Giant Sand

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Giant Sand (also currently recording as Giant Giant Sand) is an American band from Tucson, Arizona. Its most constant member is singer-songwriter Howe Gelb.

Members have included keyboardist Chris Cacavas (of Green on Red), bassist Paula Jean Brown (who was briefly a member of The Go-Go's and was married to Gelb at the time), Mark Walton (of The Dream Syndicate and Continental Drifters), drummer Tom Larkins (later to become a Jonathan Richman sideman). and Iain Shedden, drummer with Australian band The Saints. For a long while the band's rhythm section consisted of John Convertino and Joey Burns (of Calexico fame). In the early 2000s Howe Gelb reinvented the band again - this time with players from Denmark.

Guest artists over the last 3 decades have included Victoria Williams, Neko Case, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey, Vic Chesnutt, Steve Wynn, Vicki Peterson, Rainer Ptacek, M. Ward, Isobel Campbell, nearly all members of the band Poi Dog Pondering, and Indiosa Patsy Jean (Gelb and Brown's daughter).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Valley of Rain Giant Sand 6
1986 Ballad of a Thin Line Man Giant Sand 3
1988 Storm Giant Sand 2
1988 The Love Songs Giant Sand 2
1989 Long Stem Rant Giant Sand 2
1990 Swerve Giant Sand 3
1991 Ramp Giant Sand 3
1992 Center of the Universe Giant Sand 3
1993 Purge & Slouch Giant Sand 3
1994 Glum Giant Sand 3
1994 Stromausfall Giant Sand 1
1995 Goods and Services Giant Sand 2
1996 Backyard Barbecue Broadcast Giant Sand 1
1996 Official Bootleg Series, Volume 1 Giant Sand 1
1997 Valley of Rain / Ballad of a Thin Line Man Giant Sand 1
2000 Chore of Enchantment Giant Sand 4
2000 Official Bootleg Series, Volume 2: The Rock Opera Years Giant Sand 1
2001 Unsungglum (Official Bootleg) Giant Sand 1
2002 Cover Magazine Giant Sand 2
2004 Is All Over the Map Giant Sand 2
2008 *proVISIONS* Giant Sand 2
2008 Provisional Supplement Giant Sand 1
2010 Blurry Blue Mountain Giant Sand 2
2011 Black Out Giant Sand 1
2011 is all over the map Giant Sand 1
2011 Backyard Barbeque Broadcast Giant Sand 1
2012 Tucson Giant Giant Sand 2
2015 Heartbreak Pass Giant Sand 1
Official Bootleg Series, Volume 5: Too Many Spare Parts in the Yard Too Close at Hand Giant Sand 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Giant Songs: The Best of Giant Sand Giant Sand 1
1991 Giant Sandwich Giant Sand 1
1995 Giant Songs, Volume 2: The Best of Giant Sand Giant Sand 1
2001 Selections Circa 1990-2000 Giant Sand 2

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Sandman Series #1 Giant Sand 1

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