WHISKEYTOWN Those Weren’t The Days (1996)

Those Weren’t The Days (1996)
Whiskeytown In Their Prime

According to Ryan Adams, Those Weren’t The Days was recorded about six months after Faithless Street and prior to Whiskeytown’s major label debut, Stranger’s Almanac. As a result, this is sometimes known as the Stranger’s Almanac Demos in bootleg circles. Some of this “unreleased” album’s songs would wind up on the official SA, while many of the actual recordings found their way into reissues for both albums. It’s prime Whiskeytown, shape-shifting between modern country weepers and punk tinged country alt. Non-fans should give this one a few spins, just to let Adams’ hazy, drunken, note perfect compositions show why he was held in such high regard when fronting Whiskeytown. Pontificators like to compare him to Gram Parsons (the cover art even channels a little GP), but Adams’ work is actually far more sensitive, even while still capturing the essence of country’s tortured roots. Some of the last few tracks may be from a different source. Listen to “Factory Girl,” below.

My Heart Is Broken
Things I Heard
Luxury Liner
Kiss & Make Up
Further Down The Road
10 Seconds Til The End Of The World
The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over
Ticket Time
Wither, I’m A Flower
Here’s To The Rest Of The World
Empty Baseball Park
San Antonio
Factory Girl
All You Can Feel
New York Angel
Only To Lose



  • Anonymous
    August 25, 2009 - 19:22 | Permalink

    This is the stuff Top Man!

  • Hugo
    August 26, 2009 - 19:30 | Permalink

    The first time I heard Factory Girl it was on the b-side of an EP I believe, and it cemented everything I loved about Whiskeytown, and Ryan Adams abilities as both a song writer and a singer. It was nice to finally see it included in the re-issue of "Faithless Street" where it firmly belonged in the first place. The other song that really blows me away in this mix is "Here's To Rest of The World" with Adams' singing his heart out in a gin-soaked losers toast that could have gone completely off the rails but instead ended up just plain perfect.

  • MoreLove
    September 11, 2009 - 14:00 | Permalink

    This lonesome, haunting album is killing me. Thanks for introducing me to Whiskeytown. Further Down the Road and My Heart is Broken are my favorites, but this whole album is dripping with vibe. Great find!

  • Simeon
    October 22, 2009 - 11:53 | Permalink

    Awesome! I'm a little late in finding this, but all the happier. For me, Whiskeytown starts with an all-time classic record, subsequently starts down an avenue all their own with the baseball park things and pieces of stranger's almanac, only to squander all their potential on their disappointing final record. Hearing this is so great because it affirms that there was indeed more where "that" (inexplicable creativity) came from.

    Speaking of which, I'm not the kind of guy who usually requests posts, but would "Rural Free Delivery" deserve a place on your blog? I sort of assume that you must have some kind of access to it, since you augmented your Faithless Street post with "Oklahoma".

    Anyway many many thanks for this and in advance if you end up posting RFD.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 11, 2009 - 18:27 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    January 27, 2010 - 08:07 | Permalink

    Thanks I'll give it a try.

  • Anonymous
    February 14, 2011 - 17:42 | Permalink

    Thanks for broadening my horizons Will. -Jrsfrm-

  • Joe
    November 2, 2011 - 14:56 | Permalink

    Love Ryan Adams, but mostly unaware of his Whiskeytown work. Thanks for the ear-openers.

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