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

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/1994
  • Label: Alias Records
  • UPC: 093716005827
  • Catalog Number: 60058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Emotions (2:57)
  2. 2 Willow Willow - Eggs (3:22)
  3. 3 Robert Montgomery - Urge Overkill (3:15)
  4. 4 Message to Pretty - David Kilgour (3:01)
  5. 5 Dream - Betty Johnson (3:00)
  6. 6 Alone Again Or (4:22)
  7. 7 Which Witch Is Witch (2:33)
  8. 8 ¡Que Vida! (3:04)
  9. 9 Keep On Shine In - Diesel Meat (3:39)
  10. 10 Softly to Me (4:29)
  11. 11 She Comes in Colors (2:35)
  12. 12 No Matter What You Do (3:19)
  13. 13 (Don't Turn Your) Car Lights on in the Daytime Blues - The Jetty (1:41)
  14. 14 My Flash on You - Fly Ashtray (2:20)
  15. 15 Signed D.C. - The Deer Team (2:06)
  16. 16 Bummer in the Summer (2:12)
  17. 17 I'm Down (2:38)
  18. 18 Stand Out (3:29)
  19. 19 Between Clark & Hilldale (3:49)
  20. 20 Can't Explain - Trycycle (2:30)
  21. 21 You Are Something (2:06)
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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
The 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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