Giant Sand

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Giant Sand (also currently recording as Giant Giant Sand) is an American rock band, based in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The name is shortened from the original 'Giant Sandworms', a reference to the creatures in the Dune books. Overseen by singer-songwriter Howe Gelb, its membership has shifted over the years — at times with each album.

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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Discography

Album

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

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2011 goods and services Live 1

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