Was (Not Was) (album)

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Was (Not Was)
Studio album by Was (Not Was)
Released 1981 (1981)
Recorded Produced in Detroit, Recorded at the Sound Suite, Jan-Mar. 81
Label ZE Records, Island Records
Producer David Was, Don Was, Jack Tann, Michael Zilkha[1]
Was (Not Was) chronology
Was (Not Was)
(1981)
Born to Laugh at Tornadoes
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B−[2]

Was (Not Was) is the début album by art-funk ensemble Was (Not Was); it was released in 1981. The album was re-released with additional material in 2004 under the name Out Come the Freaks.[3] The art direction was by Maverse Players.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by David Was and Don Was

Side A

  1. "Out Come the Freaks" – 5:41 vocals - Harry Bowens; spoken vocals - Marzanne McCants
  2. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" – 4:55 vocals - Sweet Pea Atkinson
  3. "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming" – 4:58 vocals - Harry Bowens
  4. "Oh, Mr. Friction" – 3:31

Side B

  1. "Carry Me Back to Old Morocco" – 6:01
  2. "It's an Attack!" – 3:11 vocals - Sweet Pea Atkinson
  3. "The Sky's Ablaze" – 2:16
  4. "Go...Now!" – 5:34 vocals - Sweet Pea Atkinson

Out Come the Freaks Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wheel Me Out" (Long Version) – 7:06
  2. "Out Come the Freaks" – 5:39
  3. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" – 4:57
  4. "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming" – 5:00
  5. "Oh, Mr. Friction" – 3:33
  6. "Carry Me Back to Old Morocco" – 6:01
  7. "It's an Attack!" – 3:10
  8. "The Sky's Ablaze" – 2:15
  9. "Go...Now!" – 5:30
  10. "Hello Operator" (Short Version) – 2:51
  11. "Out Come the Freaks (Again)" – 4:37
  12. "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming" (12" Remix)" – 7:48
  13. "Out Come The Freaks" (12" Remix) – 7:10
  14. "(Return to the Valley Of) Out Come the Freaks" (Semi/Historic 1983 Version) – 4:20
  15. "Christmas Time in Motor City" – 2:55
  16. "Out Come the Freaks" (Dub Version) – 6:30

Personnel[edit]

  • David Was - vocals, alto saxophone, piano
  • Don Was - vocals, bass, vibraphone, Moog synthesizer, clavinet,
  • Sir Harry Bowens - vocals on "Out Come the Freaks", "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming"
  • Sweet Pea Atkinson - vocals on "Where Did Your Heart Go?", "It's an Attack", "Go...Now!"
  • Bruce Nazarian, Ricky Rouse, Wayne Kramer - guitar
  • Jervonny Collier, Lamont Johnson - bass (Bruce Nazarian bass on "Wheel Me Out")
  • Franklin K. Funklyn McCullers, Jerry Jones - drums
  • Larry Fratangelo, Kevin Tschirhart, Carl "Butch" Small - percussion
  • Gary Stuck, Jim Matthews, Les Chambers - additional percussion
  • Irwin Krinsky - piano
  • Luis Resto, Raymond Johnson, Mark Johnson - keyboards
  • David McMurray, Armand Angeloni - saxophone
  • Marcus Belgrave - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Mack Pitt - mandolin
  • Carol Hall, Carolyn Crawford, Kathy Kosins, Michelle Goulet, Sheila Horne - background vocals
  • Anthony Was, Kim Heron, Lamont Zodiac, Mark J. Norton, Mitchell Jacobs, Mrs. Martinez's Fifth Hour Vocal Music Class/Birney Middle School, Pam Schlom, Richard Pinkston, Rick Cushingberry, Rubin Weiss, Ruth Seymore, Tom Brzezina - additional vocals
  • Johnny Allen - string arrangement on "Where Did Your Heart Go?"
  • Michael Zilkha - Executive Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Was (Not Was) - Was (Not Was)". discogs. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Was (Not Was)". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ "Was (Not Was) - Out Come The Freaks". discogs. Retrieved 2008-10-21.