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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
When most people think of the Velvet Underground, they think of Lou Reed or John Cale. I think of Maureen Tucker. Her primitive late-'60s thump-beat drumming was an amazing innovation, as much what set the Velvets apart as Reed's talk-singing and lurid lyrical matter or Cale's drones (and what a pioneer she was playing in an otherwise male band). However, Tucker's stickwork has been a rarity since the group split. Sharp-eyed fans have gobbled up her solo LPs on tiny labels, from 1981's Playin' Possum to 1994's bubbling Dogs Under Stress. But outside of the Velvets' 1993 reunion live LP, Live MCMXCIII, she's mostly stuck to guitar and vocals on her records. So it's ...
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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
When most people think of the Velvet Underground, they think of Lou Reed or John Cale. I think of Maureen Tucker. Her primitive late-'60s thump-beat drumming was an amazing innovation, as much what set the Velvets apart as Reed's talk-singing and lurid lyrical matter or Cale's drones (and what a pioneer she was playing in an otherwise male band). However, Tucker's stickwork has been a rarity since the group split. Sharp-eyed fans have gobbled up her solo LPs on tiny labels, from 1981's Playin' Possum to 1994's bubbling Dogs Under Stress. But outside of the Velvets' 1993 reunion live LP, Live MCMXCIII, she's mostly stuck to guitar and vocals on her records. So it's surprising, welcome news that Washington D.C. singer/songwriter Mark Goodman coaxed Tucker out of studio-drumming retirement for this Magnet album. Tucker loved a tape Goodman mailed her, so the mother of five traveled from her Savannah, GA, home to her old stomping grounds, New York, to record with him last year. Her floor-tom-flavored rhythm is an unmistakable pleasure, as Goodman's nice, raw voice and scratchy, busy, soloing guitar adds a diversified pop dimension to a Velvets-like pulse on cuts such as "Julie." Tucker also reprises her horribly charming "Afterhours" voice on "Summer and Winter," a real favorite thanks to her and Goodman's seductiveness in tandem, and she also does spoken word on the title track. Everything you liked about the "Beginning to See the Light" and "There She Goes Again" Velvets is here, and that's saying a lot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/1997
  • Label: P.C. MUSIC
  • UPC: 708754000320
  • Catalog Number: 40003
  • Sales rank: 215,887

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Julie (3:13)
  2. 2 Banger (2:57)
  3. 3 Summer & Winter (2:28)
  4. 4 Everyone (3:50)
  5. 5 One Day (2:37)
  6. 6 Even If (3:07)
  7. 7 Better Way (3:17)
  8. 8 Don't Be a Penguin (5:22)
  9. 9 On We Go (3:20)
  10. 10 Not My World (4:24)
  11. 11 Smiles (3:10)
  12. 12 Let's Order Some Thai Food (3:31)
  13. 13 Down Down (3:14)
  14. 14 Blame (6:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magnet Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Maureen Tucker Drums, Vocals
Mark Goodman Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Hathaway Vocals
Michael Rivard Bass
Pat Wilson Guitar
Matt Wilson Percussion, Background Vocals
Hub Moore Background Vocals
Chad Swanberg Guitar
Dan Brenner Guitar, Piano
Technical Credits
Chip Taylor Composer
Mark Goodman Producer
Matt Wilson Producer
Chad Swanberg Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
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