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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Al Anderson's second solo album, 1988's Party Favors, was recorded during a period when Anderson began focusing more of his energies on writing material that wouldn't necessarily find its way into NRBQ's repertoire he left the band five years after this was cut, which might have something to do with why this disc sounds so much like a set of songwriter's demos. Though Tom Ardolino plays drums on a few cuts, and John Sebastian sits in on "Nobody Else Will Do," Anderson handled most of the instrumental chores on Party Favors, and the clanky late-'80s drum machines and slightly wheezy synthesizers that mar many of the tracks suggest this album was cut fast and cheap. Despite ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Al Anderson's second solo album, 1988's Party Favors, was recorded during a period when Anderson began focusing more of his energies on writing material that wouldn't necessarily find its way into NRBQ's repertoire he left the band five years after this was cut, which might have something to do with why this disc sounds so much like a set of songwriter's demos. Though Tom Ardolino plays drums on a few cuts, and John Sebastian sits in on "Nobody Else Will Do," Anderson handled most of the instrumental chores on Party Favors, and the clanky late-'80s drum machines and slightly wheezy synthesizers that mar many of the tracks suggest this album was cut fast and cheap. Despite that, Anderson's guitar work is excellent throughout and his vocals are admirably enthusiastic, and while some of the songs are a good bit less playful than one might expect most notably the romantic "I Could Do This All Night" and the sexy "If You Get Your Wish", most of this finds Big Al doing what he does best, playing rowdy roadhouse-friendly rock & roll. However, without musicians of the caliber of NRBQ or the crew he used on Pay Before You Pump backing him up, Party Favors lacks the punch to really get the party started, and at only nine tunes this disc seems to end before it can hit fourth gear. Fans and completists will enjoy it, but this is easily the least of Anderson's solo efforts to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431081729
  • Catalog Number: 10817

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Anderson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Al Yasha Anderson Indexed Contributor
John Sebastian Autoharp
Alfa Anderson Barfield Vocals
Tom Ardolino Percussion, Drums
Joe Greico Keyboards
Bill Holliman Horn
Rudy Rubini Background Vocals, Harmony
Bill Scheniman Percussion
Chuck Martin Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Douglas Assistant Photographer
Al Anderson Producer
John Hiatt Composer
Alfa Anderson Barfield Producer
Jonathan Freed Engineer
Bill Scheniman Producer, Engineer
Paul McGehee Illustrations
Johnathon Freed Engineer
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