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Pay Before You Pump
     

Pay Before You Pump

by Al Anderson
 
For 22 years, Al Anderson had the dubious distinction of being the relatively normal guy in NRBQ; while the rest of the band were frequently content to wander off in a delightful but inscrutable musical direction no one seemed to full comprehend but themselves, Big Al could be counted on to keep at least one foot firmly planted on solid ground,

Overview

For 22 years, Al Anderson had the dubious distinction of being the relatively normal guy in NRBQ; while the rest of the band were frequently content to wander off in a delightful but inscrutable musical direction no one seemed to full comprehend but themselves, Big Al could be counted on to keep at least one foot firmly planted on solid ground, playing blazing country-accented guitar leads and writing the band's most accessible songs, such as "Riding in My Car" and "It Comes to Me Naturally." So it should come as a shock to no one that Pay Before You Pump, Anderson's first solo album after leaving NRBQ, is short on quirks and long on barroom boogie and hot-rodded twangy guitar; Anderson's strengths were always based in good and greasy roots rock, and here he lets his country accents rise to the surface (and seems to be having a great time doing it). By this time, Anderson was also racking up a good number of credits as a Nashville songwriter for hire, and Pay Before You Pump is also something of a sampler that offers a little bit of everything Big Al likes to write -- punchy rockers ("No Place in History," "That Thang"), rowdy roadhouse escapades ("Bang Bang Bang"), twangy dance numbers ("Get Done"), faux Cajun groovers ("After the Mardi Gras"), and even a self-reflective ballad ("A Change Is Gonna Do Me Good"). If the songs here are generally more polished and professional and less idiosyncratic than his work with NRBQ, they're still lots of fun and boast a lot more heart and soul than your average Music Row hack, while Anderson also leaves himself plenty of room for some extra-crispy chicken pickin'. Pay Before You Pump never quite scales the peaks of oddball wonder of NRBQ's best work, but it's never less than a rockin' good time with great songs and stellar guitar work, and there's not a thing wrong with that.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/1996
Label:
IMPRINT RECORDS
UPC:
0605101100422
catalogNumber:
10004

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Performance Credits

Anderson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Delbert McClinton   Background Vocals
Bill Anderson   Background Vocals
Elvis Costello   Background Vocals
Scott Baggett   Organ,Hammond Organ
Steve Conn   Organ,Accordion,Clavinet
Chad Cromwell   Drums
R.S. Field   Percussion
Tony Harrell   Piano
Jim Hoke   Autoharp,Horn,Saxophone
Gary Morse   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Russ Pahl   Lap Steel Guitar
Sharon Rice   Background Vocals
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle,Violin,Background Vocals
Craig Wiseman   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Ron Sexsmith   Background Vocals
Wayne R. Halper   Choir, Chorus
Benita Allen   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tracy Gershon   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Scott Baggett   Producer,Engineer
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Dodie Pettit   Composer

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