Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite the title, Dial-a-Song is not a collection of highlights from They Might Be Giants' famed Dial-a-Song service call a toll-free number, get a new song from They Might Be Giants every day, although that is a collection that would be welcome. Instead, this Rhino/Elektra set is two discs and 52 songs of highlights from They Might Be Giants' absurdly prolific two-decade career. Throwing chronology out the window, this set cheerfully zig-zags through the Bar/None and Elektra records alike, hitting most of the highlights while adding just a couple of rarities and those are primarily live tracks. Certainly, some listeners may have preferred a straight-up ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite the title, Dial-a-Song is not a collection of highlights from They Might Be Giants' famed Dial-a-Song service call a toll-free number, get a new song from They Might Be Giants every day, although that is a collection that would be welcome. Instead, this Rhino/Elektra set is two discs and 52 songs of highlights from They Might Be Giants' absurdly prolific two-decade career. Throwing chronology out the window, this set cheerfully zig-zags through the Bar/None and Elektra records alike, hitting most of the highlights while adding just a couple of rarities and those are primarily live tracks. Certainly, some listeners may have preferred a straight-up chronological approach, but there are advantages to this method, since it reveals that instead of peaking early, They Might Be Giants have produced a remarkably consistently smart, tuneful, clever body of work that holds together well, and those who, say, think they just like the first album and Lincoln may be surprised how good John Flansburgh and John Linnell were throughout the '90s. Given the size of their catalog, it's perhaps inevitable that fans may find a few favorites missing personally, I would have made room for "Everything Right Is Wrong Again" and "The World's Address", but all the truly necessary songs are here, and while its size may seem intimidating to listeners just wanting "Boss of Me" or "Birdhouse in Your Soul," it's worth the journey -- there's plenty of wonderful pop music here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227813925
  • Catalog Number: 78139

Album Credits

Performance Credits
They Might Be Giants Primary Artist
Peter Stampfel Banjo, Vocals
Zachary Alford Drums
Amy Allison Vocals
Alan Bezozi Tambourine, Snare Drums
Laura Cantrell Vocals
Hal Cragin Bass
Mark Feldman Violin
John Flansburgh Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Sue Hadjopoulas Percussion, Conga
Dan Hickey Drums
Nicholas Hill Vocals
Kurt Hoffman Horn
Luis Jardim Percussion
Dan Levine Trombone
John Linnell Accordion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Frank London Trumpet
Tony Maimone Bass
Elma Mayer Vocals
Roger Moutenot Whip
Mark Pender Trumpet
Erik Sanko Bass
Eric Schermerhorn Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Lyle Workman Guitar
Garo Yellin Cello
Gregor Kitzis Violin
Adam Schlesinger Keyboards
Julian Koster Singing Saw
Steve Calhoon Drums
Mauro Refosco Percussion
Danny Weinkauf Bass
Krystof Witek Violin
Jim O'Connor Trumpet
Tim Newman Trombone
Robin "Goldie" Goldwasser Vocals
Ron Caswell Tuba
Dan Miller Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Skyline Staff Hand Clapping
Ron Lawrence Viola
Technical Credits
They Might Be Giants Producer
Clive Langer Producer
Danny Alonso Engineer
Paul Angelli Engineer
Albert Caiati Engineer
Patrick Dillett Producer, Engineer
Edward Douglas Engineer
Tom Durack Producer
John Flansburgh Composer
Paul Fox Producer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Kurt Hoffman Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bill Inglot Remastering
Hiro Ishihara Engineer
Rich Lamb Engineer
John Linnell Composer
Katherine Miller Engineer
Roger Moutenot Engineer
Ed Thacker Engineer
Alan Winstanley Producer
Al Houghton Engineer
Bill Krauss Producer, Engineer
Adam Schlesinger Programming, Producer
Chris Laidlaw Engineer
Alex Noyes Engineer
Brent Sigmeth Engineer
Tony Gillis Engineer
Greg Thompson Engineer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Alex Olsson Engineer
Alan Ford Engineer
Matt Gold Engineer
Sarah Vowell Liner Notes
Mark Bishop Engineer
Jason Spittle Engineer
Ben Bailes Engineer
Peter Dilg Producer
TJ Doherty Engineer
Toshikazu Yoshioka Engineer
Cosmo Heidtman Engineer
David Robbins Engineer
Stephanie Nolan Composer
J. Kennedy Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Anthology Of A Great Band!!!

    TMBG Is A Great Band And This CD-Set PROVES IT! HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

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