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The Belle of Avenue A

  • 1. Bum's Song
    2. Dust Devil
    3. Chicago
    4. Four Minutes To Twelve
    5. Mr. Mack
    6. Belle of Avenue A
    7. Queen of the Nile
    8. Flower Children
    9. Yodeling Yippie
    10. Children of the Dream
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WOU6359

  • Credits
    ProducerEd Sanders
    EngineerDavid Baker

    Personnel: Ken Weaver (vocals, drums); Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg (vocals); Ken Pine (guitar); Bill Wolf (bass guitar); Bob Mason (drums).
    Recording information: Apostolic Studios, New York.
    Arrangers: Bob Mason ; Bill Wolf; Ken Pine.
    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." ~ Richie Unterberger

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