The members of the New Session People are all friends on loan from different bands, who got together to record some old songs just for the fun of it. The group includes Charles Gocher (Sun City Girls) on drums, Rick Bishop (Sun City Girls) on guitar and bass, and Stephen Hanson (Easy Goings, Totem Pole of Losers) on organ, while Patrick Barber (Blowhole) and Gregg Turkington (Zip Code Rapists) are just two of the many vocalists who sing on the album. Old-time organ player Ken Griffin wrote all of the compositions, and they all sound like pre-rock & roll songs circa the 1940s, some with a touch of humor. Most of the tracks are nothing more than ice rink organ tryouts ("Oh, Why Did I Kiss That Girl?," the upbeat "Elmer's Tune"). A few highlights of Famous Songs From Days-Gone By are the surprising Southern swing tune ("Is It True What They Say About Dixie?," sung by Turkington), "Barcarolle," which contains some Tom Waits-sounding vocals courtesy of Charles Gocher and Simone, and the standard "Ain't She Sweet." Highly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato