A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC

A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC


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Though most tribute albums aren't worth the cost of the packaging, A Testimonial Dinner deserves a listen simply because the artists involved appear to have been selected more for their love of XTC than for their MTV appeal. Spacehog's take on "Senses Working Overtime" captures the perky but warped pop sensibilities perfectly, while Sarah McLachlan's haunting acoustic version of "Dear God" is, even by Andy Patridge's admission, arguably better than the original. Ruben Blades' invigorating Latin spin on "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" is simply magical, and They Might Be Giants lend their quirky style to a cover of "25 O'Clock," a song originally recorded by XTC's side-project the Dukes of Stratosphear. To top it all off, even XTC shows up (disguised as Terry & the Lovemen) to contribute "The Good Things," a lilting, psychedelic track reminiscent of the Summer of Love's groovy, harmony-laden pop. With nary a dud to be found, A Testimonial Dinner is the rare tribute album that does its subjects proud.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1995
Label: Thirsty Ear
UPC: 0700435701922
catalogNumber: 57019
Rank: 9951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rubén Blades   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Jackson   Keyboards,Maracas,Vocals,Track Performer
Rembrandts   Track Performer
They Might Be Giants   Track Performer
Crash Test Dummies   Track Performer
Sarah McLachlan   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Parthenon Huxley   Guitar,Vocals
Danny Wilde   Guitar,Vocals
Freedy Johnston   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Brian Doherty   Drums
Gary Burke   Drums,Maracas
Benjamin Darvill   Harmonica
John Flansburgh   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Oscar Hernandez   Piano
Ralph Irizarry   Timbales
Renaldo Jorge   Trombone
Dave Kershaw   Bass,Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Acoustic Bass
Greg Leisz   Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
John Linnell   Keyboards,Vocals
Graham Maby   Bass,Guitar
Pat Mastelotto   Drums
Rob Miller   Bass,Background Vocals
Eddy Montalvo   Conga
Ellen Reid   Background Vocals
Brad Roberts   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Roberts   Bass
Erik Sanko   Bass
Chris Sharrock   Drums
Dave Sinclair   Electric Guitar
Phil Solem   Guitar,Vocals
Gordon Townsend   Drums,Background Vocals
Angel Papo Vasquez   Trombone
Raymond Vega   Flugelhorn
Verve Pipe   Track Performer
Terry   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mitch Dorge   Drums
Graham Edwards   Bass Guitar
Brian Minato   Electric Bass
Spacehog   Track Performer
Tony Barrero   Trumpet
Donny Brown   Drums,Vocals
Doug Corella   Percussion,Keyboards
Johnny Cragg   Drums
Luke Doucet   Guitar
A.J. Dunning   Guitar,Vocals
George Gonzalez   Bongos
Camille Henderson   Background Vocals
Antony Langdon   Guitar,Vocals
Royston Langdon   Bass Guitar
Alan Sood   Drums
Richard Steel   Guitar
Brian Vander Ark   Guitar,Vocals
Brad Vander Ark   Bass,Vocals
John Walsh   Trumpet
Ray Vega   Flugelhorn
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
David Sinclair   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Rubén Blades   Executive Producer
Joe Jackson   Producer
They Might Be Giants   Producer
Paul Mitchell   Engineer
Crash Test Dummies   Producer
Andy Partridge   Composer
Danny Wilde   Producer
Steve Boyer   Engineer
Irwin Chusid   Liner Notes
John Diaz   Engineer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Oscar Hernandez   Brass Arrangment
Michael Hofmann   Producer
Pierre Marchand   Producer
Colin Moulding   Composer
Greg Reely   Engineer
Brad Roberts   Programming
Dan Roberts   Programming
Jim Rondinelli   Producer,Engineer
Ed Roynesdal   Producer
Phil Solem   Producer
Michael Vinas   Arranger,Producer
David Yazbek   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Michael Bosley   Engineer
Mitch Dorge   Programming,Contributor
Mark Droescher   Artwork
Paul James   Engineer

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