Sold American [30th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Kinky Friedman once sang "they ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore," and one might add that they don't make country singers like Kinky Friedman anymore, either. That's too bad, but perhaps there never really was a place at the table for a smart oddity like Friedman. Today in 2003, the 30-year old Sold American seems like a good companion to albums like Jimmy Buffett's White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, and John Hartford's Morning Bugle. At the time, however, Friedman's irreverent songs in three-quarter time must have seemed like the antithesis to everything Nashville stood for. Peculiarities like "Highway Cafe" run closer to the left-field humor of Randy Newman...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Kinky Friedman once sang "they ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore," and one might add that they don't make country singers like Kinky Friedman anymore, either. That's too bad, but perhaps there never really was a place at the table for a smart oddity like Friedman. Today in 2003, the 30-year old Sold American seems like a good companion to albums like Jimmy Buffett's White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, and John Hartford's Morning Bugle. At the time, however, Friedman's irreverent songs in three-quarter time must have seemed like the antithesis to everything Nashville stood for. Peculiarities like "Highway Cafe" run closer to the left-field humor of Randy Newman than George Jones, while his criticisms of the American Dream like the "Sold American" remind one more of John Prine than Merle Haggard. In other words, Friedman was just a little too outrageous to fit into the establishment, and his political views didn't kowtow to God, mama, and country. In fact, one of the pleasures of listening to him is the way he inverts traditional images in unexpected ways. "High on Jesus" probably sounds pretty innocent in 2003, but comparing salvation to a psychedelic drug experience wasn't appreciated by Christians still overwhelmed by the '60s cultural upheaval. Friedman slips into another person's shoes here, allowing him to sing "They tried to put His body under ground ... but friend, you just can't keep the good man down" without over-emphasizing the lyric's sarcasm. Thirty years after the fact, Sold American still qualifies as a funny, intelligent, and even offensive classic. Too bad that Friedman's brand of country & western never caught on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707973427
  • Catalog Number: 79734
  • Sales rank: 146,923

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You - Kinky Friedman (4:07)
  2. 2 Highway Café - Kinky Friedman (3:40)
  3. 3 Sold American - Kinky Friedman (3:18)
  4. 4 Flyin' Down the Freeway - Kinky Friedman (2:12)
  5. 5 Ride 'Em Jewboy - Kinky Friedman (5:38)
  6. 6 Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed - Kinky Friedman (2:28)
  7. 7 High on Jesus - Kinky Friedman (3:56)
  8. 8 The Ballad of Charles Whitman - Kinky Friedman (3:09)
  9. 9 Top Ten Commandments - Kinky Friedman (3:24)
  10. 10 Western Union Wire - Kinky Friedman (3:17)
  11. 11 Silver Eagle Express - Kinky Friedman (3:47)
  12. 12 Nashville Casualty and Life - Kinky Friedman (4:05)
  13. 13 The Tramp on the Street - Kinky Friedman (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kinky Friedman Primary Artist
Norman Blake Guitar, Mandolin
John Hartford Fiddle
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Billy Swan Vocals
Jim Glaser Guitar, Vocals
Tompall Glaser Vocals
Jimmy Payne Harp
Capt. Dave Beer Vocals
Paul Craft Banjo
Danny Finlay Electric Guitar
Roger Friedman Vocals
Chuck Glaser Guitar, Vocals
Doyle Grisham Dobro, Guitar, Steel Guitar
John Harris Piano
Dan Moose Guitar
Fred Pierce Drums
Jack Ross Vocals
Benny Whitehead Vocals
John "Bucky" Wilkin Guitar
Bill Holmes Guitar
Willie Fong Young Vocals
Ken Malone Bass, Drums
David Briggs Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Kinky Friedman Composer
Jim Bessman Liner Notes
Steve Fishell Producer, Filmmaker
Roger Friedman Composer
Chuck Glaser Producer
Glenn Miller Composer
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
Jules Halfant Art Direction
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Chummy MacGregor Composer
Steve Wilkison Authoring
Al Clayton Original Photography
Grady Cole Composer
Hazel Cole Composer
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