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The Collection


It might be a half-stretch to call Gary Minkler the Bob Seger of 80s Seattle music, but there’s the same sense of full-throated and warm-hearted soul to his voice that gave his band Red Dress a notable live reputation, combined with his lyrical eye for bemusing character portraits and music that leaned more New Wave bar rock than heartland. Drawing on a variety of singles and recordings, their 1985 live album Little Ship and further live cuts, The Collection is an exhaustive catchall, including standout numbers like “Bob Is a Robot” and “I Like To Eat My Mousies Raw.”

Ned Raggett