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Wandering troubadour Josh Rouse, born in Nebraska and settled in California, Utah, Wyoming, Nashville, Spain…, spent the beginnings of his recording career with the Slow River and Rykodisc label, issuing five albums and an EP, Chester, a collaboration with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner. Nineteen tracks from those releases are featured on the first disc of this 2-CD collection, summarizing Rouse’s early career while illustrating his growth as a writer and performer, climaxing with the sonically warm ambitions of the AM-radio pop that centered 1972, arguably Rouse’s finest album. “Directions” from Rouse’s second album, Home, is, perhaps, his best known song, as it was included on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky. The final thirteen tracks, the second disc, make this more than an introduction, as it features all six tracks from the limited edition Bedroom Classics, Vol. 1 EP and seven previously unreleased demos and outtakes, including “Princess on the Porch,” an outtake from 1972, as well as impressive early attempts at “Suburban Sweetheart” and “Flair” from his debut album and “Be On the Lookout,” which became “Little Miss Know It All” on Home.

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Must Buy

Great Album-'it's night time' is such a good song, if your not sure about Josh then cd1 is the best place to start.

Great Collection

Rouse is an absolute master, his lyrics are thoughtful and melodies unforgettable. This album does a great job exploiting his early work. If you are just discovering Jash, give Subtitulo a listen after this album, it is my personal favorite.

brilliant collection

josh rouse is the best under-the-radar performer of the decade and this collection is the best bargain on i-tunes


Born: 1972 in Nebraska

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although born in Nebraska, singer/songwriter Josh Rouse moved to various cities throughout his childhood and subsequent musical career, driven at first by his father's military career and later by his desire to take inspiration from different environments. He paid tribute to his birthplace on his 1998 debut, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, and explored the influence of his adopted home state, Tennessee, with 2005's Nashville. Rouse later settled in Spain and explored the country's musical traditions, although...
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