Ed's Redeeming Qualities

At the Fish & Game Club

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At the Fish and Game Club seems to be suffused with more melancholy than most of the other Ed's albums. That might be hindsight due to the fact that it proved to be the last studio album by the group prior to their dissolution, but the tracks "Big Black Bag," "Overcast," and "Legs to Go" seem to borne that out upon listening. That doesn't totally disperse the quirkiness of "Sweater," "Scrambled Eggs," or "Frosty," among others. Two chestnuts from their live sets, "Mom" and "My Friend Bob," finally are recorded, and "Coriander Eyes" is redone with a little help from Paddlefoot (also gone the way of ERQ). Think of it as a last evening with a friend who's going away for awhile, whom you may run into again at some point.

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