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Running, Jumping, Standing Still
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Album: Running, Jumping, Standing Still
# Song Title   Time
1)    Red Palace
2)    I Ain't Blue
3)    Bill & Annie
4)    Old Brown Dog
5)    Running, Jumping, Standing Still
6)    Sidestep
7)    Magazine Lady
8)    Friends and Lovers
9)    Sometimes I Can't Help Myself
10)    Good Night
11)    Some Sweet Nancy - (previously unreleased)
 

Album: Running, Jumping, Standing Still
# Song Title   Time
1)    Red Palace
2)    I Ain't Blue
3)    Bill & Annie
4)    Old Brown Dog
5)    Running, Jumping, Standing Still
6)    Sidestep
7)    Magazine Lady
8)    Friends and Lovers
9)    Sometimes I Can't Help Myself
10)    Good Night
11)    Some Sweet Nancy - (previously unreleased)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Full performer name: Spider John Koerner/Willie Murphy.
  • Personnel: "Spider" John Koerner (vocals, guitar); Willie Murphy (vocals, piano, electric bass); Todd Anderson (horns); Sanford Konikoff (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Roger Seibel.
  • Liner Note Author: Eric Peltoniemi.
  • Recording information: Elektra's Paxton Lodge, Keddie, CA.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: "Spider" John Koerner.
  • An oddly effective, one-off marriage of folk-blues and ragtime piano that kicks, to paraphrase Bob Wills, "like four mules pullin' out of a bog hole." Koerner, Ray & Glover's "Spider" John Koerner provides the playful, what-me-worry, Piedmont-by-way-of-Minnesota blues, and Willie Murphy adds inspired, loose-keyed, ragtime piano. At times, songs like "Red Palace" and "Sometimes I Can't Help Myself" sound like the perfect backdrop for Lilly Langtree in a Dodge City saloon circa 1883. Electric bass crops up here and there for emphasis, but the main vibe is Jesse Fuller meets Big Tiny Little. "Magazine Lady," a wildly in-the-groove tale of photo lust, is not to be missed. Kudos to eclectic producer Frazier Mohawk (Holy Modal Rounders, Kaleidoscope, Nico) for holding this stew together. ~ Steve Cooper
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/14/69, p.36) - "...contains some of the funniest instrumental work...goofy little riffs, pauses and rhythm shifts....done without any of the usual arty-pretension...instead it's just a good time, and it all flows naturally."

Rolling Stone (5/19/94, p.103) - 4 Stars - Excellent

Dirty Linen (6-7/94, pp.49-50) - "...joyful collection of exuberant folk-rock that mixes up Murphy's jazz-inflected R&B piano style with Koerner's rough hewn vocals and unique rhythm changes...For releif of all kinds of misery, play this'..."
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