Dirty Linen - 2-3/00, p.57
"...demonstrates the breadth of [his] repertoire, ranging from fiddle reels, acoustic blues, Tin Pan Alley chestnuts, soul, old rock'n'roll, and r&b....Both...albums are classics and having both of them combined in this one package is a real bonus."
2 LPs on 1 CD: MY OWN HOUSE (1978)/YOU SHOULD SEE THE REST OF THE BAND (1980).
Includes liner notes by David Bromberg.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios).
MY OWN HOUSE:
Personnel: David Bromberg (vocals, guitar, fiddle); Dick Fegy (banjo, mandolin, fiddle); George Kindler (mandolin, fiddle).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California; Record Plant, Sausalito, California; The Inn Of The Beginning, Cotati, California in January & February 1978. Originally released on Fantasy (9572).
YOU SHOULD SEE THE REST OF THE BAND:
Personnel: David Bromberg (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, fiddle); Hugh McDonald (vocals, bass); Lance Dickerson (vocals, drums); Dick Fegy (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle); George Kindler (mandolin, fiddle, electric violin); John Firmin (flute, penny whistle, clarinet, soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones); Garth Hudson (accordion, organ); Peter Ecklund (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn); Curtis Linberg (trombone).
Recorded at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 7, 1979; the Rainbow Theater, Denver, Colorado on April 13 & 14, 1979; the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California on May 7 & 8, 1979. Originally released on Fantasy (9590).
Personnel: David Bromberg (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle); Lance Dickerson (vocals, drums); Hugh McDonald (vocals); Dick Fegy (guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, fiddle); George Kindler (mandolin, violin, electric violin, fiddle); John Firmin (flute, pennywhistle, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Garth Hudson (accordion, organ); Peter Ecklund (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn).
Audio Mixers: George Kindler; Tom Flye.
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Inn Of The Beginning, Cotati, C and C Beach; Record Plant, Sausalito, CA.
Arranger: Peter Ecklund.
As of the late 1990s, guitarist and fiddler David Bromberg was in musical semi-retirement, supplementing his day job (making his living buying and selling American-made violins) with the odd club gig. But in the 1970s, he had a thriving career as both a bandleader and a sideman, having played on seminal recordings by Bob Dylan, the Eagles, and Jerry Jeff Walker, among others. This disc includes two of his early albums: first, the acoustic and largely solo My Own House, on which he plays a program that ranges from traditional Scottish and American fiddle tunes through Delta blues and songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Phil Spector. Talk about Americana. The second album included on this disc couldn't be more of a contrast: You Should See the Rest of the Band is a live recording with a large and very definitely electric band. David Bromberg the rock & roll bandleader is much more inclined toward horn-driven R&B ("Key to the Highway," "Sharon"), although he does pull out the fiddle for a high-octane romp through a medley of traditional tunes at the end of the show. His singing, while not bad, isn't really worth mentioning. What stand out are his wide-ranging tastes, his instrumental chops, and his skill as a bandleader, all of which combine to make this both a valuable piece of pop music history and a thrilling listening experience. ~ Rick Anderson