Greatest Hits Vol. 1

by The Luck of Eden Hall

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    Active Listener Records (New Zealand) asked us to put together a collection of our favorite songs from the past 20 years. Includes 12 songs plus 2 previously unreleased tracks and 2 stickers, housed in a hand numbered gate-fold sleeve and wrapped in a resealable plastic bag. Limited to 200 printed copies.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Greatest Hits Vol. 1 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The Active Listener introduces The Luck of Eden Hall “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″

I’m biased because on this band-curated ‘introduction’ I got the one cut whose absence would have cause trouble down at City Hall. In the case of compilations and ‘greatest hits,’ that’s about as good as it gets. That’s just how it is. Given The Luck of Eden Hall‘s creamy and crunchy psych pop, it would be easy to pick a set of gems to spread across the running time almost like frosting. For The Active Listener Introduces The Luck of Eden Hall “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″, my version, I certainly would have picked different cuts. Would it be better? Absolutely not. It would be different, but still from an outsider’s perspective. Even though “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ was put together by the band, they are fans as much as they are musicians, so it’s not an insider’s scoop either. It’s sort of that earlier dodged frosted smear between the two viewpoints. “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ is a pretty loose collection for a pretty tight band that puts some not so obvious choices next to each other, playing up strengths and, depending on your perspective, pointing out some that may have been overlooked. Hanging onto last year’s Victoria Moon while reaching back to Belladonna Marmalade, you get 20 years worth of retrospective. With the added bonus of something other than your go-to picks. From Butterfly Revolutions through Victoria Moon there’d be a big temptation to put the spotlight on The Luck of Eden Hall’s psych-pop flourishes that coat a power-pop and chewy rock center. That’s two obvious sides to The Luck of Eden Hall that have always been there. With that string of albums next to the earlier outings, the biggest difference is really ratio. Mix them up together and how those two parts interact and work together is not only made clearer, but more interesting for the seasoned listener. For those who truly find this an introduction, then it’s as good a lure as any cold outsider could come up with. Having it appeal to both sides in a more balanced way may actually open up The Luck of Eden Hall box of sweets to even more sweet teeth. Other colors get their due when cuts like North Hampton Woods and Cinnamon Mary and Her Skeleton Cane make an appearance, showing a leaner candy-maker and the song base that is just as solid even when the psych-pop winds whips up on Dandy Horse and Sassafras Overcoat. Then there is Chrysalide … in my version, one of the most defining songs for The Luck of Eden Hall. Everything about them—the power chops, the psych embellishments … even the damn name of the song— come together in perfect ratio. But that’s my perspective … and there are more here than might seem obvious. For the recently introduced, it’s as solid as you’re going to get getting 20 years of albums and singles onto one disc. The core of the band, and the hooks, are here. For the veteran, there’s a fresher perspective than your own … from people you already trust. Taste-tested and approved.

Mr. Atavist (USA), March 2014

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released April 1, 2013

This is a limited edition CD, only 200 printed copies are available. Comes housed in a gate-fold sleeve including two stickers and wrapped in a resealable plastic bag. Also includes two previously unreleased tracks: Laugh Your Life Away, Sugar Coated Savior.

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Track Name: Metropolis
Voice 1: At the center of the world there’s a hole where the center should be. Where everything stops. When the world spins the world tilts and we all fall off and out in to space…Voice 2: She said, “Organize the people.” Voice 1: Deep out in space there’s no air. It’s okay; we’ve evolved into things that don’t breath…Voice 2: She said, “Everyone should know.”
Voice 1: We time travel silent and dumb to the start of this whole impossible trip…Voice 2: She said, “Bring to me your questions.”
Voice 1: We try to ask our Gods who’s to blame for this horrible thing. We fall asleep…Voice 2: ”These answers I have been told.” Voice 1: In the dreams our Gods come to us and they laugh and they dance and they sing…
Voice 2: “I’d like to build a fountain in the center of the world. These ordinary people have no need for golden girls.” Voice 2: She said, “Grow a tiny garden.”
Voice 1: At the center of the world there’s a hole where the center should be. Where everything stops…Voice 2: She said, “Make the people smile.”
Voice 1: The end of the world is a sign we know we should read. We’ve forgotten to see…Voice 2: She said, “If you let it harden,” Voice 1: So close up your eyes open your mind. Was'nt it all worth the ride? Voice 2: “Then your heart will surely die. I’d like to build a fountain in the center of the world. These ordinary people have no need for golden girls.”
Track Name: Dandy Horse
Her basket is filled up with
Baubles and beads
She glides through the market
With all of her needs
A billfold of kept notes
All dog eared and worn
And lists of expenses
For dresses she’s torn
The odometer’s
Turned to zero again
You’re tired from riding
Straight into the wind
Just peddle as hard as
You possibly can
My sweet Penny Farthing
Free, So free, We’re free, Free
Love, Just love, Sweet love, Love
Time, Lost time, In time, Time
Fancy high wheeler
May I have some more?
Where did you make off with
Your French Boneshaker
I lost track of her when
She rounded the bend
That girl is the envy
Of all the wheelmen
Her speedometer’s
Up to thirty or more
She’s thrilled to be riding
Such a dandy horse
Just keep peddling hard
You’re beginning to soar
My sweet Penny Farthing
Track Name: Goodnight Anne Berlin
Goodnight Anne Berlin, Summer sun ambien. California’s fallen seas, settle down nice and neat. Goodnight Anne Berlin, sweet skin, salt and sin. Wonder what the town we’re in. Wonder why the scenery spins. You need to be alone. Anne Berlin’s got diamonds imbedded in her pale skin. Sentimental scientist all wrong. Anne Berlin’s got tarot cards, sweet incense and magic wands. No wonder he fell under her spell. Goodnight Anne Berlin, to the sweet hereafter kiss. Sleep tight Anne Berlin. You know it to be a dream…
Track Name: All Else Shall Be Added Unto You
Sea of feeling has cornered me an illuminated soul
I am not the one who’s in the way
I’m not the one I show
I am not the folding on my heart
I’m not the way I see
I am not the one that is carrying me
I’m not the running fool
I am not the soft unfolding tale
I’m not the only one
I am not the mural on my arm
And mother’s only son
I am not the figures in my lens
I’m not the salted wound
I am not the demon, the seriously
I’m not to sit just so
I am not the one that’ll fall into
I’m not the fear inside
I’m not the eyes
I’m not the ears
I’m not the way that I had in mind
I am not the anger that I show when I’m tearing into you
I am not the reason
The falling inside when it’s all that I can do
I’m not the only
I’m not the feeling
I’m not the one
I’m not the goal
I’m not disease inside
I’m not the need
I love to hold you so
I’m not the feeling
I’m not the one I see when I’m calling back to you
I’m not the breath that I breathe in
I breathe out
Track Name: Madelaine's Voyage
Little Girl
Packing up trunks for her dolls
I'm afraid
I shan't have room for them all
Madelaine, I'm glad you're home
Oh! You good dear, Rose
Auntie Mae
I wish you were going, too
It's for you
To remember me when I'm far away
Letters I will write to you
One for every week
Ten O'Clock
On board the City of Berlin
Steamer sails
Over the Sea to Ireland
The Pilot shook the Captain's hand
And rode back to the shore
They took long
Walks on the Hurricane deck
How poor all
Those people look under us
Steerage passengers Papa said
They're rather rough people
Track Name: North Hampton Woods
Can we find our way to north Hampton woods. Can we get away from north Hollywood. Can we find our way to north Hampton woods. Until it all breaks down. Can we find our way where night feels good. Can we run away from days understood. All the lights shift down. Until the sun burns down. I don’t know how we should care about it. I don’t know why we should scream and shout it. I don’t know why we were scared to shout it. I don’t know how we should care about it. All the lights shift down. Until it’s over now.
Track Name: Sister Strange And The Stuffed Furry Things
Putting makeup
All around your big eyes
And cover your head
With a powder that’s so very white
You’re pinching your cheeks for some color again
And bloodied your lips using Crayola crayons
Four thirsty children fell down in a well
She said, “there’s your Mother”
And, “take nothing with you”
She is my sister
She is strange
She ate belladonna marmalade
She loves dancing around in the pouring rain
Filling teacups
With an old turpentine
And buttered your biscuits
Petroleum jellied delight
In ones and in twos
To your party they came
All googley eyed patch worked
And stuffed furry things
Four thirsty children
Fell down in a well
They drank tainted water
And cried out in pain
There’s something about the way
That you are moving
She said, “there’s your Mother”
And “take nothing with you”
I’m so tired of waiting
Track Name: Sassafras Overcoat
Winter Moon
Broken Radio
Imperial decline
Northern wind blown sheets of ice
Whiskey keg
An old Buffalo
Double flintlock design
Gold currency down the line
Leather bound
Book of hymns you know
An old deer hoof Bowie knife
Rusty coach and silver coin
Frozen toes
Horsehair overcoat
Snow covered fields of grass
Hollow Oak and sassafras
Track Name: Chrysalide
Winter Moon
Broken Radio
Imperial decline
Northern wind blown sheets of ice
Whiskey keg
An old Buffalo
Double flintlock design
Gold currency down the line
Leather bound
Book of hymns you know
An old deer hoof Bowie knife
Rusty coach and silver coin
Frozen toes
Horsehair overcoat
Snow covered fields of grass
Hollow Oak and sassafras
Track Name: Cinnamon Mary And Her Skeleton Cane
Cinnamon Mary
Casting her eyes upon
A visionary or someone who shows her home
Cinnamon Mary
Everyone knows her charms
Is it necessary to give her another scar
She's just another light on nothing less
She fell atop the sheets and got undressed
Beneath a dream I guess it wasn't kept
Broke into nothing but I love that best
When there's nothing left
Cinnamon Mary
Casting her eyes upon
She's just another light on nothing less
She fell atop the sheets and got undressed
Beneath a dream I guess it wasn't kept
Broke into nothing but I love that best
When there's nothing left
Track Name: A Carney's Delirium
Off in a field, very far away. Standing alone with too much to say, only yesterday. Last week seemed like an eternity. Working this town Fair calliope. Aw, what’s left of me. And you had hoped to be better. And you’ve sustained some bad weather. And you will keep it together. Another State Fair along the road. Can’t shake this feeling I’m tired and cold. Aw, you’re growing old. Thanks for the message, you’re very kind. We all have the fear of getting left behind. Aw, a state of mind. And you had hoped to be better. And you’ve sustained some bad weather. And you will keep it together.
Track Name: A Very Large Array
I paid to see the Sun tonight
A million other satellites
It's alright to me
Afraid to leave the house again
It never lets the sound in
She's all mine for free
Seems alright to me
Fading endlessly
On the empty sea
I made it to this foreign site
She's an artificial satellite
Come crashing in
I heard it on a telescope
On a radio that made her glow
Volcanoes of Lo
'Cause I paid to see the Sun tonight
A million other satellites
What do you know
Seems alright to me
Fading endlessly
On the empty sea
Mesmerine listen to me
A radio galaxy
So far from me...
Track Name: Laugh Your Life Away
Can't deny a thing
Looking for where we've been
Please do not pretend
Give me what you can
What you can...
Pass the nights alone
Sleep inside your head
What's the chance of love
When you can not count
One to ten...
Give your life away
Pretend you're free of this
Laugh your life away
Don't you say a thing
You know
Can't deny a thing
Looking for where we've been
Please do not pretend
Give me what you can
Give your life away
Don't you sell me out
Laugh your life away
Don't you say a thing
What's you say?
Track Name: Sugar Coated Savior
Open up your heart and do me a favor
And we'll ignore the complaints of your neighbor
What have they to say of your behavior
Please put away your sugar coated savior