Freakin' at the Freakers Ball
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
They're scattered through the crowd on the cover.
As a matter of fact, if you look hard, Dennis Locorriere is on there twice!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shel Silverstein was an absolute genius. I used to own a vinyl copy of this and memorized Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Susan Mueller
OK, I admit it, I'm Shel Silverstein junkie.
In spite of all the great songs on this album (I Got Stoned And Missed It, Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage... Read more
Shel Silverstein had a unique talent to view social norms from a different perspective. I do miss his talent and views . Thank goodness his is in print.Published 20 months ago by Poppabare
I was buying it as a gift, and the CD arrived in good condition. It made the recipient very happy.Published on January 10, 2014 by L. Gowland
This is a great album that stands the test of time for me. Before buying it, I had listened to it tons of times at a friends house, then years later I felt that something was... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by ntall1
Bought the original when I was in high school (1970) and remember it being hysterical. Got a wild hair and went on a quest to get another copy, found it, paid way too much for it,... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by fishhead
Got it and it was just what was described.. Brand new! Yippee! The question is, do I open it or not? I have several of Shel Silversteins children's books, that my mother gave me. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by K. Allen
I received the record much more quickly than I expected. It is exactly what I was looking for. There is slight damage on the spine that I don't believe was mentioned in the review... Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Neurosys
My order was received before the estimated due date & in A-1 condition, as promised. As a return customer, I recommend this vendor if you want GREAT service & great selection of... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Diamond