Smog ‎– Red Apple Falls

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The Morning Paper 3:15
Blood Red Bird 3:56
Red Apples 5:01
I Was A Stranger 3:18
To Be Of Use 5:35
Red Apple Falls 6:44
Ex-Con 3:32
Inspirational 6:22
Finer Days 4:50

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DC116, INS 001 Smog Red Apple Falls(LP, Album) Drag City, Inspirational Records DC116, INS 001 US 1997 Sell This Version
WIGCD35, INS 001 Smog Red Apple Falls(CD, Album) Domino, Inspirational Records WIGCD35, INS 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
724384623623 Smog Red Apple Falls(CD, Album) Labels 724384623623 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
WIGCD35, INS 001 Smog Red Apple Falls(CD, Album) Domino, Inspirational Records WIGCD35, INS 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
WIGCD35, INS 001 Smog Red Apple Falls(CD, Album) Domino, Inspirational Records WIGCD35, INS 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
INS001, DC116CD Smog Red Apple Falls(CD, Album) Inspirational Records, Drag City INS001, DC116CD 1997 Sell This Version
DC116CD, INS001, INS 001 Smog Red Apple Falls(CD, Album) Drag City, Inspirational Records, Inspirational Records DC116CD, INS001, INS 001 US 1997 Sell This Version
WIG35 Smog Red Apple Falls(CD, Album, Promo) Domino WIG35 UK 1997 Sell This Version
WIGLP35, INS 001 Smog Red Apple Falls(LP, Album) Domino, Inspirational Records WIGLP35, INS 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DC116, INS 001 Smog Red Apple Falls(LP, Album, RP) Drag City, Inspirational Records DC116, INS 001 US 2009 Sell This Version

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LeMigueux

LeMigueux

October 17, 2020
referencing Red Apple Falls, LP, Album, DC116, INS 001
Hi,
On my copy on this 1997 pressing, there seems to be a stauration issue. It is flagrant on Blood Red bird, but also on To be of Use. As the voice rises in the high tones, the higher peaks are saturated. I tried on two systems: Technics SL1300 / Shure V15 type V on the one hand, and Thorens TD190 / Pro-ject K4 on the other, brand new needles, both with JBL 4311B. No difference. Does anyone else have the same issue?
Thanks
mballiro

mballiro

March 2, 2014
referencing Red Apple Falls, LP, Album, DC116, INS 001

I got into Bill Callahan's body of work in reverse chronological order (basically) when I started listening to him (around the time Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle came out), and I'm still not familiar with all of the corners of Smog's discography. I grabbed the LP version of Red Apple Falls when it came back into print at Drag City without knowing much about it, and I wasn't disappointed! This record's got a lot of quiet sections, for sure, but Bill's voice stands out nicely in the mix (I was under the impression that it gets drowned in a lot of his earlier releases, but thankfully that isn't the case). He hadn't developed his voice to the point where it got to in late Smog / where it is now, but you can hear flashes of it. Highly recommended!

As I mentioned above, I have the LP version. It arrived slightly warped, but played perfectly with minimal surface noise. Quiet parts were dead quiet, and the loud parts had nice differentiated sound (guitars, drums, synths [I assume?], everything else.