Big Top Soda Pop


Reaching desperately for a genre to stuff this madcap trio into, critics scratch their heads, yearn for the days when labels weren't required, then admit defeat, and toss Mad Tea Party into folk out of pure frustration. Hey, they use ukuleles, kazoo and a slide whistle, so what do you expect? Nothing less, but the Tea Party deserve better. But let's be clear, although they definitely employ some folk elements, they are not a folk group, and on their latest album, Big Top Soda Pop, their third and most accomplished set to date, the trio weave in so many different genres that perhaps it's best described as Americana for the modern generation. Shreds of ragtime, tatters of R&B, touches of blues, bursts of rockabilly, slivers of C&W, tinges of hillbilly hoe-downs, lashes of pop, snippets of rock, a feathering of folk, and even, on the title track, the hurdy-gurdy sound of the circus; all are threaded through the set But as eclectic as it, this Tea Party has a theme, or at least a distinctive sound that makes even the most diverse numbers instantly identifiable as the Mad one's own. Partially this is down to Ani Worthern's vocals, sweet and upbeat or calm and soothing, her come-hither intonations draws one straight into the songs, she's the perfect circus barker for this Party. But the group's other signature is their down-home, kick-back feel, most evident on finger-pickin' numbers like "Brotherhood of Man," "Muddy Water, Butterfly" "62 Years" (just set the drum kit up on the porch), "World of Novelty" (which adds a honky tonk piano and tap-dancing to the fun), and "Berry-Belvin." Dove-tailing these types of songs are equally laid-back, folk-flavored numbers like "Do You Have What It Takes," "Music Makers" (whose lyrics are adapted from an 1874 Arthur O'Shaughnessey poem!), and a scintillating, more upbeat cover of Melanie's hit "Brand New Key." Many of the tracks are plumped up with guest musicians who add drums, fiddle, guitar, piano, organ and more to the group's own repertoire. Yet even impetuously driving numbers like "62 Years" or "Whistle Pig" still have an easygoing air that really defines the group's sound. Add thoughtful lyrics covering a wide range of themes, and Mad Tea Party have created one amazingly, tantalizing album. ~ Jo-Ann Greene, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Fayette Place
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  • Label: MTP Records
  • UPC: 837101198011


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Track listings

  • 1. 62 Years
  • 2. Space Repair
  • 3. Big Top, Soda Pop
  • 4. Whistle Pig
  • 5. Muddy Water, Butterfly
  • 6. Brotherhood Of Man
  • 7. Do You Have What It Takes?
  • 8. World Of Novelty
  • 9. Box Of Kittens
  • 10. Music Makers
  • 11. Berry Belvin
  • 12. Nora Trip
  • 13. Brand New Key
 
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  • Near Fine (NF): Clean, with no defects, but may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Poor (P): May have extensive damage from moisture or insects; detached boards; parts may be missing; marginally salable unless very unusual. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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