The Earth Pressed Flat


The Earth Pressed Flat
Studio album by
Released20 April 1999
Recordedat Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario
LabelBar/None Records
ProducerArmand John Petri
10,000 Maniacs chronology
Love Among the Ruins
The Earth Pressed Flat
Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings of 10,000 Maniacs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Entertainment WeeklyC− link
The Phoenix3/4 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars [1]

The Earth Pressed Flat is a 1999 album by 10,000 Maniacs. The album contains nine songs that had been written for, but not used in, the band's previous album, Love Among the Ruins: "The Earth Pressed Flat", "Once a City", "On & On (Mersey Song)", "Somebody's Heaven", "Cabaret", "Beyond the Blue", "Smallest Step", "Time Turns" and "Hidden in My Heart". "Beyond the Blue" and "Time Turns" had been released on the single "More Than This", but were re-recorded for this album.

All tracks are credited to 10,000 Maniacs as a band for royalty purposes, though the lyricists of the songs received additional credit. Dennis Drew wrote "Ellen", "Glow", "Smallest Step" and "Rainbows". John Lombardo wrote "The Earth Pressed Flat", "Once a City", "On & On (Mersey Song)", "Beyond the Blue" and "Time Turns". Lombardo and Drew shared writing credit on "Hidden in My Heart". Lombardo, Mary Ramsey and Rob Buck shared writing credit on "Somebody's Heaven".

Track listing

  1. "The Earth Pressed Flat" – 4:11
  2. "Ellen" – 3:27
  3. "Once a City" – 4:22
  4. "Glow" – 2:31
  5. "On & On (Mersey Song)" – 3:32
  6. "Somebody's Heaven" – 4:41
  7. "Cabaret" – 3:02
  8. "Beyond the Blue" – 3:17
  9. "Smallest Step" – 3:32
  10. "In the Quiet Morning" – 2:53
  11. "Time Turns" – 3:49
  12. "Hidden in My Heart" – 4:18
  13. "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" – 6:40
  14. "Rainbows" – 5:16 (hidden track, US release)


10,000 Maniacs
Technical staff
  • John Caruso – engineer
  • Armand John Petri – producer, engineer
  • Blair Woods – coordination,
  • John Lombardo – graphic design, album artwork
  • Nick Balgona – mastering


Liner notes from 10,000 Maniacs album: The Earth Pressed Flat.

  1. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 807. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone 10,000 maniacs album guide.