100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park

100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park


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To honor the centennial of Fenway Park in Boston, home to the Boston Red Sox, the house that Babe Ruth did not build, ABKCO Records released this curio in 2012, a collection of songs played frequently at Fenway during baseball games, many of which have connections to Boston rock bands. So that's the premise, and the result is interesting, but doubtful to change any New York Yankees or Detroit Tigers fans into being any fonder of the Red Sox or Fenway. It's a commemorative artifact that will please Boston fans, certainly, but most of the world hardly needs to hear Kevin Millar, Boston's first baseman from 2003 to 2005 (and author of the phrase "cowboy up"), sing. There are a couple of small secular bright spots here, though, like Nuno Bettencourt's (he was the singer and guitarist for Boston rock band Extreme) version of the Cars' "Let the Good Times Roll" and Dick Dodd's (former Disney Mouseketeer, drummer for the Bell-Airs, and then singer and drummer for the Standells) redo of the Standells' "Dirty Water." With a crack session band of Kenny Aronoff, Gregg Bissonette, Leland Sklar, Tim Pierce, and Matt Rollings, both of these tracks are professionally recorded and executed. Then there's baseball writer Peter Gammons singing Sam Cooke's "Meet Me at Mary's Place," which somehow manages to work although it has no right to. In the end, it's baseball fans, and in particular, Boston Red Sox baseball fans, who'll treasure this release. The rest of the league probably won't much care.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2012
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771889120
catalogNumber: 88912
Rank: 130708

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matt Rollings   Piano
Barry Goudreau   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Dick Dodd   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Nuno Bettencourt   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Jon Butcher   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gary Cherone   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Seth Justman   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Mark Lennon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Silva   Roto Toms
Dicky Barrett   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rico Petrocelli   Percussion,Spoken Word
Leland Sklar   Bass
Loren Harriet   Strings,Keyboards
Ken Casey   Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Ortiz   Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Mike Mushok   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Kevin Youkilis   cowbell,Spoken Word
Peter Gammons   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Cory Pesaturo   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Mark Salling   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mike O'Malley   Readings,Guest Appearance
Nora Parkington   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kevin Millar   Vocals,Spoken Word
Jim Lonborg   Readings
Jerry Remy   Vocals
Jarrod Saltalamacchia   Guitar
Jacoby Ellsbury   Percussion
Darnell McDonald   Background Vocals
Daniel Bard   Acoustic Guitar
Curt Schilling   Readings
Clay Buchholz   Acoustic Guitar
Alfredo Aceves   Guitar
Ryan Kalish   Background Vocals
Red Sox Scholars   Percussion,Background Vocals
Red Sox Fans   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Ed Cobb   Composer
Joe Darion   Composer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Jack Norworth   Composer
Loren Harriet   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Updike   Composer
Ken Casey   Composer
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Chad Urmston   Composer
James Lynch   Composer
Marc Orrell   Composer
Matthew Kelly   Composer
Jeff Horrigan   Composer
Charles Steinberg   Composer
Alexander Barr   Composer

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