Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Little Steven Van Zandt hangs out with Bruce Springsteen, James Gandolfini and Handsome Dick Manitoba on a regular basis, which would make it a safe bet that he has a higher cool factor than the average guy, so if he says that these 15 tunes are the coolest songs in the world, we can believe him, right? As far as this compilation goes, Van Zandt's circle of friends isn't as important as the fact he hosts one of the best syndicated radio shows in America, Little Steven's Underground Garage, and if his taste in nuevo garage rock isn't flawless, it's good enough that this CD rocks with consistent strength and enthusiasm. Van Zandt covers a broad range of garage-centric acts ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Little Steven Van Zandt hangs out with Bruce Springsteen, James Gandolfini and Handsome Dick Manitoba on a regular basis, which would make it a safe bet that he has a higher cool factor than the average guy, so if he says that these 15 tunes are the coolest songs in the world, we can believe him, right? As far as this compilation goes, Van Zandt's circle of friends isn't as important as the fact he hosts one of the best syndicated radio shows in America, Little Steven's Underground Garage, and if his taste in nuevo garage rock isn't flawless, it's good enough that this CD rocks with consistent strength and enthusiasm. Van Zandt covers a broad range of garage-centric acts here, from the very retro vibe of veterans the Chesterfield Kings to the epochal fuzztone of unsung guitar hero Davie Allan and the soulful vibe of Reigning Sound, and he's willing to put relative little-knowns Mr. Brown and Cotton Mather next to relative big names Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Mooney Suzuki. While there aren't any out and out duds here, Van Zandt does seem to have a fondness for garage formalism, and there are just enough songs following the familiar teenage sneer template that this get a bit samey in the middle innings. But there's no arguing Little Steven knows a good single when he hears one, and there are 15 songs here that would be topping the AM charts in a better world. This isn't going to change your life the way Lenny Kaye's Nuggets compilation did, but it'll give you something good to listen to while waiting for the next installment of the Underground Garage to air.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Wicked Cool Record
  • UPC: 856385001725
  • Catalog Number: 500172
  • Sales rank: 118,938

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Airwaves - The Shazam (3:27)
  2. 2 Can't Stand It - The Greenhornes (3:22)
  3. 3 My Kind of Girl - The Forty-Fives (3:16)
  4. 4 Gimme That Shot - The Charms (2:57)
  5. 5 Somewhere Nowhere - Chesterfield Kings (3:33)
  6. 6 Lost My Motto - Cotton Mather (3:40)
  7. 7 Put Some Hurt on You - Boss Martians (3:02)
  8. 8 I Woke Up This Mornin' - The Mooney Suzuki (3:42)
  9. 9 Straight Shooter - The Reigning Sound (1:35)
  10. 10 You're My Favorite - Caesars (2:04)
  11. 11 Whatever Happened to My Rock 'N' Roll - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (4:39)
  12. 12 You're on My Mind - Ko and the Knockouts (2:58)
  13. 13 Weird Scene - Mr. Brown (3:47)
  14. 14 Bye Bye Baby - Creatures of the Golden Dawn (5:32)
  15. 15 Quiver - Davie Allan & The Arrows (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Davie Allan Guitar, Vocals
Andy Babiuk Bass
Mark McMurtry Bass, Background Vocals
Greg Prevost Vocals
Robert Harrison Guitar, Vocals
Alex Greene Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Greg Roberson Drums
Evan Foster Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Robert Turner Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Adam Renshaw Drums, Background Vocals
César Vidal Guitar, Vocals
Nicky C. Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Scott Ballew Drums
Hans Rotenberry Guitar, Theremin, Vocals
Greg Cartwright Guitar, Vocals
Dana Myzer Drums
Joakim Åhlund Guitar, Vocals
Nick Jago Percussion, Drums
David Winogrond Percussion, Drums
Josh Gravelin Bass
Trey Tidwell Keyboards
Sammy James Jr. Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Graham Tyler Guitar, Vocals
Michael Bangs Bass, Vocals
Bruce Wagner Bass, Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Boise Drums
Jason Reavis Drums, Background Vocals
Jared McKinney Organ, Vocals
Patrick Keeler Drums
Peter Lind Hayes Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Craig Fox Guitar, Vocals
Mark Coates Smith Bongos, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals
Nino Keller Drums, Vocals
Whit Williams Guitar
Brian Olive Guitar, Vocals
Jack Lawrence Bass
Steve Davis Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Davie Allan Composer, Producer, Audio Production
The Charms Audio Production
Andy Babiuk Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Albert Caiati Engineer
John Curley Audio Production
Jim Diamond Audio Production
Brad Jones Audio Production
Rick Miller Audio Production
Greg Prevost Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Robert Harrison Composer
Richard Marr Audio Production
Evan Foster Composer
Johnny Sangster Producer, Audio Production
The Mooney Suzuki Composer
Peter Bowman Producer
César Vidal Composer
Hans Rotenberry Composer
Greg Cartwright Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Joakim Åhlund Composer, Producer
Klas Åhlund Producer, Audio Production
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Composer, Audio Production
The Greenhornes Composer
Sammy James Jr. Composer
Alex Saltz Mastering
Little Steven Executive Producer, Audio Production
Louis Arzonico Artwork
The Green Hornes Audio Production
Hard Pawnshop Daddy Audio Production
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