The Best of Merrell Fankhauser

The Best of Merrell Fankhauser

by Merrell FankhauserMerrell Fankhauser


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Folks have outfitted Merrell Fankhauser with a lot of labels throughout a career which has found him moving through rockabilly, surf, folk, and psychedelic singer/songwriter fare to his so-called "surfadelica" phase and beyond, and he's sampled and been all of these things, both as a solo artist and with his bands through the years, which include the surf outfit the Impacts, Merrell & the Exiles, Farardokly, H.M.S. Bounty (arguably his creative high point), Mu, the Fankhauser-Cassidy Blues Band, and in 1995, he reunited the Impacts. In truth, he sounds like a songwriter and musician who has adapted to the changing whims of the music business, trying to fit in at the edges of each new sound each new decade, until he finally returned completely to his surf roots. This set surveys these changes, and it includes some wonderful tracks like the fuzz classic "Drivin' Sideways (On a One Way Street)," the modal "Blue Jay Blue" (full of wonderful, floating harmonies), the drive anthems "Workin' in the City" and "Goin' South," and a pair of late surf sides, the joyous and raucous "Surfin' Pismo" and the bouncy and Jimmy Buffett-like "Tiki Lounge." He may not be quite as exploratory and out there as his reputation holds, but Fankhauser is still never less than quirky and interesting. His career is concisely sampled and surveyed here.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2011
Label: Gonzo
UPC: 5060230861685
catalogNumber: 74
Rank: 105906


Disc 1

  1. Too Many Heartbreaks
  2. She's Gone
  3. Lila
  4. Supermarket
  5. Drivin' Sideways (On a One Way Street)
  6. Girl I Am Waitin' For You
  7. I Am Flyin' Home
  8. The Clouds Went That Way
  9. One More Day
  10. The Land of Mu
  11. Blue Jay Blue
  12. On Our Way To Hana
  13. Garden In the Rain
  14. Make a Joyful Noise
  15. Dharmic Connection
  16. Some of Them Escaped It All

Disc 2

  1. Calling From a Star
  2. Alien Talk
  3. Matthew's Dream
  4. Waterfall
  5. Who Can You Call?
  6. Workin' In the City
  7. Flying To Machu Picchu
  8. Goin' South
  9. Queen Mu
  10. Haiku Jam
  11. Tale of Misty Mountain
  12. Move To Higher Ground
  13. Two Vegetarians
  14. Surfin' Pismo
  15. When Merrell Met Jane
  16. Tiki Lounge

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merrell Fankhauser   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
John Cipollina   Slide Guitar
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Peter Noone   Background Vocals
Mark Nelson   Piano
Ben Benay   Guitar
Bill Berg   Drums
Colin Cameron   Bass
Ed Cassidy   Drums
Bill Cuomo   Piano,Keyboards
Jack Jordan   Bass,Background Vocals
Steve Meese   Bass,Piano
Larry Meyers   Drums
Art Munson   Guitar
Louie Ortega   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Purcell   Drums
Lumpy Sahroian   Bass
Larry Willey   Bass,Vocals
Randy Wimer   Drums,Vocals
Jeff Cotton   Guitar,Piano,Oboe,Vocals
Dean Sorenson   Saxophone
Art Dougall   Drums
Tim Fankhauser   Background Vocals
Jerry Sagouspe   Drums,Background Vocals
Jimmy Dillon   Guitar
Ray Wells   Harmonica
Oliver Ignacio   Bass
Don Aldridge   Background Vocals
Jody Cobb   Bass
Jim Furguson   Bass
Gary Lotspeich   Background Vocals
Darrell Thatcher   Steel Guitar
Mary Lee   Violin,Vocals
Bobby O   Bass,Background Vocals
Greg Hampton   Drums
Bill Dodd   Organ,Guitar,Background Vocals
Julie Beaver   Violin
Donnie Smith   Guitar
Jeff Parker   Bass
Bruce Ulch   Trumpet
Bruce Hivey   Drums
Billy Fapiano   Guitar
Anna Romero   Background Vocals
Kit Mungo   Percussion,Keyboards
John Parr   Drums
Jay Furguson   Flute
Gary Malabar   Drums
Don Carmadella   Horn
Dee Burr   Bass,Vocals
Yoriko Hongo   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Morrisey   Saxophone
Stephen Bee   Percussion,Background Vocals
Rudy Esquire   Saxophone
Ralph Lewis   Bass
Leroy Richards   Bass

Technical Credits

Merrell Fankhauser   Composer

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