We're All Normal and We Want Our Freedom: A Tribute to Arthur Lee & Love

We're All Normal and We Want Our Freedom: A Tribute to Arthur Lee & Love

     
 

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Named after a key line in Arthur Lee's "The Red Telephone" (itself a steal from the then-fashionable play Marat/Sade, also parodied by the Bonzo Dog Band in their freakout classic "We Are Normal"), the extremely uneven Love tribute We're All Normal and We Want Our Freedom at least sidesteps the common tribute band malady of songs that sound like the

Overview

Named after a key line in Arthur Lee's "The Red Telephone" (itself a steal from the then-fashionable play Marat/Sade, also parodied by the Bonzo Dog Band in their freakout classic "We Are Normal"), the extremely uneven Love tribute We're All Normal and We Want Our Freedom at least sidesteps the common tribute band malady of songs that sound like the original versions, only not quite as good. Nearly all 21 bands on the compilation interpret Lee's songs in their own styles, a good thing since a band probably couldn't sound like Love's unique blend of hard rock and easy listening if they tried. The question is, can Lee's songs make the transition comfortably, or more to the point, whether these are bands who should be attempting Lee's songs in the first place. Unfortunately, the answer in about a third of these tracks is, "no, they shouldn't," with Love Battery's "No Matter What You Do" and Gobblehoof's plain, wretched "Alone Again Or" the most obvious culprits. However, the tracks by Teenage Fanclub, the Television Personalities, Eggs, and especially David Kilgour and Martin Phillips' sublime reading of "A Message to Pretty" are all excellent. They're not a patch on the originals, of course, but they show what can happen when a good band and an interesting cover come together.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/1994
Label:
Alias Records
UPC:
0093716005827
catalogNumber:
60058

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Blake   Guitar
Das Damen   Track Performer
Hypnolovewheel   Track Performer
Teenage Fanclub   Track Performer
Television Personalities   Track Performer
Gobblehoof   Track Performer
H.P. Zinker   Track Performer
Love Battery   Track Performer
Urge Overkill   Track Performer
Eggs   Track Performer
Uncle Wiggly   Track Performer
Smack Dab   Track Performer
John Beekman   Bass,Bells,Box
George Berz   Drums
Dan Cuddy   Bass
Bruce Fairweather   Bass
Kurt Fedora   Bass
Jason Finn   Drums
Jowe Head   Bass,Voice Box
Stephen Hunking   Guitar,Vocals
Sean Keefe   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Arthur Lee   Vocals
Gerard Love   Bass
Glenn Luttman   Cymbals,Drums
Raymond McGinley   Guitar
David Motamed   Bass
Ron Nine   Guitar,Vocals
Brendan O'Hare   Drums
Martin Phillipps   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals
Peter Principle   Multi Instruments
Dave Ramirez   Guitar
Jake Smith   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Snake
Jim Walters   Guitar
Kevin Whitworth   Guitar
David Kilgour   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Maracas,Vocals
Hamish Kilgour   Percussion,Vocals
Lisa Siegel   Organ,Guitar
Dan Treacy   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
J.Z. Barrell   Guitar,Vocals
Mad Scene   Track Performer
Fly Ashtray   Track Performer
Mike Anzalone   Bass
Lyle Hysen   Drums
James Kavoussi   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Static Vocals
Hans Platzgumer   Guitar,Vocals
Alex Totino   Vocals
Rob Christiansen   Trombone
Andrew Beaujon   Guitar,Vocals
Gamma Rays   Track Performer
Waz   Drums
William Berger   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Jeffrey Bloom   Drums
Ursula Wiskoski   Bass,Triangle,Vocals,Bells
Chris Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Aaron   Guitar
Peter Walsh   Tambourine,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sloan   Producer,Engineer
Rich Hinklin   Engineer
Sean Keefe   Producer
Stephen Kilroy   Engineer
Glenn Luttman   Engineer
Peter Principle   Producer,Engineer
Brad Wood   Engineer
Jim Waters   Producer,Engineer
J.Z. Barrell   Producer,Engineer
James Kavoussi   Engineer
Rob Christiansen   Engineer
Brian Fellows   Engineer
Ursula Wiskoski   Producer
Tim Aaron   Producer
John Fleckenstein   Composer
Peter Walsh   Producer,Engineer

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