With Dan Baird last year announcing his much-earned retirement from touring, it seems as good a time as any to revisit the glory days of the Georgia Satellites. Following his departure from the band in 1990, Baird toured extensively over the years as a solo artist with his band Homemade Sin, counting former Jason and the Scorchers guitarist Warner E Hodges as one of his touring partners (Hodges now continues successfully with his own solo band, releasing a new album in 2020). The Satellites themselves continue to tour after Rick Richards (also widely-known for being Izzy Stradlin’s recurrent guitarist) stepped up to take over the vocal duties.
Now in 2021, the Satellites have given their consent to this ultimate collection made up of the three albums produced while signed to Elektra Records from 1986 – 1990, specifically “Georgia Satellites”, “Open All Night” and “In the Land of Salvation and Sin”. Released through Cherry Red records, the CD boxset also includes numerous b-sides, live records and covers, with 13 tracks appearing for the first time ever on CD. The collection also includes detailed notes about the recordings from each of the band members – Dan Baird, Mauro Magellan, Rick Price and Rick Richards – a wealth of new photos, and the UK discography.
With all three albums here in one collection, it’s clear just how prolific the Satellites were and just how great their output was. From songs such as the mega hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”, which shot them to stardom with their first album, to the excellent “Sheila” from their second, and “All Over but the Cryin’” from their final (and in many ways their best) album with Baird, this 53-track journey through the years is absolutely littered with quality material. With such a wealth of gems, this new Ultimate collection is a must-have retrospective – a great starting place for new fans, and a brilliant round up and new addition for the existing ones.
Author: Craggy Collyde