Ponzi Scheme

Ponzi Scheme

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by Firewater
     
 

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Gabay is out and George Javori is in on the drumming tip, among numerous others, but Firewater still swings with the best of them, as The Ponzi Scheme shows in spades. A near perfect film noir start, sleazy sax, and Duane Eddy-meets-piano line and more with the aptly titledSee more details below

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Gabay is out and George Javori is in on the drumming tip, among numerous others, but Firewater still swings with the best of them, as The Ponzi Scheme shows in spades. A near perfect film noir start, sleazy sax, and Duane Eddy-meets-piano line and more with the aptly titled "Ponzi's Theme" gets things going -- Tod A himself sits this number out vocally, letting everyone vamp and snarl with the best of them before cutting loose on "Green Light (In Stereo)." His raspy charisma remains in full effect, while musically there are hints of Nick Cave's various musical fusions and a relatively more conventional rock approach to boot. Even if The Ponzi Scheme doesn't totally threaten and artistically intrigue like Get Off the Cross did, though, it's still a good time had by all. Doug Henderson once again does a fantastic job on production, while Sylvia Massy adds a bit of mixing here and there, all letting the strengths of the band burst through with its usual aggressive liveliness. Admittedly, hearing downright peaceful chiming on "Caroline" and poppy '60s-style grooves on "So Long, Superman" is more than a little surprising from the guy who once spat out tracks like "10 Dollar Bill," but time does change things. Standout tracks litter the album -- "Dropping Like Flies" is particularly great, both a strong, kicking rocker and a carefully arranged orchestral creep-out, strings adding a subtle bite to Tod A's increasingly desperate singing. Indeed, both Hahn Rowe's violin work and the regular guest appearance of cellist Jane Scarpantoni provide some of The Ponzi Scheme's best moments, like the ruined sea chantey "Isle of Dogs." There's the galumphing horn section from the circus-gone-wrong of "El Borracho" and the perfect title for the final song, "Drunkard's Lament," to name two other fun highlights of this most cool album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/1998
Label:
Jet Set Records
UPC:
0604978001122
catalogNumber:
780011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Firewater   Primary Artist
Duane Denison   Guitar
Pamela Fleming   Trumpet
Doug Henderson   Bass
Jenny Hill   Piccolo,Saxophone
Kurt Hoffman   Saxophone
Jim Kimball   Drums
Dave Ouimet   Organ,Piano,Trombone
Hahn Rowe   Violin
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Tod A.   Bass,Vocals
Joe Ben Plummer   Saxophone
Paul Wallfisch   Organ,Piano
George Javori   Drums
Birgit Staudt   Accordion
Tim Otto   Conductor,Saxophone
Paula Henderson   Baritone Saxophone
Oren Kaplan   Guitar
Tamir Muskat   Drums
Susan Graham   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Suzanne Dyer   Engineer
Doug Henderson   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Rod Hui   Contributor
Ted Jensen   Contributor,Mastering
Sylvia Massy   Contributor,Mastering
Jay Healey   Contributor
Brian Martin   Engineer,Contributor
Tod A.   Producer
St. Ungracious Girls School Marching Band   Contributor

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