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Although they evolved into a full-fledged pop band, Guster began their career as a quirky acoustic trio. The band, whose three co-founders met during freshmen year at Tufts University, spent most of the 1990s touring the college circuit and releasing independent albums, all of which featured hand percussion in lieu of a traditional drum set. Released in 1999, Lost and Gone Forever widened the band’s sound considerably, and the follow-up album found percussionist Brian Rosenworcel playing a drum set on several songs. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia joined the lineup in 2003, allowing Guster more freedom to explore a combination of folk, pop, and rock. Guster formed in 1991, when Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, and Brian Rosenworcel first crossed paths at college orientation. Originally called Gus, the trio played local shows around the Boston area before releasing an independent album, Parachute, in 1994. By 1996, they’d elongated their name to Guster and recorded a second album, Goldfly, which netted the band a contract with Sire Records. Sire reissued Goldfly in 1998, and the bandmates decamped to a recording studio later that year to work with producer Steve Lillywhite. Released in 1999, Long and Gone Forever became the band’s unofficial breakthrough album, cracking the lower reaches of the Billboard charts and spinning off a hit single, “Fa Fa,” which peaked at number 26 on the Adult Top 40. Compared to Guster's early albums, Long and Gone Forever was downright lush, with strings and horn sections beefing up the band's standard mix of bongos, vocal harmonies, and folk-pop songwriting. Guster went even further with their follow-up effort, Keep It Together, which featured drum kit percussion and contributions from a talented multi-instrumentalist named Joe Pisapia. The album was released during the summer of 2003, where it cracked the Top 40. Meanwhile, the band also released a “fake” version of the record, The Meowstro Sings: Guster's Keep It Together, in which Guster’s vocal tracks were replaced with simulated cat meows. The so-called “meow mixes” were released online in an attempt to battle illegal file sharing. Several months after Keep It Together’s release, Pisapia joined the group permanently. He made his official debut on the 2004 concert album Guster on Ice, which found the guys playing selections from all of their albums. Now a four-piece outfit, Guster returned in 2006 with their richest-sounding album to date, Ganging Up on the Sun. The group's sixth studio album, Easy Wonderful, which was partially recorded in Pisapia's Middletree Studios in Nashville, was released in October of 2010. Around that time, Pisapia announced he wouldn't be touring with the band any longer, choosing instead to play with k.d. lang full-time. He was replaced in the touring lineup by guitarist Luke Reynolds, a former member of the band Blue Merle. The Richard Swift-produced Evermotion, the band's seventh studio long-player, arrived in early 2015 via their own Ocho Mule label. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Guster

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    Evermotion

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    Keep It Together: Live from the Beacon Theatre

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    Parachute: Live from Brooklyn Bowl

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    Easy Wonderful

    16 songs

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    Easy Wonderful [CD/DVD]

    12 songs

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    Ganging Up on the Sun

    14 songs

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    Keep It Together

    11 songs

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    Lost and Gone Forever

    10 songs

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    Goldfly

    11 songs

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    Parachute

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    Guster on Audiotree Live

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    On the Ocean EP

    4 songs

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    WBR Sessions EP

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    Evermotion

    5 songs

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    One Man Wrecking Machine

    18 songs

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    Keep It Together [10 Year Anniversary Edition]

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    Lost and Gone Forever

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    MTV2 Album Covers: Guster/Violent Femmes

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    Keep It Together

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    Long Night

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    Doin' It by Myself

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    This Could All Be Yours

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    Carol of the Meows

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    Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus?

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Do You Love Me
  3.   Tiny Tree Christmas
  4.   Amsterdam
  5.   Satellite
  6.   Donde Esta Santa Claus
  7.   Architects & Engineers
  8.   Two of Us
  9.   Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus?
  10.   Timothy Leary
  11.   This Wheel's on Fire
  12.   Rise & Shine
  13.   Simple Machine
  14.   I'm Through
  15.   Happier
  16.   Careful
  17.   Carol of the Meows
  18.   Lightning Rod
  19.   Long Night
  20.   I've Got to Be Clean
  21.   That's No Way to Get to Heaven
  22.   Cocoon
  23.   Endlessly
  24.   Good Feeling
  25.   Big White Bed
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