Speed the Plough

Wonder Wheel

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WONDER WHEEL is the second album from this Haledon, New Jersey-based band. It shows wonderful growth from the group's fine debut. From the opening number, "Aeroplane," the 11 songs are sequenced and paced with a bracing sense of dynamics. Where Speed the Plough's first album introduced the group's lush and pastoral sound, this time out the group made a great step forward by creating a true album statement.

This album features instrumental contributions from the Feelies, whose quiet relentlessness proves the perfect engine for these smartly hypnotic grooves. "Final Day" shows Speed the Plough is quite capable of cranking the volume up when it needs to. WONDER WHEEL was produced by the Feelies' co-leader Bill Million, who handles the slow builds and ever-rolling rhythms of Speed the Plough with expert precision. Banjo player Tony Trishka guests on several tracks.

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