I don't know much about folk music, but a friend turned me onto this album a few years back. Now I do know quite a bit about psychedelic music & man-o-man this is intense stuff here!
The group is called The Holy Modal Rounders and apparently they were getting eaten by The Moray Eels. I think it had something to do with the band changing their name to The Moray Eels, but I could be mistaken. It's probably in the liner notes. Anyway, I know two of these guys were in The Fugs. They kind of sound like the backwoods moonshine drinkin, duji inhalin cousins of The Fugs.
Most of the songs here are more like snippets of songs, and there are no gaps between them. Songs cut each other off and jump suddenly to the next one. The acoustic guitar and fiddle that provide most of the music sound lazy and out of tune, but they're doing some really interesting and creative stuff. Sometimes the voices are slightly (and not so slightlyly) sped up creating an uneasy but funny effect. It's kind of like blacking in and out of a trip. The whole thing lasts about a half hour but it seems much longer (to me) because so much happens.
There's the bird song (most people know it from Easy Rider), dirty revenge on a Take Off artist, a werewolf, a guy losin' half his mind and taking someone else's, the evilest bullfrog stomper in Alabam, etc. All sung by a couple of cartoon characters who sound like they're high as a mofo. One of them is on the verge of losing his voice throughout the record. Like, "we gotta finish before his voice is totally gone!"
One of the strangest albums ever, and one of my favorites. I heard they just released a documentary on these guys. I'll have to check that out.