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Giant Sand
Returns To Valley Of Rain

Giant Sand’s debut album,Valley Of Rain was originally released in 1985, although it was recorded some two years earlier. The band had started to play the songs on tour again, which made them think re-recording the album would be a good idea. They got the original line-up back together, augmented by two newer members and s...view item »

Howe Gelb
Further Standards

Giant Sand overlord Howe Gelb presents a follow-up to his loungey-jazzy piano-centric Future Standards record with Lona Kelly. Further Standards combines a pair of brand new songs with live elaborations on that album’s material. It's a cool listen for cool cats, and offer...view item »
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Giant Sand
The Sun Set Vol. 1

Howe Gelb’s highly-regarded Giant Sand project is wrapping up after 3 decades of loyal service to Americana and alternative country. Consequently, the whole album catalogue is being reissued over 3 big box-sets, divided alphabetically rather than chronologically...view item »

Howe Gelb
Future Standards

In constantly shifting in styles and approach Howe Gleb's next solo offering, Future Standards, is a delicate and smooth jazz expedition. Inspired by the greats this piano-led record is meant for pure relaxation, and offers a host of new timeless ballads on top of an already bulging and accla...view item »

Howe Gelb
'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It

Giant Sand man Howe Gelb had a rather fantastic experience performing on the same bill as a number of gospel choirs in 2003, and decided to bring a choir into his own solo work on 2006’s ‘Sno Angel Like You. This reissue presents the beautiful, sensitive results alongside the feature-length ...view item »

Giant Sand
Goods and Services (25th Anniversary Edition)

Goods and Services is a collection of live recordings from a February '95 tour of Europe with a couple of tracks recorded stateside thrown in. Giant Sand is one of the most original and important bands in America. They took the high road when most everyone else followed the corporate criminals down the low road into regurgitated mediocrity. If y...view item »

Giant Sand
Purge & Slouch

Noisier than later albums. Sort of has the feel of a practice session where they just happened to have the tape running. Definitely not one of their strongest. Some of the other stuff should have been taken further, the critics seem right when they call it lazy, but maybe Howe didn't want to loose the spontaneousness of it all, they seem to have...view item »
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Giant Sand
Centre of The Universe

Varying from brief bursts of energetic hardcore noise to jazzy floundering while being at the same time a very traditional album. Insight filled lyrics, playful as ever. I always get this wonderful, strange feeling of crying with happiness when Howe starts singing about "Good cop Yang and bad cop Yin.. strap on cuffs and take him on in..". This ...view item »
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Giant Sand
Ramp

Happily existing in the background to just about everything else for the past 30 years, and having a cast of musicians revolving around principal singer and songwriter Howe Gelb, Giant Sand have just got on with things. Releasing 27 albums since 1985, they are still only really kno...view item »
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Giant Sand
Ramp (25th Anniversary Edition)

This is an all-out fine CD and much loved by most all the 'Sandheads'. The songs are amongst Howe's best and the performances are tight and loose, in the best Sand-manner. So what's the problem? Probably no problem to most listeners, but personally I find the production/sound of it too metallic/cold and simply prefer listening to Chore or Centre...view item »

Giant Sand
The Love Songs (25th Anniversary Edition)

One thing I've noticed about this band while digging through their mighty discography is: there is a distinct difference between the early and late work of this band. The later, more modern period of G.S. is far more dusty, dense and laid back. As much as I have tried, I simply can't get into the Love Songs. I've spun this several times, and eve...view item »
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Giant Sand
Blurry Blue Mountain

Another album and another winner, whatever musical incarnation Howe Gelb currently resides within. Giant Sand just keeps on truckin', and with Blurry Blue Mountain Gelb and Co. have produced an album that's surprisingly superlative. Though firmly rooted in the band's crispy Arizona desert sound, Gelb keeps pushing on from the edges of finality, ...view item »
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Giant Sand
Storm

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Giant Sand
Ballad Of A Thin Line Man

Gelb's lyrics are a beautiful fusion of peyote poetry and barroom blather. But it is his guitar work and song writing that carry the day. Think of a style (punk, psychedelia, straight-ahead rock n roll) and Gelb plays it. The mood of these songs are dark and angry, but never cliched or off-putting. Way back in '84 and '85, when desert rock meant...view item »
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Giant Sand
Long Stem Rant (25th Anniversary Edition)

Giant Sand is an acquired taste. Where Valley of Rain, Storm and Love Songs tend to sound like a sloppy R.E.M. with a singer who hasn't quite figured out how to sing, Long Stem Rant finds Giant Sand taking a left turn into more experimental territory. This makes for a strange and sometimes difficult listening experien...view item »

Giant Sand
Valley Of Rain

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Giant Sand
proVISIONS

proVISIONS is Giant Sand’ 2008 record, reissued now by the Fire label. As well as main Sandman Howe Gelb, this double-disc collection also features vocal assistance from Neko Case, M Ward and Isobel Campbell, while PJ Harv...view item »
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Giant Sand
Is All over The Map

Some music resonates inside you the instant you hear it. It's the lovely, honest stuff that becomes a part of you at some crucial point in your life -- after a breakup or during a rite of passage -- and never leaves that little compartment that it forged in your soul. As perfect a brew as this is, it's Gelb's voice and lyrics that push the music...view item »
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Giant Sand
Cover Magazine

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