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Sandinista! Project
     

The Sandinista! Project

 
Sandinista! was the most glorious folly of the Clash's career, an epic-scale three-LP set in which the band seemed determined to try a little bit of everything and offer it all for public perusal, whether it actually worked or not. That a significant majority of the album's experiments actually succeeded didn't quite compensate for the fact the ones that didn't

Overview

Sandinista! was the most glorious folly of the Clash's career, an epic-scale three-LP set in which the band seemed determined to try a little bit of everything and offer it all for public perusal, whether it actually worked or not. That a significant majority of the album's experiments actually succeeded didn't quite compensate for the fact the ones that didn't hit the ground with a mighty thud, or that the sheer scale of the thing made it the rock equivalent of Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, a marvel of obsessive ambition that was ultimately too big to fly. If you want to pay homage to the Clash, Sandinista! seems like a curious place to start, but rock writer Jimmy Guterman, who confesses a great sentimental attachment to the album, has compiled The Sandinista! Project, a tribute album in which thirty-five acts cover Sandinista!'s 36 songs in their original sequence (appropriately, Jon Langford and Sally Timms tackle both "Junco Partner" and its dub variant, "Version Partner"). The eclecticism that was Sandinista!'s calling card has carried over to the choice of performers who appear on this set, ranging from roots rockers like Willie Nile and Joe Grushecky, alt-country icons such as Jason Ringenberg and the Coal Porters and one-time left-of-the-dial stars Camper van Beethoven and the Smithereens to a jazz pianist (Jim Duffy, who handles the cover of Mose Allison's "Look Here"), a Clash tribute band (London Calling of Chicago, who offer a strong and not particularly derivative take on "Lightning Strikes"), and two folks who played on the original album (Mick Gallagher, who sits in with Soul Food for "Midnight Log," and Mikey Dread, adding a dubwise vocal to "Silicone on Sapphire" by the Blizzard of '78). In the spirit of the original recording, nearly everyone on board has gone out of their way to put their own stamp on these songs, and unlike most tribute albums, pretty much every artist has delivered a committed and enthusiastic performance. However, while Sandinista! swung from style to style and place to place, it had one great unifying element -- the Clash themselves, who in 1980 may not have been the only band that mattered but were certainly the band that mattered most, and the passion and tension Joe Strummer and Mick Jones were offering was enough in itself overcome many flaws. The Sandinista! Project lacks a similar charismatic presence to pull this together, and as a consequence it suffers just as much (if not more so) from the failings that crippled the Clash's album. However, there are far too many engaging performances of great songs to dismiss The Sandinista! Project. Perhaps, like the original, if it was whittled down to a single disc, it would be a more effective record, but those willing to dig will find some real treasure here.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Megaforce
UPC:
0020286102427
catalogNumber:
1024

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Lloyd   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Mikey Dread   Vocals
Joe Grushecky   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Willie Nile   Guitar,Vocals
Kristi Rose   Vocals
Tim Krekel   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Allen   Synthesizer,Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Dougie Bowne   Drums
George Bradfute   Bass,Fiddle,Guitar
Chris Butler   Drums
Ernest Chapman   Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Dennis Diken   Drums
Frank Funaro   Drums
Mick Gallagher   Piano
Sid Griffin   Mandolin,Vocals
Ivan Julian   Bass,Guitar
Craig Krampf   Drums
Victor Krummenacher   Bass
Jon Langford   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Lisher   Guitar
David Lowery   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Maimone   Bass,Vocals
Doug Mayo   Percussion
Paul Page   Bass
Joe Pelesky   Keyboards
Marc Reisman   Harmonica
Kevin Richards   Percussion
Jason Ringenberg   Vocals
Billy Stewart   Synthesizer,Banjo,Vocals
Sally Timms   Vocals
Bill Toms   Guitar
Mike Williams   Bass
Andy York   Guitar,Vocals
Donn Adams   Trombone
Jim Babjak   Guitar
Pat DiNizio   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Duffy   Piano
Mike Mesaros   Bass
Myrna Marcarian   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Camarillo   Drums,Vocals
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle,Steel Guitar
Amy Rigby   Vocals
Matthew Ryan   Guitar,Vocals
Owen Cooper   Guitar
Alan Doughty   Bass,Vocals
Pat McGarvey   Banjo,Vocals
Clay Steakley   Bass
Brad Albetta   Bass
Steve Ebe   Drums
Jeff J. Roc Sanchez   Drums
James Butler   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Mark Caro   Vocals
Mark Cutler   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Pagano   Drums,Vocals
John Mann   Guitar,Vocals
Lance Doss   Guitar
Dean Schlabowske   Guitar,Vocals
Ramona Herboldsheimer   Hammered Dulcimer,Log Drums
Mary Dixon   Vocals
Marc Doten   Synthesizer,Sounds
Dan Massey   Drums
Tex Schmidt   Guitar
Eben Levy   Guitar
Dean Stiglitz   Synthesizer,Flute
Tom Shover   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Chris Cugini   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Jeff Garrison   Bass
Neil Robert Herd   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Sandy   Double Bass
Gemma White   Fiddle,Vocals
Jean Cook   Violin,Vocals
Jeff Givens   Drums,Background Vocals
Ed Murray   Bass
Ethan Lipton   Vocals
Lou Carlozo   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
John Ehlis Ensemble   Mandolin
Mike Alger   Drums
Gabriel Brodeur   Children's Chorus,Spoken Word
Scott Brodeur   Guitar,Vocals
Neal Cadogan   Drums
Kate Conway   Fiddle
Elisabeth Pip Cugini   Vocals,Background Vocals,La-La
Vito Dieterle   Saxophone
Geoff Feinberg   Electric Guitar
Jessica Friedman   Background Vocals,Shaker
Chuck Harling   Drums
Eric Hellweg   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mikey Dread   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer
Clash   Composer
Joe Grushecky   drum programming
Willie Nile   Producer
Joe Strummer   Author
Mose Allison   Composer
Dougie Bowne   Producer
George Bradfute   Producer,Engineer
Ernest Chapman   Engineer
Tymon Dogg   Composer
Mick Gallagher   Arranger
Howie Gano   Engineer
Eddy Grant   Composer
Ivan Julian   Engineer
Rich Lamb   Engineer
Jon Langford   Author,Cover Painting
Tony Maimone   Producer,Engineer
Rick Witkowski   Producer,Engineer
Andy York   Producer
Jimmy Guterman   Producer,Liner Notes
Katrina Leskanich   Producer
Haale   Composer
Richard McLaurin   Producer,Engineer
Pennie Smith   Cover Photo
Owen Cooper   Contributor
Greg Duffin   Engineer
Pat McGarvey   Producer,Engineer
Brad Albetta   Producer
Jeff J. Roc Sanchez   Producer,Remixing
Robert Ellen   Composer
Mark Caro   Producer
Mark Cutler   Engineer
Kevin Coral   Engineer
Richard Pagano   Producer,Engineer
Frank Padellaro   Engineer
Marc Doten   Engineer
Dave Cummings   Producer,Engineer
Jon Bernhardt   Engineer
Dean Stiglitz   Engineer
Dave Budrys   Producer
Chris Cugini   Producer,Engineer
Lou Carlozo   Producer,Engineer
Scott Brodeur   Producer
Paul Church   Piano Engineer

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