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Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective
     

Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective

by Spin Doctors
 
For a while, it seemed as if these good-natured New Yorkers were the only folks around capable of mastering a fusion of jam-band musicianship and high-octane pop savvy. And while that hybrid only took them to the chart tops on a pair of occasions -- the free-floating funk jam "Two Princes" and the stuttering boogie digression "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" -- this

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For a while, it seemed as if these good-natured New Yorkers were the only folks around capable of mastering a fusion of jam-band musicianship and high-octane pop savvy. And while that hybrid only took them to the chart tops on a pair of occasions -- the free-floating funk jam "Two Princes" and the stuttering boogie digression "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" -- this nicely outfitted collection does a good job of confirming that their low-key charm went much further than that. Just Go Ahead Now is better suited for newcomers to the Doctors' office than it is for existing fans, since there's just one previously unreleased song -- the jaunty 1995 effort "Miss America" -- contained among the 17 cuts. But if you fit into that category, and Chris Barron and company have tickled your fancy on the radio, just say "Aaaah."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There was a moment in the spring of 1993, as the single "Two Princes" and the debut album Pocket Full of Kryptonite peaked in the top five of their respective charts, that the Spin Doctors appeared to be on the brink of a big career. Only a little over a year later, when Turn It Upside Down peaked well below the Top Ten in its first week of release and failed to produce a Top 40 hit, the group began a commercial slide that turned into one of the more spectacular flame-outs of the '90s when their third album, You've Got to Believe in Something, didn't even sell well enough to reach the charts. Pop fans can be fickle, but this was ridiculous. That at least seems to be the reasoning behind the selections on Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective ("Just go ahead now" is the tag line of "Two Princes"), which excerpts five tracks each from the three albums, adding the previously unreleased mid-tempo rocker "Miss America" and a live version of "Refrigerator Car" from Pocket Full of Kryptonite that was on the concert album Homebelly Groove...Live. Compilation producer Bruce Dickinson's apparent contention that the three studio albums are of equal value is not borne out by a listen to the disc. Those first five tracks, all of which were album rock radio hits and three of which reached the singles charts, present the band at its lively, kinetic best, with Chris Barron rhythmically singing his wordy lyrics over the funky grooves. But as soon as "Cleopatra's Cat," the first track from Turn It Upside Down, begins, the music begins to seem forced. There are some good songs as the disc goes on -- the Dylan-ish "If Wishes Were Horses," for example, and "She Used to Be Mine," both from You've Got to Believe in Something -- but nothing to match the rush of the early tracks. The group would have been better served by a more careful selection of its Epic recordings, with more from Pocket Full of Kryptonite, better and fewer choices from the second and third albums (where's "Mary Jane"?), and, especially, more live tracks. As it is, this release looks like the record label's excuse to delete the Spin Doctors' other albums while keeping a compilation in print.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646159026
catalogNumber:
61590
Rank:
179052

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Performance Credits

Spin Doctors   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Keyboards
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Chris Barron   Vocals
Biz Markie   Vocals
Babi Floyd   Background Vocals
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Anthony Krizan   Guitar,Vocals
John Popper   Vocals
Aaron Comess   Percussion,Drums,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Eric Schenkman   Guitar
Andrew Commes   Hammond Organ
Frank Floyd   Background Vocals
John Bush   Conga
Mark White   Bass

Technical Credits

Spin Doctors   Composer
Chris Barron   Composer
John Popper   Inspiration
David Sonenberg   Management
John Christian   Packaging Manager
Aaron Comess   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Steve Eichner   Cover Photo
Jason J. Richardson   Management
Christopher Schenkman   Composer
Mark White   Composer

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