The Fugs First Album

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The Fugs First Album

Release date: 12/12/2001

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Track Listings

1. Listen Slum Goddess
2. Listen Ah Sunflower Weary Of Time
3. Listen Supergirl
4. Listen Swinburne Stomp
5. Listen I Couldn't Get High
6. Listen How Sweet I Roamed
7. Listen Carpe Diem
8. Listen My Baby Done Left Me
9. Listen Boobs A Lot
10. Listen Nothing
11. Listen We're The Fugs
12. Listen Defeated
13. Listen Ten Commandments
14. Listen CIA Man
15. Listen In The Middle Of Their First Recording Session The Fugs Sign The Worst
16. Listen I Saw The Best Minds Of My Generation Rock
17. Listen Spontaneous Salute To Andy Warhol (From Rehearsal At The Peace Eye Boo)
18. Listen War Kills Babies
19. Listen Fugs National Anthem
20. Listen Fugs Spaghetti Death (No Redemption No Redemption) - A Glop Of ...
21. Listen Rhapsody Of Tuli

About the Album

A loping, ridiculous, and scabrous release, the Fugs' debut mashed everything from folk and beat poetry to rock and rhythm & blues -- all with a casual disregard for sounding note perfect, though not without definite goals in mind. Actually compiled from two separate sessions originally done for Folkways Records, and with slightly different lineups as a result, it's a short but utterly worthy release that pushed any number of 1964-era buttons at once (and could still tick off plenty of people). Sanders produced the sessions in collaboration with the legendary Harry Smith, who was able to sneak the collective onto Folkways' accounts by describing them as a "jug band," and it's not a far-off description. A number of songs sound like calm-enough folk-boom fare, at least on casual listening, though often with odd extra touches like weirdly muffled drums or out of nowhere whistles and chimes. Others, meanwhile, are just out there -- thus, the details of the perfect "Supergirl." Then there's "Boobs a Lot," the post-toke/acid lament "I Couldn't Get High," and the pie-in-the-face to acceptable standards of the time, "Slum Goddess." Throughout it all, the Fugs sound like they're having a perfectly fun time; the feeling is loose, ragged, but right, and while things may be sloppy around the edges, often that's totally intentional. Certainly little else could explain the random jamming and rhythmic chanting/shouting on "Swinburne Stomp." Good as the original album is, the CD version is what any serious fan needs to find, thanks to the inclusion of 11 bonus tracks. Some come from the original sessions, including the signature tune "We're the Fugs" and "The Ten Commandments," while others appear from various live jams. Then there's the self-explanatory "In the Middle of Their First Recording Session the Fugs Sign the Worst Contract Since Leadbelly's." ~ Ned Raggett, Rovi
Artist: The Fugs
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 5.0 x 5.6
UPC: 0002521896682

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by This is a great album. The Fugs have been around for a long time. A lot of their stuff is available on Rhapsody but not this album. Walmart has it for a good price. 09/04/2013
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