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"Live from the Make Believe" CD

Dromedary Music

Genres: instrumental, folk, klezmer

Solponticello website

Sep 15 - 21 2003

Live from the Make Believe, a (you're not going to believe this!) live album, could be even better than Dromedary's last studio record, Artifact. Sure, a lot of this album's songs are covers and traditional tunes, but that's all part of the fun. A wide array of tunes are converted into folky guitar-and-string instrumentals by the band, including everything from a French Canadian-originated Ukrainian stomp to Radiohead's "Airbag." Five originals by Rob McMaken and Andrew Reissiger (Dromedary's songwriting core) are also included, and they stand up well to the other material.

This is a fantastic album for enthusiasts of instrumental guitar arrangements. Klezmer, folk, and pop are all tapped for this disc's twelve tracks. Especially strong are versions of Carlos Paredes' "Melodia" and traditional North American gospel tune "Wayfaring Stranger", which come off as simply moving through McMaken and Reissinger's beautiful renditions. Strong Dromedary originals include the rugged "Cassiopeia's Dance" and dark number "Four Camels Waltzing".

Extremely listenable and infinitely rewarding, Dromedary's Live from the Make Believe is an album that can be enjoyed by anyone. Despite the instrumental nature of the songs, there is enough melody and class on this disc to please even the most impatient listener. Very strongly recommended.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the artists, released 2003]