Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic: Limited Edition 3.0

by "Weird Al" Yankovic
More times than not, Columbia/Legacy's Essential collections are stellar overviews. Boasting a two-and-a-half-hour running time and 44 songs handpicked by Al himself, The Essential Weird Al Yankovic is yet another well-executed title in the series. Encompassing 12 albums, the triple-disc set starts from the beginning of Al's career, with "Another One


More times than not, Columbia/Legacy's Essential collections are stellar overviews. Boasting a two-and-a-half-hour running time and 44 songs handpicked by Al himself, The Essential Weird Al Yankovic is yet another well-executed title in the series. Encompassing 12 albums, the triple-disc set starts from the beginning of Al's career, with "Another One Rides the Bus," his live "Another One Bites the Dust" parody from the Dr. Demento show in 1980, and it gradually chronicles his career up to the R. Kelly-influenced "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" from 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood. Most of Al's big parodies are highlighted here ("Eat It," "I Lost on Jeopardy," "Yoda," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat") -- as well as some choice deep cuts, like the ripping accordion medley "Polkas on 45," the opening theme from UHF, and a smattering of absurd originals ("Albuquerque," "Dare to Be Stupid," "You Don't Love Me Anymore," and "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota"). All of these could be deemed essential for fans, but nitpickers will wonder about the whereabouts of "Ricky," "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies," and two of Yankovic's best food parodies, "My Bologna" and "I Love Rocky Road." These songs aside, not much is missing, considering the depth of his discography. The exhaustive, four-disc Permanent Record has 50 songs, but it stops at 1994. Al may have hit a rocky patch for a spell toward the turn of the millennium, but he had some of his best work just after, including the geeky rap satires "Amish Paradise," "It's All About the Pentiums," and "White & Nerdy." For nostalgic fans who just want a quick taste of the '80s, Greatest Hits is the best bet, but those seeking a deep-rooted summary that's both comprehensive and extensive should look no further than this.

Product Details

Release Date:
Sony Legacy


Disc 1

  1. Another One Rides the Bus
  2. Polkas On 45
  3. Eat It
  4. I Lost On Jeopardy
  5. Yoda
  6. One More Minute
  7. Like a Surgeon
  8. Dare To Be Stupid
  9. Dog Eat Dog
  10. Lasagna
  11. Melanie
  12. Fat
  13. Uhf
  14. The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota
  15. Trigger Happy
  16. Smells Like Nirvana
  17. You Don't Love Me Anymore
  18. Bedrock Anthem
  19. Frank's 2000" Tv
  20. Jurassic Park

Disc 2

  1. Since You've Been Gone
  2. Amish Paradise
  3. Gump
  4. Everything You Know is Wrong
  5. The Night Santa Went Crazy
  6. Your Horoscope For Today
  7. It's All About the Pentiums
  8. The Saga Begins
  9. Albuquerque
  10. Ebay
  11. Bob
  12. Hardware Store
  13. I'll Sue Ya
  14. Canadian Idiot
  15. Pancreas
  16. Don't Download This Song
  17. White & Nerdy
  18. Trapped In the Drive-Thru

Disc 3

  1. Ricky
  2. Midnight Star
  3. Living With a Hernia
  4. Good Old Days
  5. Wanna B Ur Lovr
  6. Genius In France

Album Credits

Performance Credits

"Weird Al" Yankovic   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Harpsichord,Kazoo,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Vibes,Finger Snapping,Toy Piano,Bass Harmonica
Rick Derringer   Guitar,Soloist
Dweezil Zappa   Guitar,Soloist
Nicolette Larson   Background Vocals
Mel Blanc   Voices
Pattie Brooks   Background Vocals
Kim Bullard   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Randy Crenshaw   Choir, Chorus
Monique Donnelly   Choir, Chorus
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Gary Herbig   Baritone Saxophone
Angie Jaree   Choir, Chorus
Steve Jay   Banjo,Flute,Bass (Vocal),Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping,Synthesizer Bass
David Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Nick Lane   Trombone
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Tress MacNeille   Voices
Joel Miller   Bongos
Don Pardo   Announcer
Joel Peskin   Clarinet
Petsye Powell   Background Vocals
Alan Reed   Voices
Dan Regan   Trombone
Pat Regan   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Dorothy Remsen   Harp
Andrea Robinson   Background Vocals
Jim Self   Tuba
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet
Ruben Valtierra   Piano,Keyboards
Waters Sisters   Background Vocals
Jerry Whitman   Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Bob Tebow   Background Vocals
Lisa Popeil   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Miles Jay   String Bass
Jim West   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Ukulele,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Carmen Twilley   Background Vocals
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Kazoo,Maracas,Tambourine,Claves,Hand Clapping,Timpani,Shaker,cowbell,Beat Box,Finger Snapping,sleigh bells,Wood Block,Slide Whistle,Laughs,Jaw Harp,Cabasa
Tavis Werts   Trumpet
DJ Swamp   scratching
Donny Sierer   Saxophone
Bill Anderson   Tenor Saxophone
Kim Erin   Choir, Chorus
Will Anderson   Harmonica
Natasha Barr   Vocals
Maxine Waters   Background Vocals
John Dickson   French Horn
Sarah O'Brien   Cello
Tom Evans   Saxophone
Herb Pederson   Banjo

Technical Credits

Lawrence Welk   Composer
David Byrne   Composer
Rick Derringer   Producer
Ian Gillan   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
Dan Hartman   Composer
Michael Jackson   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Greg Kihn   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Don McLean   Composer
Mark Mothersbaugh   Composer
Nirvana   Composer
Queen   Composer
Sting   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Dweezil Zappa   Introduction
Jim Morrison   Composer
Terri Nunn   Composer
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Roger Glover   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Notorious B.I.G.   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Brad Buxer   Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Nicky Chinn   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
John Crawford   Composer
John Deacon   Composer
John Frusciante   Composer
Doug Ingle   Composer
Michael Jones   Composer
Anthony Kiedis   Composer
Charlie Midnight   Composer
Ian Paice   Composer
Tony Papa   Engineer
Doug Rasheed   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Chad Smith   Composer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Frank Wright   Composer
George Wyle   Composer
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Presidents of the United States of America   Composer
Chris Ballew   Composer
Linda Laurie   Composer
Mike Chapman   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Composer
Max Martin   Composer
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz   Sound Effects,drum programming,Simmons
Sherwood Schwartz   Composer
William Steinberg   Composer
David Styles   Composer
Wladimir A. Timm   Composer
Anthony Henderson   Composer
Terri Etlinger   Composer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Billie Joe Armstrong   Composer
Jeremy Holiday   Package Manager
Jason Phillips   Composer
Billy Roberts   Composer
Jay Levey   Management
Mike Pritchard   Composer
Oscar Salinas   Composer
John Mellor   Composer
Jean Maillard   Composer
Jon Schwartz   Archival Assistant
Christopher Frantz   Composer
Vaclav Zeman   Composer
Hakeem Seriki   Composer
Thomas Kelly   Composer
Sean Jacobs   Composer
Larry Sanders   Composer
Kimberly Jones   Composer
Stephen Thompson   Liner Notes
Artis Ivey   Composer
Robert Kelly   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Nicholas Headon   Composer
Davie Diamond   Composer
Bob Calame   Composer
Louis Grammatico   Composer
Juan Carlos Salinas   Composer
Joseph Wright   Composer

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