Now That Sounds Kosher!

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663033625
  • Catalog Number: 30336
  • Sales rank: 13,307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Duvid Crockett (3:01)
  2. 2 Sir Greenbaum's Madrigal (3:39)
  3. 3 Yodel Dreidel - Rabbi Joe Black (2:49)
  4. 4 Thank God I'm a Jewish Boy (1:21)
  5. 5 Famous Jews - Steve Kurland (3:42)
  6. 6 Be True to Your Shul - Beach Boychiks (2:37)
  7. 7 Don't Worry Keep Kosher - Guns 'N Charoses (4:15)
  8. 8 Pretty Fly for a Rabbi - "Weird Al" Yankovic (3:03)
  9. 9 As Kosher as They Wanna Be - 2 Live Jews (2:28)
  10. 10 They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore (3:21)
  11. 11 The Inquisition - Mel Brooks (4:33)
  12. 12 (I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica (1:50)
  13. 13 You'll Never Get the Party Started - Mrs. Pinkus (3:13)
  14. 14 Man of Constant Tsuris - Soggy Matzoh Boys (3:43)
  15. 15 Take a Walk on the Kosher Side - Yid Rock (3:53)
  16. 16 Holy Days (3:19)
  17. 17 Learning to Dance the Hora - Shlock Rock (4:00)
  18. 18 (It's Good to Be) A Jew at Christmas - What I Like About Jew (2:03)
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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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