Album Review: Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails by The Baseball Project
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
The Baseball Project actually began back in 1992 when musicians Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn met and discovered they shared a passionate interest in baseball and its fascinating history of quirky, eccentric personalities with amazing stories that could make you laugh or cry, and sometimes both at once. The plan to make an album of original modern rock songs about all of this sat on the back burner, though, until 2007, when the pair sat down in earnest to write and record the project. Drafting in drummer Linda Pitmon and longtime friend and guitarist Peter Buck from (R.E.M.), McCaughey and Wynn recorded The Baseball Project, Vol.
Apart from their proven expertise in staying off the charts, cult rock aesthetes Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Miracle 3) and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5) also have a love for major league baseball, with a special interest in stories that get left out of the newscasts. So they’ve joined forces for the Baseball Project and brought in pals Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon to offer a musical salute to some of the colourful characters and memorable events that make America’s game so endlessly fascinating. While a few Hall of Famers like Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays are name-checked on the entertaining Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails disc, McCaughey and Wynn share a kinship with the tragically flawed near-greats.