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Volo Volo
     

Volo Volo

by Poi Dog Pondering
 
Poi Dog Pondering was always a band better appreciated in a live context, its albums never quite capturing the excitement of the group's rock/folk/pop/world music stew. The reason is simple: like other fun jam bands such as Phish, Aquarium Rescue Unit and the like, Poi Dog never really mastered the art of writing concise, radio-friendly songs,

Overview

Poi Dog Pondering was always a band better appreciated in a live context, its albums never quite capturing the excitement of the group's rock/folk/pop/world music stew. The reason is simple: like other fun jam bands such as Phish, Aquarium Rescue Unit and the like, Poi Dog never really mastered the art of writing concise, radio-friendly songs, preferring to let their tight grooves and polyrhythmic percussion beds carry the music. Unfortunately, in the case of what is, at its core, a rock band, this approach often makes for somewhat lackluster records, and Volo Volo is no exception. Interestingly, Poi Dog Pondering here seems to be attempting a move into a more pop-oriented direction, sounding at times like a bizarre meeting between Santana, the Meters, Wham!, and Simple Minds. While the group deserves an "A" for effort, without the glue of catchy songwriting to hold the disparate elements together, the mix never really works that well. In fact, the best "songs" on the album are not really songs at all, but new-agey instrumental pieces ("Endtrance" and "Entrance"). That said, there is certainly enough variety throughout to keep one's attention, from the New Orleans-style soul of "Be the One" to the stadium rock guitar wall of "Blood and Thunder." In the end though, Volo Volo is sadly a case of too much talent, not enough focus.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644696028
catalogNumber:
46960

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Performance Credits

Poi Dog Pondering   Primary Artist
Danny Barnes   Banjo
Jon Blondell   Trombone
Dave Crawford   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Accordion,Flugelhorn
John Ely   Pedal Steel Guitar
Daren Hess   Drums
Bruce Hughes   Piano,Voices
Malford Milligan   Background Vocals
John Nelson   Conga,Timbales,Background Vocals,Bells,Shaker,Floor Tom
Arlene Newson   Background Vocals
Mark Wilson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Abra Moore   Background Vocals
Kit Ebersbach   Piano
Chris Searles   Drums
Gretchen Phillips   Background Vocals
Kathy Korniloff   Background Vocals
Ted Cho   Guitar
Adam Sultan   Guitar
Ashton Irons   Turntables,Sampling
Rick Smith   Guitar
Craig Okino   Bass,Vocals
John Mills   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jerry Harrison   Producer
Poi Dog Pondering   Producer
Clive Langer   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Dave Crawford   Horn Arrangements
Pierre Grill   Engineer
David Vartanian   Engineer
Alan Winstanley   Producer,Engineer
Kit Ebersbach   Producer
Tony Sellari   Cover Design
Scott Lehman   Contributor
Danièle Massie   Contributor

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