Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band

December 23, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: December 22, 2008
  • Release Date: December 22, 2008
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1978 Warner Bros. Records.
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  • Total Length: 36:35
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  • ASIN: B001NHGHD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,020 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that I love this album. I've got 3 copies on vinyl. Problem is, even the most worn vinyl copy that I've got sounds far better than this CD issued on the Wounded Bird label. The problem is that in the CD mastering phase they evidently applied dynamic compression to the original recording so that the low volume parts sound as loud as the loudest parts. You can see the effect of this by viewing the waveforms in an audio editing program. Everything is the same volume and there isn't any of the natural dynamic range left, effectively squeezing the life out of the recording. Then, they pushed the amplitude of the whole thing up into clipping, creating a lot of distortion where there wasn't any originally. You can hear it all over the CD, especially in the sax and organ parts, (and Ron Holloway's sax playing is one of the best things about this album). I was really really disappointed in the audio quality of this CD, and hope that someday some other company cares enough to get it right. In the mean time, stick with the vinyl version. Wounded Bird records should be ashamed of themselves for ruining this classic recording.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bernard C. Pattie on May 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is THE essential party album. It originally was released on vinyl by Warner Brothers in the '70s, but must have fallen down a black hole as far as a CD was concerned--the Root Boy OD's a few years ago in a sort of down-and-out way, and my guess is that the rights to the music were messed up somehow.
Anyway, the lyrics tell the story. From "Mood Ring"--"When I first saw you tonight/Could not believe my eyes/You got my Mood Ring smokin'/I wiped it on my thighs/Drank three tequilas/Just to calm me down/The damn thing 'sploded/And spread my mood around. . ."
From "My Wig Fell Off"--"Tryin' to pass for eighteen/Is a tough thing to do/You can't make it in the disco/When you're forty-two/I've been looking for love/In every disco in town/My wig is gettin' shaky/My truss is slippin' down. . . [Chorus] My wig fell off/Hand my toupee to me/I'm quittin' the disco/I'm almost forty-three. . ."
From "The Heartbreak of Psoriasis"--"You can see it on your TV/In your private home/You can see it on the scoreboard/At the Astrodome/Itching elbows/Back of the neck/Who knows where the heartbreak/Will strike next. . ."
Trust me, dis is da BOMB!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JOEY on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Jones Boys horns!! ..Slim(Root) Loved playing Albany NY and Washington DC area . Root was a Yale graduate and one cool cat . His humour in his songs added zest to that boogie woogie rock n roll style this band excelled in . His 45's like Xmas at K-Marts(everyone shopping for the blue light special) and World War III, Dare to be fat and The Shah is gone(he's gone away) are very rare to find for an even the most advid vinyl collectors.I've seen him live a few times and have one live recording from '79 Hulla Ballu in Rensselaer NY his last band I believe was Root Boy Slim and the Texas Barbueque Juiceheads.Always nice to have the CD but agree with the earlier rater the vinyl has more horns and is better.Delicious nutricious "Root Loops" as he threw Fruit Loops at the audience..Root was the most versitle outrageous band EVER. I recommend this CD if you can't hunt down his vinyls .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matsci on March 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Root Boy from a friend of mine in college who had grown up near D.C. For years I only had a cassette version of the LP, which was out of print. Fortunately, a few years ago, I found a CD version of this album and don't need to rely on the cassette any more. This album moves and grooves. The lyrics are based on real events in Root Boy's life--and he had a few adventures, not always on the right side of the law! Buy and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bok bok bok on June 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was very pleased with my copy of root boy slim and the sex change band, i wish though that he had more albums on cd.
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Special memories and cheap thrills abound. I was lucky enough to see Root boy twice in concert, back in the day when he was Hot and the Sex Change Band was Hotter. Ron Holloway, the fab sax player, is still a great jazz musician playing all over.
Yes, you gotta be permanently immature with a warped sense of humor to love this stuff...and I definitely qualify. Got a copy for my nephew in Alabama to expose him to what our lives were really like (sort of) back then, standing on our chairs and screaming for The Rootettes, seeing Root in his silver basketball uni with red trim, ROOT in big red letters across the chest.
Just read the song titles and you get the idea. Gratefully, this CD has kept the lyrics enclosed in (teeny-tiny) print, so we can all sing along to "Boogie," "Heartbreak," "Mood Ring," -- all the classics! Enjoy a Real Treat -- get this thing and damn the cost...you won't be sorry...!
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By Mark Bartholome on June 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In the late 80's I was looking at some vinyl at a used record store in Tallahassee when I saw this record. I had never heard of Root Boy, but how could I resist such an album cover? I was not disapointed. I too used to be a radical and I also pissed on the pentagon! I really did take LSD on the white house lawn drinkin Boones Farm apple wine while Country Joe & the Fish played the F**K song. What amazes me is I grew up in Baltimore where Root Boy hails from and his work escaped me. But hey girls remember: I'm not too old for you and remember the Root Boy, may he party in heaven.
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