THE DB’S The Sound of Music (1987)

The Sound of Music (1987)
This Should Have Been The One

No two ways around it, in a just world The Sound of Music would have made The dB’s stars. Or, at least, guaranteed songwriter Peter Holsapple a comfortable ASCAP/BMI pension. Rarely has a disc full of simple pop/rock songs been delivered with such urgent conviction and infectious enthusiasm – balancing concise, jangly pop and thoughtful, confessional subject matter. You can actually hear how hard Holsapple is attempting to connect, a tangible yearning that manages to fight its way through the zeros and ones. Easily the band’s most accessible album (and arguably their best), it’s inexplicably out of print – even while Collector’s Choice has already reissued much of the band’s work. In 1994, Holsapple would resurrect The dB’s moniker for one more album (of early demos), but this is where it all came together. Amazon has it HERE.

Never Say When
Change With The Changing Times
I Lie
Molly Says
Any Old Thing
Think Too Hard
Working For Somebody Else
Never Before And Never Again
A Better Place
Look At The Sun Too Long
Today Could Be The Day
Feel Alright



  • EdArenstein
    May 24, 2007 - 02:32 | Permalink

    Holy crap, was I happy to find this. Everything you wrote about this is 100% on the mark. This is a great album, which I purchased back in the day on cassette. The fidelity has faded, to say the least. Thank you a thousand times for getting this posted.

  • md
    May 24, 2007 - 04:33 | Permalink

    Oof – I've been wanting to hear this for a long time myself – real thanks for choosing to post this, not to mention people like P Hux who are new to me. If you're choosing people like Emitt R and the DBs though, I'm very inclined to trust your…. 'method'. ;-)
    Add my own thousand thanks.

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2007 - 06:34 | Permalink

    thousand thanks from me also !!
    (and merci also for the bears)

  • Yogiphlegm
    October 22, 2007 - 02:52 | Permalink

    I feel Indiana Jones finding the Covenant. Thanks for putting up this great album. The DB's have rocked for years. Its amazing how this album still holds up today. People, this is a must download.

    I'm staying tuned…….Josh

  • landru
    March 16, 2009 - 19:57 | Permalink

    HOLY CRAP … am I glad I looked up the Beatles Revolution 20 today … I've been looking for this FOREVER … My cassette copy is long long dead. It is a fantastic album that had a lot of us Pre-Nirvana rockers really going for a summer or so. Thanks

  • Capt. Willard
    March 20, 2009 - 08:20 | Permalink

    Wow… TWO "holy crap" comments. That's a record around here.

  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2009 - 10:23 | Permalink

    These Chaps must have been brought up on a diet of Batman (that's got to be a good thing) Willard …

    The Ball is rolling this week…Super post

  • Pants Elk
    March 21, 2009 - 12:47 | Permalink

    Holy crap! That's something you don't hear outside the print shop!

    You want to please the spirits in your yard, Willard, you do a tasty comp of early Stamey/Sneakers/dB's stuff. Don't think I've seen The Summer Sun blogged.

    Oh, and this album is nifty and swell, but I like the previous one even bester, you know, the one without Stamey, but I can't remember the name of it … Love Is For Lovers is tewdally awesome.

    Well, it's been nice chatting, but I have to get this bucket of eels to market.

  • Capt. Willard
    March 21, 2009 - 16:24 | Permalink

    That's 3 'holy crap,' comments… but I'm starting to suspect an ulterior Guiness World Book motive here.

  • Art Ducko
    March 26, 2009 - 05:03 | Permalink

    Excellent choice! I got sidetracked listening to the Big Star outtakes & then finally checked out the dB's. It's criminal when bands struggle for years to get heard, & wind up as footnotes while the commercial crap rises to the top. Now we need an updated appreciation for the Replacements. Any unreleased goodies lying around?

  • Capt. Willard
    March 26, 2009 - 05:12 | Permalink

    Not here, sorry pj. I was only a casual Replacements fan, satisfied with the over-the-counter stuff.

  • landru
    March 26, 2009 - 12:59 | Permalink

    Glad this is reposted. What a fantastic blog. Really great stuff, Willard. Thanks.

  • Thad
    April 3, 2009 - 11:47 | Permalink

    Too cool. A friend of mine recently got into the dB's, so this is most welcome. Between this, the 'mats and Game Theory, there was a lot of great stuff happening in the 80s.

    Oh, yes… holy crap!

  • Tom Miller
    June 3, 2009 - 16:13 | Permalink

    Holy hole in a crap Batman!!!! Inconceivable – yes I know what that means but what else could I say. I've been looking for TSOM by the DB's forever. Still have the vinyl but got rid of the turntable stereo a while ago and never got a replacement. This is just amazing. New playlist tonight! Molly Says will lead off, then Never Before and Never Again (Whatever happened to Syd Straw? If you like this song, you've got to check out her on Grant McClennan's Horsebreaker Star). Echo on the Game Theory shout-out, their version of The Letter is going on my new list too. BTW, speaking of Power Pop – Rhett Miller's new one has leaked a week ahead of release, found it right away on rapidshare. Thank you again for the DB's – excuse me now while I kiss the sky and do the Snoopy dance of joy in the fields with all the happy bunnies.
    Peace, Love & Understanding,

  • annmargretfan
    June 6, 2009 - 17:31 | Permalink

    Sounds great. First i'm hearing of this album.

  • steve simels
    November 26, 2010 - 17:07 | Permalink

    "Never Before and Never Again," the duet with Syd Straw is one of the most gorgeous things ever.

    Thanks for posting this in its entirety, obviously.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 26, 2010 - 15:38 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Anonymous
    November 26, 2010 - 20:50 | Permalink

    I only have this in digital form already because I spent weeks and weeks and weeks looking for it as one of the main things I wanted when I first entered the blogosphere… and STILL just downloaded it on the off chance it might sound a hair better than the 3 versions I've since found. As always, 'tis an excellent public service you provide here, sir. (And while I have the Bears on CD myself, it was heartwarming to see their work being spread here, too

    Colin H.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 26, 2010 - 20:58 | Permalink

    You may have one of my old ones. When I first started blogging, back in march 2007, I posted @192. We're re-ripping and re-upping a lot of our oldest posts at 320 these days. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 - 00:34 | Permalink

    Quite likely, I've certainly found alot of great stuff here.

    Have a photo somewhere of me, Oct. '87, lying on the floor, just started sessions for my first indie tape that was any good, with my new vinyl copy of Sound Of Music and the first whole quarter oz of my own I could ever afford on the floor beside me, from the paycheck of my first post-University job…good X's

    Colin H

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 - 00:38 | Permalink

    agree it should have been a huge success, too, but then, I'm the guy who bought Fables Of The Reconstruction and Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man on the way to 3rd year University in the fall of 85, and thought Guadalcanal Diary were the band that were going to be huge because R.E.M. were great, but to weird to ever catch on big…

    Colin H

    PS, thanks for having a comment field you don'r HAVE to have a google account to make work

  • Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2010 - 00:41 | Permalink

    Guadalcanal Diary were cool.

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 - 00:49 | Permalink

    one last question before I leave this thread alone… is this a vinyl rip of Sound Of Music, or from a CD copy? Just curious.

    Colin H

  • Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2010 - 01:03 | Permalink

    CD. I had the original, but made a copy before I sold it for about $50 back in the day.

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 - 02:29 | Permalink

    cool, my vinyl fan friends hate me for it, but I prefer CD's so that's what I was hoping.

    Colin H

  • Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2010 - 03:17 | Permalink

    I'm not a vinyl disciple either, but this album would benefit from a warmer, vinyl feel or remastering.

  • Loren
    November 27, 2010 - 16:45 | Permalink

    Thanks Captain. This is one of those bands that just stuck in my head, so that I had to chase down every bit of music they all made, and what a journey that is, with Chris Stamey, Continental Divide, Plimsouls , Syd Straw's cover of Think Too Hard, Bangles, etc. What a collection of musicians and their lives. As Peter Holsapple sings"Change With The Changing Times".

  • cuda_raver
    November 30, 2010 - 12:03 | Permalink

    I had the good fortune of living in the Chapel Hill, NC area (these guy's native stomping grounds – their hometown being Winston-Salem) before they ever put out a 12 incher. I've probably seen them more times than I can count on both hands. One show that will forever remain in my memory (as long as I have a few brain cells left) was when they did an unbelievable cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows". I believe Mr. Lennon himself would have been jealous. Speaking of Fab Four jealousy, a little Db,s trivia – during the recording of "Repercussions" in NY, a one Paul McCartney happened to be listening in on their sessions and was said to say "there will be serious REPERCUSSIONS if you release that album" hence the naming of said album.

  • slovenlyeric
    March 29, 2011 - 19:53 | Permalink

    I really loved this band. This was the last great thing they did. I keep hoping one day that Peter Holsapple would put out another disc of new material similar to this or the "Like This" LP which was even better in some ways. He has released some recordings of acoustic versions of these tunes, but I don't remember anything new since "Paris Avenue".

  • Thad
    April 19, 2011 - 01:35 | Permalink

    Ah, thank you so much! Have the vinyl, and now I can have it in the iPod, too.

    Fun fact: The dB's played here in town for Record Store Day.

    Not so fun fact: I was out of town. Boo/hiss.

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