Crumb [Original Soundtrack] (2-CD)
by Various Artists
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Format: CD (2 Discs)
- Released: May 30, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Rykodisc
Q - 9/95, p.1294 Stars - Excellent - "...what, in less caring hands, might have proved to be a stuffy, almost academic homage to Joseph Lamb, Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton is instead a vital and suprisingly joyful celebration of one of the forgotten strands of modern American popular music..."
- 1.Ragtime Nightingale
- 2.Sensation Rag
- 3.Harlem Strut
- 4.Abraham Jefferson Washington Lee
- 5.Belle of the Philippines
- 6.Last Kind Word Blues
- 7.Radiator Cap Blues
- 8.Gabby Glide Medley
- 9.Frog-I-More Rag
- 11.Won't Fondle Me Medley: Won't Fondle Me?/Jessamine / My Tiger Lily: Won't You Fondle Me? / Jessamine / My Tiger Lily
- 12.Pass the Jug
- 13.Skinny Leg Blues
- 14.Buffalo Rag
- 15.35th Street Blues
- 16.Mabel's Dream
- 17.Wall Street Rag
- 18.Hateful Blues
- 19.A Real Slow Drag
- 20.Comic Montage Stomp
- 21.Someday, Sweetheart
- 22.Rag Pickings
- 23.Black Diamond Rag
- 24.Ragtime Nightingale
Performers include: Geechie Wiley (vocals); Craig Ventresco (guitar); David Boeddinghaus (piano).
Includes liner notes by Terry Zwigoff.
Personnel: David Boeddinghaus (vocals, piano); Craig Ventresco (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Terry Zwigoff.
Arrangers: Craig Ventresco; David Boeddinghaus; Terry Zwigoff.
The poster art for Crumb has a caricature of Robert Crumb (drawn by the artist himself) with a gun held to the back of his head. Crumb's life it seems, is just like that -- perverse, violent, and disturbing. Yet there's a genteel element to it, too, which we find described in the genteel music used for the film -- a collection of early jazz and ragtime pieces, most of them performed by pianist David Boeddinghaus and guitarist Craig Ventresco, with a few items drawn from old 78 rpm sides. The overall effect is on the sweet and befuddled side, the charming inverse of Crumb's life, and reflective of Crumb's passion for this music (he founded the Cheap Suit Serenaders, a band devoted to this kind of music). Just beware of one thing -- the album runs over 70 minutes and includes a plethora of cuts, none of which have track numbers anywhere on the sleeve, reducing the listener to a counting job. This is a minor complaint, however. ~ Steven McDonald
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