If you knew anything about me you’d know I love Giant Sand. Early tunefull Giant Sand, middle period experimental Giant Sand and late period noisy Giant Sand. I love Howe Gelb solo records and Giant Sand’s rythm section spinoff discs (Calexico). There are so many great or interesting or challenging songs, ballads, rockers, duets with his wife or daughter, slow country, instrumentals and blues that this post will be in at least two parts. The first part is early Giant Sand 84-88 or so. The first two tracks are taken from a Homestead Records (Sonic Youth, Big Black, Nick Cave, Big Dipper, The Chills, Beat Happening etc) release called The Love Songs from ’88 (if you were alive and buying music in 1988 you know that Homestead was the label).
The next two are from a best of disc on Demon Records put out in ’89. But the two songs below are from ’85. These early songs are Giant Sand’s most accessable, later period Giant Sand got a lot more eclectic sounding and difficult to immediately grasp. Like many great American bands often it took a European label to truly appreciate the talent that they possessed. Giant sand is no exception and you can find many early releases on European imprints.