Beachwood Sparks ‎– Once We Were Trees

Sub Pop ‎– SPCD 545
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Germination 0:31
2 Confusion Is Nothing New 3:05
3 The Sun Surrounds Me 2:56
4 You Take The Gold 2:10
5 Hearts Mend 2:18
6 Let It Run 6:38
7 Old Manatee
Guitar – Ben Knight
8 The Hustler 4:05
9 Yer Selfish Ways
Guitar – J. Mascis*
10 By Your Side
Guitar – Ben Knight
11 Close Your Eyes 3:33
12 Banjo Press Conference 2:24
13 Jugglers Revenge
Guitar – J. Mascis*
14 The Good Night Whistle 4:45
15 Once We Were Trees 5:08

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 98787-0545-2 1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L909
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2U3G
  • Matrix / Runout (Printed): Z2678 IR SP 545-2 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped): M1S1

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SP 545 Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees(2xLP, Album) Sub Pop SP 545 US 2001 Sell This Version
T004/606-2 Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees(CD, Album) Die Young Stay Pretty Records, Trama T004/606-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
SP545 Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Sub Pop SP545 US 2001 Sell This Version
HPR - 050 Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees(CD, Album) Houston Party Records HPR - 050 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
Rtradecd036 Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees(CD, Album) Rough Trade Records Rtradecd036 UK 2001 Sell This Version



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May 21, 2017

With songs drenched in psychedelic washes of hazy echo and fuzz, along with an expansive wide open sound, considering Beachwood Sparks to be some sort of reincarnation of Gram Parsons or the Byrds is an easy idea to float down stream with. Though with that consideration in mind, Beachwood Sparks have taken the next step in that evolution, pushing the envelope for what those consummate heady 60’s trail blazers found so hypnotic, with their own brand of neo-psychedelic meets alternative country.

As with the later Byrds’ albums [consider Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde], Once We Were Trees sounds a bit hallow with their echo laden production on first listen, though quickly becomes more comfortable and almost welcoming, leaving me to suggest that this is not an album designed for small speakers, requiring something more substantial to deliver their sonic expansiveness.

Their fist album certainly had a 60’s retro vibe to it, yet here that retro feel is layered more in the background, and not as visually present, where the band have found their own footing, comfortable with the idea of being Southern California cowboys, riding into town with pockets full of groove infused mid tempo carefree songs with deep harmonies, guitar driven hooks, and numbers that are well crafted, being very worthy of a listen, filtering out the sort of music you give yourself over to, rather than trying to it figure out … so just let their retro mellow musical appropriations happen.

All of that being said, I’m not so sure this is one of those bands we should take to heart, or take that seriously, as they’re more like a big bag of salty potato chips, where you think you’ve just eaten just a couple, and soon discover that the entire bag’s been finished, leaving you feeling not quiet satisfied, and not knowing why, but instantly wishing for more of their updated retro romantic hippiness.

Review by Jenell Kesler