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Lost in the 80's [Bonus Tracks]
     

Lost in the 80's [Bonus Tracks]

by The Lost Fingers
 
One doesn't often get a chance to hear Gypsy jazz renditions of Paula Abdul songs, and many might think that's the sort of combination of music that shouldn't be heard in the first place. Listening to the Lost Fingers, however, it's easy to become a convert. The ensemble plays a basic style of manouche

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One doesn't often get a chance to hear Gypsy jazz renditions of Paula Abdul songs, and many might think that's the sort of combination of music that shouldn't be heard in the first place. Listening to the Lost Fingers, however, it's easy to become a convert. The ensemble plays a basic style of manouche that bounces and rolls along in a fairly standard but well-played fashion. However, they then take "classic" (or otherwise) pieces from the '80s and renovate them into the form they want. There are basic traces of the original pieces in their chord progressions and their basic melodic lines, but the songs are transformed by the Lost Fingers' timbre, by their softer vocalizations, by the French tinges in their accents. Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" moves from anthemic stadium rock to a soft romp. The incomparable "Billie Jean" is kept nearly in its original mode, though it's turned acoustic. The darkness of "Tainted Love" stays, but is morphed into a dark café piece, verging on the circus aesthetic at times. Importantly, the interesting part of what the Lost Fingers do is not the novelty of covering pieces of pop culture, but instead in incorporating those pieces simply as songs from the larger pantheon of classic compositions, and using them as fodder for their own Gypsy jazz playing. It can be a little disconcerting at times, but it's a fine album for both nostalgia and for contemporary Gypsy jazz fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2009
Label:
Tandem.mu
UPC:
0886975560820
catalogNumber:
47467

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Performance Credits

Lost Fingers   Primary Artist
Sam Richardson   Percussion
Alex Morrisette   Background Vocals,Double Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Michael Jackson   Composer
George Michael   Composer
Andrew Ridgeley   Composer
Jo Bogaert   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Mark Shreeve   Composer
Jon Astrop   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
Ed Cobb   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Elliot Wolff   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Christopher Ward   Composer
David Tyson   Composer
Franck Langolff   Composer
Luc Plamondon   Composer
Benoît Charest   Composer
Curtis Williams   Composer
Jean Alain Roussel   Composer
Robert Bell   Composer
Lost Fingers   Arranger,Producer
Peakafeller   Engineer
Peter Harris   Composer
James Bonneford   Composer

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