Pick of the Litter 1980-2010

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 19-track Was Not Was retrospective on Micro Werks goes far deeper than 2004's Collection, issued on the Spectrum Music imprint, which as nothing more than a slapdash licensing job. Pick of the Litter 1980-2010, is a hand-picked selection, programmed in aesthetic rather than chronological order -- though some tracks just fall that way -- of the band's best-known tracks. More importantly, in key cases such as "Spy in the House of Love" and "Out Come the Freaks," the original 7" versions are included rather than the album tracks. The group's cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" is a promo-only single edit that was sent to radio, and differs substantially from the one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 19-track Was Not Was retrospective on Micro Werks goes far deeper than 2004's Collection, issued on the Spectrum Music imprint, which as nothing more than a slapdash licensing job. Pick of the Litter 1980-2010, is a hand-picked selection, programmed in aesthetic rather than chronological order -- though some tracks just fall that way -- of the band's best-known tracks. More importantly, in key cases such as "Spy in the House of Love" and "Out Come the Freaks," the original 7" versions are included rather than the album tracks. The group's cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" is a promo-only single edit that was sent to radio, and differs substantially from the one included on 1990s' Hello Dad...I'm in Jail. Other Was Not Was classics included here are "Walk the Dinosaur," "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming," "Sky's Ablaze," "I Feel Like James Brown," and "Wheel Me Out," to name a few. The music on this set has been completely remastered, and contains a liner essay by Brian Bowe with discographical annotation by Gary Peterson. While hardcore fans may argue -- a bit -- over the sum total, even they will ultimately agree that this is the only truly representative portrait of Was Not Was in all their incarnations; and besides, it's a stone killer of a party record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Micro Werks
  • UPC: 813411010588
  • Catalog Number: 58
  • Sales rank: 57,191

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Was (Not Was) Primary Artist
Mark Isham Trumpet
Al Kooper Keyboards
Iggy Pop Background Vocals
Ruby Turner Background Vocals
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
John Patitucci Bass
Jeff Lorber Keyboards
String Fever Strings
Michelle Goulet Background Vocals
G Love E Background Vocals
Carol Hall Background Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson Vocals
Wayne Kramer Guitar
Alex Acuña Percussion
Marin Alsop Strings
John Barclay Trumpet
Guy Barker Trumpet
Pete Beachill Trombone
Rayse Biggs Trumpet
Curt Bisquera Drums
Sir Harry Bowens Vocals
Stuart Brooks Trumpet
David Campbell Strings
Desy Campbell Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Jervonny Collier Bass
Carolyn Crawford Background Vocals
Debra Dobkin Percussion, Background Vocals
Tim Drummond Bass
Sally Dworsky Background Vocals
Doug Fieger Background Vocals
Michael Fisher Percussion
David Friendly Percussion
James Gadson Drums
Portia Griffin Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Gary Hirstius Background Vocals
Sheila Horne Background Vocals
Yogi Horton Drums
Kim Hutchcroft Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Raymond Johnson Keyboards
Booker T. Jones Keyboards
Jerry Jones Drums
Kathy Kosins Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel Drums
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Saxophone
Beverly Lauridsen Strings
Jay Leonhart Bass
Dee Lewis Background Vocals
Val McCallum Guitar
Donald Ray Mitchell Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Bruce Nazarian Bass, Guitar
Ron Pangborn Drums
Mike Renzi Conductor, Keyboards
Luis Resto Strings, Violin, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Frank Ricotti Percussion
John Robie Keyboards
Stevie Salas Guitar
Daniel Schroeger Keyboards
Carl "Butch" Small Percussion
Myrna Smith Background Vocals
Robin Smith Keyboards
Helen Terry Background Vocals
John Thirkell Trumpet
Kevin Tschirhart Percussion
John Van Tongeren Keyboards
David Was Flute, Harmonica, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Don Was Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Winston Watson Drums
Cecil Womack Guitar
Aaron Zigman Keyboards
The Mint Juleps Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Randy Jacobs Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Dan Higgens Saxophone
Suzie Katayama Strings
Ricky Rouse Guitar
Amp Fiddler Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Jack Leitenberg Background Vocals
Chris Davies Saxophone
Neil Steubenhaus Bass
Tony Fagenson Background Vocals
Ken Collier Background Vocals
Dan Huff Guitar
Armand Angeloni Saxophone
Juliette Roberts Background Vocals
Greg Liesz Guitar
Phil Todd Saxophone
Lee Thornton Trumpet
Irwin Krinsky Keyboards
Carol Poole-Gross Strings
Arthur "Buster" Marbury Drums, Background Vocals
Marvus Miller Bass
Martin Phillips Keyboards
Mark Johnson Keyboards
Mack Pitt Mandolin
Larry Fratangelo Percussion
Lamont Johnson Bass
John "Birch" Weiss Saxophone
Jill B. Jaffe Strings
Franklin K. Funklyn McCullers Drums
Felix Morris Keyboards
Ewreck Benson Background Vocals
"Downton" Julie Brown Background Vocals
David McMirray Saxophone
Vic Emmerson Keyboards
Puppet Blum Background Vocals
Professor Goss Background Vocals
Paul Wickens Keyboards
Pam Burns Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jeff Lorber Engineer
Barrett Strong Composer
Michael Brauer Engineer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Ed Cherney Engineer
Lincoln Clapp Engineer
David Dachinger Engineer
Steve Deutsch Engineer
Mike Fuller Engineer
Brian Gardner Remastering
Chris Irwin Engineer
Jay Mark Engineer
Jon Mathias Engineer
David McMurray Horn Arrangements
Richard Niles Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Paul Staveley O'Duffy Engineer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Mike Pela Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Mike Renzi Arranger, String Arrangements
Luis Resto Horn Arrangements
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Micajah Ryan Engineer
Allen Sides Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
David Was Composer, Cover Art
Don Was Composer, Engineer, Cover Art, Photo Courtesy
Norman Whitfield Composer
Paul Wright Engineer
Randy Jacobs Composer
Krish Sharma Engineer
Harry Spiridakis Engineer
Roland Herrington Engineer
Louis Fagenson String Arrangements
Pete Barker Engineer
Troy Krueger Engineer
Brian J. Bowe Liner Notes
Kenny Jones Engineer
Tom O'Leary Engineer
Warren D. Wood Jr. Engineer
John Potoker Engineer
Phil da Costa Engineer
Rob Stone & The C-Notes Management
Mike Bosley Engineer
Martin Phillips Engineer
Jerry Thichaya Engineer
Jarvis Stroud Composer
Gregory Mann Engineer
Croyden Steve Chase Engineer
Kevin Smith Engineer
Steve Guardigli Engineer
Steve King Engineer
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