Kinky Friedman

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Willie Nelson, an inspired choice, was originally supposed to produce Kinky Friedman's second album, but after some unproductive sessions in Nashville, ABC-Dunhill pulled the plug and sent Friedman into a Los Angeles session with Steve Barri, a Dunhill staff producer whose history ran more toward the Grassroots, the Mamas and the Papas, and Tommy Roe. As Friedman writes in the liner notes of the 20th anniversary reissue on Varese Sarabande, he knew the album was in trouble when he looked up to the control room from the studio and saw Barri disinterestedly painting his fingernails during a vocal take. Obviously, Barri and Friedman were not meant to work together, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Willie Nelson, an inspired choice, was originally supposed to produce Kinky Friedman's second album, but after some unproductive sessions in Nashville, ABC-Dunhill pulled the plug and sent Friedman into a Los Angeles session with Steve Barri, a Dunhill staff producer whose history ran more toward the Grassroots, the Mamas and the Papas, and Tommy Roe. As Friedman writes in the liner notes of the 20th anniversary reissue on Varese Sarabande, he knew the album was in trouble when he looked up to the control room from the studio and saw Barri disinterestedly painting his fingernails during a vocal take. Obviously, Barri and Friedman were not meant to work together, and frankly, this album suffers as a consequence. Friedman's witty country songs too often end up, in Barri's hands, sounding like Three Dog Night. If one can ignore the poorly chosen and terribly dated production style, Friedman's songs this time out nearly equal those on his far superior debut, 1973's Sold American. Besides the usual satiric jibes, like "Before All Hell Breaks Loose" and "Somethin's Wrong With the Beaver," Friedman essays some gentler character sketches, like "Rapid City, South Dakota" and "Autograph." Friedman also honors his buddy and occasional bandmate Billy Swan by resurrecting Swan's "Lover Please," an early rock & roll hit for Clyde McPhatter. The album's two most famous tracks, though, are "Wild Man From Borneo," a sly tune inspired by Friedman's days in the Peace Corps in that country, and the anthemic "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore," a shaggy-dog story about a barroom encounter with a drunken racist. It's a shame about the production, but otherwise this is a classic of '70s outlaw country.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/1994
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206548822
  • Catalog Number: 5488

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kinky Friedman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Waylon Jennings Background Vocals
Willie Nelson Background Vocals
Panama Red Guitar, Background Vocals
Billy Swan Background Vocals
Tompall Glaser Background Vocals
Bobby Russell Background Vocals
Nino Tempo Horn
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Steel Guitar
Gary Barone Horn
Ben Benay Guitar, Harmonica, Conductor, Jew's Harp
Ginger Blake Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion
Randy Cullers Drums
Snakebite Jacobs Horn
David Kemper Drums
Ken Lauber Piano, Electric Piano
Jay Migliori Horn
Michael Omartian Organ, Piano, ARP
Ron Oates Piano
Michael Price Background Vocals
Alan Rush Bass
Sid Sharp Concert Master
Dan Walsh Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
John "Bucky" Wilkin Guitar
Dick Hyde Horn
Dan Beck Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Willie Fong Young Background Vocals
Steve Douglas Horn
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Producer
Kinky Friedman Liner Notes
Steve Barri Producer
Ben Benay Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Phil Kaye Engineer
Cary Manfield Producer
Cary E. Mansfield Reissue Producer
Ben Tallent Engineer
Lisa Sutton Reissue Package Design
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