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Last Of The Jewish Cowboys: The Best Of Kinky Friedman

Kinky FriedmanAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 5, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000H7JD3G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sold American
2. Before All Hell Breaks Loose
3. The Ballad Of Charles Whitman
4. Waitret, Please Waitret
5. Get Your Bescuit In The Oven & Your Buns In The Bed
6. Asshole From El Paso
7. People Who Read People Magazine
8. Something's Wrong With The Beaver
9. We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To You
10. Homo Erectus
11. Ride 'Em Jewboy
12. The Take-It Easy Trailer Park
13. Rock And Roll Across The USA
14. Ol' Ben Lucas
15. They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore

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Product Description

This new collection is the first to offer Kinky's often-outrageous, always-entertaining brand of country music from both his Vanguard and Epic recordings, as well as his self-released titles; features such spicy numbers as Sold American; Ass**** from El Paso; They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore; Ride 'Em Jewboy; Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed; Waitret , and more!

Often called the Frank Zappa of country music, Kinky Friedman--like Jimmy Buffett--knows how to poke fun at Nashville and pay homage to it at the same time. This first ever best-of collection oddly omits his "Wild Man from Borneo" and "Rapid City, South Dakota," but still captures the most outrageous of his social commentary (racism, classism, anti-Semitism), as well as his more serious songs ("Sold American," "Ride 'Em, Jewboy") about outcasts sad and solitary. Nothing is too gross (the mucus-lined ode to booger-picking, "Ol' Ben Lucas") or off-limits (the invitation to oral sex--"eatin' ain't cheatin'!"--in "Waitret, Please Waitret"). But no matter if one is offended by such references--or those to bestiality and "wetbacks" in "Asshole from El Paso," the hilarious parody of "Okie from Muskogee"--Friedman's importance in the pantheon cannot be denied. As his horrifying, if jaunty, treatment of the University of Texas sniper ("The Ballad of Charles Whitman") proves, he's a Lone Star throw-back to Lenny Bruce--a serious sociopolitical comic who turns a clear mirror on America, warts and all. --Alanna Nash

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Most tracks aren't the original versions! November 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong here. I love Kinky's music. But this CD is a disappointment, as most of the tracks on it are live cuts, not original studio cuts.

Kinky classics like "Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed," "We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To You," "Homo Erectus," and (gasp!) "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" are not present in their original versions, but rather inferior live cuts. This collection has other cuts from the Sold American and Kinky Friedman albums; why couldn't the above songs be included in their original versions?

Overall, this CD could have been great, but it's a disappointment.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Funny, and Worth It December 4, 2006
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Back in the 1970's I used to go see Kinky Friedman and his Texas Jewboys at the Lone Star Café in New York City. He was a pretty entertaining performer. Let's face it, Kinky Friedman can't really sing for beans, but he is one hell of an interesting, funny, and politically interesting songwriter (he was also recently seriously in the race for the governorship of Texas) and there is something appealing about his voice.

Kinky's songs are much like the film Borat (come to think of it Kinky looks a little like Sascha Baron Cohen): you're not always quite sure what he intends, and the lyrics can be pretty offensive, but, they are also funny as hell. Examples: "Waitret [waitress] please waitret come sit on my fate." Or The Ballad of Charles Whitman, a comedy song about Charles Joseph Whitman, the Texas Tower Sniper who in 1966 killed 15 people and wounded 31 "all the while he smiled so sweetly then he blew them out completely...he was settin' up there with his 36 magnum, laughing wildly as he bagged `em." Then again, there is also Sold American, which is about...well, I'm not quite sure what it's about, but it is actually a lovely song.

If you don't know Kinky and his work, then this is a great place to start, and if you do, then this fairly complete collection will bring back a lot of (hopefully good) memories from the 70s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinky is funny and this cd is certainly great! April 6, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I choose this cd because of the title and I am NOT dissatisfied! I will reorder again from Amazon again. All my perch aces have been really nice except one bracelet that was faulty but did not notice it until time had expired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Father's Day Gift July 10, 2012
By Emily
Format:Audio CD
My dad loved this... all his hits believe it or not! A fun, easy gift that is loaded with memories for some dads!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinky at his best. August 5, 2014
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A hilarious album. Loved every song.
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