Affordable Art

Affordable Art

by Steve GoodmanSteve Goodman


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Steve Goodman launched his own record label, Red Pajamas Records, with the release of Artistic Hair, a live album, in March 1983. Of course, a record label needs more than one record, and Goodman followed ten months later with the second Red Pajamas release, Affordable Art. Unlike its predecessor, which consisted largely of vintage material, Affordable Art introduced new Goodman songs, although it also mixed in older tunes. "Talk Backwards" was a novelty repeated from Goodman's final major label outing, 1980s Hot Spot. "Souvenirs" found Goodman in duet with his pal John Prine on one of Prine's old songs. And "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was, of course, the ageless sports anthem, which served as a set-up for "The Dying Cub Fan's Last Request," Goodman's humorous rewrite of "St. James Infirmary" as the funeral plans of an adherent of one of the most hapless teams in baseball history. Complicating the comedy of the song, one of four on the disc recorded live, was Goodman's own status, not only as a Cubs fan, but also as a cancer patient whose recent career had been complicated by medical treatments; indeed, Affordable Art would be his last album released during his lifetime. It was typical of the singer/songwriter, however, that he would offer such gallows humor, which could also describe "Watchin' Joey Glow," a post-apocalypse tale. "Vegematic," the nightmare story of a man who falls asleep in front of the TV one night and wakes up to find he has ordered every one of those special offers that turn up on late-night commercials with 800 numbers, wasn't quite so morbid, but it was no less funny for that. And typically, Goodman also found time for a tasty instrumental ("If Jethro Was Here") and for a sentimental ballad concerning family, in this case, his grandparents ("Old Smoothies"). His last album, therefore, was a characteristic one, amusing and moving by turns.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2019
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651017751
catalogNumber: 510177
Rank: 43928

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Goodman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mandola
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Jethro Burns   Mandolin
John Prine   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Rick N. Backer   Slide Guitar
Peter Bunetta   Percussion,Drums,Finger Snapping,Brushes
Rick Chudacoff   Synthesizer,Bass,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping,Distortion
Arno Lucas   Finger Snapping
Jim Rothermel   Horn
Bob Tangrea   Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Tittle   Bass
Cheryl White   Vocal Harmony
Sharon White   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Steve Goodman   Composer,Producer
Ralph McTell   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Gary Brandt   Engineer,Remixing
Peter Bunetta   Producer,Tape Box
Rick Chudacoff   Producer
Dan Einstein   Producer
Hank Neuberger   Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer,Reissue Producer
Jim Rothermel   Engineer
Jim Shea   Cover Photo
Mike Smith   Composer
Rich Warren   Engineer
Jack Norworth   Composer
Dave Cline   Engineer
Mike Doud   Original Design Concept
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Sean Kelly   Composer
Lee Zimmerman   Liner Notes
Gary Gand   Engineer
Gregg Kinciad   Engineer

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