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Translate Slowly (Out of Print,Bonus Tracks)

The Reivers

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Album Review

This, the Reivers' first full-length album, was a great amalgamation of rock and folk with a little bit of an "alternative" edge. It attracted a fair amount of attention in the music press, and received primarily good reviews. As with much of their future work, the lyrics were somewhat impressionistic, as opposed to straight stories. Unlike their subsequent releases, the drumming here was very frenzied, creating a unique sound which set them apart from similar bands. With vocals shared by John Croslin and Kim Longacre, the songs run the gamut from all-out rockers like "Araby" and "Sound and the Fury" to acoustic folk like the spirited "Freight Train Rain."

Customer Reviews

Great Pop

This is one of the great "should have made it big" bands, and this was the first (and best) album. The original name of the band was Zeitgeist-name changed due to a lawsuit from some "new age band". Great straight-ahead pop. Haunting and Melodic, this album (and band) should have been huge. Saw them twice live in Chicago; even better live.

The Reivers (translate slowly)

One of the great, undiscovered, groups of the mid 80's. They were featured in Rolling Stone, I remember, as a "new earnestness" band, or something like that. The point being, no BS, they sing from the heart, and play hard rock and roll. I saw them in Austin a couple of times, where they were based. I think they have reformed, the lead singer and guitarist were married, and then divorced, I recall. Great fun, one of the treasures I've been trying to find for years (lost the CD years ago).

Best Band from the 80's

Once I heard them, I was hooked. The original name, Zeitgeist, was a great band name but had to be changed due to a lame lawsuit. Still this band is just as good now as it was back then.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Reivers began their existence as Zeitgeist, one of many melodic, jangly pop bands to emerge from the fertile Austin, Texas music community during the 1980s. Led by singers/guitarists John Croslin and Kim Longacre, Zeitgeist debuted in 1985 with the album Translate Slowly, which included their cover of Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." Shortly after the record's release, the group was slapped with a cease-and-desist order by another band called Zeitgeist, a Minneapolis-based percussion...
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