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Daniel Johnston Audio CD
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Put the name 'Daniel Johnston' into any Internet search engine and you will find hundreds of pages about America's most unlikely pop phenomenon. As a result, he has been hailed as an American original akin to blues-man Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams.

Johnston is the musician's cult hero, whose music is appreciated for its undeniable simple brilliance. ... Read more in Amazon's Daniel Johnston Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J13
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Wheel
2. Life In Vain
3. Crazy Love
4. Catie
5. Happy Time
6. Mind Contorted
7. Jelly Beans
8. Foxy Girl
9. Sad Sac + Tarzan
10. Psycho Nightmare
11. Silly Love
12. Circus Man
13. Love Will See You Through
14. Lousy Weekend
15. Delusion + Confusion
16. When I Met You
17. My Little Girl
18. Rock 'N' Roll/Ega

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure and awe 24 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, let's just clear up Giordano Bruno's review below: Daniel Johnston has Bi Polar disorder, not Downes Syndrome. His condition has been both the source of much pain and negativity in his life, and the spark of his genius; without it, he would simply not be Daniel Johnston. I do agree that this album is probably the best place to begin your journey of exploration . Some of his best songs were recorded on the original cassette albums (now available on CD) and have never been recorded by him with a proper producer in a fully equipped studio and It can be difficult to hear the melodic genius beneath the lo fi tape hiss. Here for the first time he gets the full indie production number and it really does bring out the songs in all of their power and erratic glory. So yeh, start here, move on to Reject Unknown, try out Kathy Mcarty 'Dead Do's Eyeball' (brilliant cover version's of the best of those early songs), and then, once you have become fully attuned, check out Yip Jump Music , Songs of Pain and the rest of the early stuff. You may also want to look at the 'Devil and ...' DVD. Once you 'get' Daniel then he will be a source of pleasure and awe for life.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I only heard about Daniel Johnston a month or so ago when a friend of mine told me about 'this great musician who has Down Syndrome'. Sold immediately on the premise, I approached my first experience with the California native looking for at least a good laugh; lo and behold, my admittedly-immature disposition was rocked by the startling revelation: this guy is good!

'Fun' marked the major label debut for Johnston, released in 1994, and the improved production (helmed by Butthole Surfer's very own Paul Leary) is on show immediately with the fun Beatles-esque 'Love Wheel'. Yes, the lyrics (continued throughout the album) are simplistic, forced and often cliched, but that's the charm of Johnston; how many mentaloids do you know that can write a decent chorus, anyway?

Love intertwines with fun throughout the album, as it does with every Johnston release, and few songs display this more successfully than the beautiful 'Mind Contorted', a sad-yet-sweet love song once again directed towards the girl who continues to elude him; positive as the lyrics may often point towards, one can only feel a sense of sadness that the 'you' Johnston constantly refers to will never look past his physical deformities and open herself to the Johnston his listeners have fell in love with.

Fans of Johnston will be aware that along with the subject of love, sci-fi has retained itself as a primary topic for the American with his every release. This is evident in many of songs on the album, and is unfortunately to the detriment of the collective. Contrived lyrics can be excused by his mental disabilities; meandering, nonsensical sci-fi rubbish can't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This legendary songwriter finally gets into the studio! 12 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Everyone knows Daniel as the legendary singer-songwriter who influenced the likes of Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam). Johnston's "homemade" cassettes feature some of the most brilliant, intimate, and sometimes frightening songs of the last 30 years. "Fun", produced by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), offers a lighter side of Daniel. He's older, wiser and having more, well, Fun! Highlights include the rocking "Love Wheel", "Life In Vain", "Crazy Love", and the wonderful "Happy Time." Be sure to check out Daniel's orginal folk-art images on the cover and inside the liner notes. And, the "purple duck of happiness" is featured on the CD itself!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was a time traveler, listening to the heavenly laughter. 10 Aug 2005
By Michael Blasi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on recommendation, and after a listen through, it sat on my shelf for a year or so. Now I'd consider it among my favorite albums, one I've possibly listened to more than any other. The songs are incredibly varied- from totally whacked out synthesizer experiments, to Ramone-esque rockers like 'Psycho Nightmare', to nervous blues renditions like 'Catie'- but Daniel's unique, personal lyrics and tenuous voice hold everything together really well. My favorite song is "Happy Time", a nostalgic/messianic self-portrait. Daniel's earlier non-studio albums are also great, but this album is unique for its clear sound and simple production.
27 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars johnston solo or nothin' 13 Feb 2002
By Michael Anzalone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a devote Johnston follower I have found that none of the CD records he has released compare to the Stress Record tapes he made thru out the 80's.
It seems that whenever Daniel has a band behind him his material just sounds plain if not bar bandish. For the true beautiful agony and despair of his talent search for the Stress record tapes. In particular, "The What of Whom" tape/album will make your heart implode. These tapes are usually just Johnston playing piano or guitar, raw and uncontained by a band. Do yourself a favor.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard listen rewards big time 30 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Daniel Johnston is a hero to anyone who had all these ideas but couldn't put it out in a nifty format for the every person to swallow easily. You have to take this album like he was right there in your room performing for you, then you'll get how good his pop sense is, although sometimes it does admittedly get ridiculously bland and silly, it's worth it cause there are so many gems in here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of classic daniel johnston songs 13 Aug 2007
By K. Mcdowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Highlights include:

Love Wheel, Mind Contorted, Silly Love, Love Will See You Through, Delusion + Confusion, & Rock 'N' Roll/Ega

This one is not to be missed
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