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The Winding Sheet

Mark Lanegan

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Though he served honorably as the lead singer for the Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan truly came into his own with his solo career, where his blues-soaked scowl found its natural home. His solo debut, 1990's The Winding Sheet, is a brilliant collection of dark, acoustic-based tunes that highlight Lanegan's dark, foreboding growl with a set of lyrics every bit as dark. His cover of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" set the stage for Nirvana's Kurt Cobain's version (Cobain also appears here on "Down in the Dark"). But it's Lanegan's own originals, the swooning drama of "Mockingbirds," the John Cale-like isolation of "Museum," the plaintive acoustic lament of "Wild Flowers," the Lee Hazlewood tension of "Ugly Sunday" and the haunted misery of "Woe" that paint the man as one of the great modern-day blues singers. Subsequent solo albums mine deeper blues and psychedelic textures, but the unadorned simplicity of this debut with acoustic guitars, occasional piano accents and ghostly back-up vocals, reigns among Lanegan's supreme achievements.

Customer Reviews

Great Debut Solo Record

Mark Lanegan's solo debut is a very underrated, fairly bluesy unknown album. Before Lanegan's band The Screaming Trees singed to a major label, Mark recorded this album with Jack Endino (Nirvana's Bleach) on the now legendary Seattle "Sub Pop" label. Highlights include "Ugly Sunday" and the two songs that feature Krist Novoselic & Kurt Cobain about 2 years before Nirvana made it big. Those songs being "Down In The Dark" & "Where Did You Sleep Last Night." Great CD... If you are a fan of the 90's Seattle music scene or just good music....Buy It.


If you are reading this review then you are obviously a serious music fan. All I can say is that you simply have to own this record. I just want to thank you Mark. I hadn't listened to this record for a long time and just downloaded it and it's like spending the day with one of my long lost best friends. That's what music is all about. It's a Top 10 of all time for the soul....

Great tones

Wonderful album. Down in the dark and where did u sleep last night are two awesome songs. If your into grunge/alternative stuff don't wait any longer to buy this album.


Born: November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, WA

Genre: Alternative

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

Singing with a deep, nicotine-ravaged growl that's rich, strong, and sensuously forbidding, Mark Lanegan first rose to fame when his band the Screaming Trees won a taste of mainstream recognition in the '90s. But like other noted artists, Lanegan has carved out a strong identity of his own as a vocalist and songwriter informed by the blues but...
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