Still have a huge soft spot for my intro to this band. I love how Joe's songwriting has evolved over time (Spread the Feeling was my favorite album of 2019), but there's something about the overall feel of this record - it's like a soft, melodic pillow of sadness, defiance, resignation, regret that's a complete joy to listen to all the way through.
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“You don’t want your stuff to vanish,” says Joe Pernice about the twenty-fifth anniversary reissue of Overcome By Happiness. “Not that I’m looking to get famous, but you need to connect with the world. There’s something that reaffirms your own life in that echo that comes back to you—even if it’s your own voice coming back.”
The story of Overcome By Happiness is one of great risk and greater payoff. It’s the story of a disgruntled country singer struggling to define himself against prevailing musical trends. It’s the story of a songwriter just finding his voice, an artist so desperate to express himself that he scrapped one band to form another, risking his record contract and arguably his career to put the sounds he heard in his head onto tape. It’s the story of a musician embracing the sounds of his childhood: AM easy listening, sophisticated chamber pop, baroque lounge music, Bread, the Carpenters, Bacharach, Manilow. It’s the story of a poet driving through Massachusetts in a rusted-out Bonneville with a wooden bumper.
This time has come for this story to be told on vinyl. Released 25 years later to the day, New West Records is proud to present the remastered 25th anniversary edition of Overcome By Happiness on vinyl. This release features two orange and white splatter LPs held by thumb notch sleeves inside of a hardback book gatefold. The album audio also includes a 13 Track Bonus LP featuring 8 Previously Unreleased Demo Recordings. The package features a 52-page book showcasing extensive liner notes, printed lyrics, forward and track by track written by Joe Pernice as well as previously unseen photographs. Each copy comes with a 5x7 autographed print.
Joe Pernice - Vocals, Guitars
Thom Monahan - Bass, Vocals
Michael Deming - Acoustic & Electric Pianos, Vocals
Peyton Pinkerton - Guitars, Vocals
Bob Pernice - Guitars, Vocals
Aaron Sperske - Drum Kit, Tympanum, Percussion
Anhared Stowe - Violin
Christine Kolberger - Violin
Katrina J. Smith - Viola
Kathleen Shiano - Cello
Susan Cavender Knapp - Harp
Tim Atherton - First Trombone
David Sporny - Second Trombone
Peter McEachearn - Third Trombone
Mike Jones - Flugelhorn
Produced by Thom Monahan, Michael Deming, Joe Pernice
Engineered by Michael Deming, Thom Monahan
Additional Engineering by Dave Shuman
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Michael Deming
Recorded and Mixed at Studio .45, Hartford, CT
Pre-Mastered by Keith Chirgwin at Waveview
Mastered by John Golden at John Golden Mastering, Newbury Park, CA
Art by Zoe Blyth.
Band Photo by Dennis Kleiman
Design by Hank Trotter
The Pernice Family Tree (which is a fig), Joe “Uncle Ducky” Vitale for the Allen’s Ginger Brandy that fell off a truck, Robin, Eva, Erica, The Monahan Family, Christine Brown, Zoe Blyth, Anne Viebig. Autumn, Joel Westerdale, Jeremy Marusek at Wormco Records, Joe Harvard, Ghoul, all at Studio .45, Tim Liptak, Rhoades Alderson to whom “Ferris Wheel” is dedicated, Bill Corbett, James Tate, Charles Simic for inspiring “Wherein Obscurely” with his poem of the same name, Paul Coyne at Lotus Development, Joyce Linehan, Jen Rassler, Jason Reynolds, Josh Grier, Frank Riley, D’Addario Strings, Frank “Actor” Padellaro-luthier/accountant/lover/Italian, Garrett Fontes, New Radiant Storm King, Chuck, Maryellen, Amy, Shawn Annis, The Monkey House, Scud Mountain Boys and those who knew them, Jon Poneman and all the good people at Sub Pop - past and present.
This record is dedicated to Susan Pernice and Eugene Monahan.
25TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION CREDITS:
Overcome by Happiness 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition:
Executive Produced and Supervised by Brady Brock
Remastered for Vinyl by John Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA
Pernice Brothers Photography by Dennis Kleiman
Joe Pernice Cassettes, Notebooks, Guitar Photography by Colleen Nicholson
Pernice Brothers Singles, Promotional Items Photography by Joshua Black Wilkins
Liner Notes: Stephen Deusner
Design: Chad Pelton
“Jimmy Coma,” “Monkey Suit,” “Square World,” and “Love My Way” Recorded by Thom Monahan. “Cut You Free (Demo)” and “Let That Show (Demo)” Recorded by Tom Shea & Joe Pernice. All Other Cassette Home Demos Recorded by Joe Pernice.
Except "Love My Way"
Written by John Ashton, Timothy Butler, Richard Butler, Vincent Ely,
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
I would like to thank the following people for their help in making this deluxe reissue possible:
Laura Stein; Sammy Pernice; Joyce Linehan; Brady Brock, John Allen, Matt Etgen, Caroline Barfield & all at New West Records; Jonathan Poneman & all at Sub Pop Records; Jason Reynolds; Andy Childs; Peyton Pinkerton; Bob Pernice; Patrick Berkery; Dennis Kleiman; Colleen Nicholson; Mike Belitsky; Rick Menck; Josh Karp; Liam Jaeger; Michael McKenzie; Rachel Lichtman; Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dan Palladino & Helen Pai.
Though he left this plane four years ago, I would like to mention my late friend Gary Stewart. (If you don’t know who Gary was, look for his name on countless great records released by Rhino Records. Gary was a legit, no bullshit prophet of music. Before I was lucky enough to have a friendship with him, I was one of the lucky musicians whose music he championed. When I say he bought—with his own dough—literally hundreds of copies of Overcome By Happiness, I tell no lie. He kept them in the trunk of his car (along with personally-bought boxsets of The Wire), and he gave them away to people he thought should hear it. He worked Overcome harder than just about anyone—myself included. At one point a few years back he offered to give me the money (his own money) to try and buy back the master recordings. I was floored—though not completely surprised—by his generosity, but I couldn’t even begin to go down that road with him. But that’s how much he believed Overcome By Happiness needed a longer life.
Joe Pernice formed Pernice Brothers in Massachusetts with his brother Bob in 1997 when Joe was playing with his band the
Scud Mountain Boys. The Scuds disbanded later that year, and Pernice Brothers became Joe’s main musical focus. Their debut release was the '97 Monkey Suit 7” on Sub Pop, followed by the LP Overcome by Happiness in '98.
Pernice & Linehan launched their Ashmont Records in '99....more
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Aw, jeez, just impossible to pick a favorite track off this record. In 2004, there was not a better set of songwriters than Cooley, Hood, and Isbell. A band at the top of it's game on this record and every song has something to say. FrankbLoose
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It's been a long time since the last new Ben Folds album, and I like this one better than Way to Normal or So There. The only exception is the single, "Exhausting Lover," which I always skip. "Winslow Gardens" is my favorite track. bergitis