Was (Not Was) - Pick Of The Litter 1980-2010 album
Pick of the Litter provides a portrait of polarities. Very few artists or groups can successfully-and authentically-cover such a broad landscape but this long overdue compilation proves that Was (Not Was) specializes in exceptions to the rules. A delicious pick, representing, probably the most adventurous team to achieve crossover recognition.
Record Label: Micro Werks. Release Date: Feb 23, 2010. Pick of the Litter provides a portrait of polarities. 70. Early-Eighties jams like the P-Funky "Out Come the Freaks" and the Ronald Reagan-sampling "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming" were avant-disco classics. Homecoming: The Live Album - Beyoncé. 97. Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings - John Coltrane. 95. Originals - Prince.
A Was (Not Was) renaissance occurred in 2008 when Don Was and David Was regrouped for Boo. "Semi-Interesting Week" is a meal full of ear candy. Arguably the strongest cut on the album, it combines the best elements of a Was (Not Was) track - strong vocals, a chunky groove, and the singular lyrical vision of David Was. "From the Head to the Heart" offered the flip side to the funk of "Semi-Interesting Week". The sweet yet somber production matches the poignancy of the lyrics: "Very few survive the trip from the head to the heart"
On vocals they recruited Harry Bowens and "Sweet Pea" Atkinson, who frequently found themselves singing absurdist and satirical songs alongside tender ballads. Wayne Kramer of MC5, The Knack's Doug Fieger, and Charles Mingus trumpeter Marcus Belgrave were among the guest players. In 1982, the group played on Don't Walk Away, a solo album for lead singer "Sweet Pea" Atkinson. Pick of the Litter 1980-2010. Career retrospective. Released: February 23, 2010.
A new version of Last. Shake Your Head (Steve "Silk" Hurley remix) - Was (Not Was) feat. Kim Basinger & Ozzy Osbourne. Set track as current obsession.
More importantly, in key cases such as "Spy in the House of Love" and "Out Come the Freaks," the original 7" versions are included rather than the album tracks
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Artist: Was (Not Was) Genre: Rock Release Date: 02/23/2010 Label: Shout! Factory Recording: Studio Length: Format: CD. Dig-Deeper. The Dawg Years (CD) Blaze Foley. The Gospel Of Blues (CD) Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Anthology 1968-1979 (CD) Townes Van Zandt. What's Up Dog (Walk The Dinosaur Spy In The House) (LP) Was (Not Was). Pick Of The Litter 1980-2010 (CD) Was (Not Was). Out Come The Freaks (CD) Was (Not Was). Born To Laugh At Tornadoes (CD) Was (Not Was). Are You Okay? (CD) Was (Not Was) . Pick Of The Litter 1980-2010 (CD).
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|1||Wheel Me Out|
|2||Out Come The Freaks (7" Version)|
|3||Tell Me That I'm Dreaming|
|4||The Sky's Ablaze|
|5||Should I Wait|
|6||Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated Like A Rubber Ball)|
|7||Walk The Dinosaur|
|8||Spy In The House Of Love (7" Version)|
|9||Dad I'm In Jail|
|10||Somewhere In America There's A Street Named After My Dad|
|11||Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (Promo Single Edit)|
|12||I Feel Better Than James Brown|
|13||I Blew Up The United States|
|15||From The Head To The Heart|
|16||Hello Operator...I Mean Dad...I Mean Police...I Can't Even Remember Who I Am (Rehearsal Version)|
|17||Shake Your Head (Steve "Silk" Hurley Remix)
Featuring – Kim Basinger, Ozzy Osbourne
|18||Elvis' Rolls Royce
Featuring – Leonard Cohen
|19||Zaz Turned Blue
Featuring – Mel Tormé
- Bass, Keyboards, Guitar, Drums, Vocals – Don Was
- Flute, Harmonica, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Vocals – David Was
- Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals – Randy Jacobs
- Keyboards – Jamie Muhoberac
- Keyboards, Violin, Backing Vocals – Luis Resto
- Lead Vocals – Donald Ray Mitchell, Sir Harry Bowens*, Sweet Pea Atkinson
- Liner Notes – Brian J. Bowe
- Producer – David McLees
- Remastered By – Brian Gardner
- Saxophone – David McMurray
- Written-By – Barrett Strong (tracks: 11), David Was, Don Was, Jarvis Stroud* (tracks: 17), Norman Whitfield (tracks: 11), Randy Jacobs (tracks: 7)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 8 13411 01058 8