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Thunderfingers: The Best of John Entwistle
     

Thunderfingers: The Best of John Entwistle

by John Entwistle
 
As a solo artist separate from the Who, John Entwistle has never been more than a cult figure. His solo music rocks harder than Pete Townshend's, and, at least initially, what he lacked as a singer he more than makes up for in the sheer weirdness of his lyrics. This 18-song collection may make a few converts,

Overview

As a solo artist separate from the Who, John Entwistle has never been more than a cult figure. His solo music rocks harder than Pete Townshend's, and, at least initially, what he lacked as a singer he more than makes up for in the sheer weirdness of his lyrics. This 18-song collection may make a few converts, showcasing the best songs from five albums cut between 1971 through 1981. The five songs off Smash Your Head Against the Wall are the best tracks here, while a surprising amount of the rest is Entwistle's retro-inspired parodies of vintage rock & roll, most notably "Roller Skate Kate" (a dark-humored parody of numerous late-'50s/early-'60s teen death songs) and "Mad Dog" (paying tribute to "My Boyfriend's Back"). "Drowning" has a few obvious remarks about songwriting, and "Fallen Angel" could easily be a statement by Entwistle about his own status as a rock star. "Too Late the Hero" makes a sufficiently somber coda, with some very dense electronic orchestrations and catchy choruses highlighting an eerie, bittersweet song about life's disappointments.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/1996
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227257026
catalogNumber:
72570

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Performance Credits

John Entwistle   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Vocals,8-string Bass
Eddie Jobson   Keyboards
Peter Frampton   Guitar
Joe Walsh   Guitar,Keyboards
Alan Ross   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Joe Vitale   Flute,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Tony Ashton   Keyboards
Gordon Barton   Drums
Howie Casey   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Caswell   Trumpet
Doreen Chanter   Background Vocals
Irene Chanter   Background Vocals
Juanita "Honey" Franklin   Background Vocals
Nashville Katz   Strings,Group
LadybiRdS   Background Vocals,Group
Jimmy McCulloch   Guitar
John Mumford   Trombone
Billy Nicholls   Background Vocals
Dick Parry   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Ryan   Guitar
Neil Sheppard   Keyboards
Jerry Shirley   Drums
Bryan Williams   Trombone
Graham Deakin   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Roy Baker   Engineer
Chris Charlesworth   Liner Notes
Richard Dodd   Engineer
John Entwistle   Producer,Liner Notes
Walter Samuel   Engineer
Mike Weighell   Engineer
John Alcock   Producer,Engineer
Ray Hendriksen   Engineer
Mike Wedgwood   Arranger,String Arrangements
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Brian Humphreys   Engineer

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