Unlike the first installment in this series, Chadbourne Baptist Church, Vol. 2 had not been released in this form prior to its appearance in the House of Chadula catalog. This CD is a collection of tracks released on various singles and anthologies. The lineup continues to change from one performance to the next -- the idea behind this project was to hire local musicians each night -- but a good number of tracks feature the recurring rhythm section of Murray Reams (drums) and Tom Shephard (Shep the Hep, bass). Nineteen extras appear on one, two, or three tracks each. The most notable are drummer Michael Zerang and the group Only a Mother (Doug Gourlay, Frank Pahl, Marko Novachcoff, Tim Holmes, and Mary Richards). From pseudo-country to avant-blues, this CD focuses on songs. Highlights include the witty "It Takes Longer Saying Yes Than Saying No" (straight folk guitar and vocals, completely demented accompaniment) and "I Cut the Wrong Man." "Alfred HitchWhat Is Truth" features some nice jamming around the Alfred Hitchcock Presents theme. And what can be said about the rendition of "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie? Sound quality varies and includes an occasional faulty stereo channel, muffled sound, or crude edits. Not as satisfying as volume one (which was conceived as a full-fledged album), Chadbourne Baptist Church, Vol. 2 will mostly appeal to the fans.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture