The guys who influenced Weird Al
G. Sivits | Fort Wayne, IN. USA | 01/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us who like the deranged music of Weird Al, these guys will probably trip your trigger too! I grew up listening to my parents' old Homer and jethro albums, and got the biggest kick out of them. Listening to them now on CD, instead of scratchy old vinyl, is a Godsend. For the longest time I'd been hoping for some Homer and Jethro CD releases, and finding their albums is getting harder.
Some of their material might be considered a bit dated, and younger listeners might not get some of their jokes, but for the most part, they're still hilarious. This compilation is not typical of their standard songs, which were more country, but one listen to 'She loves You', and 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' showed they could cross-over to rock just as well. H&J could take hit records, and totally murder them, in the same vein as Weird Al, only they did it first. Never are they silly, but always funny."
Great new release
J. Priessen | Amsterdam Netherlands | 09/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As we can expect from Bear Family this release is well documented and illustrated. Of course we are always missing some favorites, for me these are Oh, Babe and Mr. Sandman, to name two. The quality of the mastering is overall very good. Still there are some minuses. For instance, the track The Battle Of Kookamonga is not stereo as listed, it is in perfect stereo on BMG's American Dream - Best of the 50's Volume 2. Also the track No Hair Sam is in poor shape and can be heard in perfect three track condition on BMG Special Products Homer & Jethro 36 All-time Greatest Hits.
Since my last review, BF has re-released the CD with the stereo version of The Batlle Of Kookamonga and a drop-out free No Hair Sam.
The CD is subliem!"
Denis J. Kirkaldy | sydney australia | 09/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Homer and Jethro's material is becoming dated but they are still clever and funny. Their send ups of hit songs will still appeal to those who remember the originals and Jethro's brilliance with the mnadolin is still breathtaking.
It would be nice if the rest of their catalogue were to be re-released. The same songs keep appearing over and over on the collections that have been released."