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Volume One: Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails

The Baseball Project

Release Date: 2008
Volume One: Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails

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Track Listing

Item 1: cd
# Track Title Play
1Past Time Past Time
2Ted Fucking Williams Ted Fucking Williams
3Gratitude (For Curt Flood) Gratitude (For Curt Flood)
4Broken Man Broken Man
5Satchel Paige Said Satchel Paige Said
6Fernando Fernando
7Long Before My Time Long Before My Time
8Jackie's Lament Jackie's Lament
9Sometimes I Dream Of Willie Mays Sometimes I Dream Of Willie Mays
10The Death Of Big Ed Delahanty The Death Of Big Ed Delahanty
11Harvey Haddix Harvey Haddix
12The Yankee Flipper The Yankee Flipper
13The Closer The Closer

Album Press

  • Barnes & Noble Review

    Though McCaughey and Wynn may be nostalgic, they're not delusional, much less anything like deadly. This is a relief, because both have worked musical bohemia long enough to be in the nostalgia business themselves.more
    posted: 2009-03-16
  • Phoenix New Times

    Long before steroids scandals, routine strikes (hey, it's hard living on 175 grand a year), and the high jinks of Pete Rose and Darryl Strawberry made national news, baseball was considered America's great national pastime. As near-religious zeal for Abner Doubleday's invention cuts across generational lines, it's only natural there'd be rock 'n' roll songs on the subject, and somemore
    posted: 2008-08-28
  • Pop Matters

    the retro/heartland rock provided by The Baseball Project is so outstanding and so catchy, it would be possible to catch yourself singing along (thus learning) about poor Harvey Haddix’s fate before you even realize it.more
    posted: 2008-09-05
  • AccessAtlanta

    In the post-Watergate era, when most high school journalists were trying to emulate Woodward and Bernstein, I had a more immediate goal. I just wanted to be as good as Steve Wynn.Wynn and I were friends and classmates at University High School in West Los Angeles (class of 1977). Neither of us quite gained the acclaim of Marilyn Monroe, whomore
    posted: 2008-07-14
  • SportingNews

    Put together some musicians on a side project whose sole mission is to write songs about our national pasttime, and it's easy to be wary of the aforementioned disc sliding towards novelty. Even if those artists have the pedigree of Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus Five, R.E.M), Linda Pitmonmore
    posted: 2008-08-08
  • Pitchfork

    Baseball is unquestionably the hipster sport de rigueur, its clean mathematical order and heavy reliance on neatly sortable statistics engenders the type of nerdy admirers who probably share psychological profiles with record obsessives. The game boasts more esoteric lore than the combined histories of the Residents and Jandek, and has given us more colorful characters than Elephant 6. It sometimesmore
    posted: 2008-08-12
  • USA Today

    ..."this is dense, literary, even somewhat sabermetrically sound material, rich with legend and lore, and thoroughly enjoyable musically even if you are one of those sad souls who worships only the gridiron, the rink, the court or the racetrack."more
    posted: 2008-05-15
  • Glide Magazine

    Baseball is a slow game with a level of intensity and athleticism that is generally below that of many other sports. Yet there's nothing quite like sitting in the bleachers on a warm summer evening. There's nothing like the 7th inning stretch, nothing like a double play. Even in the days when a roid-ridden bum wears a crown that manymore
    posted: 2008-11-07
  • Jezebel Music

    There are few things I love more than baseball and music. I love both for many of the same reasons; to paraphrase the great Tim Kurkjian, every day there is the ability to see something that you have never seen before and will never see again in every single baseball game; in a similar way, every new record has themore
    posted: 2008-08-16
  • Allmusic

    This isn't a set based on nostalgia, exactly, but is instead a full-blown piece of jangly modern folk-pop, and each song plays like it's an individual piece cut from the same quilt. The songs are witty, varied, and full of more authentic baseball detail than a month of Sunday sports sections, and McCaughey and Wynn are also keenly aware ofmore
    posted: 2008-07-08

    The world of indie rock n’ roll does not lack for baseball fans. Stephen Malkmus has been known to fret over his fantasy baseball team just as much as the arrangements on any Jicks album, and the softball team comprised of Matador staffers is reportedly formidable. The Silver Jews’ David Berman admitted in these pages that he cares deeply aboutmore
    posted: 2008-08-16
  • Uncut

    Concept albums about American baseball? On the surface, it’s an unlikely, fairly unappetising premise. Yet Scott McCaughey, lately of REM and Minus 5, and ex-Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn thought it a capital idea. And having bonded over drinks at an REM bash, the pair spent a week in Portland hammering out the details, joined by Wynn’s drummer Linda Pitmonmore
    posted: 2008-08-09
  • Blender

    Despite its popularity with boozy rock & rollers, baseball has never inspired many good songs—Bob Dylan’s “Catfish,” ’90s indie rocker Barbara Manning’s “Dock Ellis” and that’s about it. The Baseball Project sets out to change that, with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck joining old pals like Dream Syndicate singer Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows for amore
    posted: 2008-07-08
  • Blog Critics Magazine

    As the story goes, in 1992 Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) and Scott McCaughey (Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows) met for the first time in the bathroom of a concert venue in Seattle. They eventually discovered a shared interest in baseball and planned to create an album that focused on the sport’s history and players. Of such chance and borderlinemore
    posted: 2008-08-18
  • Bugs & Cranks

    "the best pile of baseball songs I've ever heard",...,"it'll have to be the soundtrack of the second half of the 2008 season"more
  • Each Note Secure

    And so when Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey (The Miracle 3, Minus 5), Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), and Linda Pitmon put their stamp of approval on this album about baseball, I lept to the top of my stack. Then I remembered that there are hardly any good songs that are not straight up parody driven crap that have comemore
    posted: 2008-06-26

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