most, even when I look at the album's cover, is nine months of worry."
|The A.V. Club||favourable|
|Martin C. Strong||9/10|
All songs written and composed by Mark Kozelek, except where noted.
|1.||"Grace Cathedral Park"||3:52|
|5.||"Things Mean a Lot"||3:24|
|7.||"Take Me Out"||4:48|
|10.||"Dragonflies"||Kozelek, Robyn Riel-Nail||3:58|
|11.||"Mistress" (Piano Version)||4:33|
|United Kingdom||May 24, 1993||4AD||CD||DAD 3008 CD|
|Double LP||DAD 3008|
|July 6, 1998||CD (reissue)||GAD 3008 CD|
|United States||May 25, 1993||Warner Bros. Records||CD||9 45256-2|
|November 2, 1999||4AD||CD (reissue)||GAD 3008 CD|
|Worldwide||April 18, 2015||Double LP||CAD 3409||Bronze-coloured vinyl, as part of the Red House Painters box set|
|August 14, 2015||Black vinyl, released individually|
- Images by W.K.V.L.
Although no commercial singles were ever released from the album, a promotional-only CD was issued for "Mistress" in the US in May 1993. The single features a different mix of "Mistress" as well as the piano version, along with the album version of "Grace Cathedral Park." While the sleeve lists "Strawberry Hill" as the album version, it is in fact an edit, which removes roughly 50 seconds of guitar noise in the beginning of the song.
Warner Bros./4AD, PRO-CD-6108:
- "Mistress" (Remix) – 4:03
- "Grace Cathedral Park" – 3:51
- "Strawberry Hill" [Edit] – 6:44
- "Mistress" (Piano Version) – 4:31
- Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD, by Martin Aston. Page 416. Published by The Friday Project, 2013.
- Allmusic review
- Hawthorne, Marc (25 September 2007). "Permanent Records, The A.V. Club's Hall Of Fame: Red House Painters "Rollercoaster"". Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- "Red House Painters". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2009-07-29.