TRACK LISTING (AUDIO HELP)
1. Liz Durrett - The One I Love*
2. Claire Campbell - Wendell Gee
3. Tin Cup Prophette - Leave
4. Modern Skirts - Perfect Circle
5. Bain Mattox - Finest Worksong
6. Bain Mattox - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
7. Bain Mattox - Fall On Me
8. The Observatory - Underneath The Bunker
9. The Observatory - Pilgrimage
10. The Observatory - Feeling Gravitys Pull
11. Patterson Hood - So. Central Rain
12. Patterson Hood - Burning Hell
13. Patterson Hood - Second Guessing Intro
14. Patterson Hood - Second Guessing
15. Patterson Hood - Belong
16. Five Eight - Fiver 8
17. Five Eight - Leaving New York
18. Five Eight - Radio Free Europe
19. Five Eight & Everyone - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
All songs recorded September 12, 2006 at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA by Ben Holst except * recorded November 15, 2006 at the EARL, Atlanta, GA by Sloan Simpson. All songs except * mixed by Ben Holst at Chase Park Transduction. Mastered by Jeff Capurso
Guest appearances by Michael Stipe (#19), Peter Buck (#18, 19, digital only), Mike Mills (#15, 18, 19, digital only) courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Other guest appearances by Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows - #17) and Vanessa Hay (Pylon - #9).
On the night of September 12, 2006 eight Athens, GA bands - Liz Durrett, Claire Campbell (Hope For Agoldensummer), Tin Cup Prophette, Modern Skirts, Bain Mattox, The Observatory (featuring 14 members of the Elephant Six collective), Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), and Five Eight - were slated to play the 40 Watt Club for an event that would make a lasting impression on a town known for its musical highlights. The bands were scheduled to cover their favorite R.E.M. songs as part of "Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M." The event continued a tradition started in 1992 of holding listening parties in Athens for R.E.M.'s new releases to benefit local organizations, this time for the "best of" collection And I Feel Fine... from the band's early years that was released that day.
But this event, "Finest Worksongs," marked the first time that such a live tribute from Athens bands to the community's legendary musical sons had been organized. With the release of a "best of" collection imminent and the band's induction to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame coming only days later, the time to put together such an event seemed perfect. Fans agreed, making the event an advance sellout. While Liz Durrett fell ill and had to pull out last minute, eight bands still ended up performing...although the last minute addition didn't have to worry about learning the songs. The original four members of R.E.M., in town rehearsing for their induction, ventured out to the show and played a surprise two-song set early in the night.
But the night's excitement didn't stop there. The 40 Watt remained packed throughout the evening with fans and band members hearing over 20 versions of classic and lesser-known R.E.M. songs performed by the other artists. The Finest Worksongs release captures the energy, camaraderie, and collaboration of a truly one-of-a-kind event. It includes 18 songs performed that night by Claire Campbell, Tin Cup Prophette, Modern Skirts, Bain Mattox, The Observatory, Patterson Hood, and Five Eight, recorded live and mixed by Ben Holst at Chase Park Transduction.
It also includes a special bonus track by Liz Durrett recorded at a later live show at the EARL in Atlanta by Sloan Simpson. An additional version of "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville" by Patterson Hood from the event is also available for download only through online digital services.
The entire release was mastered by Jeff Capurso at Chase Park Transduction. Four of the songs performed that night - the two R.E.M. songs and one each by Tin Cup Prophette and The Observatory - appeared as exclusive recordings on the 2006 R.E.M. fan club Christmas package CD.
Finest Worksongs was released by Iron Horse Records, an Athens, GA-based record label under the auspices of athensmusic.net that specializes in music from its hometown.
Note: On September 12 & 13, 2016, use the code 'FINEST' for a free copy of the CD with any order. Limit one per customer.