Where's Neil When You Need Him?

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
As concept albums go, Where's Neil When You Need Him? is stranger than most. Neil Gaiman is not a musician; he's a comic-book author and screenwriter. Although this album is credited to him, he appears only as a commentator in the liner notes. The actual music is provided by 17 bands and solo artists, all of whom are fans of his work and each of whom were invited to write a song about one of his stories or characters. Thus references to Sandman, Coraline, wolves, goldfish, and mirrors abound, and the songs themselves vary across quite a wide spectrum of styles, from Tori Amos' voice-and-piano minimalism to Schandmaul's Teutonic folk-rock, and from Azam Ali's Middle ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
As concept albums go, Where's Neil When You Need Him? is stranger than most. Neil Gaiman is not a musician; he's a comic-book author and screenwriter. Although this album is credited to him, he appears only as a commentator in the liner notes. The actual music is provided by 17 bands and solo artists, all of whom are fans of his work and each of whom were invited to write a song about one of his stories or characters. Thus references to Sandman, Coraline, wolves, goldfish, and mirrors abound, and the songs themselves vary across quite a wide spectrum of styles, from Tori Amos' voice-and-piano minimalism to Schandmaul's Teutonic folk-rock, and from Azam Ali's Middle Eastern exoticism to Thea Gilmore's sturdy roots rock. As you might expect, it's something of a mixed bag, quality wise: Rasputina impresses with their industrial/orchestral "Coraline," and Gilmore's "Even Gods Do" is another powerful contribution. Less impressive are the icky "Come Sweet Death" by Voltaire (note to Voltaire: you need to ignore people who tell you that death is either cool or romantic), and Amos' contribution, which is overwrought and self-involved even by her own considerable standards. But overall, the album offers a fascinating array of musical interpretations of the work of one of America's more interesting graphic artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Dancing Ferret Discs
  • UPC: 687132073623
  • Catalog Number: 20736
  • Sales rank: 102,079

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coraline - Rasputina (2:38)
  2. 2 When Everyone Forgets (4:02)
  3. 3 Trader Boy (4:00)
  4. 4 Raven Star (5:15)
  5. 5 A Fish Called Prince - Deine Lakaien (5:22)
  6. 6 Even Gods Do (3:34)
  7. 7 Coraline - Rose Berlin (4:04)
  8. 8 Magda Treadgolds Márchen (3:48)
  9. 9 We Won't Go (4:27)
  10. 10 Come Sweet Death - The Oddz (3:43)
  11. 11 Mr. Punch - Future Bible Heroes (3:05)
  12. 12 The Endless (5:15)
  13. 13 Wake the White Queen - Cruxshadows (5:46)
  14. 14 You Better Leave the Stars Alone (4:27)
  15. 15 The Cold Black Key (5:39)
  16. 16 Vandemar (3:45)
  17. 17 Sister Named Desire (5:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Gaiman Primary Artist
Dean Garcia Bass, Guitar, Drums
Gregor MacKintosh Keyboards
Carmen Rizzo Synthesizer, Keyboards
Stephin Merritt Vocals
Azam Ali Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer
Claudia Gonson Vocals
Thea Gilmore Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Nigel Stonier Track Performer
Guy Erez Bass
Loga Ramin Torkian Electric Guitar
Lunascape Track Performer
Tommy Dark Guitar
Schandmaul Track Performer
Glenn Sorino Drums
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Remastering
Tori Amos Composer, Producer
Melora Creager Composer
Christopher Ewen Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Dean Garcia Composer, Programming, Producer
Gregor MacKintosh Composer, Producer, Engineer, Loop
Carmen Rizzo Programming
Joachim Witt Composer
Eric Fisher Composer, Producer, Engineer
George Grant Engineer
Mark Hawley Engineer
Stephin Merritt Composer
Dave McKean Illustrations
Romell Regulacion Composer, Producer
Mike Nuceder Mastering
Azam Ali Composer, Producer
Alexander Veljanov Composer
Charles Newman Engineer
Thea Gilmore Composer
Heather Thompson Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mike Cave Producer, Engineer
Nigel Stonier Producer
Thomas Lindner Composer
Patrick Rodgers Producer, Liner Notes
Gerard Way Author
Donna Lynch Composer
Kyoko Baertsoen Composer
Neil Gaiman Liner Notes
Matthias Richter Arranger
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