Scraps

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For the uninitiated, NRBQ is an oddity. How does one, for instance, approach a band who sings a song like "Howard Johnson's Got His Ho-Jo Working?" The answer may be, "not very seriously," but then another problem reveals itself: the songs are so catchy. "Who Put the Garlic in the Glue?" and "Magnet" bounce along like an early-'70s version of Ben Folds Five. Together, pianist Terry Adams, bassist Joey Spampinato, guitarist Al Anderson, drummer Tom Staley, and vocalist Frank Gadler find a bigger sound than the sum of their parts. Scraps is filled with pop music that manages the duel feat of making the listener feel good while remaining intelligent. The songs, with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For the uninitiated, NRBQ is an oddity. How does one, for instance, approach a band who sings a song like "Howard Johnson's Got His Ho-Jo Working?" The answer may be, "not very seriously," but then another problem reveals itself: the songs are so catchy. "Who Put the Garlic in the Glue?" and "Magnet" bounce along like an early-'70s version of Ben Folds Five. Together, pianist Terry Adams, bassist Joey Spampinato, guitarist Al Anderson, drummer Tom Staley, and vocalist Frank Gadler find a bigger sound than the sum of their parts. Scraps is filled with pop music that manages the duel feat of making the listener feel good while remaining intelligent. The songs, with a couple of exceptions, are only two to three minutes long; that equals out to 14 cuts from the original album, which was a lot of tracks in 1972. Three bonus tracks have been added and the entire album has been remastered. There is also a great deal of breadth in Spampinato and Adams' songwriting, from the rocking "Don't You Knock at My Door" to the instrumental "Tragic Magic" to the gentle "Only You." Spampinato, who had written very little on previous albums, wrote several gentle ballads, including "Boys in the City" and "It's Not So Hard." John DeAngelis' liner notes keep tabs on NRBQ's evolving lineup and provide good information on the context of the recording. Scraps' appeal sneaks up on the listener, reminding them that some music is just meant to be enjoyed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661317529
  • Catalog Number: 613175
  • Sales rank: 53,234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
NRBQ Primary Artist
Al Anderson Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Link Wray Background Vocals
Steve Ferguson Guitar, Vocals
Terry Adams Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals, Wind, Clavinet
Tom Ardolino Drums
Frank Gadler Vocals
Joey Spampinato Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jody St Nicholas Bass, Vocals
Tom Staley Drums
G.T. Stanley Drums
Doug Wray Background Vocals
Donn Adams Trombone, Band
Ken Sheehan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Don Adams Trombone
Technical Credits
Dory Previn Composer
Chris Andersen Remixing
Ed Freeman Producer
Eddie Kramer Producer, Engineer
Tom Mark Remixing
Toby Mountain Mastering
Billy Shaw Remixing
Joey Spampinato Composer
Frank Scinlaro Executive Producer
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