Benjamin Wagner | Besides (Volume I)

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Besides (Volume I)

by Benjamin Wagner

B-sides, rarities and outtakes from 1993-7.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wax & Feathers
3:54 $0.99
2. Crossing To Safety
3:30 $0.99
3. Rebecca
2:42 $0.99
4. Flood
3:35 $0.99
5. Keelhauling
3:36 $0.99
6. I-90
2:15 $0.99
7. Late November Mind
4:57 $0.99
8. She Said, She Said
4:52 $0.99
9. Kathryn (Of A Thousand Faces)
4:59 $0.99
10. Five Star Day
3:21 $0.99
11. Message In A Bottle
4:41 $0.99
12. Manifest Destiny
1:45 $0.99
13. The Michael Song
3:22 $0.99
14. I've Been Waiting
3:19 $0.99
15. Debris
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Besides (Volume I)" collects the remastered rarities from the first five year's of New York City singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner's career.

Tracks 1-5 (Wax & Feathers," "Crossing To Safety," "Rebecca," "Flood" and "Keelhauling") derive from Wagner's 1993 solo debut, "Always Almost There," which was previously unavailable on CD.

The Syracuse New Times described the album -- recorded in the months after Wagner graduation from Syracuse University with producer Steve Feldman, thusly: "The introspective nature and acoustic foundation of the songs put the album in the Toad the Wet Sprocket or R.E.M. vein, but this is not a sound-alike record, but rather Wagner on display. Over soft-strumming, airy guitars, Wagner sings with strength, clarity and passion."

Tracks 6-11 were recorded in the winter of 1994 with guitarist Eric Gilman by producer Luke Gilfeather. Both of whom went on to produce "Out Of Your Head." The album includes re-worked material from Wagner's "Bloom," ("I-90," "Late November Mind," "She Said, She Said," "Kathryn (Of A Thousand Faces)"), outtakes ("Five Star Day") and covers (The Police's "Message In A Bottle"). Though released as a limited-edition casette, none of these songs were previously released on CD.

The final four songs ("Manifest Destiny," "The Michael Song," Matthew Sweet's "I've Been Waiting" and "Debris") were recorded in the spring of 1997 with Feldman in his Palm Springs, CA, studio where the two would go onto to record and mix Wagner "extraordinary" 2001 release, "Crash Site."

Together, they are a thread through the fabric of Wagner's early career, revealing both influence, inspiration, and things left unsaid.

Until now.



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