Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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" -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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."
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646159026
  • Catalog Number: 61590
  • Sales rank: 288,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spin Doctors Primary Artist, 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
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spin Docters Rock

    This Cd with the one hit wonder must be a to get cd. ''two Princes'' that songs takes you on a ride. One of the best hits ever released.

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