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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the label was named for them, Rounder Records does not contain a complete repository of the works of the Holy Modal Rounders. In fact, only the group's 1975 album, Alleged in Their Own Time, and its 1999 reunion disc, Too Much Fun!, were released on Rounder. But due to their marginal commercial appeal and their own inclinations, the Rounders have been inherently unstable as a band through the years, frequently splitting into different configurations, such that members have participated in several other recordings of a like sensibility, including Michael Hurley's Have Moicy, Long Journey, and Snockgrass and Jeffrey Frederich's Spiders in the Moonlight. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the label was named for them, Rounder Records does not contain a complete repository of the works of the Holy Modal Rounders. In fact, only the group's 1975 album, Alleged in Their Own Time, and its 1999 reunion disc, Too Much Fun!, were released on Rounder. But due to their marginal commercial appeal and their own inclinations, the Rounders have been inherently unstable as a band through the years, frequently splitting into different configurations, such that members have participated in several other recordings of a like sensibility, including Michael Hurley's Have Moicy, Long Journey, and Snockgrass and Jeffrey Frederich's Spiders in the Moonlight. The band's two founding members, Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber, reunited as Stampfel & Weber for Rounder's Going Nowhere Fast album in 1981, and Stampfel's post-Rounders band the Bottlecaps made Peter Stampfel and the Bottlecaps for the label. All of these albums are drawn upon for this compilation, which therefore presents a comprehensive look at the varied styles and assorted craziness of Rounders music from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. There is, first of all, the original band, dominated by Stampfel and Weber, who draw on traditional folk and old-timey country, but to strange effect. They capture the semi-professional style of '20s hillbilly bands, but they append their own perspective. Followers like Hurley and Frederichs pick up on that in their slightly better organized and more professionally sung material. And Stampfel's Bottlecaps, while not quite slick, sound like it in this context, whether they're sending up disco in "Impossible Groove" or Jimmy Buffett-style island music in "Everything Must Go." This is not a definitive compilation of the Holy Modal Rounders and their offspring, but it may be as close as anyone is ever going to come, and it gives a good sense of their fractured worldview.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661159822
  • Catalog Number: 611598
  • Sales rank: 258,723

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy Rolling Cowboy (2:01)
  2. 2 I'm Getting Ready To Go (3:52)
  3. 3 Low Down Dog (3:32)
  4. 4 Rotten Lettuce (6:16)
  5. 5 Bonaparte's Retreat (2:04)
  6. 6 Bad Boy (3:43)
  7. 7 Random Canyon (4:00)
  8. 8 You Got to Find Me (4:02)
  9. 9 Lazy Bones (3:05)
  10. 10 Nova (3:32)
  11. 11 Coldest Woman (1:45)
  12. 12 Year of Jubilo (2:17)
  13. 13 Sweet Lucy (4:04)
  14. 14 Impossible Groove (5:16)
  15. 15 Synergy (3:41)
  16. 16 Robbin' Banks (3:59)
  17. 17 Slurf Song (3:17)
  18. 18 Everything Must Go (4:33)
  19. 19 Goodbye to Booze (3:07)
  20. 20 She's More to Be Pitied (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Holy Modal Rounders Primary Artist
Peter Stampfel Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
Michael Hurley Guitar, Vocals
Luke Faust Banjo
Jeffrey Frederick Guitar, Vocals
Allan Greller Bass
Jill Gross Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Morgan Huber Bass, Mandolin, Piano
Robert Iwaskiewicz Bass, Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Kevin Maul Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Medulla Vocal Harmony
Peter Moser Drums
John Nagy Mandola
Robert Nickson Drums
Bill Obrecht Tenor Saxophone
Paul Presti Slide Guitar
Dave Reisch Bass, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Will Rigby Vocals
Richard Tyler Piano
Steve Weber Guitar, Vocals
Elvin Woods Fiddle
Al Zanzler Trumpet
Don Rooke Slide Guitar
Barbara Merjan Marimbas
W.T. Overgard Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Rhythm
John Scherman Guitar, Vocals
Jonathan Best Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Big Joe Turner Composer
Peter Stampfel Producer
Scott Billington Art Direction
Dan Doyle Producer
Jeffrey Frederick Producer
Frazier Mohawk Producer
Toby Mountain Mastering
John Nagy Producer, Engineer
Phil Sheridan Engineer
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
John Swenson Producer, Liner Notes
Nancy Given Art Direction
Gary Solomon Engineer
Kornbred Producer
Ruby Rakes Composer
Mike Friese Engineer
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