Pick of the Litter 1980-2010

Pick of the Litter 1980-2010

by Was (Not Was)Was (Not Was)


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This 19-track Was (Not Was) retrospective on Micro Werks goes far deeper than 2004's Collection, issued on the Spectrum Music imprint, which as nothing more than a slapdash licensing job. Pick of the Litter 1980-2010, is a hand-picked selection, programmed in aesthetic rather than chronological order -- though some tracks just fall that way -- of the band's best-known tracks. 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. The group's cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" is a promo-only single edit that was sent to radio, and differs substantially from the one included on 1990s' Hello Dad...I'm in Jail. Other Was (Not Was) classics included here are "Walk the Dinosaur," "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming," "Sky's Ablaze," "I Feel Like James Brown," and "Wheel Me Out," to name a few. The music on this set has been completely remastered, and contains a liner essay by Brian Bowe with discographical annotation by Gary Peterson. While hardcore fans may argue -- a bit -- over the sum total, even they will ultimately agree that this is the only truly representative portrait of Was (Not Was) in all their incarnations; and besides, it's a stone killer of a party record.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: Micro Werks
UPC: 0813411010588
catalogNumber: 58
Rank: 37416

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Was (Not Was)   Primary Artist
Mark Isham   Trumpet
Kooper   Keyboards
Iggy Pop   Background Vocals
Ruby Turner   Background Vocals
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
John Patitucci   Bass
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
String Fever   Strings
Michelle Goulet   Background Vocals
G Love E   Background Vocals
Carol Hall   Background Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Vocals
Wayne Kramer   Guitar
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Marin Alsop   Strings
John Barclay   Trumpet
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Pete Beachill   Trombone
Rayse Biggs   Trumpet
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Harry Bowens   Vocals
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
David Campbell   Strings
Desy Campbell   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Jervonny Collier   Bass
Carolyn Crawford   Background Vocals
Debra Dobkin   Percussion,Background Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass
Sally Dworsky   Background Vocals
Doug Fieger   Background Vocals
Michael Fisher   Percussion
David Friendly   Percussion
James Gadson   Drums
Portia Griffin   Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Gary Hirstius   Background Vocals
Sheila Horne   Background Vocals
Yogi Horton   Drums
Dann Huff   Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Raymond Johnson   Keyboards
Booker T. Jones   Keyboards
Jerry Jones   Drums
Kathy Kosins   Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Saxophone
Beverly Lauridsen   Strings
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
Val McCallum   Guitar
Donald Ray Mitchell   Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Bruce Nazarian   Bass,Guitar
Ron Pangborn   Drums
Martin Phillipps   Keyboards
Mike Renzi   Conductor,Keyboards
Luis Resto   Strings,Violin,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
John Robie   Keyboards
Stevie Salas   Guitar
Daniel Schroeger   Keyboards
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Robin Smith   Keyboards
Helen Terry   Background Vocals
John Thirkell   Trumpet
Kevin Tschirhart   Percussion
John Van Tongeren   Keyboards
David Weiss   Flute,Harmonica,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Don Was   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Winston Watson   Drums
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Keyboards
Cecil Womack   Guitar
Aaron Zigman   Keyboards
Mint Juleps   Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Randy Jacobs   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Dan Higgens   Saxophone
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Ricky Rouse   Guitar
Amp Fiddler   Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Jack Leitenberg   Background Vocals
Chris Davies   Saxophone
Neil Steubenhaus   Bass
Tony Fagenson   Background Vocals
Ken Collier   Background Vocals
Armand Angeloni   Saxophone
Juliette Roberts   Background Vocals
Greg Liesz   Guitar
Phil Todd   Saxophone
Lee Thornton   Trumpet
Irwin Krinsky   Keyboards
Carol Poole-Gross   Strings
Arthur "Buster" Marbury   Drums,Background Vocals
Marvus Miller   Bass
Mark Johnson   Keyboards
Mack Pitt   Mandolin
Larry Fratangelo   Percussion
Lamont Johnson   Bass
John "Birch" Weiss   Saxophone
Jill B. Jaffe   Strings
Franklin K. Funklyn McCullers   Drums
Felix Morris   Keyboards
Ewreck Benson   Background Vocals
"Downton" Julie Brown   Background Vocals
David McMirray   Saxophone
Vic Emmerson   Keyboards
Puppet Blum   Background Vocals
Professor Goss   Background Vocals
Pam Burns   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Lorber   Engineer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Michael Brauer   Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Lincoln Clapp   Engineer
David Dachinger   Engineer
Steve Deutsch   Engineer
Mike Fuller   Engineer
Chris Irwin   Engineer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Jon Mathias   Engineer
David McMurray   Horn Arrangements
Richard Niles   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Paul Staveley O'Duffy   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Mike Pela   Engineer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Martin Phillipps   Engineer
Mike Renzi   Arranger,String Arrangements
Luis Resto   Horn Arrangements
Paul Riser   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Micajah Ryan   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
David Thoener   Engineer
David Weiss   Composer,Cover Art
Don Was   Composer,Engineer,Cover Art,Photo Courtesy
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Paul Wright   Engineer
Randy Jacobs   Composer
Krish Sharma   Engineer
Harry Spiridakis   Engineer
Roland Herrington   Engineer
Louis Fagenson   String Arrangements
Pete Barker   Engineer
Troy Krueger   Engineer
Brian J. Bowe   Liner Notes
Kenny Jones   Engineer
Tom O'Leary   Engineer
Warren D. Wood   Engineer
John Potoker   Engineer
Phil da Costa   Engineer
Rob Stone & The C-Notes   Management
Mike Bosley   Engineer
Jerry Thichaya   Engineer
Jarvis Stroud   Composer
Gregory Mann   Engineer
Croyden Steve Chase   Engineer
Kevin Smith   Engineer
Steve Guardigli   Engineer
Steve King   Engineer

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