Now That Sounds Kosher!

Now That Sounds Kosher!

     
 
It's practically impossible to underestimate the presence of Jewish culture in American comedy, considering how many noted funnymen were Jewish (from Groucho Marx and Milton Berle to Jerry Seinfeld and Lewis Black), and how frequently the

Overview

It's practically impossible to underestimate the presence of Jewish culture in American comedy, considering how many noted funnymen were Jewish (from Groucho Marx and Milton Berle to Jerry Seinfeld and Lewis Black), and how frequently the idiosyncrasies of Jewish life became the subject of their humor. So it's hardly surprising that the folks at the Shout Factory label (who used to make a career out of such things at Rhino) have put together Now That Sounds Kosher!, a collection of novelty songs which milk the Jewish-American experience for melodic laughter, with the artists ranging from such icons of Jewish comedy as Mickey Katz and Allan Sherman to several inspired unknowns (and actual goy Weird Al Yankovic, whose "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" shows he's done his homework). For the most part, the big names with the longest track records deliver the best material, most notably Mickey Katz's superb song parody "Duvid Crockett," Kinky Friedman's scabrous "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore," and Mel Brooks' epic "The Inquisition" (from his movie The History of the World, Part I), though Rabbi Joe Black's twangy take on "The Dreidel Song" and Steve Kurland's "Famous Jews" also rank high on the chuckle meter. Unfortunately, some of the newer material feels more like padding than anything else, and it's a shame that "Be True to Your Shul" and "Take a Walk on the Kosher Side" appear here in re-recorded versions (dig up the long out of print compilation Rhino Royale for the originals), but most of this disc offers a healthy portion of good laughs and hey, it's a lot more fun than anything Barbra Streisand or Barry Manilow have done for us lately.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663033625
catalogNumber:
30336

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Cohen   Vocals
Vince Ciavarella   Synthesizer,Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Croy   Bass Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Craig Fundyga   Drums
Marty Kaniger   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Logerman   Drums
Ed Tree   Dobro
Bob Wayne   Background Vocals,Arp Strings
Don Raymond   Electric Guitar
Henry Phillips   Vocals
Mark Indicator   Fiddle,Violin
Zinovy Goro   Clarinet
Shari Famous Foos   Vocals
Regina Klein   Accordion
Rosanne Limeres   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Lehrer   Composer
Kinky Friedman   Composer
George Burns   Composer
Wayne Peet   Engineer,Contributor
Marty Kaniger   Producer,Engineer
Bob Wayne   Producer,Engineer
Richard Foos   Producer,Liner Notes
Howard Leib   Producer,Liner Notes,Licensing
Tom Blackburn   Composer
Vinnie Maressa   Licensing
Derek Dressler   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Producer
Jean Borah   Liner Notes
Steve Kurland   Liner Notes

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