The Best of Poi Dog Pondering (The Austin Years)

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Poi Dog Pondering's rise from roadside vagabonds to "almost" successful ambassadors of worldbeat-infused college rock is one of thinly veiled hedonism. In 1987, after selling all of their belongings to afford the plane trip to the mainland, the Honolulu, HI, collective bought a truck and crossed the country gypsy-style, playing for pennies outside of coffeehouses, pubs, and the occasional Mexican border town, eventually settling in the bohemian jewel of the south: Austin, TX. Unfairly lumped in with the emerging jam band scene, the fluctuating octet made extensive use of its eccentric instrumentation and multicultural lineup without ever venturing off into a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Poi Dog Pondering's rise from roadside vagabonds to "almost" successful ambassadors of worldbeat-infused college rock is one of thinly veiled hedonism. In 1987, after selling all of their belongings to afford the plane trip to the mainland, the Honolulu, HI, collective bought a truck and crossed the country gypsy-style, playing for pennies outside of coffeehouses, pubs, and the occasional Mexican border town, eventually settling in the bohemian jewel of the south: Austin, TX. Unfairly lumped in with the emerging jam band scene, the fluctuating octet made extensive use of its eccentric instrumentation and multicultural lineup without ever venturing off into a 15-minute solo; rather, main songwriter Frank Orrall's metaphysical love songs were both concise and catchy. Best of Poi Dog Pondering: The Austin Years follows the group through 1992 and contains beloved fan classics like "Living With the Dreaming Body" and "Pulling Touch," as well as left-field gems like "I Had to Tell You" from the 1990 Roky Erickson tribute record Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646389126
  • Catalog Number: 63891
  • Sales rank: 171,675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pulling Touch (5:19)
  2. 2 Everybody's Trying (4:05)
  3. 3 I've Got My Body (5:10)
  4. 4 The Hardest Thing (4:26)
  5. 5 Collarbone (4:03)
  6. 6 The Watermelon Song (5:16)
  7. 7 Love Vigilantes (3:50)
  8. 8 Thanksgiving (4:30)
  9. 9 Get Me On (3:56)
  10. 10 Jack Ass Ginger (5:31)
  11. 11 Be the One (3:56)
  12. 12 Living With the Dreaming Body (3:53)
  13. 13 I Had to Tell You (2:47)
  14. 14 Bury Me Deep (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poi Dog Pondering Primary Artist
Susan Voelz Violin, Vocals
Jon Blondell Trombone, Saxophone
Daren Hess Drums
Bruce Hughes Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Malford Milligan Voices
John Nelson Conga, Voices, Hand Percussion
Arlene Newson Voices
Frank Orrall Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Dick Ross Drums
Abra Moore Accordion, Voices
Chris Searles Drums
Gretchen Phillips Trombone, Saxophone
Kathy Korniloff Trombone, Saxophone
Ted Cho Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
David Crawford Accordion, Horn, Keyboards, Melodica
Sean Coffey Drums
Adam Sultan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Ashton Irons Turntables, Sampling
Mark Williams Cello, Mandocello
Susan Volez Violin, Voices
John H.R. Mills Trombone, Saxophone
John Nelson Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Fedis Trombone, Saxophone
Pheobe Holmes Voices
Frank Quimby Orrall Guitar, Drums, Voices, tin whistle
David Crawford Accordion, Horn, Keyboards, Melodica
Technical Credits
Poi Dog Pondering Composer, Producer
Clive Langer Producer
John Conroy Package Manager
Frank Orrall Composer, Whistle
Mark Wilder Mastering
Alan Winstanley Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Mike Stewart Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Melodic, Beautiful Lyrics

    When I was in college, I remember Poi Dog Pondering playing for coins on the street in front of the Texas Union on Guadalupe St. They quickly became my favorite band. Reminiscent of Phish but with a unique international sound, Poi Dog is a great band - and their time in Austin was their most beautiful.

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