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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The focus of this album is instrumental, but that's not quite the same thing as saying that it's an instrumental album. Guitarist John Platania was cajoled into making this disc by Chip Taylor, himself a guitarist and also a producer and owner of the Train Wreck label. But instead of making a straight-ahead album of fancy guitar tunes, Platania decided to make something a little stranger: a collection of guitar tunes with a weird assortment of spoken and sung vocals woven through them. Thus, on the album-opening "Runnin' with the Dogs" you get a brief disquisition by actor Jon Voight (Taylor's brother) on the nature of bordertown culture; on "In Memory of Zapata" you get ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The focus of this album is instrumental, but that's not quite the same thing as saying that it's an instrumental album. Guitarist John Platania was cajoled into making this disc by Chip Taylor, himself a guitarist and also a producer and owner of the Train Wreck label. But instead of making a straight-ahead album of fancy guitar tunes, Platania decided to make something a little stranger: a collection of guitar tunes with a weird assortment of spoken and sung vocals woven through them. Thus, on the album-opening "Runnin' with the Dogs" you get a brief disquisition by actor Jon Voight (Taylor's brother) on the nature of bordertown culture; on "In Memory of Zapata" you get a reading by Alejandro Escovedo and an all-too-brief vocal segment by Lucinda Williams; and on the bluesy strut "Texas Sexy Ways" you get some real singing by Platania himself, and you're left wishing he'd sung more. Throughout the whole thing you get some very tasty slide, electric, and fingerpicked acoustic guitar work from both Platania and Taylor, and the result is, for the most part, very satisfying -- note in particular the slide guitar and tabla workout "Suite 35." On the downside, you also get "Child Heroes," a song that features a children's chorus singing about glorious martyrdom and managing somehow to be simultaneously repulsive and cloying. Formally speaking, that's an impressive feat, but it's not one to be especially proud of. Recommended overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Trainwreck Records
  • UPC: 670501002522
  • Catalog Number: 25
  • Sales rank: 269,326

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Platania Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Narrator, Dialogue
Lucinda Williams Vocals, Narrator
Rubén Ramos Narrator, Dialogue
Alejandro Escovedo Background Vocals, Narrator, Dialogue
Seth Farber Keyboards
Anton Fig Drums
Heinz Geissler Narrator, Dialogue
Ray Spiegel Tabla
Tony Mercadante Bass, Vocals
Carrie Rodriguez Fiddle
Javier Vercher Saxophone
Technical Credits
Chip Taylor Audio Production
David Glasser Engineer, Mastering
John Platania Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Overdub Producer
Paul Antonell Engineer, overdub engineer
Bruce Berky Engineer
Milt Costakis Engineer, overdub engineer
Kyle Crusham Engineer
Eric Corne Engineer
Michael Presta Engineer
James Ferri Engineer
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