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Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman
     

Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman

by Jonathan Richman
 
Following the dissolution of the Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman ended up recording seven albums for the folk label Rounder Records. The not-so-unusual alliance resulted in a new/old sound for Richman and the results are readily evident on the collection Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman. Unlike the noise and sneer barrage the Lovers were loved for,

Overview

Following the dissolution of the Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman ended up recording seven albums for the folk label Rounder Records. The not-so-unusual alliance resulted in a new/old sound for Richman and the results are readily evident on the collection Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman. Unlike the noise and sneer barrage the Lovers were loved for, his solo recordings demonstrate Richman's emotive, stream-of-consciousness spazz rock with a stripped-down honesty. The songs revolve around such mundane things as neighborhoods, Fender Stratocasters, the bus, and cappuccino, almost as if he's sitting on his porch singing songs about whatever pops into his head. This casual feel could be annoying at the local coffeehouse, but Richman's almost child-like wonder at his ordinary subject matter and his straightforward '50s-style rock & roll guitar capture an innocence that seems remarkable coming from someone who could justifiably act a lot more jaded. The songs on Action Packed may seem a little light and off the cuff to listeners only familiar with his proto-punk recordings, but Richman's gentle delight in making music is infectious and endearing, as this collection excellently proves.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661159624
catalogNumber:
611596
Rank:
71187

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jonathan Richman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals
Joe Terry   Piano,Background Vocals
John Avila   Drums,Background Vocals
Tom Brumley   Steel Guitar
Ron Butler   Background Vocals
David Byrd   Piano
Ned Claflin   Organ,Accordion,Background Vocals
John Girton   Bass,Saxophone
Tom Nelson   Background Vocals
Nick Sibley   Harmonica,Background Vocals
D. Clinton Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Brennan Totten   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Washburn   Bass
Lou Whitney   Bass
Ned Wilkinson   Background Vocals
Scot Woodland   Drums,Background Vocals
Josef Marc   Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Bobby Lloyd Hicks   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jody Ross   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jonathan Richman   Liner Notes
Scott Billington   Art Direction
John Girton   Engineer
D. Clinton Thompson   Producer,Audio Production
Brennan Totten   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Lou Whitney   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Christian Clayton   Cover Art
Paul Emery   Engineer

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