Good Evening

Good Evening

by Marshall Crenshaw
     
 
While Marshall Crenshaw's first two releases were self-contained efforts, built around his voice, guitar, and songwriting, and the rhythm section/backing vocals of Chris Donato and brother Robert Crenshaw, his third, Downtown, brought an assortment of studio hands on board without really sacrificing

Overview

While Marshall Crenshaw's first two releases were self-contained efforts, built around his voice, guitar, and songwriting, and the rhythm section/backing vocals of Chris Donato and brother Robert Crenshaw, his third, Downtown, brought an assortment of studio hands on board without really sacrificing what makes him special. Following a return to a scaled-down configuration for the slightly disappointing Mary Jean & 9 Others, Good Evening, like Downtown, employs the services of various sidemen and backup vocalists -- including Kenny Aronoff, Graham Maby, Syd Straw, Robert Crenshaw, and the BoDeans -- and seems to be geared towards a more contemporary, marketable sound. Producers David Kershenbaum and Paul McKenna bring a veneer to his pop
ock, adding the occasional keyboard, steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and accordion, while Crenshaw, for the first time, brings in a handful of ringers (Sonny Landreth, David Lindley, and James Burton) to share lead guitar chores for the majority of the record. Furthermore, for the first time, he looks elsewhere for the bulk of the record's material, with half of the songs coming from other sources (two seemingly written to order), and three of the remaining five being collaborations. Still, he slips naturally into the words and music of artists such as Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, the Isley Brothers, and Bobby Fuller, bringing as much of himself to these tunes as he does to his own. Whatever the reason for the delegation of work on Good Evening, the choices are good ones, and it works to varying degrees. Good Evening, which was his final recording for Warner Bros., may not reach the heights of the first three, but there's a spark here that was missing last time out.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140590823
catalogNumber:
5908

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Performance Credits

Marshall Crenshaw   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Shaker,6-string bass,Mando-Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
BoDeans   Background Vocals
David Lindley   Fiddle,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Syd Straw   Background Vocals
James Burton   Guitar
Sonny Landreth   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Steve Conn   Piano,Accordion
Robert Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Denny Fongheiser   Drums
Graham Maby   Bass
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Marlette   Organ,Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Patti McCarron   Background Vocals
Eric Pressly   Bass
Bob Mariette   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Kenny Aoronoff   Percussion,Drums
David Lindsey   Fiddle,Mandolin,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Jasper   Composer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Paul McKenna   Producer,Engineer
Kevin Smith   Engineer
John X. Volaitis   Engineer
Kenny Aoronoff   Contributor
Sam Llanas   Composer

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