Country Joe McDonald

Something Borrowed, Something New

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This compilation of material McDonald released on his Rag Baby label throughout the '70s and '90s (plus the previously unissued track "Thinking of John Fahey") is a must for any fan of the San Francisco rock iconoclast. Titles alone are enough to make one smile -- "Entertainment Is My Business," "Kiss My Ass" and "Starship Ride" -- but the real gems are the performances, like the flawless take of the anti-conscription rag "Free at Last." Perhaps one of folk's most underrated voices, the collection showcases McDonald's unique jugband sound; his voice veers with ease from the mocking tone on the signature sarcastic tracks, to eerie on the beautiful "Who Am I?"

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