Strings 'n' Stripes (deluxe edition)

Strings 'n' Stripes (deluxe edition)

by The Baseballs
     
 

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Following in the footsteps of Nouvelle Vague and Hayseed Dixie, German trio the Baseballs proved that the concept of the covers band needn't always be confined to weddings and bar mitzvahs with their debut album, Strike. Reviving the sounds of…  See more details below

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Following in the footsteps of Nouvelle Vague and Hayseed Dixie, German trio the Baseballs proved that the concept of the covers band needn't always be confined to weddings and bar mitzvahs with their debut album, Strike. Reviving the sounds of the '50s, their old-fashioned rock & roll interpretations of contemporary pop hits saw them enter the Top Ten across nine European countries, but now with the element of surprise removed, they face an uphill task if they are to avoid the novelty wearing off with their second album, Strings 'n' Stripes. Luckily, the Elvis lookalikes have upped the ante on their 14 tracks with a braver selection of song choices and their first-ever original composition, "Hard Not to Cry," an authentic barbershop quartet-inspired tale of heartbreak which could comfortably fit onto a vintage jukebox playlist. As on their first offering, there are retro adaptations of tracks by Lady Gaga (a shuffling guitar-twanging take on "Paparazzi") and Katy Perry (a shimmering melodramatic rendition of "California Gurls"), but elsewhere, the Berliners showcase an entirely new artist repertoire, with a Roy Orbison-esque reworking of Martin Solveig's floor-filler "Hello," a classic surf rock spin on Kesha's party anthem "Tik Tok," and a melancholic, doo wop retooling of Backstreet Boys' "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," sitting alongside adventurous but surprisingly effective forays into hip-hop territory on infectious tongue-in-cheek rockabilly versions of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop," Pras' "Ghetto Superstar," and Will Smith's "Miami." The old-school makeovers don't always work, as the feisty, empowering alt rock of Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" is rendered rather tame with its AM Pop harmonies and unnecessary lyrical changes, while the original version of Uncle Kracker's "Follow Me" managed to capture the American trad rock vibes more convincingly than the rather pedestrian arrangement included here. But overall, Strings 'n' Stripes is as feel-good as its predecessor which, as Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills describes on the '50s-style radio announcement intro, encapsulates "the sweet taste of summer."

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
5052498561223
catalogNumber:
9856122
Rank:
64064

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baseballs   Primary Artist
Lars Vegas   Guitar,Ukulele,Band
Moe Jaksch   Upright Bass
Sam   Group Member
Digger   Percussion,Saxophone,Group Member
Basti   Group Member
Erik Macholl   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Upright Bass
Andreas John   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Jan Miserre   Piano,Band
Tomas Svensson   Drums,Band
Klaas Wendling   Band,Upright Bass
Christian Weichert   Piano
Axel Praefke   Drums
Eva Jagoon   Background Vocals
Wieger Hoogendorp   Guitar

Technical Credits

Robin Gibb   Composer
Phil Thornalley   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Scott Cutler   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Shelly Peiken   Composer
William Shelby   Composer
Stephen Shockley   Composer
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer
Ryan Toby   Composer
Meredith Brooks   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Lars Vegas   Arranger
Max Martin   Composer
Anne Preven   Composer
Willard Smith   Composer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Herbert Crichlow   Composer
Wesley Scantlin   Composer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
David Guetta   Composer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Kameron Houff   Composer
Tommy Remm   Additional Production
Rami Yacoub   Composer
Katy Perry   Composer
Baseballs   Arranger
Sam   Arranger
Digger   Arranger,Instrumentation
Basti   Arranger
Stefani Germanotta   Composer
Scott Mills   Composer
Miriam Nervo   Composer
Erik Macholl   Arranger,Composer,Instrumentation
Andreas John   Arranger,Composer,Instrumentation
Martin Karl Sandberg   Composer
Kesha Sebert   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Samuel J. Barnes   Composer
Matthew Shafer   Composer
Robert Fusari   Composer
Olivia Nervo   Composer
Kelendria Trene Rowland   Composer
Christoph Schlimbach   Engineer
Katja Huebner   Artwork
Johannes "Joe" Gerstengarbe   Engineer
Jason Thomas Mraz   Composer
Frederic Jean Riesterer   Composer
Alexander Grant   Composer
Jan Miserre   Arranger
Sven Teichmann   Engineer
Tomas Svensson   Arranger
Klaas Wendling   Arranger
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Axel Praefke   Engineer
Samuel Michel   Composer
Rüdiger Brans   Composer
James Christopher Allen   Composer

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