October 6, 2010

Bill Cosby
Hooray For The Salvation Army Band! - 1968

I really don't know what to say about this record. It's so strange, but not. Bill recruited a super funky band, The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, to play songs by some amazing writers (Lennon/McCartney, Dozier/Holland, Jagger/Richards, Hayes/Porter, Toussaint and and maybe some Hendrix) and does some silly kind of ad-libs over 'em. What's not to like? The whole thing.

I'm torn about if this is a joke or not. It might be Bill doing what Eddie Murphy said to Rick James; something to the effect of, "You can just do whatever you want over a funky beat and the kids will buy it". Just listen to his version of the classic "Funky Broadway", which he changes to "Funk North Philladelphia". It also might be the 'Coz really trying to be Funky. I keep going back and forth.

However this is meant to be taken, it is essential listening for anyone interested in anything funky, strange or celebrity.

Thanks to Frank for hooking me up with this one.

Track listing:
Side A:
1. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Sunny
3. Reach Out (I'll Be There)
4. (I'm A) Road Runner
5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
6. Get Out of My Life, Woman

Side B:
1. Hooray for the Salvation Army Band
2. Funky North Philadelphia
3. Hold On, I'm a Comin'
4. Ursalena
5. Time Brings About a Change
6. Stop, Look & Listen

Download Hooray For The Salvation Army Band! from DivShare (34.32 MB)


Anonymous said...

a terrible vomit session

-d said...

"a terrible vomit session"

that's what we strive for here at Vinyl Dump.