CD Wonder Boy [Wonder Boy Plus] (CD 1079830),
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Wonder Boy [Wonder Boy Plus]

  • 1. Chocolates
    2. Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes
    3. Beatrice
    4. Baby
    5. Sweet Child O' Mine
    6. That Fossil That You Call Your Lover
    7. In the Age of Fable
    8. Lovely
    9. Tripping over Boxes
    10. Girl's Bike
    11. Greenstreet
    12. Salut au Monde
    13. Kalypso and Odysseus
    14. Laughing Pool, The
    15. Come Back Miss Battle
    16. Searching for My Romeo
    17. They're Not Losing a Daughter
    18. Byzantium
    19. Pink Chanel
    20. Tell Me Where You Are
    21. Smallest Man in the World, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70033

  • Credits
    ProducerEddie Carlson; Liz Conant; Frank Navin; John Navin; Larry Steele
    EngineerSteve Yates

    Contains eleven tracks taken from The Aluminum Group's debut album, WONDER BOY, as well as ten previously unavailable tracks.
    Personnel includes: Fareed Haque (guitar).
    Personnel: Frank Navin, John Navin, Josh Cohen (guitar); Carlos "Patato" Valdes (violin); Liz Conant (piano, keyboards); Bill Peterson (keyboards); Eddie Carlson (upright bass, electric bass).
    After releasing The Aluminum Group's second album, 1998's PLANO, Minty Fresh Records rescued the band's 1995 debut from obscurity and augmented the reissue with 10 previously unreleased tracks. There's a certain similarity to the Magnetic Fields in "The Smallest Man In The World," and the beautifully sparse opener, "Chocolates," bears striking resemblance to the beatnik-y jazz-pop of the Young Marble Giants.
    Elsewhere, Frank and John Navin's spacious arrangements-heavy on acoustic guitars and upright bass and colored by subtle keyboards-recall Everything But The Girl and Felt. Yet Aluminum Group never resorts to mere mimicry. Admittedly, following up a chamber-pop version of Guns N Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" with a very similar arrangement of Lerner and Lowe's "Loverly" betrays a certain twisted genius. Aluminum Group certainly doesn't rock-even at the Navins' most heated moments, the music just sways gently from side to side-but WONDER BOY PLUS is a soft-pop gem.

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