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Released
  
September 01, 1991

Scavenger (1991)
  
New West Motel (1993)

Release date
  
1 September 1991

Label
  
Sub Pop

Length
  
42:12

Artist
  
The Walkabouts

Producer
  
Gary Smith

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Recorded
  
September/October, 1990

Genres
  
Alternative country, Alternative rock

Similar
  
Cataract, Acetylene, See Beautiful Rattlesna, Trail of Stars, New West Motel

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Scavenger is the fourth album by The Walkabouts released September 1, 1991 on Sub Pop Records. It received national exposure in the United States through NPR. The album is available in various forms (CD, cassette, digital download) from Amazon.com and as digital download from iTunes Store in the US and the United Kingdom among others.

Contents

Scavenger was produced by Gary Smith and features guest appearances by Brian Eno and Natalie Merchant.

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Track listing

Source: Allmusic

All songs written by The Walkabouts, except were noted. All lyrics written by Chris Eckman, except were noted.

  1. "Dead Man Rise" – 3:27
  2. "Stir the Ashes" – 3:45
  3. "The Night Watch" – 3:28
  4. "Hangman" – 4:59
  5. "Where the Deep Water Goes" – 3:11
  6. "Blown Away" – 3:43
  7. "Nothing Is a Stranger" – 4:18
  8. "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" (Randy Newman) – 2:51
  9. "River Blood" – 3:03
  10. "Train to Mercy" (string arrangement by Mark Nichols) – 9:27

The album was recorded at Steve Larsons Studios in Seattle during September and October 1990. Mixing was done in October 1990 at The Carriage House, Stanford, Connecticut. "River Blood" was remixed by Gary Smith and Matt Lane in December 1990 at The Carriage House. Additional recordings were done in the Skyline Studios, New York. The album was mastered at the Skyline Studios.

Personnel

The Walkabouts
  • Glenn Slater – organ, piano, synthesizer, accordion
  • Grant Eckman – drums
  • Carla Torgerson – vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, cello
  • Michael Wells – bass
  • Chris Eckman – vocals, electric guitars
  • Additional musician
  • Brian Eno – synthesizer, backup vocals on "Train to Mercy"
  • Natalie Merchant – harmony vocals on "Where the Deep Water Goes"
  • Larry Barrett – mandolin on "Where the Deep Water Goes"
  • Gary Smith – tambourine on "Dead Man Rise" and "Stir the Ashes", Deepwater synthesizer on "Where the Deep Water Goes", Morricone keyboard on "Blown Way"
  • Steve Haigler – sleigh bells on "Train to Mercy"
  • Bravura String Quartet

    strings on "Train to Mercy"

  • Dave Beck – cello
  • Steven Toda – violin
  • Gregg Rice – violin
  • Sam Williams - viola
  • Technical personnel
  • Gary Smith – production, mixing on "River Blood"
  • Ed Brooks – engineering
  • Steve Haigler – mixing
  • Jim Haviland – recording technician
  • Bruce Calder – additional recording
  • Sam Hofstedt – engineering assistant
  • Matt Lane – mixing assistant, mixing on "River Blood"
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Additional personnel
  • Jane Higgins – design
  • Tony Kroes – design, paintings
  • Charles Peterson – color photo
  • Chris Peters – paintings
  • Critical reception

    Jason Ankeny writing in a positive review for Allmusic said: "like its predecessors, Cataract, [Scavenger] refines the Walkabouts' sound even as the band's scope broadens."

    Songs

    1Dead Man Rise3:28
    2Stir the Ashes3:46
    3The Night Watch3:29

    References

    Scavenger (album) Wikipedia