I Make a Wish for a Potato

I Make a Wish for a Potato

by The Holy Modal Rounders


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I Make a Wish for a Potato

Although the label was named for them, Rounder Records does not contain a complete repository of the works of the Holy Modal Rounders. In fact, only the group's 1975 album, Alleged in Their Own Time, and its 1999 reunion disc, Too Much Fun!, were released on Rounder. But due to their marginal commercial appeal and their own inclinations, the Rounders have been inherently unstable as a band through the years, frequently splitting into different configurations, such that members have participated in several other recordings of a like sensibility, including Michael Hurley's Have Moicy, Long Journey, and Snockgrass and Jeffrey Frederich's Spiders in the Moonlight. The band's two founding members, Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber, reunited as Stampfel & Weber for Rounder's Going Nowhere Fast album in 1981, and Stampfel's post-Rounders band the Bottlecaps made Peter Stampfel and the Bottlecaps for the label. All of these albums are drawn upon for this compilation, which therefore presents a comprehensive look at the varied styles and assorted craziness of Rounders music from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. There is, first of all, the original band, dominated by Stampfel and Weber, who draw on traditional folk and old-timey country, but to strange effect. They capture the semi-professional style of '20s hillbilly bands, but they append their own perspective. Followers like Hurley and Frederichs pick up on that in their slightly better organized and more professionally sung material. And Stampfel's Bottlecaps, while not quite slick, sound like it in this context, whether they're sending up disco in "Impossible Groove" or Jimmy Buffett-style island music in "Everything Must Go." This is not a definitive compilation of the Holy Modal Rounders and their offspring, but it may be as close as anyone is ever going to come, and it gives a good sense of their fractured worldview.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2001
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661159822
catalogNumber: 611598
Rank: 138528

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holy Modal Rounders   Primary Artist
Peter Stampfel   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals
Michael Hurley   Guitar,Vocals
Luke Faust   Banjo
Jeffrey Frederick   Guitar,Vocals
Allan Greller   Bass
Jill Gross   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Morgan Huber   Bass,Mandolin,Piano
Robert Iwaskiewicz   Bass,Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Kevin Maul   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Medulla   Vocal Harmony
Peter Moser   Drums
John Nagy   Mandola
Robert Nickson   Drums
Bill Obrecht   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Presti   Slide Guitar
Dave Reisch   Bass,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Will Rigby   Vocals
Richard Tyler   Piano
Steve Weber   Guitar,Vocals
Elvin Woods   Fiddle
Zanzler   Trumpet
Don Rooke   Slide Guitar
Barbara Merjan   Marimbas
W.T. Overgard   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Rhythm
John Scherman   Guitar,Vocals
Jonathan Best   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Stampfel   Producer
Scott Billington   Art Direction
Dan Doyle   Producer
Jeffrey Frederick   Producer
Frazier Mohawk   Producer
John Nagy   Producer,Engineer
Phil Sheridan   Engineer
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
John Swenson   Producer,Liner Notes
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Gary Solomon   Engineer
Kornbred   Producer
Ruby Rakes   Composer
Mike Friese   Engineer

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