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Top of the World
     

Top of the World

by Jimmy Sturr
 
Jimmy Sturr seems to believe that polka is America's pan-roots music, capable of blending in with every other type of roots style. Bluegrass? No problem. He asks Rhonda Vincent to do some singing on a couple of tracks, including (surprisingly) a version of the Carpenters' song that gives the album its

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Jimmy Sturr seems to believe that polka is America's pan-roots music, capable of blending in with every other type of roots style. Bluegrass? No problem. He asks Rhonda Vincent to do some singing on a couple of tracks, including (surprisingly) a version of the Carpenters' song that gives the album its title and "Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair." Then Arlo Guthrie helps blend polka and folk, performing his hit "City of New Orleans" with the band. Things don't work as well on "This Land Is Your Land," which has far more oompah than swing, but a polka version of "Devil Went Down to Georgia," featuring some hot, swinging fiddle from Frank Urbanovitch, is enough to get the hardest heart beating faster. Closing with "God Bless America" might be a patriotic gesture, but it's played relatively straight, when a twist might have been more pleasing. Sturr continues to explore the possibilities of polka, but at times you have to wonder whether his all-things-to-all-people take on the music doesn't end up stretching it a bit too thin.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0682161610429
catalogNumber:
6104

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Performance Credits

Jimmy Sturr   Primary Artist,Narrator
Dennis Coyman   Drums
Wally Czerniawski   Accordion
Nick Devito   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Karas   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Noble   Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Eric Parks   Trumpet
Gordon Stoker   Background Vocals
Frank Urbanovitch   Fiddle,Vocals
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Ken Harbus   Trumpet
Keith Slattery   Piano
Piatkowski   Accordion
Gerry Stavisky   Clarinet
Mark Bernstein   Bass

Technical Credits

John Mayall   Composer
Jimmy Sturr   Producer
Mark Capps   Engineer
Charlie Daniels   Composer
Tom Crain   Composer
Ray DeBrown   Arranger
Fred Edwards   Composer
Ken Irwin   Producer
James Marshall   Composer
Tom Pick   Producer,Engineer
Frank Urbanovitch   Arranger
Ken Harbus   Arranger
Henry Will   Arranger
Charlie Hayward   Composer
Keith Slattery   Arranger
Taz DeGregorio   Composer
David Royko   Liner Notes
Jeremy Welch   Engineer
Jeremy Welch   Engineer

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