Workdogs – Old (CD, US)

6 January 1995 Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 301
01. Stimulant
02. Painting the Devil’s Office Again
03. Back in the Days
04. Brave New Blues
05. Robert Kennedy Blues
06. The Facts of Life
07. Back on the Night of May 27, 1977
08. Too Young to Die
09. Little Joe
10. Old
VIEW:
NOTES:
Workdogs Old CD album issued in regular case with clear tray. Jon Spencer plays guitar on five of the ten tracks. A live version of Brave New Blues (also featuring Jon Spencer) was released as a 7″ single.

Free MP3 downloads of Painting the Devil’s Office Again and Back in the Days are available at workdogs.net.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion album Mo’ Width features a track titled Rob K (Rob K is President on the re-release) on which he performs as a preacher. And Jon Spencer has recorded with Rob K on several Workdogs records.

SONG CREDITS:
Drums: Scott Jarvis
Bass/Words: Rob Kennedy

Horn Arrangements: Kurt Hoffman

Produced: Workdogs
Recorded/Mixed at Waterworks Studio
Recording Engineers: Jim Waters/Greg Talenfeld/Jim Fourniadis
Mixing Engineer: Greg Talenfeld
Sequenced at Super Genius Digital

01. Stimulant
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Tenor Sax: Kurt Hoffman
Trumpet: Pam Fleming
Baritone Sax: Adam Kolker
Backing Vocals: Shannah Ehrhart/Leila Haddad

02. Painting the Devil’s Office Again
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Ted Horowitz
Organ: Malcolm Riviera
Accordion: Andrea Parkins
Backing Vocals: Leila Haddad/Shannah Ehrhart

03. Back in the Days
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Ted Horowitz
Organ: Malcolm Riviera
Tenor Sax: Kurt Hoffman
Trumpet: Pam Fleming
Baritone Sax: Adam Kolker

04. Brave New Blues
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Marce Hall

05. Robert Kennedy Blues
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Jerry Teel
Harmonica: Fritz Fox

06. The Facts of Life
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Ted Horowitz
Piano: Malcolm Riviera
Tenor Sax: Kurt Hoffman
Trumpet: Pam Fleming
Alto & Baritone Sax: Adam Kolker
Introduction/Backing Vocals: Jim Fourniadis

07. Back on the Night of May 27, 1977
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Marce Hall

08. Too Young to Die
Writer: Sonny Boy Williamson
Published: Arc Music Corp. BMI
Guitar: Ted Horowitz
Piano: Malcolm Riviera
Harmonica: Fritz Fox

09. Little Joe
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Marce Hall
Guitar: Ted Horowitz
Harmonica: Fritz Fox
Accordion: Andrea Parkins
Piano: Malcolm Riviera

10. Old
Writers: Kennedy/Jarvis
Published: King Dog Biscuit ASCAP
Guitar: Jerry Teel
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Marce Hall
Mandolin: Fran Powers

SLEEVE NOTES:
“I have been able to get to see the Workdogs about once a month. Their fans will be glad to know that they are receiving the best of care and that the facility is modern and clean and seems efficiently run. It is certainly the best we can afford at this time.

Scott still gets around pretty well. He claims to not have missed a beat since 1974. Around dusk he mixes up a round of “imbibiments” at which point Rob usually shows up with a glass in his hand.

Occasionally Rob’s a little fuzzy, but with a bit of encouragement he can be persuaded to embroider one of his colorful yarns from the olden days. Scott picks up some kind of beat and off they go, shambling into the Blues.

Sometimes I can’t help but feel that they are the last remnant of a musical form that is close to extinction – the Talking Blues. Few work as comfortably in this genre as do the Workdogs. Their years of experience show.

None-the-less, it was not an easy decision to work with them again. They can be extraordinarily difficult. Rob might suddenly insist on being addressed as the Baseball Commissioner of the Blues and refuse to do a lick of work until everyone complies. Scott could withdraw into a dark corner, mumbling about “vulvatic rays.” With the Workdogs – as always – ANYTHING is possible.

In spite of my trepidations, I booked studio time and put together two vey different combos of back-up musicians for the basic tracks. I was looking to showcase the many facets of the Workdogs’ personalities – a variety that I felt had not yet been recorded sucessfully. The presence of the younger musicians seemed to perk Rob and Scott up enormously – inspiring them to put together what is undoubtedly their finest work to date.

I’ve never enjoyed that moment that inevitably comes when I am forced to eject tem from the studio before they bankrupt me. To their credit, they took it no worse this time than any other. In spite of their threats, I’m sure I will speak to them again. If for no other reason, soon enough they will be harranguing me for money.

In the meanwhile, please enjoy their latest effort. As the years go by one can’t help but wonder how many more new Workdogs’ discs there will be. Each is like a precious gem – a unique but durable thing of beauty. But while the plastic of this disc should last forever, the fragile bodies of its creators will not. Celebrate them now while they are among us, for who is to say how long that will be.”

DETAILS:
ARTWORK:
Jacket Design: Borax
Photos: David Hale/Karin Schaefer/Myrian Babin

BARCODE: n/a

MATRIX: “0EDK1<706>1819 MADE IN CANADA BY AMERIC DISC”

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