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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Comedy
  3. Music Comedy
Number of Items
1
Title
The Essential Weird Al Yankovic
Media
CD
BarCode
886975854325
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Volcano/Sbme
Department
Music
Distributor
Sony Music Distribution (
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
886975854325
Previews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e ensured rock didn't take itself too seriously."
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] --Another One Rides the Bus - (live)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] --Polkas on 45
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] --Eat It
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] --I Lost on Jeopardy
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] --Yoda
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] --One More Minute
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] --Like a Surgeon
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] --Dare to Be Stupid
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] --Dog Eat Dog
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] --Lasagna
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] --Melanie
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] --Fat
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] --UHF
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] --Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, The
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] --Trigger Happy
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] --Smells Like Nirvana
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] --You Don't Love Me Anymore
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] --Bedrock Anthem
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] --Frank's 2000" TV
  20. [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] --Jurassic Park
  21. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] --Since You've Been Gone
  22. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] --Amish Paradise
  23. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] --Gump
  24. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] --Everything You Know is Wrong
  25. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] --Night Santa Went Crazy [Extra Gory Version], The
  26. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] --Your Horoscope for Today
  27. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] --It's All About the Pentiums
  28. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] --Saga Begins, The
  29. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] --Albuquerque
  30. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] --eBay
  31. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] --Bob
  32. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] --Hardware Store
  33. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] --I'll Sue Ya
  34. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] --Canadian Idiot
  35. [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] --Pancreas
  36. [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] --Don't Download This Song
  37. [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] --White & Nerdy
  38. [ Disc 02 Track 18 ] --Trapped in the Drive-Thru
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Another One Rides the Bus - (live)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Polkas on 45
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Eat It
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I Lost on Jeopardy
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Yoda
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] One More Minute
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Like a Surgeon
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Dare to Be Stupid
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Dog Eat Dog
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Lasagna
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Melanie
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Fat
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] UHF
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, The
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Trigger Happy
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Smells Like Nirvana
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] You Don't Love Me Anymore
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Bedrock Anthem
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Frank's 2000" TV
  20. [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Jurassic Park
  21. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Since You've Been Gone
  22. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Amish Paradise
  23. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Gump
  24. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Everything You Know is Wrong
  25. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Night Santa Went Crazy [Extra Gory Version], The
  26. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Your Horoscope for Today
  27. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] It's All About the Pentiums
  28. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Saga Begins, The
  29. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Albuquerque
  30. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] eBay
  31. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Bob
  32. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Hardware Store
  33. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] I'll Sue Ya
  34. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] Canadian Idiot
  35. [ Disc 02 Track 15 ] Pancreas
  36. [ Disc 02 Track 16 ] Don't Download This Song
  37. [ Disc 02 Track 17 ] White & Nerdy
  38. [ Disc 02 Track 18 ] Trapped in the Drive-Thru
Genre
Pop / Rock
Release Date
18 October 2010
Country
Notes

Lyricist: Weird Al Yankovic.
Personnel: Weird Al Yankovic (vocals, harmonica, accordion, kazoo, piano, toy piano, harpsichord, keyboards, vibraphone, hand claps, background vocals); Steve Jay (vocals, bass voice, banjo, flute, bass synthesizer, hand claps, background vocals); Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz (vocals, slide whistle, kazoo, drums, congas, bongos, claves, cowbells, cymbals, maracas, shaker, tambourine, timpani, wood block, hand claps, bells, sleigh bell, chimes, drum programming, sound effects, siren); Jim Self (vocals, tuba, hand claps); Natasha Barr (vocals); Jim West (guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, hand claps, keyboard programming, background vocals); Rick Derringer (guitar); Sarah O'Brien (cello); Will Anderson (harmonica); Joel Peskin (clarinet); Tom Evans (saxophone); Gary Herbig (baritone saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Tavis Werts, Warren Luening (trumpet); Jon "JD" Dickson (French horn); Dan Regan, Nick Lane (trombone); Tommy Johnson (tuba); Ruben Valtierra (piano, keyboards); Pat Regan (piano, synthesizer); Brad Buxer (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Kim Bullard (keyboards, synthesizer); Jon Joyce , Jim Haas, Jerry Whitman, Damaskas, Lisa Popeil, Gene Morford (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Tony Papa.
Liner Note Authors: Stephen Thompson; Stephen Thompson.
Photographers: Dennis Keeley; Jon Schwartz; Carl Studna; Kirk Weddle; Michael Blackwell; Mark Seliger; Johnny Buzzerio; Denise Olderr; Sam Emerson; Jonathan Schwartz.
Arranger: Weird Al Yankovic.
More times than not, Columbia/Legacy's Essential collections are stellar overviews. Boasting a two-and-a-half-hour running time and 38 songs hand-picked by Al himself, THE ESSENTIAL "WEIRD AL" YANKVIC is yet another well-executed title in the series. Encompassing 12 albums, the double-disc set starts from the beginning of Al's career, with "Another One Rides the Bus," his live "Another One Bites the Dust" parody from the Dr. Demento show in 1980, and it gradually chronicles up to the R. Kelly-influenced "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" from 2006's STRAIGHT OUTA LYNWOOD. Most of Al's big parodies are highlighted here ("Eat It," "I Lost on Jeopardy," "Yoda," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat") -- as well as some choice deep cuts, like the ripping accordion medley "Polkas on 45," the opening theme from UHF, and a smattering of absurd originals ("Albuquerque," "Dare to Be Stupid," "You Don't Love Me Anymore," and "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota"). All of these could be deemed essential for fans, but nitpickers will wonder about the whereabouts of "Ricky," "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies," and two of Yankovic's best food parodies, "My Bologna" and "I Love Rocky Road." These songs aside, not much is missing, considering the depth of his discography. The exhaustive four-disc PERMANENT RECORD has 50 songs, but it stops at 1994. Al may have hit a rocky patch for a spell toward the turn of the millennium, but he had some of his best work just after, including the geeky rap satires "Amish Paradise," "It's All About the Pentiums," and "White & Nerdy." For nostalgic fans who just want a quick taste of the '80s, GREATEST HITS is the best bet, but those seeking a deep-rooted summary that's both comprehensive and extensive should look no further than this.

Date Released
2010-11-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Weird Al Yankovic
Producer
Rick Derringer; Weird Al Yankovic; Al Quaglieri (Compilation); Weird Al Yankovic (Compilation)
Artists
  1. Yankovic, Weird Al
Duration
153m 40s
Engineer
Tony Papa

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