American Hips

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All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
Jim Campilongo may have been influenced by country musicians such as Speedy West, but American Hips probably isn't what people who are unfamiliar with Campilongo's oeuvre would expect from a country record. There isn't someone like pedal steel player Joe Goldmark who appeared on some of Campilongo's previous recordings around to remind people of Campilongo's country roots; instead, Campilongo has teamed up with drummer Dan Rieser Norah Jones, Bert Seager, Stephan Crump and bassist Tim Luntzel Arkadia Jazz All-Stars, both of whom have backgrounds in jazz. Furthermore, jazz vocalist Norah Jones appears on two tracks the only ones that aren't instrumentals: the Don Gibson ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
Jim Campilongo may have been influenced by country musicians such as Speedy West, but American Hips probably isn't what people who are unfamiliar with Campilongo's oeuvre would expect from a country record. There isn't someone like pedal steel player Joe Goldmark who appeared on some of Campilongo's previous recordings around to remind people of Campilongo's country roots; instead, Campilongo has teamed up with drummer Dan Rieser Norah Jones, Bert Seager, Stephan Crump and bassist Tim Luntzel Arkadia Jazz All-Stars, both of whom have backgrounds in jazz. Furthermore, jazz vocalist Norah Jones appears on two tracks the only ones that aren't instrumentals: the Don Gibson standard "Sweet Dreams" and the Campilongo original with lyrics by Kurt Stevenson and Kate Maher "Stella." Meanwhile, Campilongo's Telecaster playing alternates between twangy, bluesy, bouncy, soulful, ominous particularly on the impressive "Cat Under a Car", and sedate particularly on the dull cover version of the Beatles' "Michelle". Campilongo deserves credit for not having a cookie-cutter sound, and he demonstrates that playing skillfully but simply with both feeling and restraint is better than getting carried away with ostentatious displays of technique. All of the album's tracks were recorded live in the studio, which probably contributes to the spontaneity of the performances; both Campilongo's knack for writing offbeat melodies and his rhythm section's ace support help make this album a pleasant listening experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Blue Hen Records
  • UPC: 807135264723
  • Catalog Number: 8
  • Sales rank: 87,123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 American Hips (3:31)
  2. 2 Watchin' You Drown in a Mud Puddle (4:45)
  3. 3 Sweet Dreams - Norah Jones (3:20)
  4. 4 Cat Under a Car (4:58)
  5. 5 Bought Some Swampland in Florida (5:06)
  6. 6 Jim's Blues (4:13)
  7. 7 Stella (4:17)
  8. 8 Roy Buchanan's Cousin (3:49)
  9. 9 Between Your Toes (3:41)
  10. 10 Freaky Dreiky (4:01)
  11. 11 Michelle (4:44)
  12. 12 Like, Hello? (1:48)
  13. 13 Ain't She Sweet (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Campilongo Primary Artist, Guitar
Dan Rieser Percussion, Drums
Tony Scherr Acoustic Guitar
Norah Jones Vocals
Tim Luntzel Bass
Technical Credits
Don Gibson Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Tony Scherr Engineer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Jack Yellen Composer
Jim Campilongo Composer, Producer
Daryn Roven Engineer
Kurt Stevenson Composer
Justin Lieberman Engineer
Alexis Manheim Cover Photo
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