The Best of Poi Dog Pondering (The Austin Years)

The Best of Poi Dog Pondering (The Austin Years)

by Poi Dog Pondering


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Poi Dog Pondering's rise from roadside vagabonds to "almost" successful ambassadors of worldbeat-infused college rock is one of thinly veiled hedonism. In 1987, after selling all of their belongings to afford the plane trip to the mainland, the Honolulu, HI, collective bought a truck and crossed the country gypsy-style, playing for pennies outside of coffeehouses, pubs, and the occasional Mexican border town, eventually settling in the bohemian jewel of the south: Austin, TX. Unfairly lumped in with the emerging jam band scene, the fluctuating octet made extensive use of its eccentric instrumentation and multicultural lineup without ever venturing off into a 15-minute solo; rather, main songwriter Frank Orrall's metaphysical love songs were both concise and catchy. Best of Poi Dog Pondering: The Austin Years follows the group through 1992 and contains beloved fan classics like "Living With the Dreaming Body" and "Pulling Touch," as well as left-field gems like "I Had to Tell You" from the 1990 Roky Erickson tribute record Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646389126
catalogNumber: 63891
Rank: 143005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poi Dog Pondering   Primary Artist
Susan Voelz   Violin,Vocals
Jon Blondell   Trombone,Saxophone
Daren Hess   Drums
Bruce Hughes   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Malford Milligan   Voices
John Nelson   Conga,Voices,Hand Percussion
Arlene Newson   Voices
Frank Orrall   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Dick Ross   Drums
Abra Moore   Accordion,Voices
Chris Searles   Drums
Gretchen Phillips   Trombone,Saxophone
Kathy Korniloff   Trombone,Saxophone
Dave Crawford   Accordion,Horn,Keyboards,Melodica
Ted Cho   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Sean Coffey   Drums
Adam Sultan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Ashton Irons   Turntables,Sampling
Mark Williams   Cello,Mandocello
Susan Volez   Violin,Voices
John H.R. Mills   Trombone,Saxophone
John Nelson   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Fedis   Trombone,Saxophone
Pheobe Holmes   Voices
Frank Quimby Orrall   Guitar,Drums,Voices,tin whistle
David Crawford   Accordion,Horn,Keyboards,Melodica

Technical Credits

Poi Dog Pondering   Composer,Producer
Clive Langer   Producer
John Conroy   Package Manager
Frank Orrall   Composer,Whistle
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Mike Stewart   Producer

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The Best of Poi Dog Pondering (The Austin Years) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
yonagigai More than 1 year ago
When I was in college, I remember Poi Dog Pondering playing for coins on the street in front of the Texas Union on Guadalupe St. They quickly became my favorite band. Reminiscent of Phish but with a unique international sound, Poi Dog is a great band - and their time in Austin was their most beautiful.