Seven Days in Sammystown

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Seven Days in Sammystown
Studio album by Wall of Voodoo
Released 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre New wave
Length 43:44
Label IRS
Producer Ian Broudie
Wall of Voodoo chronology
Call of the West
(1983)
Seven Days in Sammystown
(1985)
Happy Planet
(1987)

Seven Days in Sammystown is the third studio album by American new wave band Wall of Voodoo, released in 1985. This was the first Wall of Voodoo album to include Andy Prieboy on vocals and Ned Leukhardt on drums. It includes their cover version of "Dark as a Dungeon". The album reached #50 on the Australian charts. The track "Far Side of Crazy" featured in the 1985 movie Head Office.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Allmusic's retrospective review judged the album's biggest flaw to be that the band was still presenting themselves as Wall of Voodoo, even without the distinctive presences of Joe Nanini and Stan Ridgway. They cited "Business of Love" and "Big City" as examples of failed attempts to imitate the original band, while declaring "Far Side of Crazy," "Room With a View," "Dark as a Dungeon," and "(Don't Spill My) Courage" to all be exceptional tracks which sounded little like the Nanini/Ridgway lineup.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Far Side of Crazy" (Andy Prieboy) - 4:05
  2. "This Business of Love" (Charles Gray) - 4:36
  3. "Faded Love" (John Wills, Bob Wills) - 1:02
  4. "Mona" (Bruce Moreland) - 5:01
  5. "Room With a View" (Prieboy) - 2:59
  6. "Blackboard Sky" (Prieboy) - 4:41
  7. "Big City" (Gray, Marc Moreland, B. Moreland) - 4:30
  8. "Dark as a Dungeon" (Merle Travis) - 4:43
  9. "Museums" (M. Moreland) - 4:21
  10. "Tragic Vaudeville" (B. Moreland) - 3:44
  11. "(Don't Spill My) Courage" (Gray, M. Moreland) - 4:17

The original LP sleeve contains three errors: "This Business of Love" is listed as "Business of Love", "Dark as a Dungeon" is listed as "Dark as the Dungeon", and "Faded Love" is not listed at all. The correct track listing appears on the LP's label.

Seven Days in Sammystown was released on CD in 1989 by MCA Records (USA) on the IRS label and by EMI Records (Australia). It was also remastered and re-released as part of a double CD set with Happy Planet and The Ugly Americans in Australia, by Australian reissue label Raven Records in 2012. [2]

Personnel[edit]

Wall of Voodoo


Production personnel
  • Ian Broudie - producer
  • Peter Hammond - remixing
  • Scott Lindgren - photography
  • Gil Norton - engineer
  • John Parish - percussion on "Far Side of Crazy" and "Museums"
  • Dave Powell - engineer
  • Ray Roberts - art direction, paintings

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