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Oingo Boingo Danny Elfman: So-Lo album cover
3.03 | 14 ratings | 1 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gratitude (5:11)
2. Cool City (3:26)
3. Go Away (4:00)
4. Sucker For Mystery ( 5:15)
5. It Always Makes Me Laugh (4:03)
6. Last Time (4:07)
7. Tough As Nails (4;35)
8. Lightning (3:44)
9. Everybody Needs (3:50)

Total Time 38:34

Bonus track on 2014 CD reissue:
10. Gratitude (7" single remix) (4:05)

Line-up / Musicians

- Danny Elfman / lead vocals, percussion, programming, composer, arrangements
- Steve Bartek / guitars, programming, arrangements
- Richard Gibbs / synths, DX7 programming
- Paul Fox / synths
- Leon Schniederman / baritone sax
- Sam "Sluggo" Phipps / tenor sax
- Dale Turner / trumpet, trombone
- Kerry Hatch / bass
- Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez / drums, percussion

Releases information

Album released under Danny Elfman's name due to contractual issues with former label A&M

Artwork: Georganne Deen

LP MCA - MCA-5535 (1984, US)

CD MCA - MCAD-25051 (1984, US)
CD MCA - MCAD-25051 (2004, US)
CD Varèse Sarabande - 302 067 300 8 (2014, US) With a bonus track

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OINGO BOINGO Danny Elfman: So-Lo ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(7%)
Good, but non-essential (57%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars Don't be put off by the cover. The album was released under Danny Elfman's name, and the title is "So-Lo", but with all of the members of Oingo Boingo (and no one else) performing, song written by Elfman and arranged by Steve Bartek, this is an Oingo Boingo album. In fact, it was recorded as an Oingo Boingo album, but a contractual dispute with A&M caused it to be released on MCA under Elfman's name. Unfortunately, this also began the decline in Oingo Boingo's sound. The horns, a standout feature on the first three OB albums, barely make an appearance. And on the two songs where they can be heard, It Only Makes Me Laugh and Tough As Nails, they are low key and non- distinguished. Elfman's songs are good, but it's beginning to sound like he's on cruise control. And while there is a bit of darkness in his lyrics, it's far more tame than on the previous albums. Judging by the later MCA releases, I've always wondered if this trend was more of a edict by the new label than a trend from Elfman himself. Oh well. This isn't a bad album. It's got some nice, and even a few somewhat exciting tracks. But it was a disappointment.

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