The Sandinista! Project

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286102427
  • Catalog Number: 1024
  • Sales rank: 75,530

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Magnificent Seven - Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers (4:59)
  2. 2 Hitsville U.K. (3:47)
  3. 3 Junco Partner - Ship & Pilot (3:46)
  4. 4 Ivan Meet G.I. Joe - Jason Ringenberg (5:35)
  5. 5 The Leader (2:02)
  6. 6 Something About England (3:18)
  7. 7 Rebel Waltz (4:30)
  8. 8 Look Here (2:55)
  9. 9 The Crooked Beat - Wreckless Eric (2:55)
  10. 10 Somebody Got Murdered (4:09)
  11. 11 One More Time - Haale (4:58)
  12. 12 One More Dub - Haale (3:21)
  13. 13 One More Time (One More Time) (4:13)
  14. 14 Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice) - London Calling Of Chicago (3:27)
  15. 15 Up in Heaven (Not Only Here) (2:52)
  16. 16 Corner Soul (5:14)
  17. 17 Let's Go Crazy - Storybox (3:59)
  18. 18 If Music Could Talk - Steve Wynn (3:20)
  19. 19 The Sound of Sinners - Bill Lloyd (3:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Police on My Back (3:33)
  2. 2 Midnight Log (3:13)
  3. 3 The Equaliser - Sunset Heroes (3:02)
  4. 4 The Call Up (6:16)
  5. 5 Washington Bullets - Phil Rockrohr & The Lifters (4:11)
  6. 6 Broadway - Stew (4:37)
  7. 7 Lose This Skin - Jim Allen (3:15)
  8. 8 Charlie Don't Surf (2:27)
  9. 9 Mensforth Hill - Bee Maidens (4:04)
  10. 10 Junkie Slip (2:51)
  11. 11 Kingston Advice - Camper Van Beethoven (4:20)
  12. 12 The Street Parade (2:56)
  13. 13 Version City (5:05)
  14. 14 Living in Fame - Lou Carlozo (3:48)
  15. 15 Silicone on Sapphire - The Blizzard of 78 (4:57)
  16. 16 Version Pardner - Ship & Pilot (4:16)
  17. 17 Career Opportunities (2:28)
  18. 18 Shepherds Delight - The Hyphens (4:30)
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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
The 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
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
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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