Book of Spells

Book of Spells

by The Boneshakers



The Boneshakers, you might say, are a danceable roots rock version of Steely Dan -- two songwriters/instrumentalists/vocalists (Randy Jacobs and Sweet Pea Atkinson) compose tart, biting songs and perform them with ensembles of guest musicians, some bearing impressive credentials (in this case, critical fave Jon Butcher among them). Jacobs and Atkinson had previously worked together with Was (Not Was); individually, they've collaborated with everyone from Elton John and Coolio to Iggy Pop and Ofra Haza. But even down to its title, their debut album, Book of Spells, seems to promise just slightly more voodoo than it actually delivers. It opens with the James Brown warhorse "Cold Sweat," later revisits Was (Not Was)' twisted, oddly graceful "I Blew up the United States," and concludes with the fluffy and tasty funk vamp "Fudge Brownie." But the journey between isn't exactly crammed full of memorable moments. The roadhouse blues "Part Time Man," the ballad "Let's Straighten It Out," and other tracks such as "The One You Run To" might be pleasant enough, authentic grooves, but there are no great songs on this album.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/1997
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384278922
catalogNumber: 42789

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boneshakers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bill Bergman   Saxophone
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Vocals
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
John Gilutin   Keyboards
Lovitt   Trumpet
Lance Morrison   Bass
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Nathan Brown   Bass
Portia Griffith   Background Vocals
Randy Jacobs   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Trent Stroh   Bass,Drums
Denny Weston   Drums
Scott Spock   Keyboards
Teddy Andreadis   Harmonica,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Dan Bosworth   Engineer
Randy Jacobs   Producer
Steve Gerdes   Art Direction

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