Piss & Vinegar: The Songs of Graham Parker

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is often a suspicion when it comes to tribute albums that the intention is not so much to pay tribute as it is to gain greater exposure for the artists paying tribute. Annotator "Jumpin' JB" (presumably Jerry Balderson) cheerfully admits as much about New Jersey independent label Buy or Die's Piss & Vinegar: The Songs of Graham Parker, writing, "The original aim of this venture was to use the songs of the songwriter (G.P.) to showcase to the world the talents of our musicians." That said, the performers do manage to do well by Parker for the most part. Unusual for this sort of project, it tends to be the ones who hew closer to the original who do better, ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is often a suspicion when it comes to tribute albums that the intention is not so much to pay tribute as it is to gain greater exposure for the artists paying tribute. Annotator "Jumpin' JB" (presumably Jerry Balderson) cheerfully admits as much about New Jersey independent label Buy or Die's Piss & Vinegar: The Songs of Graham Parker, writing, "The original aim of this venture was to use the songs of the songwriter (G.P.) to showcase to the world the talents of our musicians." That said, the performers do manage to do well by Parker for the most part. Unusual for this sort of project, it tends to be the ones who hew closer to the original who do better, however. For example, Bill Kelly & the House of Cards' "Pourin' It All Out" and the Health & Happiness Show's "Stupefaction," which largely replicate Parker's arrangements, are among the better interpretations early on. Contrarily, Kings in Disguise do a good version of "The Kid with the Butterfly Net" by turning it into more of a folk-pop tune, complete with Tim Carbone's strong vocal and violin playing. When Stephanie Sayers, something of a vocal mix of Janis Ian and Sandy Denny, sings "Watch the Moon Come Down," it highlights the relative lack of female performers; this is the first lead vocal by a woman, ten songs into the disc. Happily, they are more frequent in the second half, and "You Can't Be Too Strong," Parker's exploration of the issue of abortion, particularly benefits from the singers in 22 Brides. Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens and Jon Tiven of the Mekons make their presence felt in the later tracks as performers and producers, and they, again, return the sound of the record to Parker's own. Overall, the album is a mixed bag, with some good covers that expose lesser-known Parker songs or give different nuances to familiar ones, though some of the performers seem to be going through the motions to get their own exposure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/1996
  • Label: BUY OR DIE RECORDS
  • UPC: 764963960329
  • Catalog Number: 96032

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Merrill Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Lucas Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Frank Black Vocals, Background Vocals
The Figgs Track Performer
Lauren Agnelli Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Neal Casal Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Stanley Demeski Drums
Vinny Denunzio Drums, Vocals
Mike Esposito Bass
Doug Ford Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ
Bill Kelly Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Mastro Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
George Recile Drums, Maracas, talking drum, Clay Drums
Jon Tiven Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Health & Happiness Show Track Performer
Tony Marino Upright Bass
Pat DiNizio Vocals, Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Bob Perry Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Dave Rave Vocals
Sally Tiven Bass, Background Vocals
Kings in Disguise Track Performer
Jack Tannehill Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Vocals, Track Performer
Rees Shad Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Stephanie Sayers Track Performer
Agnelli & Rave Track Performer
Rob Kovacs Percussion, Drums
Todd Snare Drums
Mike Gent Guitar, Vocals
Lisa Knouse Braiman Vocals
Buck Dilly Banjo, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Dave Goessling Guitar
Samuel St. Thomas Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Conga, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Massen Background Vocals
Guy Lyons Guitar
Len Mooney Acoustic Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Track Performer
Pete Donelly Bass
Alison Boardman Bass, Background Vocals
Arnt Rikardsen Guitar, Whistle (Instrument), Shouts, Switchblade
John Taylor Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
12 Brides Track Performer
The Sawney Bean Band Track Performer
The Secret Admirers Track Performer
Frog Bass
Don Brody Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dan Fadel Drums
Chris Farrelly Bass
Jody Price Guitar
Dave Post Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Graham Parker Composer
Neal Casal Producer
Doug Ford Arranger, Engineer
Kent Heckman Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Bill Kelly Producer
Jim Mastro Producer
Andy Metcalfe Producer
Don Sternecker Engineer
Jon Tiven Producer
Pat DiNizio Producer
Bob Perry Producer, Engineer
Jack Tannehill Arranger, Producer
Rees Shad Arranger, Producer
Daniel Wise Producer
Lisa Knouse Braiman Artwork
Dave Goessling Producer, Mastering
Samuel St. Thomas Producer, Engineer
Len Mooney Producer
Arnt Rikardsen Producer
John Kurgan Producer, Engineer
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