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A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC

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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Though most tribute albums aren't worth the cost of the packaging, A Testimonial Dinner deserves a listen simply because the artists involved appear to have been selected more for their love of XTC than for their MTV appeal. Spacehog's take on "Senses Working Overtime" captures the perky but warped pop sensibilities perfectly, while Sarah McLachlan's haunting acoustic version of "Dear God" is, even by Andy Patridge's admission, arguably better than the original. Ruben Blades' invigorating Latin spin on "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" is simply magical, and They Might Be Giants lend their quirky style to a cover of "25 O'Clock," a song originally recorded by XTC's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Though most tribute albums aren't worth the cost of the packaging, A Testimonial Dinner deserves a listen simply because the artists involved appear to have been selected more for their love of XTC than for their MTV appeal. Spacehog's take on "Senses Working Overtime" captures the perky but warped pop sensibilities perfectly, while Sarah McLachlan's haunting acoustic version of "Dear God" is, even by Andy Patridge's admission, arguably better than the original. Ruben Blades' invigorating Latin spin on "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" is simply magical, and They Might Be Giants lend their quirky style to a cover of "25 O'Clock," a song originally recorded by XTC's side-project the Dukes of Stratosphear. To top it all off, even XTC shows up disguised as Terry & the Lovemen to contribute "The Good Things," a lilting, psychedelic track reminiscent of the Summer of Love's groovy, harmony-laden pop. With nary a dud to be found, A Testimonial Dinner is the rare tribute album that does its subjects proud.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 711297154528
  • Catalog Number: 849106
  • Sales rank: 187,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Earn Enough for Me (3:29)
  2. 2 Senses Working Overtime (3:52)
  3. 3 All You Pretty Girls (4:15)
  4. 4 Wake Up (4:04)
  5. 5 Making Plans for Nigel (5:03)
  6. 6 Dear God (3:58)
  7. 7 The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul (4:53)
  8. 8 Another Satellite - P. Hux (4:20)
  9. 9 25 O'Clock (4:05)
  10. 10 The Good Things - Terry & The Lovemen (4:41)
  11. 11 Statue of Liberty - Joe Jackson (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rubén Blades Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Jackson Keyboards, Maracas, Vocals, Track Performer
The Rembrandts Track Performer
They Might Be Giants Track Performer
Crash Test Dummies Track Performer
Sarah McLachlan Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Parthenon Huxley Guitar, Vocals
Danny Wilde Guitar, Vocals
Freedy Johnston Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Brian Doherty Drums
Gary Burke Drums, Maracas
Benjamin Darvill Harmonica
John Flansburgh Guitar, Vocals
Bob Glaub Bass
Don Heffington Drums
Oscar Hernandez Piano
Ralph Irizarry Timbales
Renaldo Jorge Trombone
Dave Kershaw Bass, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Acoustic Bass
Greg Leisz Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
John Linnell Keyboards, Vocals
Graham Maby Bass, Guitar
Pat Mastelotto Drums
Rob Miller Bass, Background Vocals
Eddy Montalvo Conga
Ellen Reid Background Vocals
Brad Roberts Guitar, Vocals
Dan Roberts Bass
Erik Sanko Bass
Chris Sharrock Drums
Dave Sinclair Electric Guitar
Phil Solem Guitar, Vocals
Gordon Townsend Drums, Background Vocals
Angel Papo Vasquez Trombone
Raymond Vega Flugelhorn
The Verve Pipe Track Performer
Terry Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Mitch Dorge Drums
Graham Edwards Bass Guitar
Brian Minato Electric Bass
Spacehog Track Performer
Tony Barrero Trumpet
Donny Brown Drums, Vocals
Doug Corella Percussion, Keyboards
Johnny Cragg Drums
Luke Doucet Guitar
A.J. Dunning Guitar, Vocals
George Gonzalez Bongos
Camille Henderson Background Vocals
Antony Langdon Guitar, Vocals
Royston Langdon Bass Guitar
Alan Sood Drums
Richard Steel Guitar
Brian Vander Ark Guitar, Vocals
Brad Vander Ark Bass, Vocals
John Walsh Trumpet
Ray Vega Flugelhorn
Rubén Rodríguez Bass
David Sinclair Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Rubén Blades Executive Producer
Joe Jackson Producer
They Might Be Giants Producer
Paul Mitchell Engineer
Crash Test Dummies Producer
Andy Partridge Composer
Danny Wilde Producer
Steve Boyer Engineer
Irwin Chusid Liner Notes
John Diaz Engineer
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Oscar Hernandez Brass Arrangment
Michael Hofmann Producer
Pierre Marchand Producer
Colin Moulding Composer
Greg Reely Engineer
Brad Roberts Programming
Dan Roberts Programming
Jim Rondinelli Producer, Engineer
Ed Roynesdal Producer
Phil Solem Producer
Michael Vinas Arranger, Producer
David Yazbek Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Michael Bosley Engineer
Mitch Dorge Programming, Contributor
Duncan Stanbury Mastering
Mark Droescher Artwork
Paul James Engineer
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