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Freakin' at the Freakers Ball

4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Silverstein orginally gained fame as a cartoonist and satirist for Playboy magazine. His satirical songs first found a national audience with Johnny Cash's 'A Boy Called Sue', Loretta Lynn's 'Ones On The Way' and Dr. Hook's interpretationsof several of Si

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Thumbsucker
  2. I Got Stoned And Missed It
  3. Sahra Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out
  4. Stacy Brown Got Two
  5. Polly In A Porny
  6. Freakin' At The Freakers Ball
  7. All About You
  8. Don't Give A Dose To The One You Love Most
  9. The Peace Proposal
  10. Masochistic Baby
  11. Liberated Lady 1999
  12. The Man Who Got No Sign
  13. A Front Row Seat To Hear Ole Johnny Sing
  14. 26 Second Song
  15. Everybody's Makin' It Big But Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00000JWDB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In 1973, I was in High School and my girlfriend gave me a copy of the original album. She and the album taught me more about sex than I had ever dreamed there could be. The title track alone had me looking up "necrophilia" and a dozen other deviations.
This album has been a cherished part of my collection now for almost 30 years. Not just because of the memories, but because the music is so damn good. Shel Silverstein, Dr. Hook and the others play some crankin' tunes, and it's impossible to feel down when you sing along to "Polly in a Porny".
Perhaps the most compelling thing I can say about this album is that my ex-wife absolutely hated it (She was the Kenny-G type, but a great "Thumbsucker"). Anyway, my turntable died a few years ago and I moved all my vinyl records into a box in the basement. Of all the albums in that box, I miss this one the most. Tonight, while browsing Amazon, I was elated to find it again on CD! I'm sure that my new "Masochistic Baby" will love it.
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By A Customer on September 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't own it on CD, so I don't know about the additional songs that have been added, but the original album is just fabulous. From the first track "Thumbsucker" (a hell of a parody/tribute to all those gospel/soul stuff common in the 60s, but boy, what a twist) to the irreverency of "I Got Stoned and I Missed it" and "Don't Give a Dose to the One You Love Most" to the final track, one that gives me chills every single time I hear it, "The Man That Got No Sign." It was the track I heard just before I found out about Shel's death and I wonder about that to this very day.
Anyway, go buy it if you have a less than politically correct (aka incredibly subversive) sense of humor and marvel that this gem actually got promoted by CBS, let alone produced. OK, so the promos were directed towards "Sahra (note the spelling) Cynthia Sylvia Stout.." but still, that's promotion anyway.
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A true classic in the field of albums of humorous songs. All the songs here are very funny (with the sole exception of "The Man Who Got No Sign"). Many of these songs will be familiar to listeners of The Dr. Demento Show, especially the legendary "Sahra Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out". The lyrics to that particular song were later included in one of Silverstein's books of poetry for children (as was "The Peace Proposal"), but this is not an album for children. Many of these songs are about sex and/or drugs. If you are one of Uncle Shelby's adult fans, you will probably love this album. The CD includes three bonus tracks, all of which are about the music industry, oddly enough.
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By A Customer on September 6, 1999
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Only one song on this album can be found in his children books. In the seventies this album was rated X, without a cuss word on it. Those who have heard Shel's other albums, may think this was his best produced. Great backup from other musicians. A must for any Dr. Hook fan.
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By profession, Shel Silverstein was a cartoonist and his work has appeared in several American magazines; he has also written poetry, plays, short stories and a number of children's books. His prowess as a song writer came to the attention of the record buying public via the music of a bunch of loonies collectively known as Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. Shel wrote many songs for this band - the best known ones include : 'Sylvia's Mother', 'The Cover of The Rolling Stone', and 'The Ballad of Lucy Jordan'; Dr. Hook have also covered a number of the songs to be found on this album. The album was originally released in 1969 and it was re-issued on CD (with 3 bonus tracks) in 1999, following Shel's death.

Shel's vocal style is an acquired taste and this album typifies that style - he can be heard growling, wheezing and cackling his way through the songs (he also manages to sing on the odd occasion). Instrumental and vocal accompaniment are provided by Dr. Hook (amongst others) - including Dennis Locorriere (or is it Ray Sawyer?) joining in with spasms of maniacal laughter from time to time.

With this album, you get a taste of Shel's personal worldview as he turns his attention to popular counterculture of the late 1960s. With some of the songs, by using a combination of parody, satire and innuendo, he proffers a tongue in cheek challenge to the (then) received wisdom of liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs. I say 'tongue in cheek' because I get the distinct impression that he doesn't exactly disapprove either; he is simply being a realist by pointing out that over-indulgence does have its downside - with the tacit implication that anyone who thinks otherwise is ever so slightly delusional.
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Best. Lyric. Ever: "I spend each dime I can afford. I swear it's gonna win an academy award. I saw Polly in a porny with a pony, and the pony seemed a little bored."
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I have nothing to add about the brilliance of this album, only to say that I'm surprised more has not been made of the fact that Shel's dear friends and musical cronies, Dr Hook (and The Medicine Show), were the band on most of this excellent album!
They're scattered through the crowd on the cover.
As a matter of fact, if you look hard, Dennis Locorriere is on there twice!
Really!
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