Live at the Knitting Factory: Downtown Does the Beatles

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All Music Guide - Ted Mills
One of the better Beatles cover compilations out there, this outing takes an experimental look at the Fab Four as covered by 12 acts that have graced the Knitting Factory stage in New York. There's some straight-ahead takes, such as Defunkt's version of "Come Together," a lovely take on "Dear Prudence" by Samm Bennett and Chunk, and the Arto Lindsay/Mark Ribot/Syd Straw/Joey Baron/Greg Cohen jam on "Don't Let Me Down." And one would have a hard time finding a small brass band arrangement of "Revolution #9" by Kurt Hoffman's Band of Weeds, Eugene Chadbourne improvising on "A Day in the Life" and skittering off into "For No One" and "On the Road Again," or Buddha Pest's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ted Mills
One of the better Beatles cover compilations out there, this outing takes an experimental look at the Fab Four as covered by 12 acts that have graced the Knitting Factory stage in New York. There's some straight-ahead takes, such as Defunkt's version of "Come Together," a lovely take on "Dear Prudence" by Samm Bennett and Chunk, and the Arto Lindsay/Mark Ribot/Syd Straw/Joey Baron/Greg Cohen jam on "Don't Let Me Down." And one would have a hard time finding a small brass band arrangement of "Revolution #9" by Kurt Hoffman's Band of Weeds, Eugene Chadbourne improvising on "A Day in the Life" and skittering off into "For No One" and "On the Road Again," or Buddha Pest's thrashcore "Blue Jay Way" anywhere else. Unlike a lot of Beatles tribute albums, the artists don't stand in thrall to the Beatles' legacy, but play around with the shared cultural knowledge of their audience. A fun album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/1994
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • UPC: 035828011327
  • Catalog Number: 113

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eugene Chadbourne Guitar, Vocals
Alex Chilton Guitar, Vocals
Lydia Lunch Vocals
Syd Straw Vocals
Marc Ribot Guitar
Defunkt Track Performer
Les Misérables Brass Band Track Performer
King Missile Track Performer
John Hall Vocals
John S. Hall Vocals
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Vocals
Joey Baron Percussion, Drums
Oren Bloedow Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Samm Bennett Vocals, Electronic Drums
Bill Bickford Guitar, Vocals
Joseph Bowie Trombone, Vocals
Rob Cimino Tabla
Kim Clarke Bass, Vocals
Greg Cohen Bass
Matt Darriau Alto Saxophone
Anne DeMarinis Accordion
Richard Dworkin Drums
Kurt Hoffman Clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm Cello
Frank London Trumpet
Tony Maimone Bass
Steve Marsh Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Martin Drums, Vocals
Takaaki Masuko Drums
John Mulkerin Trumpet, Vocals
Vinnie Nobile Trombone
Marcus Persiani Keyboards
Dave Ramirez Drums
Marcus Rojas Tuba
W. Marshall Sealy French Horn
Jeanne Snodgrass Trumpet
Garo Yellin Cello
Billy Martin Drums
Yuval Gabay Drums
Catherine Bent Cello
Ian Crawford Double Bass
Kurt Hofman Clarinet
Richard Keene Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Norton Drums
Dave Rick Guitar
David Strauss Banjo, Tenor Banjo
Fritz Van Orden Alto Saxophone
Chris Xeafos Bass
David Harris Trombone
Technical Credits
Marc Ribot Contributor
Bob Appel Engineer
Samm Bennett Contributor
Michael Dorf Executive Producer
Evan Gallagher Contributor
James McLean Engineer
Clint Ruin Engineer
Paul Special Engineer
John Nelson Engineer
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