Pussycat Bootleg Series, Vol. 2: Live Rarities 2000-2004

Pussycat Bootleg Series, Vol. 2: Live Rarities 2000-2004

by Asylum Street Spankers
     
 
While the Asylum Street Spankers have recorded a number of fine studio albums, their real strength is as a live act, and this collection of performances recorded at a variety of venues between 2000 and 2004 documents their charm and chops, and makes a strong case for their virtues. It's sometimes hard to tell how far this band's tongue lurks within its collective

Overview

While the Asylum Street Spankers have recorded a number of fine studio albums, their real strength is as a live act, and this collection of performances recorded at a variety of venues between 2000 and 2004 documents their charm and chops, and makes a strong case for their virtues. It's sometimes hard to tell how far this band's tongue lurks within its collective cheek, especially when the group takes on novelty tunes like "The Pussycat Song" or covers Nine Inch Nails with a mandolin and a banjo, but the Spankers' updated take on string band blues and jazz is invariably performed with skill and no small amount of enthusiasm -- and with a live audience to urge them on, they pull out the stops on these numbers. Christina Marrs delivers one hell of a lead vocal on "Got My Mojo Working" (and she's no slouch on the musical saw, either), Nevada Newman's guitar work is excellent throughout (dig his stylistic impersonations on "Since I Met You Baby"), the group covers Cozy Cole's pop novelty " Topsy" and turns it into a functional jazz number along the way, and the Spankers' collective enthusiasm for alcohol ("Whiskey Love Song") and reefer ("Smokey Dokey") is established without making them sound like fools in the process. While many of these takes are audience recordings later passed on to the band, the sound quality is generally quite good, and this is certainly worthy of standing alongside one of the Spankers' "real" live albums; while this won't change the mind of anyone who lacks a soft spot for the Asylum Street Spankers and their occasional "wink and nudge" tendencies, if you're already a convert, you'll like it fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
Label:
Spanks A Lot Records
UPC:
0682138005227
catalogNumber:
20052

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asylum Street Spankers   Primary Artist
Wammo   Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Washboard
Charles Rose   Banjo,Vocals
Jeff Ross   Guitar
Matthew Weiner   Bass,Vocals
Scott Marcus   Drums,Vocals
Stanley Smith   Clarinet,Guitar,Vocals
Christina Marrs   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Saw,Tenor Banjo
John Thomasson   Bass
Brent Martens   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Garreth Broesche   Guitar,Mandolin
Jonathan Doyle   Clarinet
Nevada Newman   Guitar,Vocals
Korey Simeone   Dobro,Kazoo,Vocals
Reese Gray   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Memphis Jug Band   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Wammo   Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
S. Lewis   Composer
Trent Reznor   Composer
Peter "Madcat" Ruth   Composer
Edgar Battle   Composer
Stanley Smith   Composer
Christina Marrs   Liner Notes
Charles Warfield   Composer
Uncle J. T. Young   Composer
Nevada Newman   Composer
Korey Simeone   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer

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