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The Holy Modal Rounders 1 & 2 Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (27 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Big Beat / Ace
  • ASIN: B0000247S0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blues in the Bottle
2. Give The Fiddler A Dram
3. The Cuckoo
4. Euphoria
5. Long John
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Hey, Hey Baby
8. Reuben's Train
9. Mister Spaceman
10. Moving Day
11. Better Things For You
12. Same Old Man
13. Hop High Ladies
14. Bound to Lose
15. Flop Eared Mule
16. Black Eyed Susie
17. Sail Away Ladies
18. Clinch Mountain Backstep
19. Fishing Blues
20. Statesboro' Blues
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ar Manning on 6 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you like the Holy Modal Rounders, this is the one for you. With the exception of Indian War Whoop, which is unusual to say theleats, and The Moray Eels Eat, which is great but different, HMR Vol 1 & 2 is typical of everything else. It contains bundles of folky stuff, and as a double LP on 1 CD, you probably won't need anything else. Unless, of course, you become completely obsessed with their individual style....
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry on 23 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It sounds like young people singing songs of old people just doesn't fit somehow there are better similar bands around
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Rooster chews tobacco/and the hen uses snuff 26 Jan 2000
By Philip Welsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Back in the day (and a good many years ago it was) the Holy Modal Rounders came a-barreling over the chunkity dirt road of 'traditional' music like a shanty Model T rewired to run on heavily-cut street meth and driven by a large-breasted, cigar-smoking beatnik chick who counted off the miles by means of a reg'lar stream of cuss-words the likes of which hain't been heard since the days of Walt Whitman... Stampfel and Weber rode shotgun, plinkety-plunking and cackling their old-timey cackles. Thank god these two albums have FINALLY been given a proper reissue. Irreverent, speedfreek'd to the nines, pulling your "high lonesome" and your "low down dawg" strings at the same time like a pair of demented puppetmasters, this never fails to make me wet my pants with laughter.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Deranged And Delightful - A Classic Resurfaces 29 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'd been searching for a rumored import CD release of this infamous double album for some time. My worn out vinyl copies had long before disappeared into the closet of some greedy roomate with good taste, but the memory of the infectious hop-head hoedown music of Stampfel and Weber was fresh and my lust to hear "Junko Partner" and "Euphoria" again was undiminished. When tried Amazon one day recently on a lark, my shock at seeing this release nearly cost me my new trousers...
This first incarnation of the Holy Modal Rounders played basic old-time fiddle/guitar/banjo music...a mix of traditionals and originals. Except that they did it loaded on a diverse pharmacopaeia, the lyrics of the traditionals often mutated to reflect their chemical tastes, and they did it in 1962-63!!!
What can I say...hope I haven't scared anyone off. It's great fun, highly musical, and a little profound (all while being very silly). A _Long_ overdue rerelease with a couple of previously unreleased tracks to boot. THANK YOU!!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
35+ years laters and still awesome! 18 Jun 2000
By Jac Polsgrove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's about time some audio wizard had the smarts to combine these two seminal albums. At a time when folk was trying too hard to be taken as "art" and not "folk music," the Holy Modal Rounders put a little psychedelic spin (listen closely to Hesitation Blues, the first time the word "psychedelic" -- sorry Robert Johnson, but you'd probably approve -- was supposedly used in lyrics) and added some fun to folk music. Some songs are still in artists' catalogues. For proof, check out Leftover Salmon, whose third CD was "Euphoria" (album title and song), and this is the source. Anyone into Americana that slams into cajun/folk/hillbilly/Piedmont-style blues/old-timey/Fuzzy Mountain String Band with space music should check this compilation out. The audio quality is sterling! The legacy of the Rounders (whose name graces the Mass. record label, Rounder) cannot be estimated. Roots music wouldn't be the same today without the contributions heard on this. Absolutely, absolutely, essential. Five stars only because I can't give it 10!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Yes, there is a Santa Claus 18 May 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And he is Euphoric. Just in case if you are wondering if these guys are still as good as they were when your inside voices were a-squealing and a-squawking -- and you were floating around on a belladonna cloud -- they are. One of the best renditions of Cuckoo I know -- and Reuben's Train: -- I do believe Great God I'ma coming Down -- Oh, me, Oh Lordy my, I do believe Great God that I'ma coming down. -- And in better quality than you even thought you were hearing -- even at those times you thought were really funner than things could ever get. One of my all time favorites. These guys are just about the only thing that remains of the 'old time mountain' music that preceded bluegrass and country. This is one of the best parodies of old time mountain that I have ever heard -- You owe it to yourself and to your kids to get this CD set -- you will rock out and your kids will know one of the many reasons you are so, well, unbalanced.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Like a time capsule 12 April 2008
By Elliot Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This excellently-priced 2-albums-on-1-CD compilation is like a dream come true; it combines the first two albums of folk-reimaginers the Holy Modal Rounders, with the tracks resequenced according to the Rounders' preference and adding two bonus tracks. These guys are great--if you're a fan of old folk like the kind found on the landmark collection Anthology Of American Folk Music (Edited By Harry Smith), you're the kind of person who will absolutely love this.

In general, the type of music on these two albums is acoustic folk played and sung by two vocalists, a fiddle and a guitar or banjo. True, the vocals are TOTALLY unorthodox--both singers affect old-timey, goofy, and nasally voices (that could be a bit grating to casual listeners) but are really unique and a load of fun, if you're willing to accept a bit of weirdness in the mix. The Rounders play traditional folk songs (usual suspects like "The Cuckoo," "Mole In the Ground," "Same Old Man," and "Sail Away, Ladies" are present, though re-arranged and tweaked by the Rounders in the spirit of folk music), but they also play originals and contemporary folk songs, and great ones at that.

"Blues In the Bottle" introduces them both quite well, with zany harmonies and a classic guitar/fiddle combo, the song could have been 100 years old, but was written by the Rounders. Some other great newer songs include the hilarious "Hesitating Blues," the sly satire of "Mr. Spaceman," and the broke-down spirit of "Junko Partner." It's impossible to listen to this music without picking up some of the spirit of fun, recklessness, and crazy smart-aleck antics that the Rounders conjure up in spades.

In many ways, I think of these guys as sort of an American Incredible String Band, twisting and reshaping the folk music traditions of their country to produce songs that equally recall folk music that could well be hundreds of years old, but are also urgently current and fresh. Of course, it's not a perfect comparison, since the Incredible String Band had a more mystical bent and were more interested in breaking down the barriers of songwriting structure and expectations, while the Rounders seem more content to keep the ball rolling--but a similar spirit and eccentricity is certainly shared. This is partly why I'm not so sure I agree with the band members' claims in the liner notes, which basically say the Holy Modal Rounders play music in a way that no one else in the world ever has. It's true that nobody else in the 60's folk revival took quite as anarchic or willfully crazy approach to the old songs (most were earnestly reverent), but the Rounders weren't the first or only group or songwriters to revive old folk songs or write similar new songs in the same idiom. Rather, it's more like they were two of the few 60's musicians to truly participate in the folk tradition by not only playing, but also altering, tweaking, and "telephoning" the songs into versions of their own design, which is what the ever-shifting folk tradition is all about. Bob Dylan's wholesale appropriation of classic folk melodies and chord progressions as the basis for his own songs is another example of true folk tradition participation that comes to mind. Anyway, folk music theory and history discussion aside, this is great, eccentric folk that never broke beyond cult status--if you're here reading this, you'll probably enjoy the delightfully heady brew that the Rounders concocted in the 60's for us to continue enjoying today.
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