Artistic Vice/ "1990" dual vinyl LP set

Artistic Vice/ "1990" dual vinyl LP set

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A limited release of Daniel's albums Artistic Vice (1991) and 1990 (1990) albums. 


Re-mastered CD re-released in August, 2008 on Daniel's own label Eternal Yip Eye Music (EYE-115).

ARTISTIC VICE -this re-release contains FOUR BONUS TRACKS:

I Get Depressed When You Undress
I Feel So High (demo)
Laurie (demo)
The Monster Inside Of Me

Liner notes by the original producer, KRAMER.

ARTISTIC VICE was the first album on which Daniel Johnston fronted a band. This CD is a testament to Johnston's own innate musicality that the songs lend themselves so perfectly to the casual accompaniment heard here. They can shift easily from quiet country balladry to punkish rave ups. As always, his songs are direct, honest, hook-laden, and imminently coverable. One listen to "Tell Me Now" will yield the names of 10 artists who should record it.

1 My Live Is Starting Over
2 Honey I Sure Miss You
3 I Feel So High
4 A Ghostly Story
5 Tell Me Now
6 Easy Listening
7 I Know Casper
8 The Startling Facts
9 Hoping
10 It's Got To Be Good
11 Happy Soul
12 The Dream Is Over
13 Love Of My Life
14 I Killed The Monster
Bonus tracks:
15 I Get Depressed When You Undress
16 I Feel So High (demo)
17 Laurie (demo)


When several albums of Daniel Johnston's homemade recordings appeared in the late '80s (including the wonderful YIP/JUMP MUSIC), it created a significant buzz in music circles. Studio owner Mark Kramer was quickly on the scene, bringing Johnston to his own Shimmy-Disc label for this fine album. 1990 is a collection of extremely polished and staggeringly honest odes to love, comic book heroes, and music. 

Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth accompany Johnston on "Spirit World Rising," but most of the set finds Johnston alone at the piano or guitar. His version of Lennon and McCartney's "Got To Get You Into My Life" has never been covered with this degree of conviction, streamlined down to its essential rhythmic core.

1 Devil Town
2 Spirit World Rising
3 Held The Hand
4 Lord Give Me Hope
5 Some Things Last A Long Time
6 Tears Stupid Tears
7 Don't Play Cards With Satan
8 True Love Will Find You In The End
9 Got To Get You Into My Life
10 Careless Soul
11 Funeral Home
12 Softly And Tenderly

13 Devil Town (demo)
14 Spirit World Rising (demo)
15 Held the Hand (demo)
16 Tears Stupid Tears (demo)
17 Don't Play Cards With Satan (demo)