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The Texas Campfire Tapes Album Nov 1986
Short Sharp Shocked Album 15 Aug 1988
Anchorage Single 1988
If Love Was A Train Single 19 Dec 1988
Disoriented (lament for the trust territories) Single 1988?
When I Grow Up Single 1989
Captain Swing Album 24 Oct 1989
On The Greener Side Single 1989
(Don't you mess around with) My Little Sister Single 1989
Silent Ways / Don't You Mess Around With My Little Sister / Looks Like Mona Lisa Single 1989
Looks Like Mona Lisa Promo 1990
The Captain Swing Revue Video 1990
Live Promo ~May 1990
The Texas Campfire Video Video Compilation 1991
Come A Long Way Single 1992
33rpm Soul Single 1992
Krispy Korn Flakes Promo 1992
Arkansas Traveler Album 7 Apr 1992
A Few Notes On The Arkansas Traveler Promo Video 1992
The Facts And The Fiction Promo 1992
Kind Hearted Woman Album 25 Mar 1994
Michelle Shocked & Fiachna O'Braonain: Artists Make Lousy Slaves Album Apr 1996
Kind Hearted Woman Album 15 Oct 1996
Stillborn Single 199?
The Hard Way Promo 1996
Mercury Poise: 1988-1995 Collection 22 Oct 1996
Michelle Shocked and the Anointed Earls: Good News Album Early 1998
Dub Natural Album 7 Mar 2001
Deep Natural Album 2 Apr 2002
Texas Campfire Takes Album 22 Apr 2003
Shockolates Collection 12 Oct 2004
Michelle Shocked DVD Video 25 Oct 2004
Don't Ask Don't Tell Album 13 Jun 2005
Got No Strings Album 13 Jun 2005
Mexican Standoff Album 13 Jun 2005
ToHeavenURide Album Sept 25 2007
Soul of My Soul Album May 26 2009

THE TEXAS CAMPFIRE TAPES Album Nov 1986
The Texas Campfire Tapes (12 track release) cover The Texas Campfire Tapes (12 track release longbox) cover [part]
Regular cover Longbox cover
LP Nov 1986 UK Cooking Vinyl COOK 002
LP 1987 CAN Mercury 834 581-1
LP Apr 1987 USA Mercury 834 581-1
LP ? SWE Amigo 87
LP 1987 SPA Dro 4D-298
CA ? USA Mercury 834581-4
CD ? USA Mercury 834 581-2
CD 1987 USA Mercury 834 581-2 (longbox in blister pack)
1. 5 A.M. In Amsterdam 2:11
2. The Secret Admirer 2:29
3. The Incomplete Image 2:30
4. Who Cares? 3:38
5. Down On Thomas St. 2:20
6. Fogtown 3:31
7. Steppin' Out 1:51
8. The Hep Cat 2:40
9. Necktie 2:15
10. (Don't You Mess Around With) My Little Sister 2:04
11. The Ballad Of Patch Eye And Meg 2:43
12. The Secret To A Long Life (Is Knowing When It's Time To Go) 2:19
Recorded live at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas on ? May 1986.
The Texas Campfire Tapes (original 15 track release) cover The Texas Campfire Tapes (Mooncrest CRESTCD 039 Z) cover
Original 15 track release Mooncrest CRESTCD 039 Z
CD 1987 UK Cooking Vinyl COOKCD002
CD ???? AUS Mercury 834 581-2
CD ???? EUR Cooking Vinyl 834.581.2
CD 21 Sep 1999 UK Mooncrest CRESTCD 039 Z / INT CRESTCD 039 %
CD 2001? USA? ? ? (in card sleeve sold at 2001 US shows)
Later editions include three extra tracks:
13. The Chain Smoker 2:51 *
14. Stranded In A Limousine 1:40 * +
15. Goodnight Irene 2:23 * ++
Recorded live at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas on ? May 1986.
% Digitally remastered & reissued with new artwork including picture disc.
The only noticable differences in the newer version seem to be: increased amplitude, approx. 2 seconds of fade-out/silence added at the end of tracks 6 & 12, and the cues between tracks 8/9 & tracks 14/15 have been changed to more appropriate positions.

During Michelle's 2001 US tour copies of the 15-track version were sold at her shows hand-relabeled as "The Texas Sharecropper Tapes" (ie. the word "Campfire" is struck out and "Sharecropper" is written, apparently in Michelle's handwriting, in black permanent marker across the photo of Michelle).

Credits:
All songs composed by Michelle Shocked except + Paul Simon (Pattern Music Ltd.) and ++ Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (Tro-Essex Music).
All songs copyright 1986 Cooking Vinyl except * copyright 1987 Cooking Vinyl.

Michelle Shocked - guitar & vocal

Producer Pete Lawrence
Engineer Tony Engle, Howie Weinberg
Edited by Tony Engle at Ideal Sound Recorders.
Recorded on a Sony Walkman.
Sleeve by John Liepins.

Liner Notes:
"It's difficult to imagine a more idyllic setting for a festival than Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville, tucked in amongst the rolling hills of West Texas.

I'd only been there a few hours and already the campfires had started up and I was marvelling at some of the best music I'd ever heard when she stepped forward, fiddle in hand and transformed our session into a stomping joyous celebration with one of her cajun tunes.

Later we were sitting watching the winners of the new folk contest and she turned to me and said "I'm fantasising about being up there on the stage next year". Her demo for the songwriter contest had got lost in the post and her appearances were limited to a couple of guest spots and a session under the Ballad Tree....not forgetting those campfires.

Finally I plucked up courage to ask her to record a few songs on my walkman and she agreed. We retreated to a far corner of the site with only the crickets and the distant rumble of passing trucks for company. She filled a whole tape around the dying embers of the fire with her charming vignettes.

These songs tell the life story of a girl from Gilmer, Texas who spends a lot of time on the road. She has a gift for words and a unique turn of phrase.

Sit back and lose your heart to the hills of Texas.

-- Pete Lawrence, September 1986"

Note: The lyric sheet lists Track 3 as "The 4/4 Troubador (Incomplete Image)".

SHORT SHARP SHOCKED Album 15 Aug 1988
Short Sharp Shocked (CD/LP) cover Short Sharp Shocked (cassette tape) cover Short Sharp Shocked (longbox) cover [part]
CD/LP cover Cassette tape Longbox cover
LP 15 Aug 1988 USA Mercury 834 924-1
CD 15 Aug 1988 USA Mercury 834 924-2 (j/c)
CD 1988 USA Mercury 834 924-2 (longbox in blister pack)
CA 15 Aug 1988 USA Mercury 834 924-4
LP 1988 UK Cooking Vinyl CVLP1
LP Dec 1988 AUS Mercury 834 924-1
CD Dec 1988 AUS Mercury 834 924-2
CA Dec 1988 AUS Mercury 834 924-4
LP 1988 CAN Mercury 834 924-1
LP AUT Mercury 834 924-1 (Made in The Netherlands)
CD 1988 JAP Nippon Phonogram 28PD-535 (inc. obi strip)
1. When I Grow Up 3:29 3:34
2. Hello Hopeville 2:54 2:56
3. Memories of East Texas 3:33 3:35
4. (Making the Run to) Gladewater 3:03 3:06
5. Graffiti Limbo 3:27 3:40
6. If Love Was a Train 4:03 4:07
7. Anchorage 3:21 3:25
8. The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore 4:07 4:10 *
9. V.F.D. 2:47 2:49
10. Black Widow 2:36 2:44
11. Fogtown 2:25 [hidden track]

Credits:
All songs written by Michelle Shocked except * written by Jean Ritchie. All songs copyright 1988 PolyGram Songs, Inc (BMI) except * copyright 1963 Geordie Music Pub. Co. (ASCAP)

Herself (Michelle Shocked) - acoustic guitar, vocals; Pete Anderson - electric guitar, six string bass (Hopeville); Jeff Donavan - drums; Domenic Genova - electric and acoustic bass; Skip Edwards - piano, hammond organ; Mike Tempo - percussion; Al Perkins - dubro; Byron Berline - mandolin; Don Reed - fiddles Rod Piazza - harmonica (Courtesy of "The Mighty Flyers"); Kristina Olson - hammered dulcimer; Banjo Jim Croce - banjo; Sophia Ramos - vocals (Courtesy of "The Crunge"); M.D.C. - vocals on "Fogtown" (Mixed by Peter Doell)

Produced and Arranged by Pete Anderson
Engineered by Peter Doell at Capitol Studio B, Hollywood, CA.
Additional Engineering by Leslie Anne Jones.
Mixed by David Leonard at Lardbee Sound, L.A., CA.
2nd Engineer Andy Batwinds
And the Sound Castle, L.A., CA. 2nd Engineer Bobby Lacivita
Mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Production Asst. Michael Dumds

Special Thanks to Peter "Lube Job" Lubin, Martin Goldschmidt, Tom Greenhalgh, Banjo Jim, Sophia Ramos, Pete Lawrence, Rod Kennedy, Sue Drew, M.D.C.

Cover photo by Chris Hardy. Courtesy of the San Francisco Examiner. Thanks to Suzanne Locke. Creative and Printing Services by Chris Hardy. Back Cover Photo by Jeffrey Katz. Design Layout by Helen Namm

Notes:
On the back cover, in the bottom left-hand corner, the following phrase appears: "(but anybody who sings these songs is a friend of mine)".

M.D.C. perform live versions of Fogtown and Secret To A Long Life on their 1989 album, "Elvis - In the Rheinland" on German label, Destiny.

ANCHORAGE Single 1988
Anchorage (Mercury 870 611-7 / DJ) cover Anchorage (Mercury PRO 618-1) cover
Mercury 870 611-7 / DJ Mercury PRO 618-1
7" 1988 USA Mercury 870 611-7
7" 1988 USA Mercury 870 611-7 DJ (promo, trk A on both sides)
7" 1988 CAN Mercury 870 683-7 (promo, trk A on both sides)
12" 1988 USA Mercury PRO 618-1 (promo, trk A on both sides) *
A. Anchorage 3:21 3:23
B. Anchorage [live video version] 4:14

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Produced and Arranged by Pete Anderson
* Designed by Helen Namm

Anchorage (London LONCD 193 & LONT 193) cover
London LONCD 193 & LONT 193
CD 1988 UK London LONCD 193 / INT 870 683-2 (c/s) *
10" 1988 UK London LONT 193 / INT 870 683-0 (g/f)
1. Anchorage [remix or album version] 4:19 or 3:24 #
2. Fogtown [Short Sharp Shocked version] 2:25 or 2:26
3. Penny Evans [live] 3:29 or 3:26 **+
4. Re-Modelling The Pentagon [live] 2:48 or 2:51 +
Live tracks recorded at Glastonbury Festival during 19-21 June 1987.
* there are two versions of this CD, appearing to be the same in all respects except for the small printing around the disc hole:
remix version - "LON CD 193 130181 03 %"
album version - "LON CD 193 131571 01 %"
# "remix" version is the same as "live video version" on 7" Anchorage single
Credits:
All tracks written by Michelle Shocked except ** written by Steve Goodman
All tracks Produced by Pete Anderson except + Produced by Pete Dauncey
+ Studio Manager - Dave Mulkeen
+ Original sound recording made by BBC Enterprises Ltd (P)1988
Sleeve Design - Mark Millington for The Complete Works
Anchorage (London LONX 193) cover Anchorage (London LONXDJ 193) label side A
London LONX 193 London LONXDJ 193 label
12" 1988 UK London LONX 193
12" 1988 UK London LONXDJ 193 (promo,black die-cut s/s)
A1. Anchorage 3:19
A2. Strawberry Jam [live] 2:04 +
B1. Fogtown [Texas Campfire Tapes version] 3:29
B2. Fogtown [Short Sharp Shocked version] 2:21

Live track recorded at Glastonbury Festival during 19-21 June 1987.

Credits:
All tracks written by Michelle Shocked
All tracks Produced by Pete Anderson except + Produced by Pete Dauncey
+ Original sound recording made by BBC Enterprises Ltd

Anchorage (London LON 193/Dro 1D-440) cover Anchorage (Mercury 8706162) cover
London LON 193/Dro 1D-440 Mercury 8706162
CD 1988 NET? Mercury 8706162 (3 trks,c/s,printed in Germany)
12" 1988 ? ? ? (trks 1-2,promo)
7" 1988 UK London LON 193 (trks 1-2)
7" ? SWE Amigo AMS 177 (trks 1-2)
7" 1988 SPA Dro 1D-440 (trks 1-2,promo)
7" 1988 FRA Mercury 870616-7 (trks 1-2)
7" 1988 NET ? ? (trks 1-2)
1. Anchorage
2. Fogtown
3. Anchorage [live]
Live track recorded at ? on ?.

IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Single 19 Dec 1988
If Love Was A Train cover
CD 19 Dec 1988 UK London LONCD 212 / INT 872 343-2 (c/s,"Made in W. Germany")
12" 1988 ? ? ? (promo, trk 1-2)
7" 19 Dec 1988 UK London LON 212 / INT 872 342-7 (trk 1-2)
7" 1988 SPA ? ? (trk 1-2)
7" 1988 SPA Dro DRO 1D-495 (trk 1-2,promo)
7" ? SWE Amigo AMS 179 (trk 1-2)
1. If Love Was A Train 4:06
2. Memories Of East Texas [live] 3:52
3. V.F.D. [live] 2:59
4. Yamboree Queen [live] 4:23

Live tracks recorded at Metroplex, Atlanta on 12 Oct 1988.

Credits:
All titles composed by Michelle Shocked
Track 1 Produced by Pete Anderson
Sleeve design by The Complete Works

If Love Was A Train (Cooking Vinyl LONX 212) cover
12" 1988 UK Cooking Vinyl LONX 212
1. If Love Was A Train
2. Memories Of East Texas [live]
3. Graffiti Limbo [live]
Live tracks recorded at Metroplex, Atlanta on 12 Oct 1988.
DISORIENTED (LAMENT FOR THE TRUST TERRITORIES) Single 1988?
Disoriented (lament for the trust territories) (7") cover
7" 1988? UK Cooking Vinyl FRY 002
1. Disoriented (lament for the trust territories) 4:11 *
2. If Love Was A Train [live] 3:29 **

Live track recorded at ? on ?.

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
* Produced by Ian Kearey and Charlie Llewellyn
* features Accidental String Quartet
** Recorded digitally on location by Clive Gregson
Designed by Graham Moore

Liner Notes:
"For information on the campaign for a Nuclear Free Pacific contact
Greenpeace U.S.A.
1161 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
Washington DC
20009 U.S.A."

Disoriented (lament for the trust territories) (12") cover
12" 1988 UK Cooking Vinyl FRY 002 T
1. If Love Was A Train [live] 3:28 *
2. Disoriented (lament for the trust territories) 4:12 **
3. The Chain Smoker [live] 2:47
4. Stranded In A Limousine [live] 1:39 +
5. Goodnight Irene [live] 2:23 ++

Track 1 recorded live at ? on ?. Tracks 3, 4 & 5 recorded live at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas on ? May 1986.

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
All songs written by Michelle Shocked except + Paul Simon (Pattern Music Ltd.) and ++ Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (Tro-Essex Music).
* Recorded digitally on location by Clive Gregson
** Produced by Ian Kearey and Charlie Llewellyn
** features Accidental String Quartet
Designed by Graham Moore

WHEN I GROW UP Single 1989
When I Grow Up (London Loncd 219 / LONX 219 / Mercury 1214 / 872 740 7) cover When I Grow Up (Mercury 874 157-2) cover When I Grow Up (Polygram 3 inch CD) cover
London Loncd 219 / LONX 219 /
Mercury 1214 / 872 740 7
Mercury 874 157-2 Polygram 3" CD
CD 1989 UK London Loncd 219
CD 1989 USA Mercury 872590-2 (no. of trks unknown)
CD 1989 WG Mercury 874 157-2 (trks 1-3)
CD3 1989 NET? Polygram ? (trks 1-2)
CA 1989 USA Mercury 872590-4 (no. of trks unknown)
12" 1989 UK London LONX 219 (trks 1-3)
7" 1989 SPA Polygram M-8392-89 (trks 1-2)
7" 1989 FRA Mercury 1214 (trks 1-2)
7" 1989 FRA Mercury 872 740 7 (trks 1-2,promo sticker on rear)
1. When I Grow Up 3:29 3:32 *
2. 5 a.m. In Amsterdam [live] 4:20 4:21
3. Goodnight Irene [live] 3:26 3:25 **
4. Campus Crusade [live] 5:18

Recorded live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam on 15 Dec 1988.

Credits:
All titles composed by Michelle Shocked except ** by Leadbelly
* produced by Pete Anderson
Photography - Dan Burn Forti
Sleeve design - Mark Millington for The Complete Works
Illustrations - Chris West

When I Grow Up 7" picture sleeve cover When I Grow Up 7" cardboard envelope cover
Picture sleeve Lon 219 Cardboard envelope LONB 219
7" 1989 UK London LONB 219 inside p/s Lon 219 / INT 872 740-7 (contains "When I Grow Up" tablature & 2 postcards; made in France)
7" 1989 UK London LONB 219 inside p/s Lon 219 / INT 872 740-7 inside cardboard envelope lonb 219 ("limited edition pack" also contains "When I Grow Up" tablature & 2 postcards; made in France)
1-1. When I Grow Up 3:26 *+
2-1. 5 a.m. In Amsterdam [live] 4:15
2-2. Anchorage 3:18 *$

Recorded live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam on 15 Dec 1988.

$ Not included in tracklisting on rear of sleeve

Credits:
All titles composed by Michelle Shocked
* produced by Pete Anderson
+ arranged by Pete Anderson
Photography - Dan Burn Forti
Sleeve design - Mark Millington for The Complete Works
Illustrations - Chris West

When I Grow Up (Mercury 872 590-7) cover
7" 1988 USA Mercury 872 590-7
A. When I Grow Up 3:29 3:28
B. Fogtown [Short Sharp Shocked version] 2:22 2:21

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Produced and arranged by Pete Anderson
Drawings by Lindsay Namm
North American Management - Jane Friedman, A.I.R., Inc.
International Management - Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl U.K.

Liner Notes:
"Unauthorized Copying, Reproduction, Hiring, Lending, Public Performance and Broadcasting Prohibited (but anybody who sings these songs is a friend of mine)"

When I Grow Up (Mercury PRO&nbsp701-1) stickered cover When I Grow Up (Mercury PRO&nbsp701-1) label [Side B]
Stickered cover PRO 701-1 Label PRO 701-1
12" 1989 USA Mercury PRO 701-1 (promo in plain white s/s sometimes with sticker)
A1. When I Grow Up 3:29 3:30
B1. Memories Of East Texas [live] 5:53 5:53
B2. Yamboree Queen [live] 4:28 4:29
B3. Strawberry Jam [live] 4:08 4:09

Live tracks recorded at Metroplex, Atlanta on 12 Oct 1988.

Note: Live tracks include more of Michelle talking and telling stories than on any other release.

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Track A1 Produced and Arranged by Pete Anderson

When I Grow Up (7" French promo) cover
7" 1988 FRA Mercury 6837 979 (promo)
A. When I Grow Up 3:29 3:29
B. V.F.D. 2:47 2:47

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Produced and arranged by Pete Anderson

Mercury DJM 313 black stock sleeve
12" 1988 CAN Mercury DJM 313 (promo, black diecut s/s)
A. When I Grow Up 3:29 3:29
B. Anchorage [live] 4:13 4:13 *
* this "live" version is the same as the "remix" and "live video version" found on the Anchorage single

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Produced by Pete Anderson

CAPTAIN SWING Album 24 Oct 1989
Captain Swing LP cover Captain Swing CD cover Captain Swing cassette cover
LP CD Cassette
CD 24 Oct 1989 USA Mercury 838 878-2
CD 1989 JAP Mercury PPD-1119
CD 1989 USA? Mercury ? (in blisterpack)
LP 24 Oct 1989 USA Mercury 838 878-1
CA 24 Oct 1989 USA Mercury 838 878-4
CA 24 Oct 1989 UK Cooking Vinyl 8388784
CD 24 Oct 1989? INT? London 838878-2 (Made in W. Germany)
CA 24 Oct 1989? INT? London 838878-4
LP 1989 AUT Mercury 838 878-1 (Made in The Netherlands)
LP 1989 ? Amigo AMLP2021
1. God Is A Real Estate Developer 3:13 *
2. On The Greener Side 2:56
3. Silent Ways 2:40
4. Sleep Keeps Me Awake 2:44
5. The Cement Lament 3:07
6. (Don't You Mess Around with) My Little Sister 2:39 *
7. Looks Like Mona Lisa 2:32
8. Too Little Too Late 2:16
9. Streetcorner Ambassador 3:28
10. Must Be Luff 2:45
11. Russian Roulette 3:33 [hidden track]

Credits:
All songs written by Michelle Shocked except * music by Michelle Shocked and Mat Fox. All songs copyright 1989 PolygGram Songs, Inc. (BMI)

Hersailf (Michelle Shocked) - vocals, acoustic guitar; Pete Anderson - electric guitar; Skip Edwards - keys; Jeff Donavon - drums; James Cruce - drums on 'Greener'; Dusty Wakeman - electric bass; Domenic Genova - upright bass; Lenny Castro - percussion; Freebo - tuba; Zachary Richard - accordian; Lee Thornburg - trumpet; David Stout - trombone; Beverly Dahlke-Smith - baritone sax and clarinet; Steve Grove - tenor sax; Paul Glasse - mandolin; Don Reed - strings; John Begzian - emulator program

Horn arrangements by Lee Thornburg
Chiropractor to the Stars... Ty Essegian
Vocal coaching by Suzanne Kiechle

Produced and Arranged by Pete Anderson
Recorded by Peter Doell at Capitol Studios
Mixed by David Leonard at Skip Sailor Recording, Sound Castle Studio, The Enterprise
"Too Little", "Streetcorner" and "Luff" mixed by Don Murray
Additional Mixes by Peter Doell and Charlie Paakkari
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Lacquered
Custom drums and tuning by Ross Garfield of Drum Doctor
Production assistance by Barb Hein
Special thanks to Jane Friedman and Steve Martin, Martin Goldschmidt, Pete Lawton, Dick Asher and the folks on the home team, Dollar Bill and Max, Pete 'Lube Tube' Lubin and my buddy, Pete Anderson.

Cover art by Jaime Hernandez, Courtesy of Fantagraphics
Photos by Beth B and Chris Kehoe
Layout design by Diana Lynn Perez

Liner Notes:
"This album is dedicated to my grandma, Margaret Z. Shocked"

Note:
Quotation on back of CD booklet says: "Swing is a feeling... Everything else is just style." - Capt. Swing

CD 16 Mar 2004 USA Mighty Sound CAPTAIN-SW 02 (boxed)
1. God Is A Real Estate Developer 3:12 3:12
2. On the Greener Side 2:53 2:56
3. Silent Ways 2:38 2:41
4. Sleep Keeps Me Awake 2:42 2:45
5. Cement Lament 3:04 3:06
6. (Don't You Mess Around with) My Little Sister 2:37 2:40
7. Looks Like Mona Lisa 2:29 2:34
8. Too Little Too Late 2:13 2:13
9. Streetcorner Ambassador 3:25 3:29
10. Must Be Luff 3:38 2:42
11. Russian Roulette 3:30 3:40
12. Must Be Luff [acoustic demo] 2:55 2:56
13. Sleep Keeps Me Awake [acoustic demo] 3:09 3:10
14. Cement Lament [acoustic demo] 3:08 3:11
15. Silent Ways [acoustic demo] 2:12 2:14
16. Streetcorner Ambassador [acoustic demo] 2:21 2:23
17. Early Morning Saturday [acoustic demo] 3:01 3:06
18. God Is A Real Estate Developer [acoustic demo] 3:11 3:12
19. Too Little Too Late [acoustic demo] 1:47 1:49
20. Hepcat [acoustic demo] 2:58 2:59
21. Barefootin' [live] 5:55 6:01 (with Tower Of Power) Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI, 1991?
22. Garden Salad Diplomacy [live] 0:41 0:41 Metro, Chicago, 11 April 1989
23. Poll Tax Song [live] 4:04 3:27 Apollo Theatre, Oxford, England, 12 December 1989
24. The Titanic 3:44 3:44 (with Dollar Bill Johnston) *
25. Old Paint 2:34 2:37 (with Dollar Bill Johnston) *
26. Worth The Weight [live] 2:09 2:21 Lupo's, Providence RI, 2 May 1990
27. Fairy Tales [live] 2:32 2:27 Hackney Empire, London, 14 April 1989

* Originally released on the On The Greener Side single.
Tracks 12-20 (acoustic demos) feature Donny Reed on fiddle.
Track 21 written by Robert Parker.

Liner notes:
In a career trajectory marked by radical doglegs and reversals of expectation. Michelle Shocked's Captain Swing was enough of a bump in the road to sidetrack even the most resilient fan. Her first album, The Texas Campfire Tapes (1986) -- recorded exactly where it says by a "journalist" at the Kerrville Folk Festival -- was already atop the British charts by the time they bothered to tell her it had been released. Looking to restore a measure of control over this new unanticipated career, Michelle designed an elaborate trilogy to accommodate her wide-ranging musical influences. Short Sharp Shocked, despite its punk rock/electroshock title and civil disobedience cover art (a wrenching photo of her arrest at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco), was filled with the sort of backwoods ballads and small-town tunes that echoed Texas troubadours like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, earning her the label "folk waif" from the keepers of the categories. Then out of left field, Captain Swing (1989) featured a horn section on half of its tracks, and somehow sutured the Texas swing of Bob Wills to the jump-jive of Louis Jordan, which left a lot of people scratching their heads -- not least of all her record company. By the time of Arkansas Treveler (1992), a travelogue of the old-time string band and fiddle tunes she grew up playing in East Texas and their blackface minstrelsy underpinnings, trendspotters and marketing teams alike were in freefall.

Not that any two pieces of her life have followed a straight line. Raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas in a large, extemely poor fundamentalist Morman family, Michelle escaped to Dallas in the in the summers to live with her hippie-atheist biological father. She left home for good at 16 and put herself through the University of Texas at Austin, where her innate contempt for authority led her to pursue the most impractical degree she could imagine -- Oral Interpretation of Literature. ("It still gets me to this day that it became my career," she confesses.) After graduation, she spent time on the San Francisco hardcore scene, in New York's East Village and among squatter communities in London, Amsterdam, Milan and throughout Europe. This served to bolster her burgeoning activist politics and sensitized her to the plight of the homeless, which she defines as 'diminishing self-esteem in the face of diminishing resources.' After her family had her committed to a mental hospital ("for 30 days untilthe insurance ran out"), a social worker told her "'Chel, you're not crazy, you're just poor."

Intent on subverting the system from the inside out, Michelle signed with Mercury Records, but refused an advance in exchange for retaining ownership of her master recordings (making their re-release possible today). When the label stonewalled her fourth record -- steeped in gospel from her experiences attending an African-American church in Los Angeles -- she sued them under the anti-slavery provisions of the 13th Amendment, long before Prince or Courtney Love thought to do the same. Mercury settled with her on the day of the trial. Michelle currently lives in Los Angeles, and is active in numerous social causes, including "Save Africa's Children", which addresses orphans caught in the AIDS pandemic on the African continent.

By design, Captain Swing presents a cross-country inventory of swing musical styles -- from Dixieland to Western, Big Band to BeBop. The album was initially to be called The Swing Vote, a political survey threaded through the working conceit that swing, despite its wide-ranging musical manifestations, is ultimately a sensation -- as in, "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." "Swing is a feeling," the album cover proclaimed; "everything else is just style." Then Michelle learned about the Captain Swing of legend. In 1830, workers in the south and west of England staged a series of riots over the Poor Laws, which kept them hungry and destitute, and the encroaching industrialization which was taking away their jobs. Resembling an early version of the Earth Liberation Front, angry mobs torched newfangled threshing machines, and farmers were reminded of their responsibilities to labor in letters signed by the eponymous "Captain Swing," under threat of winding up on the wrong end of a rope.

Michelle devised a military persona to carry forth this surreptitious political message -- part Emma Goldman, part Betty Grable; dancing militant and partisan pin-up -- figuring, why preach to the converted when you can entertain the troops? Relying on producer Pete Anderson, with whom she had worked on Short Sharp Shocked, she set out on a series of session recordings of swing styles, "blues with an upbeat," which spanned the continent and the century, genre-busting so rambunctiously that she left a new genre in her wake. Whether by misdirection or willful perversity, it allowed her agitprop agenda to virtually walk through undetected. So "On the Greener Side," a roiling New Orleans mambo (with its MTV-biting, Robert Palmer backlash video, featuring an all-cabana-boy backup band), is actually a paean to the Green Party. The infectious rockabilly of "(Don't You Mess Around with) My Little Sister," with its "Train Kept-a-Rollin'" intro figure and Elvis authoritarianism, is actually an anti-1984/Big Brother defence of Central and South America. There's a "homeless trilogy" (trilogies within trilogies): "God Is a Real Estate Developer," a bluesy roll combining the deist notion of God as an absentee landlord, with some Isaac Newton thrown in for good measure; "Cement Lament," a fanciful 'swing shift' concept of urban overload; and "Streetcorner Ambassador," a bit of word jazz that posits panhandlers as emissaries of an invisible culture, the "change" they're canvassing for of the philosophical variety. Along the way, "Too Little Too Late" echoes Fats Domino, "Must Be Luff" marshals a dixieland doodle in the service of a maritime metaphor, "Sleep Keeps Me Awake" gets the full-throttle Otis Rush/Memphis Horns treatment.

This new Mighty Sound reissue features an additional 16 tracks, including seven acoustic demos with fiddle phenom Donny Reed which foreground the later arrangements, a couple of "lost songs" ("Early Morning Saturday" and "Fairy Tales") from her travels in New York and London, a throwaway boho crawl titled "Hepcat," live a cappella salvos at both Reagan/Bush ("Garden Salad Diplomacy") and Thatcher ("The Poll Tax Song"), two acoustic duets with her Dad (Leadbelly's "The Titanic" and cowboy chestnut "Old Paint"), a preview of 1992's Arkansas Traveler ("Worth the Weight"), and a fiery version of the Robert Parker soul chestnut "Barefootin'" with Tower of Power at the Newport Folk Festival that's probably as good a (wo)manifesto as exists on why holding musical artists to their assigned taxonomy is probably not a good idea.

In the decade since Michelle's initial releases, time has revealed many of these choices as less perversity than a kind of oblique prescience: The Texas folk she was initially celebrated for has established a deep beachhead in Nashville and elsewhere, from Lucinda Williams to Steve Earle to Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Swing as a dance and lifestyle phenomenon hit hard mid-decade, as Swingers-style hipsters embraced the boho revisionism of Cherry-Poppin' Daddies and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, even as the anti-corporate agrarian reform of Captain Swing's central conceit mirrored the anti-NAFTA, anti-globalization stance of the Seattle or Cancun WTO riots ten years after. The neo-traditionalism of Arkansas Traveler portended the unlikely mass movement that spun off of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, putting such icons as Ralph Stanley and Norman Blake back on top of the charts. And her subsequent forays into gospel with Kind-Hearted Woman and Deep Natural look suspiciously like the next big thing, as Dallas's 24-member Polyphonic Spree sweeps England and heads stateside. Hear them again -- for the first time.

--Paul Cullum

ON THE GREENER SIDE Single 1989
On The Greener Side (Mercury PRO 757-1) cover On The Greener Side (London  LONCD 245) cover On The Greener Side (London  LONX 245) cover
Mercury PRO 757-1 London LONCD 245 London LONX 245
On The Greener Side (West German 7inch 876 222-7) cover On The Greener Side (Australian 7inch 876 222-7) cover On The Greener Side (Mercury 876 441-2) cover
West German/French 7" Australian 7" (876 222-7) Mercury 876 441-2
On The Greener Side (Mercury 874 806-2D) CD
Mercury 874 806-2D
CD 1989 USA Mercury PRO 757 (promo)
CD 1989 UK London LONCD 245 / INT 876 223-2 (trks 1,3-4)
CD 1989 WG Mercury 876 441-2 (trks 1,3-4)
CD 1989 CAN Mercury 874 806-2D (1 trk promo)
12" Nov 1989 USA Mercury PRO 757-1 (promo)
12" 1989 USA Mercury PRO 757 (promo, trks 1,3-4)
12" 1989 UK London LONX 245 / INT 876 223-1 (trks 1,3-4)
12" 1989 UK London LONXDJ 245 (trks 1,3-4,"Advance DJ Copy Only",black die-cut s/s)
7" 1989 WG Mercury 876 222-7 (trks 1-2)
7" 1989 AUS Mercury 876 222-7 (trks 1-2)
7" 1989 FRA Mercury 8762227 (trks 1-2)
1. On The Greener Side 2:53 2:54 +
2. Must Be Luff 2:38 2:36 +
3. The Titanic 3:42 3:45 *
4. Old Paint 2:34 2:38 **

Credits:
+ Written by Michelle Shocked
* Written by Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter
** Traditional (arranged by Pete Anderson)
All tracks Produced by Pete Anderson
+ Recorded by Peter Doell at Capital Studios
+ Mixed by David Leonard at Skip Sailor Recording Sound Castle Sudio
* and ** Recorded and Mixed by Dusty Wakeman at Mad Dog Studios
* and ** Dollar Bill - vocals, mandolin
Sleeve by The Leisure Process

On The Greener Side (London Lon245) cover On The Greener Side (London LONCS 245) cover
London Lon245 London LONCS 245
7" 1989 UK London Lon245
CS 1989 UK London LONCS 245 (trks A&B on both sides)
A. On The Greener Side
B. Russian Roulette
On The Greener Side (Mercury CDP 142) CD
Mercury CDP 142
CD 1989 USA Mercury CDP 142 (promo in artificial grass covered d/p or bare j/c)
1. On The Greener Side

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Produced and Arranged by Pete Anderson
Art Direction - Michael Bays, Dane Venable

(DON'T YOU MESS AROUND WITH) MY LITTLE SISTER Single 1989
(Don't you mess around with) My Little Sister (London LONX 251) cover (Don't you mess around with) My Little Sister (LONXDJ 251) stock sleeve (Don't you mess around with) My Little Sister (London LON 251) cover
London LONX 251 LONXDJ 251 stock sleeve London LON 251
(Don't you mess around with) My Little Sister (London LONCD 251) cover (Don't you mess around with) My Little Sister (Mercury CDP 217) CD
London LONCD 251 Mercury CDP 217
12" 1989 UK London LONX 251 / INT 876 667 1
12" 1989 UK London LONXDJ 251 ("Advance DJ Copy Only", s/s)
7" 1989 UK London LON 251 / INT 876 666 7 (trks 1 & 2)
CD 1989 UK London LONCD 251 / INT 876-667-2 (s/l j/c)
CD 1989 USA Mercury CDP 217 (1 track promo, std j/c)
12" 1989 CAN Mercury DJM 368 (s/s,trk 1 both sides,promo)
1. (Don't you mess around with) My Little Sister 2:37 *
2. Russian Roulette 3:35
3. Waters Wide 2:22 **

Credits:
All tracks written by M. Shocked except * by Michelle Shocked / Mat Fox
Produced by Pete Anderson
** Arranged by Pete Anderson
** Recorded and Mixed by Dusty Wakeman at Mad Dog Studios
Sleeve by the Leisure Process
Original sound recording made by Polygram Records Inc.

My Little Sister [PolyGram MICHELLE 1] label
7" 1989 AUS PolyGram MICHELLE 1 (promo,white s/s or black PolyGram s/s)
A. My Little Sister 2:33 *
B. God Is A Real Estate Developer 3:07 **

Credits:
* Written by Michelle Shocked/Mat Fox
** Written by Michelle Shocked

SILENT WAYS / DON'T YOU MESS AROUND WITH MY LITTLE SISTER / LOOKS LIKE MONA LISA Promo 1989
Silent Ways / Don't You Mess Around With My Little Sister / Looks Like Mona Lisa (promo) covers
7"(3) 1989 FRA Mercury 1235 / 1236 / 1237 (triple promo pack in wallet)
1. Silent Ways 2:38 2:38
2. Don't You Mess Around With My Little Sister 2:37 2:37 *
3. Looks Like Mona Lisa 2:29 2:29

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked except * by Michelle Shocked / Mat Fox
Produced by Pete Anderson
Sleeve by Photo X...

LOOKS LIKE MONA LISA Single 1990
Looks Like Mona Lisa (7inch) cover Looks Like Mona Lisa (1 track promo) cover
Spanish 7" Promo CD
CD 1990 USA Mercury CDP 223 (1 trk promo, bare j/c)
12" 1990 ? ? ?
7" 1990 SPA Polygram/Dro 1d06722
A. Looks Like Mona Lisa 2:29 2:29
B. Russian Roulette

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Produced and Arranged by Pete Anderson

THE CAPTAIN SWING REVUE Video 1990
The Captain Swing Revue (PolyGram PMV 081977) cover The Captain Swing Revue (PolyGram/Channel 5 CFV 10512) cover
USA Video UK Video
VHS 1990 USA PolyGram PMV 081977 (NTSC,60min)
VHS 1990 UK PolyGram/Channel 5 CFV 10512 (PAL,60min)
1. When I Grow Up
2. God Is A Real Estate Developer
3. On The Greener Side
4. (Making The Run To) Gladewater
5. Looks Like Mona Lisa
6. The Cement Lament
7. Streetcorner Ambassador
8. Memories Of East Texas
9. 5a.m. In Amsterdam
10. The Ballad Of Penny Evans
11. Sleep Keeps Me Awake
12. Must Be Luff
13. If Love Was A Train
14. Anchorage
15. (Don't You Mess Around With) My Little Sister

Recorded live at the Apollo Theatre, Oxford, England on 12 Dec 1989.

Credits:
All songs written by Michelle Shocked except "The Ballad Of Penny Evans" written by Steve Goodman and "God Is A Real Estate Dewveloper" written by Michelle Shocked / M. Fox

Captain Swing Band: Duane Jarvis - guitar; Jeff Donavan - drums; Lee Thornberg - trumpet; Jim Pollack - saxaphone; Skip Edwards - keyboards; Pete Anderson - lead guitar; Dusty Wakeman - bass guitar

Director - Tony Vanden Ende
Producer - Roger Hunt, Vivid Productions
Executive Producers - Jim Greenhough, Bob Jamieson
Producers for Polygram - Chris Main, Annette Cirillo

Captain Swing thanks Bart Bull, Helen Cohen, Barbara Hein, Rachel Gottschalk, Jeffrey Taylor Light, Michael Oppenheim, Peter Warrener

LIVE Promo ~May 1990
Live cover
12" ~May 1990 USA Mercury PRO 797-1 (p/s, promo)
1. (Don't You Mess Around With) My Little Sister [live] 2:26 2:35
2. On The Greener Side [live] 4:05 2:52
3. Silent Ways [live] 2:53 2:57
4. Sleep Keeps Me Awake [live] 2:58 3:04
5. 5 a.m. In Amsterdam [live] 4:28 4:11 *

Recorded live at the Oxford Apollo, London on 12 Dec 1989.

Credits:
All songs written by Michelle Shocked
BMI except * Copyright Control
Mixed by Judy Clapp

Liner Notes:
"I was in East Berlin a few months after that city's 750th anniversary celebrations. The demand, "The Wall Must Go!" seemed hopelessly empty and impossible then. Now, less than a year later, the Wall is gone. I think when you're on the streets demanding change you should ignore the ones who tell you that "the grass is always greener on the other side." Something I think we have overlooked far too long now is the fact that the grass _is_ actually greener on the greener side."

THE TEXAS CAMPFIRE VIDEO Video Compilation 1991
The Texas Campfire Video cover
VHS 1991 UK Jettisoundz JE 180 (PAL, mono)
VHS Aug 1993 UK Visionary Comms JE180 (PAL, mono)
1. 5am In Amsterdam 2:12
2. 4/4 Troubadour [live] 1:56 *
3. When I Grow Up [live] 3:30 **
4. Hep Cat [live] 2:15 **
5. Lagniappe [live] 1:52 ***
6. Grafitti Limbo [live] 3:31 **
7. If Love Was A Train [live] 3:43 **
8. Anchorage [live] 3:18 +
9. Interview +
10. The Secret Admirer [live] 2:14 +
11. Gladewater [live] 2:20 ++
12. Campus Crusade [live] 3:11 +++
13. Steppin' Out [live] 1:40 **
14. Fogtown [live] 3:37 **
* Radio York, 24 Feb 1987
** Town and Country Club, London, 8 Mar 1987
*** live to camera, 23 Feb 1987
+ taped live on Coca Crystal's Manhattan Cable Show "If I Can't Dance..." broadcast on 1 Jan 1985
++ Red Rhino Records, York, 24 Feb 1987
+++ HMV Records, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 24 Feb 1987

Note: Track 5 incorrectly spelled 'Lagniape'.

Credits:
A Jettisoundz Production
All tracks Polygram music
3rd-i-design 1991

COME A LONG WAY Single 1992
Come A Long Way ("CD Single Collectors Double Pack" London LONCD 316) cover Come A Long Way (London LON316) cover
CD Single Collectors Double Pack London LON316
CD 1992 UK London LONCD 316 / INT 866 619-2
CD 1992 UK London LONCD 316 / INT 866 619-2 (z-pack "CD Single Collectors Double Pack" includes space for LOCDP 316)
7" 1992 UK London LON316 (trk 1-2)
CS 1992 UK London LONCS316 (trk 1-2 on both sides)
1. Come A Long Way [edit] 4:03 *#
2. Over the Waterfall [live] 2:37
3. Contest Coming (Cripple Creek) 3:33 *
4. Jump Jim Crow 3:32 *

Live track recorded for the Mountain Stage radio show, Jones C. Edwards Playhouse, Huntington WV on 6 May 1991.

Credits:
* Produced by Michelle Shocked
# Co-produced by Don Was

Liner Notes for the "CD Single Collectors Double Pack": "This Special Package containing the Michelle Shocked single 'Come A Long Way' on CD has been designed with a second flap (at the back) for you to store the second picture CD single of this series (catalogue number LOCDP 316) which will be available from next week and contains previously unreleased live tracks."

Come A Long Way (Mercury CDP 680) cover Come A Long Way (London LOCDP 316) cover
Mercury CDP 680 London LOCDP 316
CD 1992 USA Polygram 0704
CD 1992 USA Mercury CDP 680 (c/s,promo)
CD 1992 UK London LOCDP 316 / INT 866 653-2 (c/s,ltd ed)
1. Come a Long Way [edit] 3:58 4:03 *
2. Worth the Weight [live] 3:20 3:22 **
3. Over the Waterfall [live] 2:42 2:45
4. Shaking Hands (Soldier's Joy) [live] 3:34 3:36

Live tracks recorded for the Mountain Stage radio show, Jones C. Edwards Playhouse, Huntington WV on 6 May 1991.

Credits:
All tracks written by Michelle Shocked
Michelle Shocked - guitar & vocals
Special guest Dan Creary - Guitar on **
* Produced by Michelle Shocked
* Co-produced by Don Was

Come A Long Way (Mercury 866 603-2) cover
CD 1992 GER Mercury 866 603-2 (s/l j/c)
1. Come a Long Way [edit] 3:58 4:04 *
2. Over the Waterfall [live] 2:42 2:45
3. Worth the Weight [live] 3:20 3:21 **

Live tracks recorded for the Mountain Stage radio show, Jones C. Edwards Playhouse, Huntington WV on 6 May 1991.

Credits: All tracks written by Michelle Shocked
Michelle Shocked - guitar & vocals
Special guest Dan Creary - guitar on **
* Produced by Michelle Shocked
* Co-produced by Don Was

Come A Long Way (Mercury PCD 226) cover
CD 1992 CAN Mercury PCD 226 (s/l j/c,promo)
1. Come A Long Way [edit] 3:58 4:03
2. Come A Long Way [LP version] 4:50 4:43

Credits:
Written by Michelle Shocked
Michelle Shocked - guitar, mandolin & vocal; Mark Goldenberg - guitar; Mitchell Froom - B-3; Jerry Schoff - bass; Kenny Aronoff - drums; Mickey Raphael - harmonica; Byron Berline - fiddle
Produced by Don Was

Come A Long Way (Mercury 864 073-2) cover
CD 1992 AUS Mercury 864 073-2 (c/s,promo)
1. Come A Long Way 4:44
2. Weaving Way (featuring the Messengers) 2:57
3. Over The Waterfall (featuring Hothouse Flowers) 4:45

Note: The disc has the words 'Selections from "Arkansas Traveler"' but isn't specifically marked as being a promo.

Come A Long Way (Mercury 4221) cover
CD 1992 FRA Mercury 4221 (1 trk promo,c/s)
1. Come A Long Way [edit]
33RPM SOUL Single 1992
33rpm Soul (UK London LONCD 321 / INT 864 001-2) cover and disc 33rpm Soul (German Mercury 866 997-2) cover and disc
UK London LONCD 321 / INT 864 001-2 German Mercury 866 997-2
33rpm Soul (7inch) cover
7"
CD 1992 GER Mercury 866 997-2 (grey disc)
CD 1992 UK London LONCD 321 / INT 864 001-2 (yellow disc)
7" 1992 UK London LON321 (trk 1-2)
1. 33rpm Soul 3:44
2. Blackberry Blossom [live] 2:51
3. Over The Waterfall [live] 2:51
4. 33rpm Soul [live] 2:00

Live tracks recorded on The Cutting Edge Radio Show on ? 1992.

Credits:
All tracks written by Michelle Shocked
Track 1 produced by Michelle Shocked
Tracks 1,2,3 produced by Rob Stevens

KRISPY KORN FLAKES Promo 1992
Krispy Korn Flakes box and contents
CA/VHS 1992 USA Mercury STDDSHOCKD (boxed promo kit) *
CA/VHS 1992 AUS Mercury STDDSHOCKD (boxed promo kit) @
Cassette:
1. 33 RPM Soul 4:20
2. Come A Long Way 4:50
3. Secret To A Long Life 3:50
4. Contest Coming (Cripple Creek) 3:32
5. Over The Waterfall 4:42
6. Shaking Hands (Soldier's Joy) 3:32
7. Jump Jim Crow (Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah) 3:35
8. Hold Me Back (Frankie & Johnny) 5:12
9. Strawberry Jam 4:35
10. Prodigal Daughter (Cotton Eyed Joe) 6:43
11. Blackberry Blossom 3:38
12. Weaving Way 2:58
13. Arkansas Traveler 4:25
14. Woody's Rag 2:55
* "Krispy Korn Flakes" box promo kit containing "A Few Notes On The Arkansas Traveler" NTSC video, 14 track "Arkansas Traveler" cassette, packet of cornflakes & explanatory flyer.
@

"Krispy Korn Flakes" box promo kit containing "Come A Long Way" PAL video (but in "A Few Notes On The Arkansas Traveler" slipcase), "Come A Long Way promo CD (Mercury 864 073-2 -- see above), 14 track "Arkansas Traveler" cassette (Mercury 314 512 101-4 with different artwork), packet of cornflakes & explanatory flyer.

 

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