The Belle of Avenue A

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Fugs sounded a little weary and burnt out on their final studio album of the 1960s. The psychedelic experimentation and orchestral arrangements of 1968's It Crawled into My Hand, Honest were ditched in favor of basic rock or even, at times, acoustic performances. The title track and "Queen of the Nile" are essentially Ed Sanders solo cuts, with acoustic guitar accompaniment by Dan Hamburg; "Bum's Song" is likewise pretty much a Tuli Kupferberg recording, with just his voice and Hamburg's guitar. The sexually and politically charged heart of the band continued to beat on songs like "Chicago" originally written for the soundtrack of a Yippie movie about Chicago ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Fugs sounded a little weary and burnt out on their final studio album of the 1960s. The psychedelic experimentation and orchestral arrangements of 1968's It Crawled into My Hand, Honest were ditched in favor of basic rock or even, at times, acoustic performances. The title track and "Queen of the Nile" are essentially Ed Sanders solo cuts, with acoustic guitar accompaniment by Dan Hamburg; "Bum's Song" is likewise pretty much a Tuli Kupferberg recording, with just his voice and Hamburg's guitar. The sexually and politically charged heart of the band continued to beat on songs like "Chicago" originally written for the soundtrack of a Yippie movie about Chicago police riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention and "The Belle of Avenue A," about a quickie between a hippie and a truck driver. But the production and adrenaline levels are kind of flat. The country influence that was always present in Ed Sanders' singing and songwriting started to really flower on this LP, where his yodeling vocal style -- which was less than an acquired taste -- prefigured the country satire of his 1969 debut solo album, Sanders' Truckstop. It was up to Tuli Kupferberg to provide the record's highlight, the sincere ballad "Flower Children."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140635920
  • Catalog Number: 6359
  • Sales rank: 55,992

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bum's Song (3:05)
  2. 2 Dust Devil (3:17)
  3. 3 Chicago (2:13)
  4. 4 Four Minutes To Twelve (5:40)
  5. 5 Mr. Mack (3:51)
  6. 6 Belle of Avenue A (5:41)
  7. 7 Queen of the Nile (2:45)
  8. 8 Flower Children (4:24)
  9. 9 Yodeling Yippie (2:17)
  10. 10 Children of the Dream (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fugs Primary Artist
Jim Pepper Flute
Ed Sanders Vocals
Dan Hamburg Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Accompaniment
Tuli Kupferberg Vocals
Ken Weaver Drums, Vocals
Bill Wolf Bass Guitar
Bob Mason Drums
Ken Pine Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Stylophone
Technical Credits
Ed Sanders Composer, Producer
Tuli Kupferberg Composer
Country Joe McDonald Composer
Ken Weaver Composer
Bill Wolf Arranger, Overdub Choir
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Bob Mason Arranger
David Baker Engineer
Ken Pine Arranger, Composer, Overdub Choir
Allison McMann Cover Art
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