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Two Lips: The Lost Album
     

Two Lips: The Lost Album

by Dan Castellaneta
 
His name appears nowhere on the album cover, but Two Lips: The Lost Album is by Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dan Castellaneta -- who, yes, has a day job as the voice of about one-third of the cast of The Simpsons, but that's not relevant here. Two Lips: The Lost Album is an affectionate pastiche of '60s sunshine pop, like a version of

Overview

His name appears nowhere on the album cover, but Two Lips: The Lost Album is by Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dan Castellaneta -- who, yes, has a day job as the voice of about one-third of the cast of The Simpsons, but that's not relevant here. Two Lips: The Lost Album is an affectionate pastiche of '60s sunshine pop, like a version of the Rutles that takes the post-Pet Sounds flood of semi-psychedelic bubblegum (both U.S. and U.K. versions) as its source material. The most surprising thing about these 14 songs is that they're all really good: seriously, but for the lack of surface crackle, tunes like "Rainbow Colored Cloud" and "Ostrich Avenue" could slip onto any of that perpetual flood of CDs of obscure lost '60s singles that collectors salivate over. Sometimes it veers a little too close to parody -- "Take a Little Time" is a spot-on re-creation of one of Paul McCartney's music hall ditties, but Castellaneta's choice to sing it in something very close to McCartney's "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" voice makes it feel just a touch mean-spirited -- yet he clearly knows this kind of music backwards and forwards, and the overall tone is genuinely loving. It certainly helps that he got the right people to help out: luminaries of the L.A. pop underground like Jon Brion, Buddy Judge, Probyn Gregory, and Ric Menck are on the guest list. Two Lips: The Lost Album is more for the We Can Fly crowd than the average Simpsons fan, but fans of the style will likely adore this album.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Oglio Records
UPC:
0790058911525
catalogNumber:
89115

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Performance Credits

Dan Castellaneta   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Curt Anderson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jon Brion   Guitar,Saxophone,Slide Guitar
Rick Hall   Trombone
Buddy Judge   Bass,Guitar,Hand Clapping
Ric Menck   Percussion,Snare Drums
Ron West   Tuba
Randy Brion   Euphonium
Brendan Benson   Hand Clapping
Ken Pace   Clarinet,Saxophone
Probyn Gregory   Trumpet,French Horn
Laura Hall   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Background Vocals,chamberlain,Wurlitzer
Michael Dunn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Maureen Kelly   Background Vocals
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Viola

Technical Credits

Curt Anderson   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Laura Hall   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Dan Castellaneta   Cover Art

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