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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the early '80s, when Hoboken, NJ, was briefly the capital of the underground rock universe, the Individuals were one of the most important bands on the scene, and while they didn't last long enough to have the same impact as such peers as the dB's, the Bongos, and the Feelies, the group's music was bracing and memorable stuff, at once a clear product of its time and place but revealing a clearly distinct approach that allowed them to stand out from the crowd. Jon Klages and Glenn Morrow's guitars careened back and forth between kinetic rhythm patterns and leads that suggested Roger McGuinn trapped within a pinball machine, while bassist Janet Wygal and drummer Doug Wygal...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the early '80s, when Hoboken, NJ, was briefly the capital of the underground rock universe, the Individuals were one of the most important bands on the scene, and while they didn't last long enough to have the same impact as such peers as the dB's, the Bongos, and the Feelies, the group's music was bracing and memorable stuff, at once a clear product of its time and place but revealing a clearly distinct approach that allowed them to stand out from the crowd. Jon Klages and Glenn Morrow's guitars careened back and forth between kinetic rhythm patterns and leads that suggested Roger McGuinn trapped within a pinball machine, while bassist Janet Wygal and drummer Doug Wygal provided a propulsive bottom end that was curiously funky but bracingly arch and intelligent. The Individuals released an album and a five-song EP during their 1979-1983 lifespan, and both appear in their entirety on this CD from Bar/None Records, along with four bonus tunes. Released in 1981, the Aquamarine EP is clever and tuneful stuff, but it's dwarfed by 1982's Fields, the band's one and only LP, which benefits from stronger songwriting and a more sympathetic studio partner in Mitch Easter, who engineered the sessions at his Drive-In Studio in Athens, GA, not long before R.E.M. would help usurp Hoboken's cool quotient and move it down South. This disc stacks the deck a bit by leading off with Fields, leaving the second half of the disc seeming slightly pale by comparison, but even the relatively weaker material is well worth hearing, and longtime fans will be glad to know a previously unreleased dance mix of "Dancing with My Eighty Wives" makes the cut, as does both sides of the "Our World" 7" and the hidden track from Aquamarine. These 21 tracks are a reminder of an important and innovative rock scene that gave East Coast music a much-needed shot in the arm, and remains challenging, invigorating, and fun stuff more than a quarter-century on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • UPC: 032862018626
  • Catalog Number: 186
  • Sales rank: 210,188

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Individuals Primary Artist
Gene Holder Guitar, Percussion
Pat Irwin Saxophone
Glenn Morrow Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Janet Wygel Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Doug Wygal Percussion, Drums, Yells
Jon Klages Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Tricia Wygal Tap Dance
Jon Light Klages Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Janet Wygal Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Addabbo Original Transfers
Mitch Easter Engineer
Gene Holder Arranger, Mastering
Glenn Morrow Composer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Janet Wygel Composer
Individuals Composer
Andreas Meyer Mastering
John Rhodes Engineer
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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