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“Our Side of Town – A Red House Records 25th Anniversary Collection”


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  • Personnel: Ray Bonneville (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Cliff Eberhardt, Jimmy LaFave, Bill Staines (vocals, guitar); John Hermanson (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Eliza Gilkyson (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Guy Davis, John Gorka, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Ruth Moody, David Huckfelt, Meg Hutchinson (vocals, acoustic guitar); Bo Ramsey (vocals, electric guitar); Linda D. Williams (vocals, banjo); Annabelle Chvostek (vocals, mandolin); Joel Sayles, Kathleen Johnson, Nicky Mehta (vocals); Billy Novick (whistling); Brian Wood (guitar); Benson Ramsey (acoustic guitar, piano); Crit Harmon (acoustic guitar); Dan Wilson (electric guitar, keyboards, electric bass, percussion); Dirk Freymuth, Nerak Roth Patterson, John Inmon, Keith Glass, Mike Hardwick (electric guitar); Ian Lefeuvre (electric 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar); Sally Van Meter, Walt Michael (resonator guitar); Gurf Morlix (baritone guitar, electric banjo); Jeff Plankenhorn (dobro); Jimmy Gaudreau, Peter Ostroushko, Barry Mitterhoff (mandolin); Ois¡n McAuley, Carrie Rodriguez (violin); Charlie Giordano (accordion); Kenny Holmen (saxophone); Jim Hoke (soprano saxophone); Steve Strand (trumpet); Michael B. Nelson (trombone); Richard Dworsky, Ricky Peterson (piano); Mark Naftalin (organ); Jeff Victor, Brad Hatfield (keyboards); Stephan Crump (acoustic bass); Byron House (upright bass); John Dymond (electric bass); Christian Dugas, Gary Burke, Gordon Knudtson, Peter Von Althen, Jeff Berlin, Chris Brown , Geoff Arsenault, Steve Hayes , Eric Fawcett, Wally Doggett, J.T. Bates, Cisco Ryder (drums); Mark Mariash (snare drum, tambourine); JoAnna James (background vocals).
  • Audio Remasterer: Chris Frymire.
  • Photographers: Jim Herrington; Pete Lacker; Andrew MacNaughton; Chris Kehoe; Ann Marsden; Karen Staines; Mary Bruton; Sandy L. Dyas; C. Taylor Crothers; Art Turner.
  • Hard to believe that the Red House label has been around for a quarter of a century. Harder still to believe that this is the label's celebration of the fact -- a compilation made up of tracks from recent albums. As far as it goes, it's fine, like one of those buffets where you can sample a bit of everything without a commitment to any one thing. As to what's best, it's simply a matter of taste. Blues lovers will find Guy Davis satisfying, for instance, while those with a bent for harmony will enjoy the Wailin' Jennys and Robin & Linda Williams. Although Red House tends to flourish on singer/songwriters, veteran Greg Brown is a standout -- world-class by anyone's standards -- and, it has to be said, far better than many of the others here, although Jimmy LaFave and Lucy Kaplansky are more than good. In fact, no one is bad, and all are above average. The big question is who would buy this disc, but that's true of most compilations, especially where the label is the theme. Still, it's a good collection of music -- but if Red House wanted to celebrate its birthday, something a little different might have been better. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.51) - "Red House has nurtured some of the very best folk and roots artists of the last quarter-century; many of whom are featured on this superb compilation."
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