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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ef3c690) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x8ed92120) out of 5 stars A classic... 1 Nov. 2004
By Edmund Dantes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kinky is better known for "novelty" type tunes like 'Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed"'; his more poignant work is often overlooked and that is unfortunate because those songs (most noteably "Ride 'em Jewboy") illustrate what a talented songwriter the man is. This album remains my favorite and it deserves to be distributed more widely than it has. "Sold American" is better than anything the plastic cowboys (like Garth Brooks) have ever put out--in my opinion, just about every song on this album is better than any of that dreck Nashville pushes on us today. I defy any of the vapid what-passes-for-country-music pretty boy today to top "Ride 'em Jewboy" or "Nashville Casualty and Life". I challenge them to write something better than "Western Union Wire". They can't.

Get this album first, then get "Kinky Friedman" and "Lasso from El Paso". Finally, get "Pearls in the Snow".

Go. Now.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed94bdc) out of 5 stars "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore 10 Feb. 2005
By Shell-Zee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kinky knows the basic difference between Christianity and Judaism is that "Jesus Saves and Moses Invests". So do yourself a big favor and invest a few bucks on this here Kinkster Klassic. Orginally released in '73 on Vangaurd Records, THE bastion of folk music, the likes of Joan Baez and Eric Anderson. But let us not forget that the same Vangard Records brought us irreverent delight in Country Joe & the Fish's ode to LBJ "Super Bird". And remember the late great Richard Farina? He was also a Vangaurd recording artist. His "House On Un-American Activity Blues" was about as subversive as it got during LBJ's tenure in the White House.

Then there was Kinky and his ultra smooth backup unit, "The Texas Jew Boys". Yep, Kinky says "They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore". Come to think of it, they ain't makin' great record albums like Sold American anymore neither. Why Hell!!!!They ain't makin' record albums anymore!!!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f8b8768) out of 5 stars Thank You!! You're Welcome!! 23 Sept. 2003
By Kevan James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A welcome return to an old favourite. Nice to see this great album back on the racks and sounding so good. Add to the newly remastered sound two bonus tracks (the original versions of old favourites, "Nashville Casualty and Life" and "Tramp on the Street") and a very well presented enhanced PC featurette, and you've got a real winner. Congratulations Vanguard for a nice re-issue, and thanks Kinky for the great music (you're welcome!!).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed928ac) out of 5 stars Outlaw country with crackling satire and heart 13 Dec. 2006
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The oversized public persona of Kinky Friedman is better known as the eponymous character he's developed in a series of popular detective novels. Those who know Friedman's music are often familiar only with the rabble-rousing satire of songs like "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed" and "High on Jesus." But even at his most sarcastic, there was a point beyond the hackle raising. Friedman was a true iconoclast, coming into his own in the age of outlaw country (and spurred on by no less than Commander Cody), and he wrote and sang with the remarkable freedom of that age. This 1973 debut remains his greatest musical statement.

One need only look beneath the acoustic country production and rabble-rousing exteriors of a title like "Ride 'em Jewboy" to find a compassionate tribute to a holocaust survivor. Similarly, the album's jokey opener, "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You," has something deeper to say about prejudice than its sing-along chorus suggests on a first hearing. Texas in the early '70s wasn't the most hospitable place for freaks or Jews, especially not for freaky Jews, and Friedman parlays his experiences into a more universal message to outcasts of all stripes.

In contrast to firecrackers like "High on Jesus" and "The Ballad of Charles Whitman," Friedman wrote more subtle songs such as the title track's story of a closing musical frontier and a faded singing cowboy. What's particularly impressive is that the writing isn't either-or, but instead a mesh of the sacred, profane, understanding and acidic, with incisiveness always lurking beneath the surface. Chuck Glaser's mostly acoustic production provides the perfect low-key background, allowing the lyrics' wit to unfold without musical histrionics.

Friedman would never make an album as solid as this, venturing to Los Angeles for a mis-produced follow-up in '74, and minting a looser Rolling Thunder styled LP in '76 before taking a hiatus from recording. Neither of the follow-up releases approached the confluence of this initial burst of creativity and mid-70s country-on-the-margins sound. Unfortunately, the combination of political viewpoint and country music didn't satisfy either big city intellectuals or mainstream country fans, and the album flopped commercially.

Vanguard's 30th anniversary CD reissue augments the original album with a pair of bonus tracks ("Nashville Casualty and Life" and "Tramp on the Street") that date from the original sessions, and a four-part video interview with Friedman that was conducted in 2003. This is a great package of a seminal album whose influence has far outstripped its original sales. [©2006 hyperbolium dot com]
HASH(0x8eda1444) out of 5 stars Was a great set of songs for night clubs in Austin 7 Mar. 2016
By Donald Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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It is an acquired taste. Was a great set of songs for night clubs in Austin, Texas. Heck, Kinky Friedman even ran for governor of Texas one year. It is a irreverent collection of rock country music.
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