Tracy Shedd, vocals, guitar, keyboards
James Tritten, drums
Paul Findlen, upright bass on 2 and 5
Steve Haley, bass guitar on 8 and 9
at Boolean Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
at Peerless, Newtonville, Massachusetts, USA
Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica
and Giambattista Bodoni
"This album is dedicated to the memeory of Einstein a Go-Go."
Einstein a Go-Go was a rock club in Jacksonville Beach, Florida that was open from 1985 through 1997.
"Special thanks to:
Mom and Dad,
The One A.M. Radio,
Mom and Dad McSheehy,
Mom and Dad Tritten,
Brian & Shari Susich,
Lara & David Shettel,
Ian & Nicole,
The Fly Seville,
Fing Fan Foom,
and to all my family and friends..."
"The curiously affecting debut of Boston-based singer/songwriter Tracy Shedd is a gentle reminder that there's no substitute for a good song. All the modern world gee-gaws and fashion plate accessories don't amount to a hill of beans if they aren't backed by a strong melody, a decent hook and bouncing groove. Blue is a collection of old-school indie pop tunes; it could rest comfortably between albums written by the Spinanes, Jale and Tsunami almost a decade ago. The departure point from those celebrated bands is the mature worldview that guides these observational lyrics. These songs are quiet marvels about relationships and other hang-ups, coloured by gently weeping guitars, keyboards and the occasional bass accompaniment. Whether or not the colourful title is a tip of the hat to troubadour Joni Mitchell's finest hour, this Blue shares that classic album's emotional weight and candour."
- Christopher Waters, Exclaim
"Tracy Shedd Blue (Teenbeat/import) It has been some time since we have had any news about Teenbeat, the unlikely label directed by the very inspired Marc Robinson (for those who have rated the preceding episodes, I speaking of the former leader of Unrest and Air Miami who now works alone.) But this [news] scarcity ends today and in the most beautiful manner, that is to say, Blue is the first album of Tracy Shedd, a fragile (at least that is what one imagines) young woman from the suburbs of Boston. Fragile, as her nine small songs of exquisite tenderness and of a confusing naivet. Sometimes one is reminded of Young Marble Giants - for her captivating crystalline voice - to the first steps of Everything But the Girl - for these arrangements are reduced to a bare minimum and show a rare relevance - to the very acoustic moments of Lush - for these melodies and harmonies grab your heart. Melancholy (often) and touching (always), the compositions of the cultured American woman evokes thoughts of sweet summer nights, where one's head is inevitably lost in the stars and one tries to close the eyes to dream better. To dream that, each day, one can listen to recordings as touching. And as troubling."
- Christophe Basterra, Magic
(translated from the French)
March 19, 2001
32 minutes, 4 seconds
4-page folder and tray card (one side colour and one side black and white).
with white tray.
blue, red, and white inks.
Furnace, Falls Church, Virginia.
Discmakers Print Services, Pennsauken, New Jersey.
One side colour and one side black and white.
Modern Postcard, California.