Greatest Hits Vol. 1

by The Luck of Eden Hall

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    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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1.
03:51
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.”
2.
04:35
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
3.
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…
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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.
7.
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
8.
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
9.
02:51
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
10.
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
11.
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.
12.
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...
13.
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?
14.
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

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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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The Luck of Eden Hall Chicago, Illinois

The Luck of Eden Hall has been on the music scene since the 1990s, and they are “Phenomenal!”, says Jim DeRogatis of the NPR show Sound Opinions. They have nearly a dozen sold out releases on the critically acclaimed Fruits de Mer record label in England and have been featured on the cover mount CD in Classic Rock magazine, as well as Prog, Shindig, Record Collector, and Goldmine. ... more

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