Everything's All Right - Jaye Kennedy Jesus Christ Superstar - Sam Taylor, Jr. I Don't Know How To Love Him - Jaye Kennedy The Last Supper - J. D. Bryant Gethsemane - Sammy Turner The Crucifixion - Sammy Turner
Editor's note: coming from a truly ignorant stance on the musical since I've never seen/heard it, I thought, the soul version will be much better. GD right it is! I finally decided to listen to parts of the original right before typing this, knowing all too well that it would be gawd-awful and it is. Cheesy, though not very blasphemous except in a few parts, and very contrived sounding. Like you were trying to offend in an offhanded way by pretending to be one thing while hiding the Judas side of your act in check. The soul version is the TRUE version, brothers and sisters! It rocks. It titillates. It moves you to seek out the ceiling. It makes your foot twitch even after you're done dancing. I knew this was a winner when I found it down in Nashville in a Goodwill store covered in dust. The lady at the register said, "I bet this is worth some money." "I doubt it." I said, "I'll be happy if just plays." Man, oh man, does it!
Editor's note: what have I gotten myself into here? I don't understand the man, I can't read about him in the newspapers from days gone by. I can only read a few dozen words on the record and champagne is the only one that makes sense as far as this music goes. So I'll put a few umlauts in here, turn my nosé up at you liké I just smêlled a turd, pack my little poodle in my record bag, grab a bagette and get the fuck on.
Editor's note: twang dang doodle dang wang clang bang jang dang blang blang blang etc etc. When a man's in the sun-drenched valley with his woman and a banjo you don't say nuthin' but tip yer hat and mosey on yer way and by golly that's just what this injun is gunna do.
Editor's note: roughly a third of this record was inspired by the TV series theme music of Dark Shadows which I have also posted previously on this blog. Although I prefer the originals these renditions are amply good despite lacking the dark mood of Cobert. The rest of these songs are okay as well but you can definitely see why the afforementioned remakes were the "hits" from this LP.
Editor's note: this is one of those records that collectors go ga-ga over and when you listen to it it totally baffles you as to why that is so. A crossbreed of the Jefferson Starship and the Bee Gees at their b-side but should have been vault-bound tracks worst. Or to put it more succinctly this is a Dungeons and Dragons album bereft of dungeons, dragons, magic and anything heroic. Kinda like the wispy wind beneath a paper butterfly's wings. A valuable record nonetheless despite the skip.
Editor's note: I suppose that comedy is basically familiarity re-told in humorous tones. The problem with that is that one's man funny is another's banal. I don't exactly find these tales to be from either camp. Maybe ironic at best. Kind of how British humor and American humor seem to not mesh at all at any discernible intersection. I guess that somebody in New England finds this ha-ha-hilarious but I can't find much to laugh about most places let alone here.
Editor's note: this thing looks more like a bullseye on a shooting target. From the sound of it it's probably just as useful to a guitarist. Apparently Emenee was a prominent toy maker back in the 50s and 60s and specialized in musical toys. I added a few pictures of brochures and ads but there are many to be found online if you're so inclined to seek them out.
Editor's note: I found this record in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for a quarter and it was worth every cent. Mainly for the album name, cool cover and a few songs, namely "Jesus White Boy" and "Take Time" which the folks over at Waxidermy have isolated for your listening pleasure. Plus it fills my quota for religious records which I tend to enjoy despite my lower-case atheist ways. More a mish-mash of a broken up musical, various holiday songs and a few straight up Christian lyrics given musical accompaniment.
A good article on the Church record mania of the 1970s into the 1980s by Carl Schalk, which happens to mention this record and its creators Richard Avery and Donald Marsh, can be found here.
Editor's note: I think Stanky and the Boys and other such polka bands prove one thing: that Polish guys just love to scream and get drunk. If you've ever lived with a Polish woman you know damn well why this is so. So, why does a people so hell-bent on being miserable sing such hearty songs? One word: KIELBASA!
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!