Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants

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Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants
Compilation album by They Might Be Giants
Released September 17, 2002
Recorded 1985–2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 150:16
Label Rhino Records
Producer Various
Compiler John Flansburgh
They Might Be Giants chronology
They Got Lost
(2002)
Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants
(2002)
Bed, Bed, Bed
(2003)
TMBG compilation chronology
They Got Lost
(2002)
Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants
(2002)
A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[5]
Uncut 2/5 stars[6]

Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants is a 2002 compilation album by They Might Be Giants. Despite the name, it is not a compilation of tracks from the band's "Dial-A-Song" service. It is instead an anthology of various album and live tracks from the band's history, spanning their full career up to the time of its release. It includes tracks from every album starting with 1986's They Might Be Giants up through No!, which was only released three months before this compilation.

It was issued by Rhino Records and compiled by singer/songwriter/guitarist John Flansburgh.

The first disc focuses mainly on the group's singles and better-known album tracks. Disc two delves into more obscure fan favorites and live cuts.

Song notes[edit]

Some of the songs on the album are actually different versions than the original, such as:

Track listing[edit]

All songs by They Might Be Giants unless otherwise noted.

Personnel[edit]

  • Zachary Alford – drums
  • Amy Allison – vocals
  • Danny Alonso – engineer
  • Susan Anderson – photography
  • Paul Angelli – engineer, mixing
  • Ben Bailes – engineer
  • Alan Bezozi – tambourine, drums (snare)
  • Mark Bishop – engineer
  • Albert Caiati – engineer
  • Bruce Calder – assistant
  • Steve Calhoon – drums
  • Laura Cantrell – vocals
  • Ron Caswell – tuba
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing
  • Paula Court – photography
  • Reuben Cox – photography
  • Hal Cragin – bass
  • Peter Dilg – producer
  • Patrick Dillett – producer, engineer, mixing
  • TJ Doherty – engineer
  • Edward Douglas – engineer
  • Tom Durack – producer, mixing
  • Sheryl Farber – editorial supervision
  • Mark Feldman – violin
  • John Flansburgh – guitar, keyboards, vocals, compilation
  • Alan Ford – engineer
  • Paul Fox – producer
  • Cheryl Fugate – project assistant
  • Tony Gillis – engineer
  • Barbara Glauber – design
  • Matt Gold – engineer
  • Robin "Goldie" Goldwasser – vocals
  • Sue Hadjopoulas – percussion, conga
  • Michael Halsband – photography
  • Cosmo Heidtman – engineer
  • Dan Hersch – remastering
  • Dan Hickey – drums
  • Nicholas Hill – vocals
  • Kurt Hoffman – horn, horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Al Houghton – engineer
  • Jim Hughes – compilation
  • Bill Inglot – remastering
  • Hiro Ishihara – engineer
  • Luis Jardim – percussion
  • Beverly Joel – design
  • Julie Kantner – photography
  • Gregor Kitzis – violin
  • Julian Koster – singing saw
  • Bill Krauss – producer, engineer
  • Chris Laidlaw – engineer
  • Rich Lamb – engineer
  • Clive Langer – producer
  • Ron Lawrence – viola
  • Dan Levine – trombone
  • Mark Leviton – compilation
  • John Linnell – accordion, keyboards, saxophone, vocals, compilation
  • Frank London – trumpet
  • Tony Maimone – bass
  • Elma Mayer – vocals
  • April Milek – project assistant
  • Dan Miller – guitar, synth guitar
  • Katherine Miller – engineer
  • Roger Moutenot – engineer, mixing, whip
  • UE Nastasi – assistant
  • Tim Newman – trombone
  • Alex Noyes – engineer
  • Jim O'Connor – trumpet
  • Alex Olsson – engineer
  • Mark Pender – trumpet
  • Randy Perry – project assistant
  • Mauro Refosco – percussion
  • David Robbins – engineer
  • Marc Salata – product manager
  • Erik Sanko – bass
  • Tim Scanlin – A&R
  • Eric Schermerhorn – acoustic guitar, guitar
  • Adam Schlesinger – keyboards, programming, producer
  • Brent Sigmeth – engineer
  • Brian Speiser – mixing
  • Jason Spittle – engineer
  • Peter Stampfel – banjo, vocals
  • Mark Stern – photography
  • Ed Thacker – engineer, mixing
  • They Might Be Giants – producer
  • Greg Thompson – engineer
  • Sarah Vowell – liner notes
  • Danny Weinkauf – bass
  • Jeff White – compilation
  • Alan Winstanley – producer, mixing
  • Krystof Witek – violin
  • Jeremy Wolff – photography
  • Steve Woolard – discographical annotation
  • Lyle Workman – guitar
  • Garo Yellin – cello
  • Toshikazu Yoshioka – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  3. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  4. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 808. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ Uncut review

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