Volo Volo

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All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644696028
  • Catalog Number: 46960

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lackluster (3:37)
  2. 2 Collarbone (4:01)
  3. 3 Get Me On (3:55)
  4. 4 Hardest Thing (4:25)
  5. 5 Ta Bouche Est Tabou (4:33)
  6. 6 I've Got My Body (5:11)
  7. 7 Jack Ass Ginger (5:31)
  8. 8 Be the One (5:13)
  9. 9 Tall (3:03)
  10. 10 Building (0:38)
  11. 11 Te Manu Pukarua (2:05)
  12. 12 Blood and Thunder (3:36)
  13. 13 Entrance (4:03)
  14. 14 Endtrance (5:56)
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Album Credits

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
John Mills Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ashton Irons Turntables, Sampling
Rick Smith Guitar
Craig Okino Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Harrison Producer
Poi Dog Pondering Producer
Clive Langer Producer, Horn Arrangements
Dave Crawford Horn Arrangements
Pierre Grill Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
David Vartanian Engineer
Alan Winstanley Producer, Engineer
Kit Ebersbach Producer
Tony Sellari Cover Design
Scott Lehman Contributor
Danièle Massie Contributor
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