The Knowbody Else ‎– The Knowbody Else

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Hold Me Down
In Your Quiet Home
Fools And Friends
No One And The Sun
Vieux Carre
Flying Horse Of Louisiana
After I Smoke, I Like To Sleep
One Life Two Live
Black Blues

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HIS 7003, HIS-7003 The Knowbody Else The Knowbody Else(LP, Album, Promo) HIP (5), HIP (5) HIS 7003, HIS-7003 US 1969 Sell This Version
HIS 7003, HIS-7003 The Knowbody Else The Knowbody Else(LP, Album) HIP (5), HIP (5) HIS 7003, HIS-7003 US 1969 Sell This Version
HIS 7003, HIS-7003 The Knowbody Else The Knowbody Else(LP, Album, Mon) HIP (5), HIP (5) HIS 7003, HIS-7003 US 1969 Sell This Version
HIS 7003, HIS-7003 The Knowbody Else The Knowbody Else(LP, Album, Promo) Stax, HIP (5) HIS 7003, HIS-7003 Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
HIS 7003, HIS-7003 The Knowbody Else The Knowbody Else(LP, Album, Promo, Whi) HIP (5), HIP (5) HIS 7003, HIS-7003 US 1969 Sell This Version
none The Knowbody Else The Knowbody Else(CDr, Album, RE, Unofficial) Mountaintop Records And Tapes none US 2002 Sell This Version
CLP 2138 The Knowbody Else '69(CD, Album) Purple Pyramid CLP 2138 US 2008 Sell This Version
CLO 0074 The Knowbody Else The Knowbody Else(LP, Album, Mono) Purple Pyramid CLO 0074 US 2016 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

November 16, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The Knowbody Else, LP, Album, HIS 7003, HIS-7003

When I first heard this album I had no other recourse other than to think it was some sort of comedy rock record, running the same path as “They’re Coming To Take Me Away Hahaaa!” by Napoleon XIV.

For these ears, the album is nearly unlistenable, sounding as if the vocals had been recorded within a Tupperware container, entirely humorous, ill-defined, lacking any grace substance or imaginative structure that would put this recording in the class of anything that was happening on the radio during those heady times. That said, every reviewer seems to tout the Black Oak Arkansas connection and not the music held within these grooves, where even the music is not a snapshot of what anyone was listening to during those lustrous psychedelic years, it’s merely a shameless mess where the range of Mangrum’s vocals are below sub-par, where a record was delivered that I’ve never managed in its entirety to sit through in a single listen.

Others have claimed the Knowbody Else rides the bluesy side of psychedelic music, yet even that’s not true, though the band must have fans, as I’ve been informed that many own both the stereophonic and the mono version, where comparative track discussions get rather heated … where truth be told, I simply keep my mouth shut, hoping the laughter ringing in my head doesn’t give me away by oozing out of my ears. Matter of fact, after relying my opinion to one person, saying that the band sounded rather tired and unsteady, I was informed that, “They were not tired, they were a new band trying to figure out who they were.” Well, seems I was put in my place, though methinks that any group given a shot at a record deal should know who they are before they set foot into a recording studio. Regardless, there were many of these fourth rate outfits who were given contracts, just to see if one out of a hundred might have something resounding to shine with.

This is a very avoidable album to say the least, where of course you don’t have to believe me, you can always lay down a couple of bucks, it’s rather cheap on the secondary market (and we all know what that means), spin it once, smack yourself in the side of the head and realize you’d have better spent you money on a bag of warm salty fries and a Coke.

*** Side Notes: Seriously, a mere nine and a half minutes pre side, is this a joke?

If one is rating Beatles' and Stones', not to mention Dylan's Blonde On Blonde from those years with four or five stars, how is it possible to even mention this album in the same breath, yet alone rate it as highly.

Review by Jenell Kesler