PETER CASE Peter Case (1986)

Peter Case (1986)
A Radiant Acoustic Transformation

Hearing the vivid acoustic arrangements showcased on Peter Case’s solo debut (after leaving behind two power pop/new wave bands, The Nerves and The Plimsouls), one can’t help but marvel at the album’s intimacy, hushed atmosphere and inventive percussive elements. Case’s seemingly effortless acoustic transformation was realized by superhuman producer, T-Bone Burnett (with a little help from Mitchell Froom). Which makes sense, and helps to explain why this album is so satisfying. Yeah… T-Bone was brilliant back then, too. You can hear Burnett’s stamp on the Coward Brothers-like country rocker, “I Shook His Hand,” and in the relentlessly inventive effects, from the echoed steel guitar in “Steel Strings,” the deep studio ambiance of “Echo Wars,” and even to the strange, almost ill-fitting (if it wasn’t so good) string-driven, “Small Town Spree” (arranged by Van Dyke Parks). There’s so much invention to be found on Peter Case it, amazingly, still sounds fresh out of the box to this day, over a quarter century later. Amazon has it HERE. We’ve got some more Case in the archives, including the vinyl only, Selections From Peter Case (HERE) and The Man With The Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (HERE).

Echo Wars (3:21)
Steel Strings (3:49)
Three Days Straight (3:37)
More Than Curious (4:38)
I Shook His Hand (3:40)
Small Town Spree (4:01)
Old Blue Car (3:53)
Walk In The Woods (3:41)
Horse & Crow (4:19)
Icewater (2:48)
Satellite Beach (4:12)
Pair Of Brown Eyes (5:46)



  • TT
    September 21, 2009 - 21:49 | Permalink

    and featuring the first cover of a Shane MAcGowan song.
    us in The Pogues camp were knocked out by that at the time.
    Of course T- Bones mate Elvis was flirting with the Pogues ( and bassist Cait, future mrs Costello) at the time. lovely album, mustplay it again.

  • Capt. Willard
    September 21, 2009 - 21:52 | Permalink

    All the dots are connecting up. Thanks for commenting.

  • MoreLove
    September 21, 2009 - 22:50 | Permalink

    The next album (?) (long name ending with Blue Guitarist) is even better. Thanks for posting this. It will be listened to repeatedly. Peter Case is one of my favorites.

  • DJ Useo
    September 21, 2009 - 22:58 | Permalink

    He's incredible.I've seen him live.
    Never heard this one,tho.Thanks much.
    He was in the plimsouls,right?

  • Anonymous
    September 22, 2009 - 01:28 | Permalink

    I worked with the plimsouls right at the end, and then saw Peter just after this came out when he played in SF Thanks

  • Anonymous
    September 22, 2009 - 06:50 | Permalink

    walk in the woods is one of my all time favourites !!! thanks a lot for this BIG BIG BIG post !!
    great work really.

  • george m
    September 22, 2009 - 07:10 | Permalink

    great os the next one he did

    on the subject of t bone….i'd love to see someone post Proof thru the Night….one of the great lost records of all time

  • TT
    September 22, 2009 - 07:18 | Permalink

    I may have "proof thru the night somewhere. I'll have a look and would happily upload it if someone could host the link.

  • Anonymous
    September 22, 2009 - 16:46 | Permalink

    I have been looking for this to supplement my old vinyl copy. Thanks for posting.

  • Let's Find H-Man A Wife
    September 22, 2009 - 20:38 | Permalink

    More than Curious is a super song..I have this album downstairs but it's a great pick….

  • Anonymous
    September 24, 2009 - 01:06 | Permalink

    The Man With the Post-Modernist (ETC) Blue Guitar….it would be amazing if you had it and could put it up…. it seems to be impossible to locate and it's really remarkable…..thanks for this one…..

  • Capt. Willard
    September 24, 2009 - 01:21 | Permalink
  • Art Ducko
    September 25, 2009 - 07:32 | Permalink

    God bless Peter Case.

  • Stymie
    September 25, 2009 - 19:18 | Permalink

    Proof Through The Night is over at Rare MP3 Music, per my request (can proudly say I turned 'em on to Paul Collin's Beat as well). This is a great album…ever single person I have played this for (or gave a copy to) absolutley loves it (Cooder's Paradise And Lunch has the same effect).

  • Stymie
    September 26, 2009 - 05:20 | Permalink

    Da Stymie again…hey, I do believe that the Freeform Farm has some mo' PC in the archives…been a long time since I been there, but there is at least 1/2 lps stashed at the farm…fyi..out

  • Anonymous
    October 23, 2009 - 20:12 | Permalink

    Yup….it's in there….YAY!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 11, 2009 - 02:01 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Jerry Lee
    October 30, 2011 - 10:10 | Permalink

    I agree, “Blue Guitar” is also excellent. Thanks, Willard.

  • Colin H
    October 30, 2011 - 11:49 | Permalink

    this has been one of my favorites for 25 years now, and was actually one of the top 5 albums I was lookng for that I’d never been able to find digital versions of when I first dscovered music blogs like this existed, 4 or 5 years back. (I suspect i got a 192 copy off the boat back then)

    Colin H, Cambridge, Canada

  • Colin H
    October 30, 2011 - 11:52 | Permalink

    …and, while several friends have threatented to revoke my power pop fan card on account of it, I have to admit that, having heard this before I ever heard the Plimsouls, I actually was disappointed they weren’t more like his solo stuff, which I just find more substantial, as far as my tastes go.

    • Willard
      October 30, 2011 - 12:33 | Permalink

      You know how it works…. sometimes the first thing you hear by an artist defines them.

  • Anonymous
    October 30, 2011 - 13:29 | Permalink

    Always loved this album. W, if you’re still looking for “Blue Guitar” I can accommodate. Drop me a line.

  • October 30, 2011 - 21:00 | Permalink

    I’ve got “Blue Guitar” too, if the other JB doesn’t come through…

    I love love love “Steel Strings”- Marshall Crenshaw did a fine version a couple of years later as well.

  • Joe
    November 2, 2011 - 13:08 | Permalink

    This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Not a bad track start to finish. I’ve got multiple copies – CD & cassette, but will download b/c I don’t have any of those copies here at work & i need to hear it now.


    Blue Guitar is another masterpiece…

  • November 3, 2011 - 10:20 | Permalink

    I agree with the others, a great album. I had this on vinyl back when it came out and loved it for years. Have to admit that I haven’t listened to it in years because did not have it in CD or digital form, so thanks for posting, and reminding us how good it is. I also had ‘Blue Guitar’, but also have to admit that I don’t really remember it as much, or as fondly, so it would be great to get that as well, if you can post it. Much Thanks.

    • Willard
      November 4, 2011 - 00:06 | Permalink
      • November 6, 2011 - 16:07 | Permalink

        Much Thanks, Willard, for the link.

        • Willard
          November 6, 2011 - 17:21 | Permalink

          You know… I said feel free to delete it, but feel free to use it, as well. I had a couple folks send it to us and I had no plans to post it myself.

  • FlashG
    April 30, 2013 - 19:28 | Permalink

    Hey willard

    I have not been around recenly due health issues & such. I wanted to know if you have the acoustic versions of I Shook His Hand and Steel Strings from the 12″. just saw Peter solo and he was superb. He informed me of the just released live Plimsouls “Beach Town Confidential” on Alive. They do the Moby Grape’s Fall On You, previously only done on the fan cassette tape “Gangrene Tamborine”, with serveral oher great covers their own rockin’ originals. You should check it out. this is an EXCELLENT post. this and Blue Guitar are masterpieces.

    • Willard
      April 30, 2013 - 19:36 | Permalink

      Glad you’re alive and well, Flash. Thanks for the info.

  • FlashG
    May 1, 2013 - 18:21 | Permalink

    But do have or can you get the the acoustic versions of I Shook His Hand and Steel Strings that were on the 12″ only? any help appreciated. Tanx

    • Willard
      May 1, 2013 - 19:25 | Permalink

      Oops… sorry Flash. I was rushing and misread your comment. Yeah, I can get that 12″ up for you in a day or two. I’ll post it up top. Sorry for not paying closer attention and thanks for the suggestion.

  • FlashG
    May 2, 2013 - 03:05 | Permalink

    Hey tanx for such a prompt response. I really apreciate that.

  • collectedpoems
    July 29, 2013 - 18:32 | Permalink

    the df link here is dead! many thanks!

    • Willard
      July 29, 2013 - 19:40 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • July 29, 2013 - 21:37 | Permalink


  • Christian
    September 2, 2015 - 02:58 | Permalink

    To me, this album was one of the musical highlights of the Eighties. I must have played it hundreds of times. In a better universe, this would have been a monster.

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