Add It Up (1981-1993)

Add It Up (1981-1993)

by Violent Femmes


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Add It Up is not quite the definitive Violent Femmes compilation one might hope for, even if it does feature 23 tracks and adds essential later items missing from their first comp, Debacle: The First Decade. There are several charming rarities to hook dedicated fans, who will likely find several favorites missing (perhaps another song or two could have been substituted for the between-song bits). The group's self-titled debut does a better job of encapsulating why they were important, and remains the first Femmes album to buy; besides, no compilation that includes live versions of "Kiss Off" and "Add It Up" in place of the original studio cuts can claim to be definitive. However, even casual fans who enjoyed Violent Femmes will find post-debut songs like "American Music" and "I Held Her in My Arms" to be essential, so even if Add It Up is a little too imperfect to be a necessary first purchase, it's definitely a necessary second purchase. Unless you're a die-hard fan, it will likely be the only other Violent Femmes disc you'll need.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1993
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624540328
catalogNumber: 45403
Rank: 148366

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Violent Femmes   Primary Artist
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Ashwin Batish   Sitar
Jerry Harrison   Soprano Saxophone
Brian Ritchie   Bass,Guitar,Jew's Harp,Vocals,Xylophone,Multi Instruments,Didjeridu,Jaw Harp
Victor de Lorenzo   Drums,Vocals,Human Whistle,Multi Instruments
Sigmund Snopek   Organ,Piano,Trombone
Peter Balestrieri   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Michael Beinhorn   Organ
Gordon Gano   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Kashou   Conch
Tom Mandel   Keyboards
John Zorn   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Voices
Dominick Placco   Trumpet
Caleb Alexander   Tenor Saxophone
Cynthia Gayneau   Vocals
Christina Houghton   Autoharp
Bob Jennings   Tenor Saxophone
Drake Scott   Cornet,Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Jerry Harrison   Producer
Elliott Murphy   Liner Notes
Violent Femmes   Producer
Victor de Lorenzo   Engineer
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Warren A. Bruleigh   Producer,Engineer
Glen Lorbiecki   Engineer
Susan Rogers   Engineer
Mark VanHecke   Producer
David Vartanian   Engineer
Dave Neitzke   Engineer
Caleb Alexander   Engineer
Chris Thomas   Engineer
Jack Hargreaves   Artwork,Label Design
Ken Hansen   Art Direction

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luved this one, it has all they're best songs. Plus "Add it up", "Kiss off" and a couple others, are live, and i think they're even better than the ones recorded in the studio.
Guest More than 1 year ago
is expressed through the vocals and this album is simply a fun time. I've loved VF for a long time...its worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is one of the best I have ever heard. It is full of great song after song.
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