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Child's Garden of Grass [Bonus Tracks]
     

A Child's Garden of Grass [Bonus Tracks]

 
Can a '70s comedy album that is themed about marijuana possibly still be funny? In this case, yes. The audio companion to the book A Child's Garden of Grass, by Jack S. Margolis, has plenty of funny moments, thanks to excellent production and just plain good material. Author Margolis, collaborator Jere Alan Brian, and producer Ron Jacobs created a comedy album

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Can a '70s comedy album that is themed about marijuana possibly still be funny? In this case, yes. The audio companion to the book A Child's Garden of Grass, by Jack S. Margolis, has plenty of funny moments, thanks to excellent production and just plain good material. Author Margolis, collaborator Jere Alan Brian, and producer Ron Jacobs created a comedy album that incorporates ideas from the book with new material, sound effects, and music to make 38 minutes go by very quickly. It helps that the original book had a fairly gentle, self-parodying style that stood out among the polemics of the period, and that Margolis had been a humorist long before he wrote it. The album is loosely constructed as a parody of old school instruction records, complete with pompous narration and electronic sounds to instruct a teacher to change slides, and the conceit works surprisingly well. The large cast handles the material well, and those who heard the album for the first time when it was new may be delighted to find that it really is as funny as they remembered. The audio version of A Child's Garden of Grass is a nostalgia trip for people of a certain age, and a humorous learning experience for those who were too young to remember the era.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2004
Label:
Rhino Handmade
UPC:
0603497783021
catalogNumber:
7830

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Frye   Actor
David Peel   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Cyrus Faryar   Musical Direction,Guest Appearance
Larry Adam   12-string Guitar
Anna Lee Austin   Guest Appearance
Harold C. Black   Tambourine
Carl Esser   Narrator,Guest Appearance
Renais Faryar   Guest Appearance
Antone Greene   Guest Appearance
Michael Gwynne   Narrator,Guest Appearance
Murray Roman   Guest Appearance
Tom Rounds   Guest Appearance
Billy Joe White   12-string Guitar
Marv Howard   Guest Appearance
Oz Knox   Guest Appearance
Dorna May   Guest Appearance
Chuck McCann   Actor
George Savage   Guest Appearance
Marly Stone   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

David Peel   Composer
Peter Granet   Engineer
Alex Hassilev   Composer
Jac Holzman   Liner Notes
Jack Margolis   Composer
William S. Harvey   Art Direction
Robert L. Heimall   Art Direction
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction

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