Book of Spells

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All Music Guide - Chris Slawecki
The Boneshakers, you might say, are a danceable roots rock version of Steely Dan -- two songwriters/instrumentalists/vocalists Randy Jacobs and Sweet Pea Atkinson compose tart, biting songs and perform them with ensembles of guest musicians, some bearing impressive credentials in this case, critical fave Jon Butcher among them. Jacobs and Atkinson had previously worked together with Was Not Was; individually, they've collaborated with everyone from Elton John and Coolio to Iggy Pop and Ofra Haza. But even down to its title, their debut album, Book of Spells, seems to promise just slightly more voodoo than it actually delivers. It opens with the James Brown warhorse "Cold...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Slawecki
The Boneshakers, you might say, are a danceable roots rock version of Steely Dan -- two songwriters/instrumentalists/vocalists Randy Jacobs and Sweet Pea Atkinson compose tart, biting songs and perform them with ensembles of guest musicians, some bearing impressive credentials in this case, critical fave Jon Butcher among them. Jacobs and Atkinson had previously worked together with Was Not Was; individually, they've collaborated with everyone from Elton John and Coolio to Iggy Pop and Ofra Haza. But even down to its title, their debut album, Book of Spells, seems to promise just slightly more voodoo than it actually delivers. It opens with the James Brown warhorse "Cold Sweat," later revisits Was Not Was' twisted, oddly graceful "I Blew up the United States," and concludes with the fluffy and tasty funk vamp "Fudge Brownie." But the journey between isn't exactly crammed full of memorable moments. The roadhouse blues "Part Time Man," the ballad "Let's Straighten It Out," and other tracks such as "The One You Run To" might be pleasant enough, authentic grooves, but there are no great songs on this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384278946
  • Catalog Number: 42789B

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Boneshakers Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Track Performer
Bill Bergman Saxophone
Sweet Pea Atkinson Vocals
Ted Andreadis Harmonica, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Curt Bisquera Drums
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
John Gilutin Keyboards
Les Lovitt Trumpet
Lance Morrison Bass
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Myrna Smith Background Vocals
Nathan Brown Bass
Portia Griffith Background Vocals
Randy Jacobs Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Trent Stroh Bass, Drums
Denny Weston Jr. Drums
Scott Spock Keyboards
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Pee Wee Ellis Composer
Dan Bosworth Engineer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Randy Jacobs Producer
Steve Gerdes Art Direction
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