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Belle of Avenue a

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  • Audio CD (11 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird
  • ASIN: B004ZLBUPO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This has to be the weakest of all The Fugs releases. Lacking the pleasant shock value of the ESP Disk releases (when it was heard in real-time back in the day) and psychedelic perfection of the Tenderness Junction and It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest, it is still an important release. The main difference between this and previous releases is the fact it feels more like a collection of solo tracks by Fugs band members versus a cohesive whole. There are two tracks by Ken Weaver, three by Tuli, while the remaining five were penned and delivered by Sanders. Some are quite beautiful. By this time however, The Fugs were disbanding and this album sounds more like something to fulfill contract commitments and also a "warm-up" of sorts for Ed Sanders' brief 1970s solo career versus material intended to advance the promise of The Fugs.

When I first heard it in the early 1970s, I didn't think much of it, but in hindsight, this was a pretty good album. But again remember, it's not really The Fugs as a cohesive unit.

While The Belle Of Avenue A would not be the title I would recommend to newcomers, it's still pretty damn good as individually, The Fugs were talented and that comes across loud and clear after all these years. Newcomers should look at compilations like Don't Stop, Don't Stop (featuring their 1st two albums and lots of bonus material) or the Rhino set, Electromagnetic Steamboat (which contains their last four releases, including the currently reviewed title, along with a few bonus tracks).
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Not a bad album for sure ,many thanks given thee .cheers you all....that be the end adieu Mon Ami...Au revoir.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b88b108) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d323d98) out of 5 stars a classic record from the Fugs 11 Jan. 2013
By Tyrone Rex - Published on Amazon.com
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this was the last record the Fugs recorded as the original trio of Sanders, Tuli, and Ken Weaver. Some of the songs are practically bare bone acoustic guitar songs.Ken Weavers two contributions Dust Devil and Four Minutes to Twelve rock hardest. Ed Sanders has the lion's share of vocals. His songs are comedic epochs of life in the 1960's.As always ,political observations about people in power at the time,(Nixon ,Mayor Daley) are a part of his commentary.The Fugs reformed again in 1984 without Weaver, but this was their last studio set until then.To listen to this record, is to listen to a slice of the sixties.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b89006c) out of 5 stars The Fugs' nadir, but still worthy of 4 stars 20 Jun. 2014
By Charles Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This has to be the weakest of all The Fugs releases. Lacking the pleasant shock value of the ESP Disk releases (when it was heard in real-time back in the day) and psychedelic perfection of the Tenderness Junction and It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest, it is still an important release. The main difference between this and previous releases is the fact it feels more like a collection of solo tracks by Fugs band members versus a cohesive whole. There are two tracks by Ken Weaver, three by Tuli, while the remaining five were penned and delivered by Sanders. Some are quite beautiful. By this time however, The Fugs were disbanding and this album sounds more like something to fulfill contract commitments and also a "warm-up" of sorts for Ed Sanders' brief 1970s solo career versus material intended to advance the promise of The Fugs.

When I first heard it in the early 1970s, I didn't think much of it, but in hindsight, this was a pretty good album. But again remember, it's not really The Fugs as a cohesive unit.

While The Belle Of Avenue A would not be the title I would recommend to newcomers, it's still pretty damn good as individually, The Fugs were talented and that comes across loud and clear after all these years. Newcomers should look at compilations like Don't Stop, Don't Stop (featuring their 1st two albums and lots of bonus material) or the Rhino set, Electromagnetic Steamboat (which contains their last four releases, including the currently reviewed title, along with a few bonus tracks).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By fhamill - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great CD. I owned the same CD as a younger man and it bought back fond memories just listening to the lefty politics of The Fugs.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b5cdbe4) out of 5 stars THE FUGS' SLOW FADEOUT 21 May 2013
By Captain K - Published on Amazon.com
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"Belle of Avenue A" has its moments but it is the palest of the Fugs' several albums for Reprise, let alone the quirky recordings they made before that for the ESP label. Better you go for "Tenderness Junction" or "It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest." Or, if all you want's the dirty stuff, the live recording "Golden Filth" (if you can find it).
HASH(0x8bd5c66c) out of 5 stars Can be great 15 Mar. 2015
By Christian Tuna - Published on Amazon.com
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Quirky 60's band . Can be great fun
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