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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Topical, humorous, multifariously virtuosic, and never afraid of a dirty joke, the Asylum Street Spankers have always been more at home on-stage than in the studio. This two-disc set documents the highlights from a two-week stint at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York, and offers a fairly predictable program of fan favorites "Beer," "Winning the War on Drugs," "Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV" augmented by extensive between-song patter. Not all of the patter is quite as funny as it really ought to be, but the performances are tight and energetic and anyone who misses the Squirrel Nut Zippers or enjoys the political Great Folk Scare stylings of the Foremen will get a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Topical, humorous, multifariously virtuosic, and never afraid of a dirty joke, the Asylum Street Spankers have always been more at home on-stage than in the studio. This two-disc set documents the highlights from a two-week stint at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York, and offers a fairly predictable program of fan favorites "Beer," "Winning the War on Drugs," "Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV" augmented by extensive between-song patter. Not all of the patter is quite as funny as it really ought to be, but the performances are tight and energetic and anyone who misses the Squirrel Nut Zippers or enjoys the political Great Folk Scare stylings of the Foremen will get a big kick out of this band. There's also some throat singing, a musical saw, a blistering version of "Got My Mojo Workin'" sung by the brilliant Christina Marrs, more than one puerile novelty number most notably the sniggering "My Country's Calling Me", and a handful of brilliant, fully realized originals as well: note in particular Marrs' spectacular period piece "Monkey Rag." The album's most potentially embarrassing moment -- a putative country-rap fusion titled "Hick Hop" -- somehow manages to avoid being deeply embarrassing and succeeds at being merely boring. Overall, this is a good two-disc set that would have been an excellent one-disc set -- but since it's priced like a single disc, there's no reason to complain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Yellow Dog Records
  • UPC: 823800140826
  • Catalog Number: 21408
  • Sales rank: 143,060

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asylum Street Spankers Primary Artist
Charlie King Dobro, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals, Throat Singing
Wammo Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals, Washboard, Human Whistle
Scott Marcus Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Stanley Smith Clarinet, Guitar, Vocals
Christina Marrs Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Saw, Tenor Banjo, Guitar (Tenor)
Nevada Newman Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Korey Simeone Violin, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Harry Nilsson Composer
Ray Bauduc Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Charlie King Composer
Greg Ginn Composer
Wammo Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Tom Durack Mastering
Rich Lamb Engineer
Irwin Levine Composer
Gil Rodin Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Stanley Smith Composer
Christina Marrs Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Traditional Composer
Joshua Cain Stage Manager
J.P. Riedie Director, Producer, Audio Production
Brooke Barnett Graphic Design
Todd Sebastian Williams Cover Photo
Nevada Newman Composer
L. Russell Brown Composer
Preston Foster Composer
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