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Surrender to Jonathan

  • 1. Just Look at Me
    2. Not Just a 'Plus One' on the Guest List Anymore
    3. That Little Sleeper Car
    4. French Style
    5. Surrender
    6. I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar
    7. To Hide a Little Thought
    8. Egyptian Reggae
    9. When She Kisses Me
    10. Satisfy
    11. Rock & Roll Drummer Straight from the Hospy-Tel
    12. My Little Girl's Got a Full Time Daddy Now
    13. Floatin'
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46296

  • Credits
    ProducerAndy Paley; Andy Paley
    EngineerThom Russo; Mark Linett; Thom Russo; Mark Linett

    Personnel: Jonathan Richman (vocals, guitar); Jonathan Richman; Jessica Henry (vocals); Frank Morroco (accordion); Ernie Fields Jr., William Bickelhaupt (horns); Dan Eisenberg (organ); John Girton, Nick Augustine (bass instrument); Vine Street Horns (horns); Ned Claflin, Andy Paley (piano); Tom Larkins (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Mark Linett.
    Photographer: Howard Rosenberg.
    After nearly a decade of annual releases on Rounder, Jonathan Richman signed with Neil Young's Vapor label. SURRENDER TO JONATHAN is Richman's first album for Vapor and he smartly uses the opportunity for a broader audience to lure new listeners into his quirky, endearing world. Producer Andy Paley, who worked with Richman decades earlier in Boston, clearly knows the right approach and a casual atmospheric ease underscores the natural believability of the songs.
    Horns and accordion appear on a few songs. Whether the result of a larger recording budget or not, they fit nicely and answer the question, "What would horns on a Jonathan Richman album sound like?" Three older songs are revisited, "Egyptian Reggae," "To Hide A Little Thought" and "I Was Dancing In the Lesbian Bar."

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (9/20/96, p.83) - "...Richman returns to the big leagues...with this typically friendly collection. SURRENDER offers a decent representation of Richman's considerable charms but largely lacks the effervescence of his best work..." - Rating: B
    Q (11/96, p.132) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...a strong return to form for the adenoidal one, the usual breezy pop melodies propped up by a fruitily belligerent horn section and a succession of Gallic-flavoured accordion flourishes..."
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