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Very Best of Brother
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
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Brother Dave...still crazy after all these years.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brother Dave was politically incorrect before politically incorrect was cool. This is not for the bleeding-heart victim crowd. So, if you're not a prissy, liberal, pseudo intellect who feigns "PC Outrage" at all humor directed at any group except rednecks, you will love Brother Dave. And, he does a redneck better than any person on the planet - check out the cop on the Motorcycle story. By the way, if you are a soldier of PCism, you can vent every ounce of self-righteous indignation and moral outrage you have by listening to Brother Dave - and feel good about yourself."
J. Enright | Jacksboro, TX USA | 10/30/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Brother Dave fan for longer than I can remember. I grew up with his albums. I always respected his relaxed irreverence and his ability to gently poke fun at everyone.I own several of Brother Dave's earlier albums. I bought this one mostly out of curiosity that arose from some of the criticism in these reviews. Frankly, I was very skeptical of some of the comments made, particularly the accusations of racism.I should have kept my money. And my illusions.The Brother Dave I always loved can be characterized by one of my favorite quotes. "It don't make no difference." This delivered with a warm chuckle.The Brother Dave that recorded this album was focused on differences. His gentle pokes at meaningless differences had become angry jabs at everything outside the "establishment". To use the sixties word for such things. A younger Brother Dave taught me to look at the world with my eyes open. This later Brother Dave lashed out with his mind tightly closed.Perhaps dissapointing is too mild a word.Meet Brother Dave on the "Rejoice Dear Hearts" / "Kick Thy Own Self" double album CD. Let this mistake be forgotten."
Something to Offend Every One
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 12/04/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While people tend to complain that "Brother" Dave was racist, they should also note that he was an equal opportunity offender, mocking every one from evangelists to politicians to motorcyle gang members to small town policitians--name a stereotype and you will find Gardner casting an aspersion upon it. At the same time, it is also perfectly true that Gardner was very much of his place and time, and in this (hopefully) more enlightened, more tolerant age it is sometimes difficult to find genuine humor in his work. Perhaps his recordings are best regarded as a time capsule, something by which we measure how far we have come over the past thirty years. But say what you like: I STILL love the motorcycle story!"