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January 17, 2007

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Dennis T

"The Dope King's Last Stand" was the title of the B-side to The Beastie Boys "So What'cha Want" 12-inch.
Never knew they snagged the title from this album (!!!)

Aside from the political and other topical humor of albums such as this one you've posted, albums featuring the voices of popular impersonators of the time (such as Rich Little, David Frye, Vaughn Meader, Frank Gorshin) were quite the rage throughout the 1960s and 70s.

Funny that impersonators as a whole have dropped in popularity in the past 25 years. Thanks for this rare album - Dennis.


Beastie Boys

a) So What'cha Want
b) The Dope King's Last Stand

12-inch, Capitol Records (1992)
catalog # CR-077771584718

bemer

this is the type of album they used to sell at our local car stereo dealer for $1.49 -stuck in the MISC section behind the Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller, ans Bob Welch LPs / thanks again 365'ers

Zee Ptolemny

back then, LPs like this were a rack jobbers bread and butter.Slightly underneath K-TEL releases on the album foodchain.

I recognize Frank Sinatra but who are Rosey Sheldon and Yolanda King?

Krys O.

Yolanda King is the daughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King.

IMdb link

secret007girl

maybe Rosey Sheldon is related to Frank Sheldon, trumpeter on the old Jack Paar Show. he did music for the kid show School House Rock

Jason

you must be thinking of Doc Severinsen from The Tonight Show

ResidentClinton

I've been waiting to hear this for years, ever since I saw a teaser for it on the back of "Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay". Exept then it was being billed as (I think) "Ali and His Gang vs. the Old Dope Peddler". A great "lost" project out there somewhere...

Listener Kliph Nesteroff

I think actually he's thinking of comedian/trumpet player JACK Sheldon who led the band on the Merv Griffin Show. He also put out an interesting hard to find comedy LP on Capitol called "Oooo But It's Good! The Weird, Wigged Out World of Jack Sheldon"

Cornslaw Industries

Wait wait wait... Blue tells them that he lives two blocks south of North street -- near the boys' club house -- but Donnie tells Muhammad Ali to meet them at 2056 North Street, Apartment 2S. Someone's been gettin' into the dope.

Bluegreen Anemone

Whoa. Even thinking about cataloguing the number of levels on which this thing is profoundly messed up makes my head spin... so incredibly poorly put together and confusing, especially given the, erm, star power. What the hell is going on half the time? The random music cues and the unexplained British chick are especially jarring, and what's up with the *grammar*?

Katya Oddio

Never before has an album so driven me to drugs. I'm with Bluegreen Anemone. That the HELL was going on? Man, can I get that hour of my life back and erase that sound quilt project from my brain? Maybe if I shoot this junk, then it will all make sense.

Chris Beyond

Ok, I feel I need to chime in here being a child in the 70's and not only owning this album, but also listening to it over and over and over again. This was almost a perfect companion peice to my copy of The Wozard Of Iz that I would also play so often that I still have almost every note memorized to this day.

Oddly enough at some point in my childhood both this and my Wozard album disappeared at the same time. Was it just a kid losing his records? Parents who were worried that perhaps these two psychelic albums were a little much for me? Or did that vanish into their own world from which they came?

So I eventually found a copy of The Wozard Of Iz on eBay and 60 dollars later was in moog bliss again. It wasn't until a couple days ago that I found this here.

What can be said about this record that wouldn't put me in the insane asylum? This is an album that uses psychedilia to sell the idea of getting kids off drugs.

The celebrities on this album are real. The non-celebrities on this album, I can't really say for sure. Characters pop in and out of the story like termites with Lily Tomlin's almost worried narration along with the constantly changing desperate music seemingly trying to see how many listeners they can drive mad before the end of the album. We hear The Ballad Of Bobby Blue, not once - but twice. The same song on the same record two times. There are a LOT of awkward pauses from almost any character throughout the album, especially towards the end. Jimmy Carter most likely recorded his part by speaking into a microphone stored in an aluminum mailbox. Muhammad Ali may have required that his microphone be protected by a boxing glove which may explain why he's so quiet here.

And the children... Oh, the children. Are we even sure they were children? They sound more like lesser demons from the lesser hell of Brooklyn circa 1970s.

And I swear that Pat Boone din't even know what was going on when he was recording this. That 5 second or so pause he makes towards the end of the album... Wow.

An odd thing, listening to this thing...(the irony of that is not lost on me) Even though I hadn't heard this since the 70's...I actually almost anticipated every word. I had it THAT memorized. That icky curious feeling that I wasn't really supposed to be listening to this was there too.

Hey, maybe it worked. I never did any drugs, drank, or smoked. Maybe, I'm just weird enough that I don't need to... Or just maybe...MAYBE...this album had something to do with it? Let's hope not. That's a very frightening thought.

One thing about these MP3s... the Eyewitness News clip about cocaine is funny, but it wasn't a part of this album...and for some reason it plays TWICE...just like that song. Is that Otis messing with us?

Thanks for posting this Otis!

yr no-fi pal,

Chris Beyond
editor, no-fi "magazine"

365

Howdy Chris! Nope. The Cocaine News Clip is on the record (twice!). This has me thinking that there may be another version out there. In reality it's too much to think about that there could be two copies. This album is wacked enough.

Wozard and this LP growing up? Damn. The closest i get is having Zoom and The Bugaloos (and that's not even close). So is that really Nancy Sinatra on Wozard?

Great write up on the record.

Cheers Chris!

Otis

Brian L.

After purchasing this record in a junk shop about 30 years ago, I had never taken the time to figure out what the hell it is about. I have now finally listened to it and now have a strong craving to seek out large quantities of cocaine and heroin. My first thought is that this was a response to Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" and then I noticed Arlo's involvement with this... er... project. But I digress.

My copy is totally different than the commercially available copies I have seen. The biggest difference is it is instead called "The Drug King's Last Stand" (Cornucopia #7000), sports a completely different cover and has a written inscription from Arther Morrison (producer) that says "To Gail, With whom I'm sure I shall grow to know. Love Arther Morrison 11/13/78." Obviously that relationship did not work out too well. I also noticed a series of inscriptions that appear on the inner groove of the vinyl. Side 1 sez: "Sunshine and Diane love avocados", "Mary-Jo please go back to school" and side 2 conveys the wisdom of "If you love animals - don't eat them!"

This record album is the gift that just keeps giving...

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