Brave Combo: Carl Finch (vocals, guitar, accordion, keyboards); Bubba Hernandez (vocals, bass); Jeffrey Barnes (clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica, saxophone, tambourine); Danny O'Brien (trumpet).
Additional personnel: Nick Norris (steel guitar); Bonnie Norris (violin); Joe Cripps (percussion); Stephanie Nadolny (background vocals).
Recorded at Reeltime Audio, Denton, Texas between November & December 2002.
Includes liner notes by Carl Finch.
Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Carl Finch (vocals, guitar, accordion, keyboards); Bubba Hernandez (vocals); Jeffrey Barnes (harmonica, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, tambourine); Danny O'Brien (trumpet); Alan Emert (drums, percussion); Joe Cripps (percussion); Stephanie Nadolny (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Jeffrey Barnes; Carl Finch.
Recording information: Crystal Clear, Dallas, TX (11/2002-12/2002); Reeltime Audio, Denton, TX (11/2002-12/2002).
Photographer: Danny O'Brien.
Over the years, Brave Combo has applied their patented formula to everything from "Double Vision" (Foreigner) and "Purple Haze" to "Tubular Bells" and the "Theme From Rosemary's Baby." It really should come as no surprise that they're now ready to tackle the classics. Fifteen classical melodies, some known to just about everyone, others less familiar, are given the Brave Combo treatment, and the results are as much fun as you'd expect from these guys. Themes from Mozart, Bach, and Chopin are transformed into polkas, cha-chas, and even a disco song. The best part is that the tunes go beyond being merely kitschy and actually succeed on their own terms, whether you recognize the original melody or not. Box of Ghosts is more good, clean fun from Brave Combo. ~ Sean Westergaard