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Labor & Spirits
     

Labor & Spirits

by Emory Joseph
 
Backed by an unusually distinguished bunch of musicians for a debut effort, Emory Joseph delivers a set of refreshing original songs, with clever lyrics, shuffling, low-tech grooves, and a style of singing that ranges from goofball to almost sentimental. Clearly the Band has left its mark; the horn section on "Carolina Princess" could have

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Backed by an unusually distinguished bunch of musicians for a debut effort, Emory Joseph delivers a set of refreshing original songs, with clever lyrics, shuffling, low-tech grooves, and a style of singing that ranges from goofball to almost sentimental. Clearly the Band has left its mark; the horn section on "Carolina Princess" could have been lifted right out of "Life Is a Carnival." But Joseph's lyrics betray a lighter, though still rustic, touch; striving for nothing more than comic dexterity, "Rhum and Coffee" turns a simple list of drinks into a hilarious paean to getting blasted. ("I ain't tried no absinthe 'cause it'd likely kill my ass," he confides over a bouncy, barroom beat.) A picture eventually emerges of Joseph as a promising and endearing talent: "Some things will always stay the same," a truism if there ever was one in pop music, becomes the listener's path into the poetic, introspective narrative that unfolds as "The Same."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
CAPSAICIN RECORDS
UPC:
0634457141322
catalogNumber:
201

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emory Joseph   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Vocals,gourd
Tony Furtado   Banjo
Duke Levine   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Everett Bradley   Background Vocals
Stef Burns   Electric Guitar
Myron Dove   Electric Bass
Paul Hanson   Double Reeds
Levon Helm   Drums,Background Vocals
Mike Marshall   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Paul McCandless   Double Reeds
Soozie Tyrell   Background Vocals
Scott Amendola   Percussion
Jon Carroll   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Piano (Grand),Piano (Upright),Hammond B3
T-Bone Wolk   Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Electric Bass,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Marty Weiner   Trombone
Mike Moiken   Cello
Emily Rosenberg   Violin,Viola

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Composer
Habib Faye   Composer
Cookie Marenco   Engineer
Youssou N'Dour   Composer
Ben Wisch   Engineer
Emory Joseph   Producer
Mike Hickey   Cinematography

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