Eugene Chadbourne

The Perfect C&W Duo's Tribute to Jesse Helms

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The complete title of this album is The Perfect C&W Duo's Tribute to Jesse Helms (And Other Noted Senators of Right Wing Persuasion). It contains material recorded in Eugene Chadbourne's studio in June 1995, later edited by Jimmy Carl Black and released on his home label Inkanish. Most of the music belongs to avant-garde country & western with subjects revolving around right-wing issues, from putting down Jesse Helms to commenting on the gun permit laws. The studio songs are augmented by some live material and a sound collage ("I Like the Way You Talk, Man," well done and entertaining). There's a bit of jazz ("Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"), blues (Muddy Waters' "My Pencil Won't Write No More"), even some live improvisation with the dreaded electric plunger and a windshield wiper, but once again the best moments are provided but the tighter songs and the general humor prevailing throughout this CD-R. Except for a couple of weaker tracks, sound quality is good. The vocal contributions by Chadbourne's daughters Lizzy and Molly on "Dirt" and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" can't be considered fruitful, but otherwise these are good performances. This is an interesting addition to the Chadbourne/Black duo, more conceptualized than previous releases, but it is not essential and surely not the best place to start.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 7:11
2 0:56
3 4:15
4 4:57
5 5:31
6 6:19
7 4:52
8 2:21
9 4:55
10 3:42
11 1:49
12 2:56
13 5:04
14 5:41
15 4:17
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