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New York City 1985 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Danceteria, NYC; November 15, 1985. Fairly to very good audience recording.
Out of Austin, Texas came Zeitgeist, two guys and two girls making moody, melodic and occasionally stunning folk-rock with a deep debt to the ’60s - although there’s plenty of modern angst and a rootsy feel more western than country. Forced to abandon the Zeitgeist name by a Minneapolis percussion ensemble that had it first, the quartet chose an equally inappropriate new handle - The Reivers.
Fans of indie music might recall the group’s 1987 album, Saturday, which was produced by Don Dixon, who would work with R.E.M., The dB’s, The Smithereens and Fetchin Bones.
From Musician, 1988
When the Austin, Texas band Zeitgeist was forced to change their name - a Minneapolis new-age choral group owned the rights - they chose to call themselves The Reivers, after the book by William Faulkner. And many Austin scenesters had a good laugh. One club advertised an appearance by the Reivers and under it, in parentheses, questioned “the Reivers????” Singer/guitarist John Croslin couldn’t go out without people asking him “what’s a reiver?” (Scottish for “ruffian”) and why he chose that name (“I like the book”). Everyone loved that Croslin, a perfectionist whose pain-in-the-ass stories are legion, had made an irreversible mistake.
But when the band took the stage for the first time with the new handle, Croslin walked right up to the microphone and announced, “We’re the Reivers, okay?” Then he quickly led the mixed-doubles group into “Baby.” Within moments the scene aped the aura of a Zeitgeist gig, with wall-eyed liberal arts majors in baseball jerseys basking in sketchy lyrics colored with broad harmonies and tacked down by a black beat. The Reivers had made their point; Zeitgeist by any other name would sound as sweet.
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Thanks to Scott Simpson who recorded the show. Thanks also to Hermesacat for sharing the tracks at Dime.
Picture by Will Van Overbeek, posted at allmusic.com - Thanks!
Sony D6 recorder with either a Sony lapel mic, or a Sony EMC929 mic, on TDK SA60 and TDK SA90 cassettes.
Edited out a four-second silent gap on Track 1, so, at one point you’ll hear the song jump ahead four seconds suddenly.
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Track 01. Hill Country Theme (LBJ Waltz) 2:34 (4.3MB)
Track 02. Sound and the Fury 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 03. Ain’t So Bad 3:39 (6.1MB)
Track 04. A Test 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 05. Freight Train Rain 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 06. Cowboys 2:57 (5.0MB)
Track 07. Do What You Wanna Think 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 08. Translate Slowly 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 09. Once In A While 3:09 (5.3MB)
Track 10. Things Don’t Change 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 11. Electra 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 12. Lucy and Linus 1:49 (3.0MB)
John Croslin - guitar, vocals
Kim Longacre - guitar, vocals
Cindy Toth - bass, violin
Garrett Williams - drums
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