...And the Circus Leaves Town
...And the Circus Leaves Town is the fourth and final studio album by American stoner rock band Kyuss, released on July 11, 1995, nearly a year before their breakup. Drummer Alfredo Hernández (Yawning Man) replaces Brant Bjork, who left Kyuss in 1993. The album features a tighter and more straightforward sound, both in songwriting and production, than the band's preceding efforts. The album was not as commercially or critically successful as the previous Blues for the Red Sun and Welcome to Sky Valley. Critic Dean Brown attributes this partly to a lack of promotion and the band's breakup, but also notes that the album "deserves to be cherished as much as the two molten hot records that came right before it." A video was released for "One Inch Man", the album's only official single.
|...And the Circus Leaves Town|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 11, 1995|
|Recorded||March 1–20, 1995|
|Studio||Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California|
|Producer||Chris Goss, Kyuss|
Writing credits adapted from the album's liner notes.
|1.||"Hurricane"||Josh Homme, John Garcia||2:41|
|2.||"One Inch Man"||Garcia, Scott Reeder||3:30|
|3.||"Thee Ol' Boozeroony"||Reeder||2:47|
|4.||"Gloria Lewis"||Homme, Garcia||4:02|
|6.||"El Rodeo"||Homme, Garcia||5:35|
|7.||"Jumbo Blimp Jumbo"||Homme||4:39|
|10.||"Catamaran" (originally performed by Yawning Man)||Alfredo Hernández||2:59|
|11.||"Spaceship Landing" (ends at 11:14)|
"M'deea" (hidden track, starts after 3:35 of silence)
"Day One" (hidden track, starts after 17:13 of silence)
The song "Catamaran" is a cover of a song originally recorded by drummer Alfredo Hernandez' previous band Yawning Man.
Hidden track "Day One" was originally released in Germany as part of the "Demon Cleaner" extended CD single under the title "Day One (To Dave and Krist)". It was dedicated to the remaining Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, after Kurt Cobain's suicide.
The idea for the album's cover came up when John Garcia, together with Scott Reeder's wife, went on a trip to Bombay Beach. They discovered the place submerged in water due to fluctuations of sea level. Once they came back they told Josh and Scott about it and a photo that was later taken there eventually became the album cover.
The album received a positive review in Tharunka, an Australian student publication in August 1995. The review described the lead single, One Inch Man, as "unrepresentative" of the album's sound. Two of the tracks, Jumbo Blimp Jumbo and Catamaran were compared favorably to Black Sabbath and Sonic Youth, respectively and the reviewer noted, "What is admirable here too is singwriter/guitarist Josh's seeming ability to formulate brilliantly executed songs, despite the regular adoption of atypical song-writing structures."
Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.
- John Garcia – lead vocals, producer
- Josh Homme – guitar, producer
- Scott Reeder – bass, producer
- Alfredo Hernández – drums, producer
- Chris Goss – producer
- Joe Barresi – recording engineer
- Brian Jenkins – mixing engineer
- Billy Bowers – assistant engineer
- Chad Banford – assistant engineer
- Eddy Schreyer – mastering engineer
- Jill Jordan – painting
- Michael Anderson – photography
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