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The Greenhornes
"Sewed Soles"
Prize Brigade / V2, 2005

The problem with greatest hits compilations for bands that make great music album after album is that a lot can be lost in the translation. The Greenhornes are a phenomenal example of a group that, despite numerous personnel changes, has remained throughout an outstanding live act, and has consistently made formidable albums of inspired, soul-fueled garage rock. True, the albums can sometimes be difficult to get hold of, but they are well worth the effort.

With that said, Sewed Soles makes out decently for a greatest hits disc. Tracks from these talent-filled brethren of Jack White are represented from all three albums, their EP and numerous 7-inch singles piled into a heap of gutsy rock and roll. Lately, the rhythm section was employed by Mr. White to back up Loretta Lynn on Van Lear Rose and the group has enjoyed an opening spot on the White Stripes tour. Hopefully, this attention should open up the band to the larger audience that it deserves, perhaps with this comp as the foot-soldier for a group that has put in its time. Any associations aside, the Greenhornes will no doubt start their second decade with some returns finally coming their way.

By Redding Dantes.
November 10, 2005

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