Format: Lp, Cassette, CD
Label: Slash Records 9 25094-2
Country Death Song - 5:02
I Hear the Rain - 1:40
Never Tell - 7:06
Jesus Walking on the Water - 3:04
I Know It's True But I'm Sorry To Say
Hallowed Ground - 4:12
Sweet Misery Blues - 2:43
Black Girls - 5:38
It's Gonna Rain - 4:12
CD appearance: uncolored silver) with black print
Cover (CD & cassette): Black cover with a ancient stone statue on front.
The photo was taken by Mark Trilling. Cover figure courtesy of Larry
Whiteley Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
Page 2 (CD):
1. Country Death Song - 5:02
2. I Hear the Rain - 1:40
3. Never Tell - 7:06
4. Jesus Walking on the Water - 3:04
5. I Know It's True But I'm Sorry To Say - 5:05
6. Hallowed Ground - 4:12
7. Sweet Misery Blues - 2:43
8. Black Girls - 5:38
9. It's Gonna Rain - 4:12
All songs written by Gordon Gano
All songs published by Gordon Music ASCAP
Page 3 (CD):
lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, fiddle
mariachi bass, eclectic bass, slide bass, celeste, marimba, Jew's harp, vocals
VICTOR DE LORENZO
tranceaphone, trap and electric drum sets, stompatron, percussion, vocals
MARK VAN HECKE piano, organ
TONY TRISCHKA banjo
CHRISTINA HOUGHTON autoharp
PETER BALESTRIERI vocals on "Jesus walking on the water"
CYNTHIA GANO LEWIS vocals on "jesus walking on the water"
the horns of dilemma
PETER BALESTRIERI tenor sax, harmonica
DRAKE SCOTT cornetto, sackbut
JOHN ZORN alto sax, game calls
JOHN TANNER clarinet
Page 4 (CD):
produced by mark van hecke
engineered by john tanner and warren bruleigh
recorded at secret sound studio, new york city january 1984
art direction Jeff price
band photo john c. nate
front cover photo mark trilling
cover figure courtesy of larry whitely gallery,
los angeles, california
thanks to our friends who have supported us,
lent us instruments and given us a place to sleep.
special thanks to peter, michael de mark and robert
"mr. new wave" munger. goodbye jim spincer
(C) 1984 SLASH RECORDS
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
(a message about CD care)
Page 5 (CD):
The second album from one of the '80's most eclectic and innovative young
bands, 1984's Hallow Ground highlights music that is, at the same time,
muscular, minimalist and mysterious. It's a sound that has made
Milwaukee-based trio Violent Femmes a pioneering force in modern music's
Formed in early 1982 on the thriving Milwaukee music scene, Violent Femmes
was fashioned around the formidable singing, songwriting and
multi-insturmental talents of Gordon Gano. Joined by bassist Brian Ritchie
and percussionist Victor De Lorenzo, the trio garnered a feverent local
following before recording their self-titled debut album on Slash
Records in 1983. The LP received widespreadcritical acclaim, with critics
comparing the group and their music to,variously, the Sex Pistols,
Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers and, in a literary vein, the writings of
William Faulkner. Violent Femme's liberating blend of '50s doo-wop,
garage band fundamentals, folk simplicity and kinetic rockability rhythms
led one rock scribe to remark, "Their music is fraught, oddly touching,
often excruciatingly funny, with a dense black humor a cut and slash above
virtually everything else." "Clearly unlike any other known band on
the contemporary music scene," exclaimed another.
Violent Femmes proved the critics right on a coast-to-coast club tour late
that year. The returned to the studios in early '84 with producer
Mark Van Hecke to begin work on a follow-up.
The result is Hallowed Ground, an edgy, engaging and utterly original
collection of nine Gano originals, including such standout cuts as
"Country Death Song," "Jesus Walking on the Water," "Black Girls" and the
title cut. While the trio itself plays an extraordinary variety of
instruments ranging from fiddle to Jew's harp to something called a
tranceaphone, the sound of Hallowed Ground is further enhanced by the
four-piece Horns Of Dilemma as well as special guests Tony Trischka
(banjo), Christina Houghton (autoharp) and the backing vocals of Peter
Balestrieri and Cynthia Gano Lewis.
Page 6 (CD): There is a photo of the Femmes left-to-right Brian Ritchie,
Gordon Gano, and Victor De Lorenzo.
Back cover (CD):
Has photo from page 6, but with:
1. Country Death Song
2. I Hear the Rain
3. Never Tell
4. Jesus Walking on the Water
5. I Know It's True But I'm Sorry To Say
6. Hallowed Ground
7. Sweet Misery Blues
8. Black Girls
9. It's Gonna Rain
PRODUCED BY MARK VAN HECKE
The music on this Compact Disc was originally recorded on analog equipment.
We have attempted to preserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the
original recording. Because of its high resolution, however, the
Compact Disc can reveal limitations of the source tape.
Slash Records Manufactured and Distributed by Warner Bros. Records Inc.,
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1984 Slash Records (P) 1984 Slash Records Printed in U.S.A.
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of
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Cassette appearance: Molded white with black print. Case is black.
Cassette cover: Same as CD cover.
Cassette inside: There is no fold out, only one page.
VIOLENT FEMMES hallowed ground PRODUCED BY MARK VAN HECKE ENGINEERED BY
JOHN TANNER and WARREN BRULEIGH
GORDON GANO: lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, fiddle
BRIAN RITCHIE: Mariachi bass, eclectic bass, slide
bass, celeste, marimba, Jew's harp, vocals
VICTOR DE LORENZO: Tranceaphone, trap and electric
drum sets, Stompatron, percussion, vocals
THE HORNS OF DILEMMA
PETER BALESTRIERI: tenor sax, harmonica
DRAKE SCOTT: cornetto, sackbut
JOHN ZORN: alto sax, game calls
JOHN TANNER: clarinet
MARK VAN HECKE: piano, organ
CHRISTINA HOUGHTON: autoharp
PETER BALESTRIERI and CYNTHIA GANO LEWIS: vocals
on "JESUS WALKING ON THE WATER"
MARK TRILLING: front cover photo
Front cover figure courtesy of Larry Whiteley
Gallery, Los Angeles.
Special thanks to Peter, Michael DeMark and Robert
"Mr. New Wave" Munger.
Thanks to our friends who have supported us, lent
us instruments and given us a place to sleep.
Goodbye Jim Spencer
(C) 1984 SLASH RECORDS
(P) 1984 SLASH RECORDS
Slash Records, P.O. BOX 48888,
Los Angeles, Calif. 90048
Manufactured and distributed
by Warner Bros. Records Inc., a subsidiary
and license of Warner Bros. Inc.
3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, Calif. 91510
A Warner Communication Company W
Made in U.S.A.
Cassette inside side:
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side one side two
COUNTRY DEATH SONG HALLOWED GROUND
I HEAR THE RAIN SWEET MISERY BLUES
NEVER TELL upc BLACK GIRLS
JESUS WALKING ON THE IT'S GONNA RAIN
I KNOW IT'S TRUE BUT 75992-5094-4
I'M SORRY TO SAY
PRODUCED BY MARK VAN HECKE