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All Attractions = Cardboard Sleeve = (CD)
Multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel is a busy guy. As member and founder of Camper Van Beethoven he knew how to surprise us with gems, but even by himself he still is busy. Together with his CVB mate Victor Krummenacher and some friends he has released the album "All Attractions". And at the same time with this nine song long album he released an additional CD "Apricot Jam" with seven original instrumentals.
Most of the songs on All Attractions were written in the Swedish countryside where he and his wife have been staying with her family every summer. Although one would expect a pastoral tone, the music ends up as some rocking electric guitar-based tunes, evoking the big 70s rock bands of the past, with some more contemporary features thrown in. It's heavy on the psychedelic guitars, well-played and Segel's understated vocals grow on you. But the guitars grab you from the start. That's what you'll come back for.
The record was recorded by Jonathan working with fellow Camper Van Beethoven bandmate Victor Krummenacher on bass (and some guitar) and their SF Bay Area cohorts former King Missile/Moth Wranglers bassist Chris Xefos playing some bass and doing the recording and mixing, and John Hanes on drums. As the project progressed, he got some backing vocal help from the Counting Crows' David Immergluck, Baby Flamehead's Eden Daniels and Espers' Helena Espvall (who also contributed some cello.) Built To Spill's Brett Netson appears on guitar on "I Know You Know Me (Hey You)"
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