The Essential Weird Al Yankovic

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
More times than not, Columbia/Legacy's Essential collections are stellar overviews. Boasting a two-and-a-half-hour running time and 38 songs hand-picked by Al himself, The Essential Weird Al Yankovic is yet another well-executed title in the series. Encompassing 12 albums, the double-disc set starts from the beginning of Al's career, with "Another One Rides the Bus," his live "Another One Bites the Dust" parody from the Dr. Demento show in 1980, and it gradually chronicles up to the R. Kelly-influenced "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" from 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood. Most of Al's big parodies are highlighted here ("Eat It," "I Lost on Jeopardy," "Yoda," "Like a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
More times than not, Columbia/Legacy's Essential collections are stellar overviews. Boasting a two-and-a-half-hour running time and 38 songs hand-picked by Al himself, The Essential Weird Al Yankovic is yet another well-executed title in the series. Encompassing 12 albums, the double-disc set starts from the beginning of Al's career, with "Another One Rides the Bus," his live "Another One Bites the Dust" parody from the Dr. Demento show in 1980, and it gradually chronicles up to the R. Kelly-influenced "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" from 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood. Most of Al's big parodies are highlighted here ("Eat It," "I Lost on Jeopardy," "Yoda," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat") -- as well as some choice deep cuts, like the ripping accordion medley "Polkas on 45," the opening theme from UHF, and a smattering of absurd originals ("Albuquerque," "Dare to Be Stupid," "You Don't Love Me Anymore," and "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota"). All of these could be deemed essential for fans, but nitpickers will wonder about the whereabouts of "Ricky," "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies," and two of Yankovic's best food parodies, "My Bologna" and "I Love Rocky Road." These songs aside, not much is missing, considering the depth of his discography. The exhaustive four-disc Permanent Record has 50 songs, but it stops at 1994. Al may have hit a rocky patch for a spell toward the turn of the millennium, but he had some of his best work just after, including the geeky rap satires "Amish Paradise," "It's All About the Pentiums," and "White & Nerdy." For nostalgic fans who just want a quick taste of the '80s, Greatest Hits is the best bet, but those seeking a deep-rooted summary that's both comprehensive and extensive should look no further than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886975854325
  • Catalog Number: 758543
  • Sales rank: 1,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Another One Rides the Bus (2:36)
  2. 2 Polkas on 45 [Medley] (4:20)
  3. 3 Eat It (3:21)
  4. 4 I Lost on Jeopardy (3:28)
  5. 5 Yoda (3:57)
  6. 6 One More Minute (4:04)
  7. 7 Like a Surgeon (3:31)
  8. 8 Dare to Be Stupid (3:25)
  9. 9 Dog Eat Dog (3:44)
  10. 10 Lasagna (2:47)
  11. 11 Melanie (3:59)
  12. 12 Fat (3:37)
  13. 13 UHF (3:51)
  14. 14 The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota (6:48)
  15. 15 Trigger Happy (3:47)
  16. 16 Smells Like Nirvana (3:45)
  17. 17 You Don't Love Me Anymore (4:02)
  18. 18 Bedrock Anthem (3:42)
  19. 19 Frank's 2000" TV (4:06)
  20. 20 Jurassic Park (3:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Since You've Been Gone (1:23)
  2. 2 Amish Paradise (3:21)
  3. 3 Gump (2:12)
  4. 4 Everything You Know is Wrong (3:49)
  5. 5 The Night Santa Went Crazy (4:02)
  6. 6 Your Horoscope for Today (4:00)
  7. 7 It's All About the Pentiums (3:36)
  8. 8 The Saga Begins (5:30)
  9. 9 Albuquerque (11:24)
  10. 10 eBay (3:37)
  11. 11 Bob (2:30)
  12. 12 Hardware Store (3:46)
  13. 13 I'll Sue Ya (3:53)
  14. 14 Canadian Idiot (2:24)
  15. 15 Pancreas (3:51)
  16. 16 Don't Download This Song (3:55)
  17. 17 White & Nerdy (2:52)
  18. 18 Trapped in the Drive-Thru (10:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
"Weird Al" Yankovic Primary Artist, Harmonica, Piano, Accordion, Harpsichord, Kazoo, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Vibes, Finger Snapping, Toy Piano, Bass Harmonica
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Rick Derringer Guitar, Soloist
Mel Blanc Voices
Kim Bullard Synthesizer, Keyboards
Brad Buxer Synthesizer, Keyboards
Randy Crenshaw Choir, Chorus
Jon "JD" Dickson French Horn
Monique Donnelly Choir, Chorus
Gene Morford Background Vocals
Jim Haas Background Vocals
Gary Herbig Baritone Saxophone
Angie Jaree Choir, Chorus
Steve Jay Banjo, Bass, Flute, Bass (Vocal), Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Synthesizer Bass
David Joyce Choir, Chorus
Jon Joyce Background Vocals
Nick Lane Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Don Pardo Announcer
Joel Peskin Clarinet
Alan Reed Voices
Dan Regan Trombone
Pat Regan Synthesizer, Piano
Jim Self Tuba, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Lee Thornburg Trombone, Trumpet
Ruben Valtierra Piano, Keyboards
Jerry Whitman Background Vocals
Sarah O'Brien Cello
Lisa Popeil Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Miles Jay String Bass
Jim West Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Kazoo, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals, Bells, Claves, Hand Clapping, Timpani, Shaker, cowbell, Beat Box, Finger Snapping, sleigh bells, Wood Block, Siren, Slide Whistle, Jaw Harp, Cabasa, Bass Accordion
Tavis Werts Trumpet
Kim Erin Choir, Chorus
Will Anderson Harmonica
Natasha Barr Vocals
Damaskas Background Vocals
Will Anderson Harmonica
Natasha Barr Vocals
Damaskas Background Vocals
Tom Evans Saxophone
Technical Credits
Rick Derringer Producer
Jonathan Schwartz Archival Assistant
Brad Buxer Programming, Orchestral Arrangements
Steve Jay Vocal Group
Tony Papa Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
"Weird Al" Yankovic Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Art Direction, Vocal Group
Jim West Vocal Group
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz Sound Effects, drum programming, Simmons, Vocal Group
Stephen Thompson Liner Notes
Jeremy Holiday Packaging Manager
Beefalo Bill Instrumentation
Stephen Thompson Liner Notes
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