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1I'm A Doggy
BassTony Scherr
DrumsKenny Wolleson*
GuitarDanny Blume
HarmonicaMarvin Pontiac
Piano, OrganJohn Medeski
3:30
2Small Car
Acoustic GuitarErik Sanko
BassTony Garnier
DrumsCalvin Weston
Electric PianoEvan Lurie
MarimbaBill Ware
PercussionMauro Refosco
ShekereBilly Martin
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor]Michael Blake
TromboneArt Baron
5:45
3Now I'm Happy
Baritone Saxophone [Baritone]Doug Wieselman
BassTony Garnier
DrumsCalvin Weston
GuitarMarc Ribot
Guitar, Alto Saxophone [Alto]Marvin Pontiac
OrganJohn Medeski
Percussion, GongMauro Refosco
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor]Michael Blake
TromboneArt Baron
TrumpetSteven Bernstein
3:49
4Power
Bass, Drums, Other [Chair]Erik Sanko
Drums [Murds]Calvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
Keyboards [Casio]Marvin Pontiac
Organ, Clavinet, MellotronJohn Medeski
4:02
5Runnin' Round
BassTony Scherr
Drums, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Calvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
Guitar [Wah Wah Guitar]Marvin Pontiac
OrganJohn Medeski
PercussionMauro Refosco
PianoEvan Lurie
3:39
6Pancakes
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Adele Bertei, Calvin Weston, Eszter Balint, Kyrie Tinch, Liz Riley, Renee French
BassTony Scherr
Drums, Balafon [Balaphone]Calvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
Harmonica, KeyboardsMarvin Pontiac
Marimba, Balafon [Balaphone]Bill Ware
PercussionKenny Wolleson*
ShakerBilly Martin
4:34
7Bring Me Rocks
Alto Saxophone [Alto Sax], Electric Piano [Rhodes]Marvin Pontiac
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Calvin Weston, Jaime Scott, Steven Bernstein, Tony Scherr
Baritone Saxophone [Baritone]Doug Wieselman
BassTony Scherr
DrumsCalvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
MarimbaBill Ware
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor]Michael Blake
TromboneArt Baron
3:32
8Rubin
BassErik Sanko
DrumsCalvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
MarimbaBill Ware
PercussionBilly Martin
TromboneArt Baron
VocalsAngelique Kidjo*
3:36
9Wanna Wanna
Baritone Saxophone [Baritone]Doug Wieselman
BassErik Sanko
DrumsCalvin Weston
PercussionBilly Martin, Kenny Wolleson*
Piano, OrganJohn Medeski
Tenor Saxophone [Tenor]Michael Blake
TromboneArt Baron
TrumpetSteven Bernstein
4:49
10Sleep At Night
HarmonicaMarvin Pontiac
PianoJohn Medeski
3:25
11Arms & Legs
BassTony Scherr
DrumsCalvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
Keyboards, SitarMarvin Pontiac
Mellophone [Melophone]Steven Bernstein
2:40
12She Ain't Going Home
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Calvin Weston, Erik Sanko, Jaime Scott, Marvin Pontiac, Tony Scherr
Banjo, HarmonicaMarvin Pontiac
Bass, Slide GuitarTony Scherr
GuitarJaime Scott
Percussion [Sticks]Calvin Weston
3:12
13Little Fly
BassErik Sanko
Drums [Disco Drums]Calvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
Lyrics BySanko*, Pontiac*
1:39
14No Kids
Acoustic GuitarMarvin Pontiac
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Angelique Kidjo*, Meaghan Gannett, Melanie Rock
Bass, GuitarErik Sanko
DrumsCalvin Weston
GuitarJaime Scott
MarimbaBill Ware
PercussionBilly Martin
3:05
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Recorded at Magic Shop, Mixed at RPM Sound Studios, Inc., Mastered at Classic Sound

©℗1999 Lagarto Productions, Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: A2Z-SB001801
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LL26

Other Versions (4)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Greatest Hits (CD, Album)Strange & Beautiful MusicTOCP 65687Japan2001
New Submission
Greatest Hits = マーヴィン・ポンティアックの伝説 (CD, Album, Promo)Strange & Beautiful MusicTOCP-65687Japan2001
Greatest Hits (LP, Stereo)Northern SpyNS 097US2018
New Submission
Greatest Hits (CD, Album)Northern SpyNS 097US2018

Reviews

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Centorpedo
This release is badly in need of a vinyl issue. Let's hope it happens.
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yespete
Northern Spy tweeted today that they'll be putting it out on LP for RSD. Hope it's true.
https://twitter.com/northernspyrecs/status/959105422606159872
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savagesaints
Desperately waiting for the LP edition. John Lurie please do something :(((((
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pranzo_oltranzista
Edited 7 years ago
@ comments by ErikY and kralan: "For a long time, I was threatening to do a vocal record. But the idea of me putting out a record where I sang seemed ostentatious or pretentious. Like the music of Telly Savalas...I don’t sing very well, I was shy about it. As a character, it made it easier," said John Lurie himself (found this on wiki - with source). Good enough for me, intriguing album!
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kralan
Edited 8 years ago
well, I'm not sure "fake" is the best word for the job, especially given it's has negative connotations. The genius behind the project is to embody the personas of greats like Ali Farka Touré & other west african musicians, and give you a sense of what's going on in their music, lyrically. In marvin pontiac, you've got a front-row seat to something otherwise inaccessible - malian & afrobeat translated for the occident. Malian music doesn't resemble our western pop-music, in terms of lyrics. What do farmers in Mali think about when they are ploughing their fields and look up to see birds flying over?
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ErikY
Edited 8 years ago