Vol. 2 - High and Inside (Bonus Version) by The Baseball Project on Apple Music

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

A quartet featuring Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Gutterball), Linda Pitmon (Miracle Three, Golden Smog) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.), the Baseball Project play rock ‘n’ roll as it was meant to be performed. These songs are tight and powerful with a sense of the pure joy at the heart of the music. “Fair Weather Fans” could be “Reelin’ In the Years” for the garage-band set. The joke here is that the tunes are baseball related – “Ichiro Goes to the Moon,” “Pete Rose Way” and “Buckner’s Bolero”  -- but the power chords of “Don’t Call Them Twinkies,” where the band adds the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn as their designated singer to represent the Minnesota Twins, and the Midwestern classic rock of “Buckner’s Bolero” (the Red Sox play into the band’s love for tragedy) are pure-bred rock ‘n’ roll no matter what the subject matter. That said, there are few ballads as poignant as “Here Lies Carl Mays,” the story of the only pitcher to throw a ball that killed another player. Here, the band memorializes one of the sport’s most difficult moments with the same care usually reserved for a folk hero or misunderstood misfit.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A quartet featuring Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Gutterball), Linda Pitmon (Miracle Three, Golden Smog) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.), the Baseball Project play rock ‘n’ roll as it was meant to be performed. These songs are tight and powerful with a sense of the pure joy at the heart of the music. “Fair Weather Fans” could be “Reelin’ In the Years” for the garage-band set. The joke here is that the tunes are baseball related – “Ichiro Goes to the Moon,” “Pete Rose Way” and “Buckner’s Bolero”  -- but the power chords of “Don’t Call Them Twinkies,” where the band adds the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn as their designated singer to represent the Minnesota Twins, and the Midwestern classic rock of “Buckner’s Bolero” (the Red Sox play into the band’s love for tragedy) are pure-bred rock ‘n’ roll no matter what the subject matter. That said, there are few ballads as poignant as “Here Lies Carl Mays,” the story of the only pitcher to throw a ball that killed another player. Here, the band memorializes one of the sport’s most difficult moments with the same care usually reserved for a folk hero or misunderstood misfit.

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3:37
2:40
3:37
4:26
3:47
5:45
3:09
2:06
4:00
3:31
2:04
3:32
4:08
2:57
1:51

About The Baseball Project

The Baseball Project had its origins way back in 1992 when musicians Scott McCaughey (the Minus 5, the Young Fresh Fellows) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Gutterball) met and discovered they shared a passionate interest in baseball. The plan to make an album of original modern rock songs about the fascinating stories and stars of America's pastime sat on the back burner, though, until 2007, when the pair sat down in earnest to write and record the project. Drafting in drummer Linda Pitmon (Miracle Three, Golden Smog) and longtime friend and guitarist Peter Buck (R.E.M.), McCaughey and Wynn recorded The Baseball Project, Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails at Jackpot! Studios with engineer and producer Adam Selzer, and the result was an often tongue-in-cheek set of narrative songs about baseball legends Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Satchel Paige, and others. The album was finally released on Yep Roc in 2008. A second album, The Baseball Project, Vol. 2: High and Inside, appeared in 2011 and included more baseball-centric tunes done up in an alternative rock and roots fashion. In 2013, the Baseball Project expanded to a five-piece when former R.E.M. bassist and noted Atlanta Braves fan Mike Mills joined the lineup, and they rolled into the studio to record their third album, simply called 3rd. The album also featured guest performances from Josh Kantor, the official organist with the Boston Red Sox (and also a member of the Split Squad), and trumpeter Alex Gonzalez (no, not the shortstop with the Baltimore Orioles). ~ Steve Leggett

  • FORMED
    2007

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