Death Glory & Retribution - VA (1985)
Posted By : blandyob | Date : 06 Mar 2008 10:03:00 | Comments : 2 |
Death, Glory and Retribution: 15 Rock Rarities Including Death Discs, Protest Songs and Answer Records Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Isley Brothers, Jan & Dean, Johnny Burnette, Jody Reynolds, Blood Rock, Bob Gibson, Jody Miller, Jeanne Black, Weird Al Jankovic, Sammy Lynn, Wendy Hill, Geraldine Stevens.
Jody Reynolds - Endless Sleep
Jan and Dean - Dead Man's Curve
Bloodrock - D.O.A.
Bob Gibson - Sam Stone
Glen Campbell - Universal Soldier
Jody Miller - Home of the Brave
Johnny Burnette - God, Country and My Baby
The Beach Boys - Then I Kissed Her
Jody Miller - Queen of the House
Jeanne Black - He'll Have to Stay
'Weird' Al Yankovic - My Bologna
Sammi Lynn - You Should Know I'm Still Your Baby
Wendy Hill - (Gary, Please Don't Sell), My Diamond Ring
Geraldine Stevens - Billy, I've Got to Go to Town
The Isley Brothers - Surf and Shout
The concept behind this album, comprised with one exception of 1960s and early-1970s rock tracks, is so scattershot, or perhaps even scatterbrained, that it's hard to believe it passed major-label inspection, not so much for quality control as for commercial potential measurement. Three of these are "death songs" (Jody Reynolds' "Endless Sleep," Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve," Bloodrock's horrible "D.O.A."); four of them are protest songs; half a dozen are novelty "answer" records (Sammi Lynn's "You Should Know I'm Still Your Baby" answers Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby," Wendy Hill's "(Gary, Please Don't Sell) My Diamond Ring" answers Gary Lewis' "This Diamond Ring," and so forth); and two of them are not exactly any of the above, but change the lyrics of previous hits to their own ends (the Beach Boys' "Then I Kissed Her," the Isley Brothers' "Surf and Shout"). Basically, all the songs are a little strange and offbeat in their lyrics, whether they're topical tunes or novelties -- a loose concept stretched like a rubber band past the point of breaking, in this particular instance. Some of these songs are fairly rare, but none are so exceptional (except "Dead Man's Curve," which is easily available elsewhere) that they demand purchase, except for collectors of odd or novel 1960s records. In fact, some of the tracks are pretty bad, though ones of above-average interest are Bob Gibson's 1970 cover of John Prine's "Sam Stone," Glen Campbell's inappropriately pop 1965 version of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier," and Jody Miller's pro-rebel, pro-long hair "Home of the Brave," written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (a better version of which was done by Bonnie & the Treasures). :~ Richie Unterberger
Acknowledgements to I Supply the Country with Butter blog for the files.
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