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My Favorite Record
     

My Favorite Record

by Asylum Street Spankers
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Yellow Dog Records
UPC:
0823800140321
catalogNumber:
21403
Rank:
278507

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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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