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Vintage Slide Collections from Seattle, Vol. 1
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
1. Mountain Trip to Japan, 1959
2. European Boys
3. Fondue Friends in Switzerland
5. Opnad Contribution Study Committee Report, June 1977
6. What Will the Corporation Do?
7. Wendy's, Sambo's, And Long John Silver's
8. Let's Not Have the Same Weight in 1978 - Let's Have More
9. Why Did We Decide to Take This Decision to You?
10. Together as a System We Are Unbeatable
11. Believing in You
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 148
Jon Marshall Smith
Full title: Vintage Slide Collections From Seattle, Vol. 1.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Trachtenburg Family: Jason Trachtenburg (vocals, guitar, piano); Rachel Pina Trachtenburg (vocals, harmonica, drums, percussion); Tina Pina Trachtenburg.
Personnel: Jason Trachtenburg (vocals, guitar, piano); Rachel Pia Trachtenburg (vocals, harmonica, drums, percussion); Phil Hurley (guitar); Hugh Sutton (accordion); Mike Musburger (drums).
Illustrator: Tina Pia Trachtenburg.
Photographer: John Hollingsworth.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Rennie Pincus; Rachel Pia Trachtenburg.
On Vintage Slide Collections From Seattle, Vol. 1, Jason Trachtenburg assembled the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, a colorful group of musicians including his daughter Rachel Trachtenburg on drums and Presidents of the United States of America frontman Chris Ballew on bass. At the band's live shows, Trachtenburg's wife, Tina Trachtenburg, serves as slide projectionist, adding a dizzying visual element to the festivities. The music is unabashedly light and fun-loving, much like the off-kilter epics on Trachtenburg's 2000 Revolutions Per Minute disc. After an energetic beginning, the light piano at the beginning of "Mountain Trip to Japan, 1959" hints at a new subdued style. The song eventually reinvents itself into another of Trachtenburg's semi-vaudeville-style classics. He shares vocal duties with his daughter on the fourth track, "Eggs." "Wendy's Sambo's and Long John Silver's" is another in a long line of serious-sounding musical statements, with the singer's tongue firmly in cheek. He goes on to again attack the fast-food industry with "Let's Not Have the Same Weight in 1978 -- Let's Have More." The piano and handclaps on "Why Did We Decide to Take This Decision to You?" add immensely to the short and feverish track. The disc ends with "Believing in You," Trachtenburg's heart-on-his-sleeve ballad, with his piano work again taking center stage. After cutting his teeth in Seattle's open-mike clubs, he assembled this dramatic live group. Robb Benson guests on harmonies, while Fastbacks member Mike Musburger drums on some tracks and Phil Hurley and Hugh Sutton check in on guitar and accordion, respectively. The disc's 11 songs are somehow fuller and more complete than his previous work. Orange Recordings released the disc in late 2001. ~ Stephen Cramer
Q (p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A] sort of dream factory-cum-social anthropology project for the car boot sale generation."
CMJ (10/13/03, p.9) - "...The family that plays hyper-quirky performance art-pop together, stays gets together....The bulk of VINTAGE is a giddy, six-song concept piece based on corporate performance-evaluation slides, sounding like vintage They Might Be Giants digesting FAST FOOD NATION..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he trio offer a subtle and laudable critique of American culture..."
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