North American Long Weekend

North American Long Weekend

by Tom Freund

CD

Overview

Tom Freund has delivered a solo debut album that comes to the public (for the most part) fully grown. It's loaded with self-assured power, and more importantly, a confidence in the tunes themselves that's striking. The feel of the album is steeped in Americana, with references to and influences by Holden Caufield, Jack Kerouac, and Bob Dylan. Some of Freund's vocals -- and in fact the general musical approach on the album -- is reminiscent of early Tom Waits. There are some excellent guest musical appearances on the record, most notably by jazz great Jimmy Smith on organ. Freund's early background includes stints with the L.A. band the Silos, as well as an excellent duet album with Ben Harper called Pleasure and Pain, which came out on the Cardas label. North American Long Weekend has indeed had a long gestation period, but it was well worth it. Freund's songs speak of searching for understanding and meaning in life, but they never sink into heavy-handed moralizing. The sound of the record is quite amazing to behold, and thanks to producer Margin Etzioni and engineer David Vaught, you have one of the best-sounding roots-oriented releases of this decade. The material is what really matters here, and what you will hear is first-rate.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/1998
Label: RED ANT / BMG
UPC: 0632911230827
catalogNumber: 12308

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Freund   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer
Kris McKay   Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Juliann French   Violin
Bob Glaub   Bass
Don Heffington   Tom-Tom
David Immerglück   Pedal Steel Guitar
Rami Jaffee   Hammond Organ
Peter Kent   Violin,Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Maria Newman   Violin
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Jimmy Smith   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
John Wittenberg   Violin
Jerry Yester   Conductor
Nancy Roth   Violin
Mike Bell   Drums
Chris Searles   Drums
Bill Dobrow   Drums
Norm Hughes   Violin
Christopher Joyner   Piano,Wurlitzer
Bob Becker   Viola
Matt Johnson   Drums
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
John Goldman   Bass
Mario de León   Violin

Technical Credits

Marvin Etzioni   Producer
David Vaught   Engineer
Doug Wieselman   Horn Arrangements
Jerry Yester   String Arrangements
Tom Jermann   Art Direction

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