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Congo Norvell
-Discography-

(March 1990-September 1998: Los Angeles/New York City)

Chronological overview of the recordings of the American band Congo Norvell.
Date format is DD-MMM-YY.

Regular releases

LULLABIES - EP (February 1993)

Lullabies CDEP -front LULLABIES (CD/10")

Tracklist: Lullaby/ Moonlight/ Song/ Angel.

Recording info: "Lullaby" recorded @ Machine Elf Studios, North Hollywood (US) 1991-1992. Engineered by James Brenner. Other tracks recorded @ Dominion Sound Studios (rehearsal space and recording studio), Hollywood (US) 1991-1992. Engineered by Fred Drake.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitars)/ Kristian Hoffman (keyboards)/ Mary Mullen (double bass, bowed bass, vocals) and Jim Sclavunos (drums).

Note: "Angel" is a Crime and the City Solution song. Sound engineer Fred Drake was co-founder of the Rancho De La Luna (Joshua Tree), he died of lung cancer on June 20, 2002 at the age of 44.

  • Fiasco -FSCO 106 (US,February 1993)
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MUSIC TO REMEMBER HIM BY - ALBUM (25-Oct-94)

Music To Remember Him By CD -front MUSIC TO REMEMBER HIM BY (CD/LP)

Tracklist: 1.Golden Gates/ 2.Drift Away/ 3.The Chosen One/ 4.Mercy Mine/ 5.Rock My Child/ 6.My Midnight/ 7.Long Time Woman/ 8.Shelter/ 9.Lola/ 10.Dried Flowers/ 11.Love/ 12.Lonesome Valley.

Recording info: Recorded @ Grandma's Warehouse studio, Echo Park-Los Angeles (US) during May/August 1993. Engineered by Machine Elf and produced by Mick Harvey [Bad Seeds]. Recorded @ RST, Los Angeles (US) during May/August 1993. Engineered by Biscotti Curtis and produced by Mick Harvey. Tracks 1-3,6,8-9,11-12 recorded @ Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree (US) during May/August 1993. Engineered by Fred Drake and produced by Congo Norvell. Mastered @ Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles (US) by Chris Bellman.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitars,bass vocals)/ Kristian Hoffman (keyboards,guitars,vocals)/ Mary Mullen (bass,vocals) and Joseph -Joe- Berardi (drums,percussion)/ Jim Sclavunos (drums) on tracks 5,7 and 10.

Note: Guest musician: Kira Vollman (bass,clarinet) on tracks 1,2,5 and 11. "Long Time Woman" is a Bob Lind song. Kira Vollman and Joe Berardi [ex The Fibonaccis] founded their Non Credo band in 1987. Priority was a rap/hip-hop label which briefly had a sub-label Basura! to release rock albums.

  • Basura!/Priority Records -P1 53940 (US,25-Oct-94) LP (minus tracks 9,12)
  • Basura!/Priority Records -P2 53934 (US,25-Oct-94) CD
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LIVE IN THE MISSION - SINGLE (1995)

Live at the Mission -front LIVE IN THE MISSION (7")

Tracklist: Wailing Woman// Lonesome Valley/ Lullabye.

Recording info: Recorded live @ The Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco (US) on 01-Apr-95. Engineered by Alicia Rose and mixed by Machine Elf.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitars) and Kristian Hoffman (acoustic grand piano).

Note: Insert front and insert back. "Wailing Woman" and "Lullabye" later released on the V/A compilation "It Came From Beneath L.A." CD (10-Oct-95).

  • Triple X records -51208-7 (US,1995) Clear yellow vinyl.
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THE DOPE, THE LIES, THE VASELINE - ALBUM (10-Sep-96)

Dope Lies Vaseline CD -front THE DOPE, THE LIES, THE VASELINE (CD)

Tracklist: 1.Husbands/ 2.You Can Lay with Dogs/ 3.Wailing Woman/ 4.The Girl Who Would Be King/ 5.Summer Nights/ 6.November (The Ballad of Mark and Travis)/ 7.Thief/ 8.Goodbye Song/ 9.Cruel/ 10.Murder/ 11.L'Amour/ 12.Lullabye.

Recording info: Recorded in Los Angeles (US) during summer 1995. Engineered, mixed and produced by Joe Chiccarelli.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitars,bass,vocals)/ Bill Bronson (bass)/ Hoagie Hill (keyboards) and Jim Sclavunos (drums).

Note: The album was never released. Priority decided that they weren't going to put out their alternative records anymore. Only (200?) promos exist. Guest musician: William -Bill- Tutton [Geraldine Fibbers] (bass). "Summer Nights" is a Marianne Faithfull song, "Thief" is a Can song (from their "Delay 1968" album).

  • Basura!/Priority Records -P2 50550 (US,10-Sep-96) CD promo only.
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ABNORMALS ANONYMOUS - ALBUM (11-Nov-97)

Abnormals Anonymous CD -front ABNORMALS ANONYMOUS (CD)

Tracklist: 1.She's Like Heroin To Me/ 2.Brother Jack/ 3.The Blue Sky/ 4.Dark Eyes/ 5.Johnny In The Boudoir/ 6.Candy/ 7.Body And Soul/ 8.Warm Tonight/ 9.The Last Word/ 10.Jack's Back/ 11.Good/ 12.Zhivago's Lament.

Recording info: Recorded @ Excello Studios, Brooklyn (US) during summer 1997. Engineered by Bryan Martin. Additional recording @ Harrold Dessau Studios, Brooklyn (US) during summer 1997. Engineered by Roger Scheepers. Tracks 4,6,8-10 mixed by Bryan Martin @ Excello. Tracks 1-3,5,7 mixed by Rod Hui @ Greenstreet Studios, New York (US), with Eric Tew and "Prince E.Strickland the 3rd". Mastered by Fred Kevorkian @ Sear Sound, New York (US).

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitars,vocals)/ Brian Emrich [Foetus] (bass,Theremin)/ Paul Wallfish [Firewater](piano,organ)/Liz Corcocan (violin,viola) and Jim Sclavunos (drums,sax).

Note: Guest musicians: Mark Eitzel [American Music Club] (vocals) and Johnny Zhivago [8th Route Army] (vocal and accordian]. "She's Like Heroin To Me" is a Gun Club song, "Warm Tonight" is written by Travis John Alford.

  • Jetset Records -TWA08CD (US,11-Nov-97)
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Abnormals Anonymous promo CD -front ABNORMALS ANONYMOUS (CD)

Tracklist: 1.She's Like Heroin To Me/ 2.Brother Jack/ 3.The Blue Sky/ 4.Dark Eyes/ 5.Johnny In The Boudoir/ 6.Candy/ 7.Body And Soul/ 8.Warm Tonight/ 9.The Last Word/ 10.Jack's Back/ 11.Good/ 12.Zhivago's Lament.

Recording info: Recorded @ Excello Studios, Brooklyn (US) during summer 1997. Engineered by Bryan Martin. Additional recording @ Harrold Dessau Studios, Brooklyn (US) during summer 1997. Engineered by Roger Scheepers. Tracks 4,6,8-10 mixed by Bryan Martin @ Excello. Tracks 1-3,5,7 mixed by Rod Hui @ Greenstreet Studios, New York (US), with Eric Tew and "Prince E.Strickland the 3rd". Mastered by Fred Kevorkian @ Sear Sound, New York (US).

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitars,vocals)/ Brian Emrich [Foetus] (bass,Theremin)/ Paul Wallfish [Firewater](piano,organ)/Liz Corcocan (violin,viola) and Jim Sclavunos (drums,sax).

Note: Guest musician: Mark Eitzel [American Music Club] (vocals). "She's Like Heroin To Me" is a Gun Club song, "Warm Tonight" is written by Travis John Alford.

  • Jetset Records -TWA08CD (US,11-Nov-97) Promo in cardboard sleeve.





Sally Norvell (solo and early bands)
(reversed chronological order)

SALLY NORVELL: CHOKING VICTIM - ALBUM (2002)

Sally Norvell Choking Victim -front SALLY NORVELL: CHOKING VICTIM (CD)

Tracklist: 1.Yesterday When I Was Young [Charles Aznavour]/ 2.Blake in The Cake/ 3.November [Congo Norvell]/ 4.Please Call Me, Baby [Tom Waits]/ 5.Big Louise [Scott Walker]/ 6.One Gentle Thing/ 7.Forgotten And Abandoned [traditional]/ 8.Goodbye Song [Congo Norvell]/ 9.Song [Congo Norvell]/ 10.Murder [Congo Norvell]/ 11.Choking Victim.

Recording info: Recorded @ Sage Hall of the Smith College Department of Music, Northampton Masschusetts (US) on 07-Aug-01. Engineered by Peter Mavrogeorgis [Alice Texas/The Vanity Set]. Additional recording @ Mini-jive, Harlem-new York (US) by Paul Wallfisch and @ Pete Min studios New York. Mixed and mastered by Pete Min. Produced by Paul Wallfisch [Botanica].

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Paul Wallfisch (piano,guitar,keyboard,samples)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar,vocals)/ Paul Dugan (upright bass)/ Heather Paauwe (violin and viola) and Tamir Muskat [Firewater] (drums,percussion).

Note: "Big Louise" also released on V/A: "Scott Walker-30 Century Man (Music Inspired By The Film)" CD (Lakeshore Records 2009).

  • Kunst Editions (US,2002)
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THE VANITY SET/SALLY NORVELL: JUMP IN THE GRAVE/EXIT MUSIC - SINGLE (05-Nov-01)

Vanity Set -front VANITY SET/SALLY NORVELL: JUMP IN THE GRAVE/EXIT MUSIC (7")

Tracklist: Jump In The Grave/ Exit Music (for a film) [Radiohead].

Recording info: Main recording @ Harold Dessau Recording, New York (US), engineered by Dave Lee during 1999. Produced by Jim Sclavunos.

Line-up: Jim Sclavunos (vocals,piano)/ Pete Shore [Unsane] (contra-bass) and Thomas Wydler [Die Haut/Bad Seeds] (drums).

Note: Sally Norvell (vocals) on "Jump In The Grave" and "Exit Music". Other guests: Paul Wallfisch (piano).

  • Tongue Master -Tongue 001 (UK,05-Nov-01)
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THE VANITY SET: S/T - ALBUM (11-Sep-00)

Vanity Set -front THE VANITY SET: S/T (CD)

Tracklist: I'm In You/ Nightstick/ Tomorrow's Another Day/ Personal Hell/ Jump In The Grave/ Don't Be Afraid/ The World Keeps Turning/ Slim The Cook/ End Of The Line/ The heavenly Host Are Gathered/ Flame.

Recording info: Main recording @ Harold Dessau Recording, New York (US), engineered by Dave Lee during 1999. Produced by Jim Sclavunos.

Line-up: Jim Sclavunos (vocals,keyboards,percussion)/ Pete Shore [Unsane] (contra-bass, trumpet) and Thomas Wydler [Die Haut/Bad Seeds] (drums).

Note: Sally Norvell (vocals) on "I'm In You" and "Jump In The Grave". Other guests: Kid Congo Powers, Beate Bartel [Liaisons Dangereuses], Chris Pravdicka [Swans], Larry Mullins [Iggy Pop/Bad Seeds], and dozens more.

  • Naked Spur Prod -nsp00CD (US,11-Sep-00)
  • Soul Sister Records -SS104 (GR,11-Sep-00)
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V/A: NEW COAT OF PAINT - ALBUM (30-May-00)

New coat of paint -front V/A: NEW COAT OF PAINT (CD)
(Songs Of Tom Waits)

Tracklist: Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Whistlin' Past The Graveyard/ Andre Williams: Pasties And A G-String/ Lydia Lunch and Nels Cline: Heart Attack And Vine/ Knoxville Girls: Virginia Avenue/ Dexter Romweber's Infernal Racket: Romeo Is Bleeding/ Lee Rocker: New Coat Of Paint/ Botanica: Broken Bicycles/ Preacher Boy: Old Boyfriends/ Sally Norvell: Please Call Me, Baby/ Carla Bozulich: On The Nickle/ Eleni Mandell: Muriel/ The Blacks: Poncho's Lament/ Neko Case: Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis/ Floyd Dixon: Blue Skies.

Recording info: Sally Norvell's track recorded @ Grabbybox Studios, New York (US) during January 2000. Engineered by Peter Mavrogeorgis [Alice Texas/The Vanity Set]. Mixed by Peter Mavrogeorgis and Paul Wallfisch. Produced by Jim Sclavunos.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Paul Wallfisch (piano).

  • Manifesto Records -MF O42101-2 (US,30-May-00)
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GOGOL BORDELLO: VOI-LA INTRUDER - ALBUM (05-Mar-02)

Gogol Bordello CD -front GOGOL BORDELLO: VOI-LA INTRUDER (CD)

Tracklist: Movement One (Songs Of Immigration In Voi-La Minor) 1.Sacred Darling/ 2.Voi-La Intruder/ 3.Greencard Husband/ 4.Passport/ 5.Start Wearing Purple/ 6.Shy Kind Of Guy/ 7.Mussolini Vs. Stalin/ 8.Letter To Mother/ 9.God-Like/ 10.Nomadic Chronicle// Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder) 11.Letter To Castro (Costumes For Tonight)/ 12.Unvisible Zedd/ 13.Sex Spider/ 14.No Threat/ 15.Against The Nature.

Recording info: Recorded @ Kytasty studios and Grabbybox, New York (US) May 1998 and February 1999. Recorded and engineered by Jim Sclavunos and Roger Scheepers. Produced by Jim Sclavunos. Remastered in 2001.

Note: Guest musician: Sally Norvell (vocals) on "God Like".

  • Rubric Records -RUB38 (US,05-Mar-02)
  • Rude Records -RDR035 (IT,2002)
  • Moon Records -MR 4530-2 (UA,2002)
Gogol Bordello CD -back

THE FACTORY PRESS: THE SMOKY ENDS OF A BURNED OUT DAY - ALBUM (1998)

Factory Press CD -front THE FACTORY PRESS: SMOKY ENDS OF A BURNED OUT DAY (CD)

Tracklist: 1.After The Crash/ 2.Gun Shy/ 3.The Teardrop Affair/ 4.A Stranger Just Like You/ 5.Red Light Recovery/ 6.Coma/ 7.Avoid The Wires/ 8.Hold The Lines/ 9.Screen...The Interference/ 10.Static.

Recording info: Recorded @ N.Y. Hed Studios, New York (US) during 1995. Engineered by Matt Verta-Ray. Produced by Kid Congo Powers.

Line-up: Isaac Hampton (vocals)/ Aurelio Valle (guitar)/ Peter Gannon (bass) and Wayne B. Magruder (percussion).

Note: Guest musicians: Sally Norvell (vocals) and Liz Corcoran (violin). The Factory press were an Austin, Texas band who moved to New York in 1995 to record this album in 1996 and then split in 1997. They continued (sans Isaac) as Calla.

  • N D -NoDCD01 (US,1998)
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PROHIBITION: FLOPHOUSE - ALBUM (1988)

Prohibition -front PROHIBITION: FLOPHOUSE (LP)

Tracklist: 1.Digga Digga Doo [Duke Ellington]/ 2.(Find Me A) Primitive Man [Cole Porter]/ 3.(There Ain't No Sweet Man Worth) The Salt Of My Tears [Bing Crosby]/ 4.I Don't Know Why (I Just Do It) [Wayne King]// 5.Moaning Low [Billie Holiday]/ 6.Black Market [Marlene Dietrich]/ 7.Why Don't You Do Right? [Peggy Lee]/ 8.(Lawd, You Made The) Night Too Long [Louis Armstrong].

Recording info: Recorded @ Stepbridge Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico (US) during August 1987. Engineered by Tim Stroh (who founded the Stepbridge Studios in 1986). Produced by Brian Curley [Roky Erickson] and Prohibition.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Jamie Panzer (guitar,vocals)/ David William Sims [Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard] (bass)/ Stella Weir [Glass Eye] (keyboards,vocals) and Scott Marcus [Glass Eye] (drums).

Note: Covering 1920-1949 (women's) jazz/blues songs.

  • Fortress Records -B17-001 (US,1988)
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THE NORVELLS: LIVE - ALBUM (1981)

The Norvells -front THE NORVELLS: LIVE (LP)

Tracklist: Blue Baby/ Bali Hai [Rodgers and Hammerstein]/ Who Stuck Me?/ Magnum Lust/ Women/ Rancho Mirage/ Market Me-Margaret Mead// Rancho Mirage (Studio)/ Bone (Studio)/ World Sucks Big/ Mange Mel/ Blue Baby/ (These) Boots (Are Made For Walking) [Lee Hazlewood]/ Oh Calcutta/ Bone/ Women.

Recording info: Side A recorded live @ Paradise Island, Houston, Texas (US) on 02-Jun-79. Side B recorded live @ Raul's, Austin, Texas (US) on 25-May-79, except B1 and B2 recorded in the studio.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Doug McAninch [Reversible Cords] (guitar)/ Bert Crews (bass) and French Acers [The Gators] (drums).

Note: Austin,Texas punk/avant-garde band.

  • Company Texas Records -CTR 003 (US,1981) Handmade cover.
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The Norvells -front THE NORVELLS: LIVE (LP)

Tracklist: Blue Baby/ Bali Hai [Rodgers and Hammerstein]/ Who Stuck Me?/ Magnum Lust/ Women/ Rancho Mirage/ Market Me-Margaret Mead// Rancho Mirage (Studio)/ Bone (Studio)/ World Sucks Big/ Mange Mel/ Blue Baby/ (These) Boots (Are Made For Walking) [Lee Hazlewood]/ Oh Calcutta/ Bone/ Women.

Recording info: Side A recorded live @ Paradise Island, Houston, Texas (US) on 02-Jun-79. Side B recorded live @ Raul's, Austin, Texas (US) on 25-May-79, except B1 and B2 recorded in the studio.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Doug McAninch [Reversible Cords] (guitar)/ Bert Crews (bass) and French Acers [The Gators] (drums).

Note: Austin,Texas punk/avant-garde band.

  • Company Texas Records -CTR 003 (US,1981) Handmade cover.

The Norvells -front THE NORVELLS: LIVE (LP)

Tracklist: Blue Baby/ Bali Hai [Rodgers and Hammerstein]/ Who Stuck Me?/ Magnum Lust/ Women/ Rancho Mirage/ Market Me-Margaret Mead// Rancho Mirage (Studio)/ Bone (Studio)/ World Sucks Big/ Mange Mel/ Blue Baby/ (These) Boots (Are Made For Walking) [Lee Hazlewood]/ Oh Calcutta/ Bone/ Women.

Recording info: Side A recorded live @ Paradise Island, Houston, Texas (US) on 02-Jun-79. Side B recorded live @ Raul's, Austin, Texas (US) on 25-May-79, except B1 and B2 recorded in the studio.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Doug McAninch [Reversible Cords] (guitar)/ Bert Crews (bass) and French Acers [The Gators] (drums).

Note: Austin,Texas punk/avant-garde band.

  • Company Texas Records -CTR 003 (US,1981) Handmade cover.

GATOR FAMILY: I WANT - SINGLE (1980)

Gator -front GATOR FAMILY: I WANT (7")

Tracklist: I Want (To Be Your Moon)/ Red Pony.

Recording info: Recorded @ Earth Sky Studio, Austin, Texas (US). Engineered by Dan Dryden. Produced by Kerry Crafton.

Line-up: Sally Norvell (vocals)/ Chris Dannenmaier (bass)/ John Lee Barton (guitar)/ Phil Otken (keyboards) and French Acers (drums)

Note: Austin,Texas pop/punk band. The Motor Men transformed into the Gator Family and later into the Norvells. Only "Hors D'oeuvre Records" release.

  • Hors D'Oeuvre Records -001 (US,1980)
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