Zumpano - Look What the Rookie Did

Format: CD
Label: Scratch Records 15, Sub Pop SPX 277b
Year: 1996
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre: rock, pop
Value of Original Title: $25.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Rock Room, 1990's, Pop, MOCM Top 1000 Canadian Albums, British Columbia


Track Name
The Party Rages On
Oh That Atkinson Girl
Rosecrans Boulevard
Platinum is Best Served Cold
Evil Black Magic
Temptation Summary
I Dig You. Wraparound Shades
Snowflakes & Heartaches
Jeez Louise
(She's a) Full-blooded Sicilian



Look What the Rookie Did


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The title says it all. This debut effort from Vancouver's Zumpano is an astounding piece of infectious, guitar-driven pop. The group's original material is outstanding, but the lone cover proves to be one of the album's highlights -- a compelling version of Jimmy Webb's "Rosecrans Boulevard" (previously recorded by the Fifth Dimension and Johnny Rivers). With Webb as an influence, it's no wonder Zumpano end up crafting such sophisticated yet melodic compositions of their own. In the '60s, tracks like the Zombies-esque "I Dig You" would have been all over the charts and the radio, but in the 1990s, there seems to be less of an audience for such inventive, intelligent pop. However, the freshness of Zumpano's sound, combined with adventurous melodies and rhythms, makes this an essential piece of work.


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