Giant Sand – Glum (25th Anniversary Edition) – CD


1994’s ‘Glum’ was to be Giant Sand’s largest record and in order to make it so, Howe Gelb
invited everyone along to the party. This carnival helped create Giant Sand’s best record to
date and ‘Glum’ is now proudly re-issued by Fire.

Howe Gelb explains Glum’s story, “This was our best record for a long time. It had
Malcolm Burn producing it with me and it was done up at Daniel Lanois’ studio in New
Orleans. Since it was our first big budget session, I tried to get everyone who ever took
part on a Giant Sand record to come to Dan’s mansion and stay and be on the record
somewhere. This made the atmosphere in the house more entangled then it had to be,
but seemed like the way it should be. For some reason I began singing like an old man
on this record, or maybe was inspired too much from my new talking distortion pedal on
my guitar. At the moment this record was due to be released, the label shut down its
operations and it got lost. but these things have a life of their own.
(I wrote ‘faithful’ for Marianne, whom I just met through our label rep, kate Hyman. When
she heard it she said: “but Howe, where is the melody ?”)… and that’s the story of my life.”

“Giant Sand is a mood,” says Howe’ of Giant Sand, as if trying to o er a low-key explanation
for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some
40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in
the 1970’s, it wasn’t until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate,
the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful
of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24
albums – an impressive haul when considering Howe’s equally proli c output under
other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his
solo releases.

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