32 Songs, 2 Hours 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wandering troubadour Josh Rouse, born in Nebraska and settled in California, Utah, Wyoming, Nashville, Spain…, spent the beginnings of his recording career with the Slow River and Rykodisc label, issuing five albums and an EP, Chester, a collaboration with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner. Nineteen tracks from those releases are featured on the first disc of this 2-CD collection, summarizing Rouse’s early career while illustrating his growth as a writer and performer, climaxing with the sonically warm ambitions of the AM-radio pop that centered 1972, arguably Rouse’s finest album. “Directions” from Rouse’s second album, Home, is, perhaps, his best known song, as it was included on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky. The final thirteen tracks, the second disc, make this more than an introduction, as it features all six tracks from the limited edition Bedroom Classics, Vol. 1 EP and seven previously unreleased demos and outtakes, including “Princess on the Porch,” an outtake from 1972, as well as impressive early attempts at “Suburban Sweetheart” and “Flair” from his debut album and “Be On the Lookout,” which became “Little Miss Know It All” on Home.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wandering troubadour Josh Rouse, born in Nebraska and settled in California, Utah, Wyoming, Nashville, Spain…, spent the beginnings of his recording career with the Slow River and Rykodisc label, issuing five albums and an EP, Chester, a collaboration with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner. Nineteen tracks from those releases are featured on the first disc of this 2-CD collection, summarizing Rouse’s early career while illustrating his growth as a writer and performer, climaxing with the sonically warm ambitions of the AM-radio pop that centered 1972, arguably Rouse’s finest album. “Directions” from Rouse’s second album, Home, is, perhaps, his best known song, as it was included on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky. The final thirteen tracks, the second disc, make this more than an introduction, as it features all six tracks from the limited edition Bedroom Classics, Vol. 1 EP and seven previously unreleased demos and outtakes, including “Princess on the Porch,” an outtake from 1972, as well as impressive early attempts at “Suburban Sweetheart” and “Flair” from his debut album and “Be On the Lookout,” which became “Little Miss Know It All” on Home.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Pete in AZ ,

Great Artist, Great Double Album

Josh Rouse's wonderful music speaks for itself - just listen. Great singer, great writer.

PS - Another reviewer mentioned he would have bought this set but for the fact that he owns all the studio albums. But he must not have noticed that the whole second disc is unavailable on those studio albums.

acapelad ,

brilliant collection

josh rouse is the best under-the-radar performer of the decade and this collection is the best bargain on i-tunes

Tac842 ,

Great Collection

Rouse is an absolute master, his lyrics are thoughtful and melodies unforgettable. This album does a great job exploiting his early work. If you are just discovering Jash, give Subtitulo a listen after this album, it is my personal favorite.

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