Since THE COST OF LIVING has a fictional band releasing a record of sloppy outtakes and demos, I recruited some generous friends to do a record of sloppy tunes and demos. Everyone here except for me happens to be a very talented musician. However, with me around, this is often a record with more clams than the state of Rhode Island and more warts than a Newport Beach key party. It’s raw in places, but/and whether you love it or hate it, well, remember: it is free, after all.
Playing the Popular Mechanics for LAST CALL: DEMOS & OUTTAKES 1986-2009 are:
Tracks 1, 7, 8 & 11—Rob, vox/all instruments
Track 2—Rob, vox/guitar, Gayle Fornataro, bass
Track 3—Rob, vox/guitars, Elliott Goldkind, cello/bass/pedal steel/mellotron. Engineered & produced by Elliott
Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 10—performed by The Danbury Shakes—Rob, lead vox/guitar, Gayle Fornataro, bass/backing vox, Steve Alfaro, drums (# 4 & 10 recorded by Katrina Leigh). On # 5 9–Jeff Amaral, keyboards/ukulele/backing vox (recorded by Mike Martt @ Greenhouse Studios in beautiful Long Beach, CA).
Tracks 6 & 12: Rob: vox/acoustic, Steven Wilson, electric guitar/bass/backing vox, Carlos Nieto, drums. Recorded by Johnny Parry
Playing the Fillmore: Gayle Fornataro
Polaroids: Steven Wilson
Rehearsal Shots: John Talley Jones
B&W: Kevin Cain