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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Zip Records
  • UPC: 681121196423
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 300,393

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rubinoos Primary Artist
Alex Murzyn Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Susan Streitwieser Vocals
Tommy Dunbar Guitar, Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals
Marvin McFadden Trumpet
Harvey Shield Vocals
Kyle Vincent Saxophone
Al Chan Bass, Vocals
Nick D'Virgilio Drums, Vocals
Jon Rubin Guitar, Vocals
Mighty Echoes Vocals
Ren Jenkins Trombone
Charlie Davis Vocals
Keith Joe Dick Vocals
Tommy Drumbar Trumbadoras
Kit Potamkin Keyboards
Ervin Kramer Keyboards
Eric Clevin Standup Bass
Steve Stizzo Accordion
Johnny Bamont Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
The Rubinoos Producer
John Cuniberti Mastering
Bob Merlis Liner Notes
Gerald Goldstein Composer
Michael Johnson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Original album of covers!

    The Rubinoos first album in four years highlights the Top-40 sounds that have been their soul and inspiration since the band’s inception. These thirteen covers find the Rubes tackling everything from bubblegum anthems to obscure ’70s Britpop and New Wave hits. Along the way they sprinkle props to likes of The Contours and Gary Glitter, and rearrange everything to fit their trademark vocal harmonies. ¶ The anguish of Lou Christie’s "If My Car Could Only Talk" and Utopia’s "There Goes My Inspiration" are superbly fitted to the band, showing them able to recreate complex early-60s radio pop as fluently as they strip down to acoustic guitars, accordion and voices. The Eurythmics "Thorn in My Side" sets a classically bitter, power-pop broken heart amid chipper harmonies, and Del Shannon’s "Hats Off to Larry" provides a feast of retribution for Jon Rubin’s soaring tenor and falsetto. ¶ Polly Browne’s nearly forgotten "Up in a Puff of Smoke" unites Rubin with his second vocal interest, the a cappella doo-wop singers, The Mighty Echoes, all atop Gary Glitter’s "Rock ’n’ Roll" beat. Tommy Dunbar’s own a cappella arrangement of the Beach Boys’ "Heroes and Villains" cleverly unfurls the melodic elements Brian Wilson packed into his original mono production, and adds some colors of its own. ¶ While a few tracks don’t shine as brightly as the rest (e.g., a hyperkinetic rendition of Looking Glass’ "Brandy" obscures how truly bizarre the song’s theme rings as a Top-40 hit), most everything here re-animates the very qualities that defined these songs as hits in the first place. The Rubinoos singing and playing (not to mention sense of humor) continues to be quite charming, resulting in an album that blends favorite singers and favorite songs into something happily suspended between old and new.

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