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The Best of Norman Greenbaum Import CD

You know what's funny to me?

Over the last 20 years I've been listening to FM radio (well that's not entirely true- the last 10 years FM radio has been terrible IMO so I only listen in occasionally) disc jockeys have ALWAYS been saying Norman Greenbaum is only famous "for one big hit". Constantly beating this fact into our head, implying it's the only song of his worth knowing.

Yes, he's only famous for "Spirit in the Sky", but guess what? The quality of his songwriting makes him a LOT better than people (particularly radio stations) have been giving him credit for, and as a result of his superior songwriting skills, it's *well* worth hearing this album.

"Skyline" is a HIGHLY memorable pop song similar to something Donovan could have created, and the crying and soothing guitar playing and beautifully sung vocal melody makes this song a clear winner in my mind. "Junior Cadillac" has a great jazzy section reminiscent of Chicago perhaps, and "Milk Cow" is a slightly hilarious take on the blues with, once again, highly enjoyable vocals and arrangements.

Ignoring this wonderful artist because you're supposed to follow the false belief he only had one good song would be a mistake of gigantic proportions. Get this album as soon as possible.

B.E. Jackson (Pennsylvania)


You know what's funny to me?

Over the last 20 years I've been listening to FM radio (well that's not entirely true- the last 10 years FM radio has been terrible IMO so I only listen in occasionally) disc jockeys have ALWAYS been saying Norman Greenbaum is only famous "for one big hit". Constantly beating this fact into our head, implying it's the only song of his worth knowing.

Yes, he's only famous for "Spirit in the Sky", but guess what? The quality of his songwriting makes him a LOT better than people (particularly radio stations) have been giving him credit for, and as a result of his superior songwriting skills, it's *well* worth hearing this album.

"Skyline" is a HIGHLY memorable pop song similar to something Donovan could have created, and the crying and soothing guitar playing and beautifully sung vocal melody makes this song a clear winner in my mind. "Junior Cadillac" has a great jazzy section reminiscent of Chicago perhaps, and "Milk Cow" is a slightly hilarious take on the blues with, once again, highly enjoyable vocals and arrangements.

Ignoring this wonderful artist because you're supposed to follow the false belief he only had one good song would be a mistake of gigantic proportions. Get this album as soon as possible.

M. Moore "Blues & Rock Fan" (SF Bay Area)


...Talk about fond memories. This album brought back some of my favorite memories from the time the album came out in 1970 and the following years. Wild things were going on during that era and I was old enough to participate in the fun.

To listen to the greatest rock song with a sax (Spirit In the Sky) is a marvelous treat no matter what type of day I am having. It always brings a smile to my face as I drift off to 1970 all over again. This is arguably the greatest song of 1970.

Hearing the dreamy song "Alice Bodine" almost puts a tear on my face. It is such a heart felt song and well written by Norman Greenbaum that it makes me aware of the pain he must have experienced during a wonderful relationship with Alice. It parallels my own experience of a relationship I had. The good thing about it is the song is so good that while feeling and remembering the past, I can only smile because I have the wonderful memories from what transpired during that time, even though the girl is gone.

Junior Cadillac, Skyline and Jubilee are icing on the cake. These are very good songs that are fun to listen to and sing along with.

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