Turban Renewal: A Tribute to Sam the Sham

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Don Snowden
The flood of artist tribute albums is pretty loathsome -- too much piggybacking on someone else's creative coattails just to get heard -- but Turban Renewal shapes us more like it, from the name to a dedication to Mattie and Hattie. Take one obscure but deserving artist, assemble the right bunch of in-with-the-out-crowd suspects cum fans, and let 'em loose on the songbook. It may have prompted Rhino to get its Pharaohization best-of compilation out on CD a couple of years later -- but Turban Renewal shows even more clearly how distinctive Sam the Sham himself really is. See, he may be eternally linked with '60s garage punk now, but Sam came out of the rhythm & blues, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Don Snowden
The flood of artist tribute albums is pretty loathsome -- too much piggybacking on someone else's creative coattails just to get heard -- but Turban Renewal shapes us more like it, from the name to a dedication to Mattie and Hattie. Take one obscure but deserving artist, assemble the right bunch of in-with-the-out-crowd suspects cum fans, and let 'em loose on the songbook. It may have prompted Rhino to get its Pharaohization best-of compilation out on CD a couple of years later -- but Turban Renewal shows even more clearly how distinctive Sam the Sham himself really is. See, he may be eternally linked with '60s garage punk now, but Sam came out of the rhythm & blues, and even those monolithic riff tunes had a lightness and swing to the rhythm, because the players were coming up with black music and Tex-Mex R&B, in Sam's case as a big part of their listening diet. That light feel is missing in action here -- it's almost all rock thud, bash and crash down below in the rhythm section -- and nobody comes close to matching Sam's vocal charisma or charm, either. There are plenty of worthy performances here -- it's just that the tracks mostly capture one element of Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs' essence, and the rest escape them. There are solid efforts in the faithful vein Homer Henderson, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Untamed Youth, and the ever-reliable Fleshtones, although their take on "Medicine Man" captures the exuberance with more of a ? and the Mysterians feel. Others plug into R&B from a guitar-heavy, neo-New York Dolls angle with varying degrees of success: the Devil Dogs, John Felice, Swingin' Neckbreakers; Ranch Hounds, with their storming take on "Greenwich Grendel," and the Naughty Ones' solid R&B groove with harmonica and sax. Ben Vaughn's accordion-driven "Grasshopper" gets the charm, Ray Loney's "I Couldn't Spell !!*@!" catches the slyness, and the two power pop outings are surprisingly good The Brood and the Vacant Lot's backing harmonies and drum drive on "How Do You Catch a Girl". Plenty of crash and burns, too, from the merely unmemorable -- Chiflados del Ritmo, Flat Duo Jets -- to badly misconceived -- Great Gaylord's unfunny "Deputy Dog," Nine Pound Hammer's totally wrong Ramones-blast through "Oh, That's Good," or Hasil Adkins doing a one-rockabilly-wildman-band thrash on "Wooly Bully." Can't say anything on Turban Renewal really cuts the originals, but it's stronger overall than it sounds at first listen, and probably gave a lot of these bands a cool cover version for their live sets. Tell you the best thing about it, though -- it'll send you scurrying off to track down that Rhino Sam the Sham compilation. And, damn, that sucker will sure sound good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1994
  • Label: Norton
  • UPC: 731253023422
  • Catalog Number: 234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wooly Bully (2:46)
  2. 2 Ring Dang Doo (2:28)
  3. 3 Monkey See, Monkey Do (2:49)
  4. 4 Love Me Like Before (2:36)
  5. 5 I Wish It Were Me (2:59)
  6. 6 Don't Try It (2:41)
  7. 7 Lil' Red Riding Hood (3:15)
  8. 8 Pharoah a Go-Go (1:33)
  9. 9 Medicine Man (2:20)
  10. 10 Grasshopper - Ben Vaughn Combo (3:05)
  11. 11 Green'ich Grendel (2:01)
  12. 12 Sweet Talk (2:40)
  13. 13 Ju Ju Hand (2:03)
  14. 14 Oh That's Good, No That's Bad (2:11)
  15. 15 Juimonos (Let's Went) - Little Richard Elizondo (3:46)
  16. 16 Like You Used To (2:06)
  17. 17 Let's Talk It Over (2:51)
  18. 18 (I'm in with) the out Crowd (2:25)
  19. 19 Deputy Dog - Great Gaylord & The Friggs (3:08)
  20. 20 Struttin' (2:37)
  21. 21 I Couldn't Spell !! *@! (2:32)
  22. 22 Sorry 'bout That (1:19)
  23. 23 The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin - Los Chiflados Del Ritmo (2:46)
  24. 24 The Phantom (1:52)
  25. 25 How Do You Catch a Girl - Vacant Lot (1:53)
  26. 26 Wooly Bully Espanol (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The A-Bones Track Performer
Hasil Adkins Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Roky Erickson Yells
Flat Duo Jets Track Performer
The Fleshtones Track Performer
Lyres Track Performer
Doug Sahm Voices
Ben Vaughn Guitar, Vocals
John Jorgenson Drums
Scott McCaughey Organ, Bass, Tambourine, Vocals
Billy Miller Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Zaremba Organ, Vocals
Rudy Grayzell Vocals
The Untamed Youth Track Performer
Vacant Lot Track Performer
The Brood Track Performer
Teisco del Rey Guitorgan
Javier Batise Bass
Bruce Bennett Guitar, Vocals
Kurt Bloch Organ
Mike Buck Drums, Vocals
Albert Caiati Drums, Background Vocals
Rick Coraccio Bass, Background Vocals
Kristine Cummings Organ
John Felice Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Yells
Tad Hutchinson Drums
Aldo Jones Bass
Mark Korpi Guitar, Maracas, Vocals
Roy Loney Vocals
Handsome Dick Manitoba Vocals, Track Performer
Bill Milhizer Drums, Vocals
Rocky Morales Tenor Saxophone
John Reed Guitar
Ted Roddy Harmonica, Bongos, Vocals
Dexter Romweber Guitar, Vocals
Jim Sangster Guitar
Andy Shernoff Bass, Maracas, Vocals, Yells
Speedy Sparks Bass, Vocals
Keith Streng Guitar, Vocals
Joey Vincent Drums, Vocals
Shaggy Guitar
The Naughty Ones Track Performer
Nine Pound Hammer Track Performer
The Devil Dogs Track Performer
Pat DiNizio Background Vocals
Gary Moon Bass
Ranch Hounds Track Performer
Swingin' Neckbreakers Track Performer
Jeff "Monoman" Conolly Organ, Vocals
Jack Hickey Guitar
Dave Amels Organ
Deke Dickerson Guitar, Vocals
Miriam Linna Drums, Maracas, Vocals
Peter Linzell Baritone Saxophone
Casper Rawls Guitar, 6-string bass
Dave Wesselowski Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Joe Nick Patoski Vocals
Janie West Drums
Fifi Guitar
Hentchmen Track Performer
Teengenerate Track Performer
Nat Brewster Drums
Chris Horne Guitar, Vocals
Jezebel Guitar
Lonesome Bob Vocals, Shaker, Cardboard Box
Gus Cordovox Accordion, Vocals
Palmyra Delran Guitar, screams
Pete Ciccone Guitar, Vocals
Victor Arroyo Drums
Steve Baise Bass, Vocals
Matt Bartholomy Bass, Background Vocals
Vince Brinicevic Drums, Vocals
Al Caiata Drums, Background Vocals
Alberto Chevez Background Vocals
Rockin' Thunderbolt Enocky Guitar
Dan Diego Fortez Jr. Guitorgan
Fabulous Andy G. Guitar, Vocals
Puffy Longshot Guitar
F. Clarke Martty Drums
Lynn Petezell Baritone Saxophone
George Sulley Bass
Ruyter Suys Background Vocals
John Szymanski Organ, Harmonica, Vocals
Jackie T-Bird Drums
Mike Tchang Guitar
Bill Waldron Drums, Background Vocals
Blaine Cartwright Guitar, Vocals
Chris Cush Organ, Bass, Vocals
Lars Espensen Tenor Saxophone
Ken Fox Bass
Javier Batiz Bass
Alberto Chavez Background Vocals
Asch Gregory Organ
Batman Perez Background Vocals
Shoe Drums
Homer Henderson Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Jorgenson Bass, Vocals
Philippe Marcade Vocals
Jim Janota Drums
Crystal Light Drums
Betsy Mitchell Bass
The Senders Track Performer
Chris Raymond Drums
Philip Macade Vocals
Fink Guitar, Vocals
Doak Short Percussion, Vocals
Chris Handyside Drums, Vocals
Rockin' Jelly Bean Bass
Ned Brewster Drums
Germano Brix Guitar
Tina Buck Percussion, Vocals
Crow Drums
Little Richard Elizondo Vocals
Lara Espinoza Tenor Saxophone
Lorenzo Estefan Vocals
Great Gaylord Vocals
Ginga Moon Bass
Tim Purrier Guitar, Vocals
Steve Rager Organ
Rockin Jelly Bean Bass
C. Cruz Rojas Background Vocals
Michael Sweetman Saxophone
Wild Bill Thompson Guitar
Mighty Joe Vincent Drums, Vocals
Marcus "The Carcass" Natale Bass
Technical Credits
The A-Bones Producer
Hasil Adkins Contributor
Diamond Head Producer
Roky Erickson Contributor
The Fleshtones Producer
Ben Vaughn Producer
Billy Miller Producer
The Untamed Youth Contributor
Vacant Lot Producer
The Brood Contributor
Teisco del Rey Contributor
Bruce Bennett Producer
Mike Buck Producer
Albert Caiati Engineer
John Felice Contributor
Bruce Hathaway Engineer
Jay Hudson Engineer
Dave Kirkpatrick Engineer
Handsome Dick Manitoba Contributor
Andy Shernoff Producer, Contributor
Speedy Sparks Producer
Conrad Uno Producer, Engineer
Nine Pound Hammer Producer
The Devil Dogs Contributor
Nau Contributor
Ranch Hounds Producer, Contributor
Swingin' Neckbreakers Contributor
Jeff "Monoman" Conolly Producer
Mike Mariconda Producer
Hentchmen Producer
Jezebel Contributor
Lonesome Bob Contributor
Greg Talenfeld Engineer
Michael Vazquez Engineer
Palmyra Delran Contributor
Dave Schmitt Producer
Pete Ciccone Artwork
Al Caiata Engineer
Paul Daughtery Engineer
Richard Julio Producer
Mike Caiati Engineer
Drew Friedman Artwork, Cover Design
Mike Vasquez Engineer
The Senders Producer
Fink Producer
Los Chiflados Producer
Mister Diamond Head Producer
Mister Eno Moto Engineer
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