Wednesday, June 22, 2022

10.000 Maniacs: Original Album Series 1985 - 1993 + Hope Chest (The Fredonia Recordings 1982 - 1983)


10,000 Maniacs is an American alternative rock band that was founded in 1981. They have released

nine studio albums, six EPs, and five live albums. They achieved their most significant success between 1987 and 1993, when they released four albums that charted in the top 50 in the US: In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man's Zoo (1989), Our Time in Eden (1992) and the live album MTV Unplugged (1993). After the recording but before the release of MTV Unplugged, original lead singer and main songwriter Natalie Merchant left the band to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Mary Ramsey, who was the lead singer from 1993 to 2001 and then from 2007 to the present.

An acclaimed, multi-platinum selling American alternative rock outfit whose agreeable blend of jangle

pop and folk-rock helped to define college rock scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, 10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie 2,000 Maniacs) were formed in Jamestown, New York, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. Other members of the sextet were Robert Buck (guitar), Steven Gustafson (bass), Dennis Drew (keyboards), and Jerry Augustyniak (drums).

The group gigged extensively and recorded independently before signing with Elektra and making The

Wishing Chair in 1985. Co-founder Lombardo left the band in 1986, and they continued as a quintet, releasing their second album, In My Tribe, in 1987. This album broke into the charts, where it stayed 77 weeks, peaking at number 37. Blind Man's Zoo, the 1989 follow-up, hit number 13 and went gold.

After 1992's Our Time in Eden had finished its run on the charts, Merchant announced that she was leaving for a solo career. MTV Unplugged was released a few months after her departure. The remaining 10,000 Maniacs decided to continue performing, adding the folk-rock duo John & Mary

(original member Lombardo and violinist/vocalist Mary Ramsey). The new lineup released Love Among the Ruins. Merchant released her first solo album, Tigerlily, in the summer of 1995 and a follow-up, Ophelia, in 1998. In 1999, the remaining Maniacs released The Earth Pressed Flat on Bar/None. Sadly, a year later lead guitarist and founding member Robert Buck, who co-wrote some of the band's classics like "Hey Jack Kerouac," "What's the Matter Here?," and "These Are Days," died of liver failure on December 19, 2000. He was 42.

Following Buck's death, 10,0000 Maniacs took a year-long hiatus, reconvening in December 2001 to

play a benefit concert with Jeff Erickson (now playing guitar). After this concert, Gustafson, Drew, and Augustyniak assembled a new lineup of 10,000 Maniacs featuring guitarist Erickson and vocalist Oskar Saville, who previously sang with Rubygrass.

Over the next four years, this version of the Maniacs toured regularly, their profile was raised somewhat

in 2004 when Rhino released the career retrospective Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings, and in 2006, Mary Ramsey began playing the occasional concert with the band. Saville left the band in 2007 and Ramsey returned to her role as frontwoman.

10,000 Maniacs remained a staple on the folk-rock circuit right into the new decade, and in 2011 they

released their first new recording in a decade: an EP called Triangles, which appeared on their label, Ruby Wristwatch. That year, the group also played two 30th anniversary concerts in their hometown of Jamestown, New York, then set out to record a new album in 2012. The resulting Music from the Motion Picture, the first new 10,000 Maniacs album in 14 years, appeared in February 2013.

Not long after its release, Bob Wachter (who had played drums with the group back in 1981

before Augustyniak joined on full-time basis) died at the age of 49.
John Lombardo re-joined the band in 2014 as they were recording the album that became Twice Told Tales, a 2015 collection of British folk covers. The following year saw the band celebrating their 35th anniversary with the release of Playing Favorites, a collection of their best-known songs recorded live in Jamestown, New York.
(By William Ruhlmann)





01. Can't Ignore The Train    2:44
02. Scorpio Rising    3:13
03. Just As The Tide Was A Flowing   2:18
(Arranged By [Lyric] – 10,000 Maniacs/Music By – Traditional)
04. Lilydale    3:12
05. Back O' The Moon    3:32
06. Maddox Table    3:19
07. The Colonial Wing    4:05
08. Grey Victory    3:07
09. Among The Americans    3:07
10. Everyone A Puzzle Lover    3:17
11. Cotton Alley    3:23
12. Daktari   4:29
(Lyrics By – John Lombardo)
13. My Mother The War   3:32
(Lyrics By – Michael Walsh)
14. Tension Makes A Tangle    3:32
15. Arbor Day    2:17

MP3 @ 320 Size: 118 MB
Flac  Size: 319 MB





01. What's The Matter Here?   4:51
Written-By – Natalie Merchant, Robert Buck
02. Hey Jack Kerouac   3:26
Written-By – Natalie Merchant, Robert Buck
03. Like The Weather   3:57
Written-By – Natalie Merchant
04. Cherry Tree   3:14
Written-By – Natalie Merchant, Robert Buck
05. The Painted Desert   3:39
Written-By – Jerome Augustyniak, Natalie Merchant
06. Don't Talk   5:04
Written-By – Dennis Drew, Natalie Merchant
07. Peace Train   3:27
Written-By – Cat Stevens
08. Gun Shy   4:12
Written-By – Natalie Merchant
09. My Sister Rose   3:13
Written-By – Jerome Augustyniak, Natalie Merchant
10. A Campfire Song   3:15
Voice [Other Voice] – Michael Stipe
Written-By – Natalie Merchant
11. City Of Angels   4:17
Written-By – Natalie Merchant, Robert Buck
12. Verdi Cries   4:21
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – David Campbell
Bass – Bob Magnusson
Cello – Dennis Karmazyn
Piano – Don Grolnick
Viola – Novi
Written-By – Natalie Merchant



Hey Jack Kerouac ,
I thing of your mother and the tears she cried
she cried for none other than her little boy
lost in our little world
that hated and that dared to drag him down .

Hey Jack
You chose your words
from mouths of babes
got lost in the wood
Cool junk booting madmen
street minded girls in Harlem howling at night .

You've gone away without saying goodbye . Hey Jack
Of the San Francisco beat boys
you were the favorite .
Allen baby , why so jaded ?
Have the boys all grown up
and their beauty faded ?

MP3 @ 320 Size: 113 MB
Flac  Size: 261 MB




01. Eat For Two    3:26
02. Please Forgive Us    3:22
03. The Big Parade    4:00
04. Trouble Me    3:08
Backing Vocals – Jevetta Steele
05. You Happy Puppet    3:35
06. Headstrong    4:13
07. Poison In The Well    3:05
08. Dust Bowl    4:11
09. The Lion's Share    3:00
10. Hateful Hate   4:28
Organ, Piano – Natalie Merchant
11. Jubilee   5:59
Arranged By – Jason Osborn
Bassoon – Dennis Godburn
Cello – Myron Lutzke
Double Bass – Frank Luther
Guitar – Scott Kuney
Harpsichord – Robert Wolinsky
Viola – Louise Schulman
Violin – Krista Bennion Feeney, Mitsuru Tsubota

MP3 @ 320 Size: 104 MB
Flac  Size: 271 MB





01. Noah's Dove    4:29
02. These Are Days   3:40
Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa
03. Eden    4:07
04. Few And Far Between   3:13
Alto Saxophone – Maceo Parker
Tenor Saxophone – Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis
Trombone – Fred Wesley
05. Stockton Gala Days   4:18
Violin – Mary Ramsey
06. Gold Rush Brides   3:22
Harmonica – Charles Fleischer
07. Jezebel   4:00
Arranged By [String Quartet], Conductor [String Quartet] – Paul Buckmaster
Cello – Larry Corbett
Viola – Pamela Goldsmith
Violin – Bruce Dukov, Ralph Morrison
08. How You've Grown   3:39
Viola – Mary Ramsey
09. Candy Everybody Wants   3:04
Alto Saxophone – Maceo Parker
Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa
Tenor Saxophone – Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis
Trombone – Fred Wesley
10. Tolerance    4:13
11. Circle Dream   3:25
Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa
12. If You Intend    3:01
13. I'm Not The Man   3:24
Bassoon – Atsuko Sato, Kim Laskowski

MP3 @ 320 Size: 117 MB
Flac  Size: 313 MB





These Are Days   4:22
Written-By – Merchant, Buck
02. Eat For Two   4:12
Written-By – Merchant
03. Candy Everybody Wants   3:19
Written-By – Drew, Merchant
04. I'm Not The Man   3:46
Written-By – Merchant
05. Don't Talk   5:22
Written-By – Drew, Merchant
06. Hey Jack Kerouac   3:29
Written-By – Merchant, Buck
07. What's The Matter Here?   4:50
Written-By – Merchant, Buck
08. Gold Rush Brides   4:12
Written-By – Merchant, Buck
09. Like The Weather   4:15
Written-By – Merchant
10. Trouble Me   3:40
Written-By – Drew, Merchant
11. Jezebel   4:20
Written-By – Merchant
12. Because The Night   3:44
Written-By – Springsteen, Smith
13. Stockton Gala Day   5:25
Written-By – Drew, Augustyniak, Merchant, Buck, Gustafson
14. Noah's Dove   5:07
Written-By – Merchant

MP3 @ 320 Size: 146 MB
Flac  Size: 390 MB



Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982–1983, also known as just Hope Chest, is a compilation album of songs by American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs, released in 1990 by Elektra Records. It compiles tracks from their early releases Human Conflict Number Five (1982) and Secrets

of the I Ching (1983). All tracks on the album are remixed from their original versions.
The original version of "Tension" from Human Conflict Number Five is not included on this compilation; only the re-recorded version of the song that was included on Secrets of the I Ching. Other than that, all of the songs from both releases are included on this disc—even "National Education Week", which had been dropped from later pressings of Secrets of the I Ching.
Two tracks on the album—"The Latin One" and "Anthem for Doomed Youth"—contain lyrics adapted from the works of British World War I poet Wilfred Owen, the latter being unique in the band's canon, as it features a lead vocal from guitarist John Lombardo.

Hope Chest (The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983) is a compilation album that contains all the material from the bands first two releases - their 1982 E.P. 10,000 Maniacs - Human Conflict Number Five, and

their 1983 LP 10,000 Maniacs - Secrets Of The I Ching, both released on the U.S. based Mark Records before their 1985 major label debut on Elektra Records. Both releases were originally only released on vinyl record, unavailable on cassette tape as separate recordings, and are still (as of 2021) only available as vinyl record releases.

10,000 Maniacs – Hope Chest (The Fredonia Recordings 1982 - 1983)
Label: Elektra – 9 60962-2
Format:    CD, Compilation, Club Edition
Country: US
Released: 1990
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Soft Rock



01. Planned Obsolescence    4:29
02. The Latin One    2:59
03. Katrina's Fair    2:57
04. Poor De Chirico    3:09
05. Grey Victory    2:59
06. National Education Week    2:57
07. Death Of Manolete    3:52
08. Orange    2:23
09. Tension    3:30
10. Anthem For Doomed Youth    2:48
11. Daktari    4:10
12. Groove Dub    3:18
13. Pit Viper    3:51
14. My Mother The War    3:30

MP3 @ 320 Size: 113 MB
Flac  Size: 300 MB


  1. Fantastic Kostas! Have posted links across as per usual. Great piece and 6 albums! Fab!

  2. I had snobbed T' Maniacs too much... Now I'm older and wondering why! What a beautiful girl Natalie was! (Is) huge thanks Kostas