It Crawled into My Hand, Honest

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Having attained a professional rock-band sound on Tenderness Junction, the Fugs seemed determined to further expand their arrangements aided, perhaps, by a major-label budget on It Crawled into My Hand, Honest. Indeed, the album is ridiculously eclectic. There's stoned psychedelic folk-rock "Crystal Liaison"; cry-in-your-beer country music with vehemently satirical or surrealistic lyrics "Ramses II Is Dead My Love," "Johnny Pissoff Meets the Red Angel"; grand, sweeping classical orchestration "Burial Waltz"; a Gregorian chant about "Marijuana"; down-home gospel with lyrics that no preacher would dare enunciate "Wide Wide River," with the line: "I've been swimming in ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Having attained a professional rock-band sound on Tenderness Junction, the Fugs seemed determined to further expand their arrangements aided, perhaps, by a major-label budget on It Crawled into My Hand, Honest. Indeed, the album is ridiculously eclectic. There's stoned psychedelic folk-rock "Crystal Liaison"; cry-in-your-beer country music with vehemently satirical or surrealistic lyrics "Ramses II Is Dead My Love," "Johnny Pissoff Meets the Red Angel"; grand, sweeping classical orchestration "Burial Waltz"; a Gregorian chant about "Marijuana"; down-home gospel with lyrics that no preacher would dare enunciate "Wide Wide River," with the line: "I've been swimming in this river of sh*t/More than 20 years and I'm getting tired of it"; and, almost buried along the way, the kind of tuneful, countercultural folk-rock Tuli Kupferberg contributed to earlier albums "Life Is Strange". Choral backup vocals abound, and the mere presence of a half-dozen outside arrangers testifies to how much the group's attitude toward exploiting the studio had developed since the bare-bones ESP albums. Generally, the songs most written by the core trio of Sanders, Kupferberg, and Weaver are more concerned with deft poetry and humor than political statements, although the customary social satire and calls for sexual freedom and drug use are present in diminishing degrees. Although side one is five discrete tracks, side two is a side-long cut-and-paste of tracks varying in length from three seconds to four minutes, the stylistic jump-cuts similar to those employed by the Mothers of Invention in the same era. It's an impressive and, usually, fun record, but it's also less lyrically cogent and powerful than their early albums. One senses that the Fugs' personality and individuality were ultimately somewhat muted by the more ambitious production values and frequent use of external musicians and arrangers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140630529
  • Catalog Number: 6305

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fugs Primary Artist
Ed Sanders Vocals, Group Member
Leslie Dorsey Vocals
Doug Franklin Vocals
Tuli Kupferberg Vocals, Group Member
Charles Larkey Bass
Ken Weaver Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Bob Mason Drums
Ken Pine Guitar, Vocals
Randy Kay Conductor
The Bread Crust Choral Society Vocals
Flora Alderson Conductor
Technical Credits
Bob Dorough Composer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrument Arrangement
Ed Sanders Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Richard Alderson Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Doug Franklin Vocal Arrangements
Arthur Jenkins Arranger
Tuli Kupferberg Composer
Ken Weaver Composer
Ken Pine Arranger, Composer
Randy Kay Arranger
Dan Kootch Arranger
Warren Smith Arranger, Composer, Producer
Al Schachman Arranger
Flora Alderson Arranger
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