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The World of the Zombies
1. Changes - Zumpano
2. She Does Everything for Me - Flop
3. Leave Me Be - The Posies
4. Whenever You're Ready - The Young Fresh Fellows
5. If It Don't Work Out - Sneetches
6. Hung up on a Dream - Fastbacks
7. This Will Be Our Year - Model Rockets
8. Brief Candles - The Posies
9. Just Out of Reach - Fastbacks
10. Girl Help Me - Flop
11. Indication - The Young Fresh Fellows
12. Care of Cell 44 - Sneetches
13. She's Not There - Steam Kings
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 85
Kevin Kane; Scott McCaughey; The Posies
Conrad Uno; John A. Strickland III; Pat Gray; Jon Auer; Kurt Bloch; Mark Guenther
Performers include: The Posies, Flop, the Fastbacks, the Sneetches, Young Fresh Fellows, Zumpano, the Model Rockets.
Personnel: Ken Stringfellow (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, background vocals); Rusty Willoughby, Grant Thompson, Lulu Gargiulo, John Ramberg, Jon Auer, Scott McCaughey (vocals, guitar); Mike Levy (vocals, piano); Tad Hutchison, Daniel Swan (vocals, drums); Kim Warnick, Mark Richardson (vocals); Kurt Bloch (guitar, organ); Matt Carges (guitar, drums); Kurt Block, Justine Cunningham, Bill Campbell (guitar); Mike Musburger (drums, percussion); Nate Johnson, Graham John Black (drums); Chris Swenson (sound effects); Kevin Kane (background vocals).
Recording information: Brilliantine Recorders, Oakland, CA; EGG Studio, Seattle, WA; Our Mate's Fron Room, England; Our Mate's Front Room, England; Private Radio; Private Studio.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Hammi Hammerschmidt; Scott McCaughey.
It's a bit of an odd concept selecting various Seattle power-pop bands to pay tribute to the Zombies -- especially when one considers the mid-'90s resurgence of orchestral pop composition, with bands like the High Llamas, Ladybug Transistor, and countless others. The result is a record that could be seen as graceful or disgraceful, depending upon one's opinion of the Zombies themselves and which tracks one listens to: Zumpano does justice to the elaborate pop sophistication of "Changes," but Flop's "She Does Everything for Me" seems to miss the point entirely, reducing the song to relatively unadorned power-pop. Other selections feature the Posies and the Young Fresh Fellows (both of whom are charming, as always), and a groovy Steam Kings cover of "She's Not There." ~ Nitsuh Abebe
Alternative Press (5/95, p.83) - "...when the time came for a Zombies tribute--Seattle was waiting....everything's as you'd expect, not as good as the originals, but a heartfelt introduction to a band you might otherwise never have met. Great period pastiche cover as well..."
Option (3-4/95, p.146) - "...this is an appealing enough album for Northwest power-pop junkies....As tribute albums go, this one is enjoyable but hardly essential..."
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