My Favorite Record

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
If the 1990s' swing revival drew heavily from older styles of jazz, it also drew from the jug bands that re-emerged during the mid-'60s. In fact, listening to Wammo and Christina Marrs exchange lines on "Monkey Rag" reminds one of the male/female combo that worked so well for the Even Dozen Jug Band. There's a particularly spooky, soulful take of Willie Dixon's "Insane Asylum" with Marrs and Guy Forsyth sharing the lead, and the duo also delivers a bouncy take on the title track. Other songs written and sung by Marrs, like "Breathin'" and "No Song Sad Enough," capture a similar feel. Asylum Street Spankers, however, also draw from the blues, folk, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
If the 1990s' swing revival drew heavily from older styles of jazz, it also drew from the jug bands that re-emerged during the mid-'60s. In fact, listening to Wammo and Christina Marrs exchange lines on "Monkey Rag" reminds one of the male/female combo that worked so well for the Even Dozen Jug Band. There's a particularly spooky, soulful take of Willie Dixon's "Insane Asylum" with Marrs and Guy Forsyth sharing the lead, and the duo also delivers a bouncy take on the title track. Other songs written and sung by Marrs, like "Breathin'" and "No Song Sad Enough," capture a similar feel. Asylum Street Spankers, however, also draw from the blues, folk, and neo-traditionalism, creating a multi-layered music that never sticks to one genre for long. Forsyth's "Whatever" is a particularly bizarre piece that starts out like a bad protest song, only to evolve into the tale of a man who's willing to adopt a politically correct philosophy in order to bed a love interest. Stanley Smith's "Mountain Town" and Wammo's "Wingless Angels" move closer to alternative country, with banjo, harmonica, and dobro accompaniment. While most of these forays work well, the overall impact of My Favorite Record is somewhat disjointed. Asylum Street Spankers sound less like a band than a loose association that fragments into several bands. While this fragmentation lessens the impact of My Favorite Record, fans of retro-swing will nonetheless find a number of things to like about the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Yellow Dog Records
  • UPC: 823800140321
  • Catalog Number: 21403
  • Sales rank: 245,988

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monkey Rag (3:23)
  2. 2 Antifreeze (3:12)
  3. 3 Breathin' (3:00)
  4. 4 Whatever (5:46)
  5. 5 Mountain Town (3:51)
  6. 6 Wingless Angels (4:10)
  7. 7 Smile (3:54)
  8. 8 Wammo's Blues (4:10)
  9. 9 Insane Asylum (4:23)
  10. 10 The Minor Waltz (2:33)
  11. 11 No Song Sad Enough (3:44)
  12. 12 My Favorite Record (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asylum Street Spankers Primary Artist
Wammo Harmonica, Gong, Kazoo, Vocals, Washboard, Trap Kit, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Guy Forsyth Guitar, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar, Group Member
Mike Henry Percussion, Drums, Bells, Noise, Snare Drums
Matthew Weiner Bass, Group Member
Stanley Smith Clarinet, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Christina Marrs Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Saw, Tenor Banjo, Guitar (Tenor), Group Member
Carlos Sosa Baritone Saxophone
Brent Martens Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Ukulele, Slide Guitar, 5-string Banjo, Group Member
Leroy Biller Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Jo Walston Choir, Chorus
Django Porter Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Bruce Salmon Choir, Chorus
Korey Simeone Fiddle, Gong, Group Member
Neal Kassanoff Choir, Chorus
Paul Schlichting Drums
Technical Credits
Wammo Sound Effects, Producer
James Stevens Engineer
J.P. Riedie Executive Producer
Leroy Biller Producer, Audio Production
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