Tails of the City

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Upon hearing the term "novelty song," some listeners cringe -- which is understandable given how many truly horrendous novelty songs were recorded back in the late '40s and '50s. But truth be told, there are good novelty songs and bad novelty songs -- and singer/producer/songwriter Murray Weinstock provides some good, well-constructed novelty songs on Tails of the City as opposed to Tales of the City. The tails that Weinstock and his guest vocalists who include Dr. John and the great but underexposed Phoebe Snow is referring to are the tails of dogs; everything on this 47-minute disc is canine-influenced in some respect. But Weinstock's lyrics are full of cute and clever...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Upon hearing the term "novelty song," some listeners cringe -- which is understandable given how many truly horrendous novelty songs were recorded back in the late '40s and '50s. But truth be told, there are good novelty songs and bad novelty songs -- and singer/producer/songwriter Murray Weinstock provides some good, well-constructed novelty songs on Tails of the City as opposed to Tales of the City. The tails that Weinstock and his guest vocalists who include Dr. John and the great but underexposed Phoebe Snow is referring to are the tails of dogs; everything on this 47-minute disc is canine-influenced in some respect. But Weinstock's lyrics are full of cute and clever double-entendres, and his dog references are often metaphors that apply to human situations. Stylistically, Tails of the City is not easy to pin down; Weinstock gets into everything from ska on "Big Dogs Need More Food" to New Orleans-style rock on "Dixie Dog" which features Dr. John to blues-rock on "Bad Dog." Meanwhile, "My Buddy" not to be confused with the famous World War I-era standard hints at '30s jazz in a somewhat Hoagy Carmichael-ish fashion. Overall, Tails of the City is fun and lighthearted, but the disc ends on a very serious and poignant note with "War Dogs" -- which, despite its canine references, is obviously an ode to American servicemen who have experienced the horrors of combat. "War Dogs" favors neither the idiotic, chest-thumping jingoism of far-right buffoons like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter nor the equally buffoonish anti-Americanism of the far left; rather, it is a song that exalts U.S. servicemen as exactly what they are -- heroes -- but doesn't glamorize war in the least. "War Dogs" is patriotism with a brain -- not knee-jerk jingoism -- and it's a memorable way to conclude this enjoyably diverse CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Label: LOVE NOTES
  • UPC: 882169000424
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Dogs Need More Food (4:14)
  2. 2 Dog Day Afternoon (2:58)
  3. 3 Dixie Dog (3:35)
  4. 4 Chase That Ball (2:50)
  5. 5 Dog Tags (3:26)
  6. 6 Big Kahuna (4:50)
  7. 7 Bad Dog (3:41)
  8. 8 Dog About Town (3:41)
  9. 9 My Buddy (4:49)
  10. 10 Gimme That Bone (3:15)
  11. 11 Popcorn Paws (4:36)
  12. 12 War Dogs (5:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Murray Weinstock Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Accordion, Baritone Horn, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
John Sebastian Guitar, Harmonica
Phoebe Snow Vocals
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Peter Gallway Guitar
Elaine Caswell Vocals, Background Vocals
Lawrence Feldman Alto Saxophone
Bob Funk Trombone
Aaron Heick Alto Saxophone
George James Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar, Ukulele, Slide Guitar
Dennis McDermott Drums
Kate McGunnigle Vocals
Lincoln Schleifer Bass Guitar
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone
Joey Spampinato Vocals
Soozie Tyrell Violin, Vocals
Gary Valente Trombone
Stu Woods Bass Guitar
Kurt Yahjian Vocals, Background Vocals
Mac Rebennack Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner Vocals
Zenobia Conkerite Background Vocals
George Naha Guitar
Timo Ellis Guitar
Johnny Farina Steel Guitar
Amanda Homi Whisper
Angel Rissoff Vocals, Background Vocals
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Machun Taylor Whisper
Barbara Harris Vocals
Godfrey Townsend Guitar, Slide Guitar
Mac "Doctor John" Rebbenack Vocals
Aaron Heicke Alto Saxophone
Katie Mac Vocals
Steve Diller Harmonica
Technical Credits
Chris Anderson Engineer
Murray Weinstock Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, drum programming, Audio Production
Darcy Proper Mastering
Scott Cannizzaro Producer, Engineer
Lola Inspiration
Steven Guarnaccia Illustrations
Joe Boerst Engineer
Jeff Jones Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Five woofs and a wag of the tail!

    This CD rocks--great tunes and lyrics. It'll take you away from your day-to-day drudgery!

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