Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 7

Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 7

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Little Steven Van Zandt's ongoing series of compilations tied into his excellent Underground Garage radio show have been getting more eclectic with each successive volume, but number seven is where things really start to veer off the beaten path. The Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 7 is easily the most star-studded installment in the series to date,

Overview

Little Steven Van Zandt's ongoing series of compilations tied into his excellent Underground Garage radio show have been getting more eclectic with each successive volume, but number seven is where things really start to veer off the beaten path. The Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 7 is easily the most star-studded installment in the series to date, featuring tracks from R.E.M., John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty's reunited Mudcrutch, Green Day (posing as Foxboro Hot Tubs), Primal Scream, and Kaiser Chiefs. If you're thinking that most of those acts don't have much to do with a purist's view of garage rock, you're right, and while several of the lesser-known bands on board more easily fit the template, even among the supporting cast Van Zandt is bucking formula -- the Mother Truckers throw some updated Southern rock swagger into the mix, Hawaii Mud Bombers are a surf combo from Sweden, and Flogging Molly offer up Celtic punk like a more cheerful version of the Dropkick Murphys. All of this would be well and good if more of this stuff rocked as hard as a typical installment of Van Zandt's radio show, but such is not always the case -- neither R.E.M.'s "All the Right Friends" nor Elvis Costello's "American Gangster Time" sound like high-water marks in the careers of bands that would merit the attention of any fan of '60s style rock, the languid folk-rock of Mudcrutch's "Shady Grove" is just a little too laid-back, and "I Predict a Riot" by Kaiser Chiefs sounds awfully mannered in this company. But John Fogerty's "Longshot" is an overlooked gem, the late lamented Rocket from the Crypt are well represented with "Heart of a Rat," and the Doughboys, Big Midnight, and the Catholic Girls should please the serious garage fans on board. Despite the big names, this isn't one of the top-ranked volumes in the Coolest Songs in the World series, but there's still plenty of good rock & roll fun to be found here.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
Label:
Wicked Cool Record
UPC:
0856385001190
catalogNumber:
500118
Rank:
65256

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Costello   Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Fogerty   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Petty   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Steve Nieve   Vox Continental
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano
Peter Buck   Guitar
Martin Duffy   Keyboards
Davey Faragher   Bass
Bobby Gillespie   Vocals
Doreen Holmes   Drums
Andrew Innes   Guitar
Tom Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Randall Marsh   Drums
Myke Scavone   Vocals
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Pete Thomas   Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
David Santo   Bass
Michael Caruso   Bass
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Adey Wilson   Vocals
Robert Schmid   Banjo,Mandolin
Josh Zee   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Young   Guitar
Teal Collins   Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Dennis Casey   Guitar,Background Vocals
Lydia Walker   Background Vocals
Bridget Regan   Violin,Classical Guitar,tin whistle
Nathen Maxwell   Bass,Background Vocals
George Schwindt   Drums
Stephanie Koles   Bass
Darrin Mooney   Drums
Gareth Francis   Guitar
Simon Rix   Bass
Nick Baines   Keyboards
Nick Hodgson   Drums
Hunter Perrin   Guitar
Matt Bowman   Vocals
Oliver Main   Guitar
Dave Best   Bass
Jimmi Naylor   Drums
KC Kozak   Drums,Background Vocals
Andrew White   Guitar
Danny Thompson   Drums

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer,Producer
John Fogerty   Composer,Producer
Tom Petty   Producer
Primal Scream   Composer
Rocket from the Crypt   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer
Kurt Reil   Producer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Ryan Ulyate   Producer
Ryan Hewitt   Producer
King & Bluiett Trio   Composer
Josh Zee   Composer
Billie Joe Armstrong   Composer
Teal Collins   Composer
Flogging Molly   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jason Lader   Producer
Jeffrey Saltzman   Producer
Little Steven   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Pat McCarthy   Producer
Matt Bowman   Composer
Oliver Main   Composer
Will Jackson   Producer
Louis Arzonico   Artwork

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