Singin' in the Bathtub

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All Music Guide - Matt Fink
One would think it unlikely for cartoonist R. Crumb's band to be this remarkably listenable, but the proof is abundant in tracks like the infectious early jazz of the title track, the string band blues of "Suits Crybaby Blues" co-written by Crumb, and the hilarious Cajun romp in "Shopping Mall." Though many of the tracks display the sly humor consistent with some of Crumb's other work, the subversive elements have been toned down in favor of the dry wit of the chosen material. The instrumentals here, featuring a vast expanse of instruments including the musical saw, accordion, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, violoncello, banjo-mandolin, and brass instruments, are handled by a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Fink
One would think it unlikely for cartoonist R. Crumb's band to be this remarkably listenable, but the proof is abundant in tracks like the infectious early jazz of the title track, the string band blues of "Suits Crybaby Blues" co-written by Crumb, and the hilarious Cajun romp in "Shopping Mall." Though many of the tracks display the sly humor consistent with some of Crumb's other work, the subversive elements have been toned down in favor of the dry wit of the chosen material. The instrumentals here, featuring a vast expanse of instruments including the musical saw, accordion, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, violoncello, banjo-mandolin, and brass instruments, are handled by a outstanding group of musicians who effortlessly jump from polkas and rambunctious Hawaiian instrumentals to dancehall waltzes and ragtime pieces. Crumb handles most of the tenor banjo parts and sings lead, with a voice remarkably well suited to the material, and is accompanied by authentic back-up harmonies to fill in for his lack of range. It would be very easy to refer to this band as novelty music, but to do so would be a grave injustice, as more than being an homage to bygone styles, they make music that can easily stand on its own as a reverent recreation of the charm of a genre that has largely been forgotten. Singin' in the Bathtub may not be the best old-time jazz/string band album ever made, but it is doubtful that there are many that are more fun to listen to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1993
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351600325
  • Catalog Number: 6003
  • Sales rank: 17,762

Album Credits

Performance Credits
R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders Primary Artist
Robert Crumb Indexed Contributor, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Bob Brozman Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals
Geoff Antipa Saxophone
Robert Armstrong Banjo, Guitar, Accordion, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Saw
Allan Dodge Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Violin, Cello, Ukulele, Vocals
Rick Elmore Trombone, Tuba
John Lundberg Vocals
Tom Marion Banjo, Guitar, Violin, Vocals, 6-string Banjo
Paul Woltz Saxophone, Vocals
Terry Zwigoff Banjo, Mandolin, Cello, Saw
The Cheap Suit Serenaders Track Performer
Technical Credits
Stefan Grossman Art Direction
Bob Brozman Contributor
Geoff Antipa Contributor
Robert Armstrong Contributor
Robert Crumb Contributor, Artwork
Oliver di Cicco Engineer
Allan Dodge Contributor
Rick Elmore Contributor
John Lundberg Contributor
Tom Marion Contributor
Paul Woltz Contributor
Terry Zwigoff Contributor
Joan Pelosi Contributor
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