The single -- like much of their material, which combines up-tempo country-rock with gloriously soulful arrangements -- was named Single of the Week by NME, who called it "one of the most luscious, soul-tugging singles of the year." Julian Wilson, meanwhile, took time off to play Hammond organ for Gene and also appeared on the Drawn to the Deep End album. In May 1998, Vaclav issued Grand Drive's On a Good Day EP as a limited-edition CD and 7" single. Grand Drive then came to the attention of Tom Bridgewater and Mark Rogers' London-based Loose Recordings (launched in 1998 with their genre-defining New Sounds of the Old West alt country/Americana compilations). Loose issued their Wrong Notes EP in December 1998 and, in April 1999, compiled their first album, Road Music, from the three previously released EPs and two singles. The group returned to the studio and in September 2000, Loose released their adventurous True Love and High Adventure album. Comprised of 11 new songs boosted with ornate string and brass arrangements, the album -- co-produced by the Wilsons and producer Pete Hoffman -- raised the bar for orchestral country-rock.
After its release, Julian moved to Paris to be with his girlfriend and the band had put any plans on hold until RCA Victor purloined the group and signed them to a substantial record deal. The label re-released True Love and High Adventure and Road Music in April 2001. In June, RCA Victor issued the band's Wheels EP. Subsequent albums include "See the Morning In" (2002), "The Lights in This Town Are Too Many to Count" (2004), and "Everyone" (2007). Read more on Last.fm.
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