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4.40 | 29 ratings | 3 reviews | 34% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hey, Good Lookin' (2:47)
2. Six More Miles (To the Graveyard) (4:16)
3. Kaw-Liga (4:54)
4. Ramblin' Man (3:13)
5. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (4:47)
6. Sousaside (23:07)
- 6a. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (4:45)
- 6b. The Stars and Stripes Forever (3:12)
- 6c. The Thunderer (3:27)
- 6d. The Liberty Bell (4:14)
- 6e. Semper Fidelis (3:05)
- 6f. The Washington Post (4:24)

Total Time 43:04

Bonus track on the 1986 CD:
7. Kaw-Liga (Prariemix) (9:28)

Line-up / Musicians

- The Residents / Various
- Snakefinger / Slide Guitar (1)

Releases information

LP Ralph (1986)
MC Ralph (1986)
LP Wave (1986)
LP Torso (1986)
CD Torso (1986)
LP Line (1986)
LP AIM (1986)
MC AIM (1986)
LP Ginger (1986)
LP Virgin (1986)

CD Bomba (2000, Japan)
CD East Side Digital (2000)

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THE RESIDENTS Stars & Hank ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(34%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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THE RESIDENTS Stars & Hank reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars This album marks the transition into the pattern of music The Resident would fall into for at least much of the nineties (I lost track of them after a series of less than thrilling albums). Much like what the eyeball guys would do later on "The King & I", they pick a couple of composers and deconstruct their music into their own weird vision. But unlike the Elvis project, here they seem to actually like their subjects.

The first side of the LP covers Hank Williams. Now I don't like much country music, but I was familiar with most of the original versions of these songs. The Residents take them and make them all ominous and eerie, whale making each sound discretely different from each other (something they didn't attain with the above mentioned "King" album, and even less on the live show that went with it).

While I find the renditions here all brilliant, I am especially astounded by Kaw-Liga, which is set over a very familiar bass line (Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, believe it or not), and Jambalaya, with just a simple spooky rhythm track and mostly spoken lyrics.

The second side, featuring the music of John Phiilip Sousa, is no less incredible. Set as a marching band, with a strange sounding drum corps introducing and transitioning each song, The Residents take the familiar marches and warp them into mind bending keys, using the vintage synthesizers they would keep on with to lesser effect for at least the next decade. The result is like the soundtrack to a nightmare. It's positively entralling.

I was obsessed with this album when it came out in 1986, and played my first copy to oblivion. I still get overjoyed when I listen to the LP occasionally now (I have yet to buy the CD).

It's a work of genius. One of the finest albums from this mysterious band.

Review by admireArt
4 stars Whoever thought that Hank Williams or even better, John Philip Sousa, will never have a mention in the Prog-Kingdom, will be proven wrong by no one else but "The Residents"! Who else could transpose the country music of Mr. Williams far away of its picket fences, into the realmsof the underworld of Prog, the RIO/AV world. A playful rendition two both composers, with an unusual empathy for their pen-written characters and music.... If it were not The Residents, one could easily call it a "tribute", as it sounds. (the same as with The Beatles-Residents "covers"). Enhancing the already there "surrealistic" feeling of the original Hank William's songs, they move around the "subtle" rules of his very distinguishable musical idiom... Anyone, who has heard country music (the Canterbury's did) notices this almost constant weirdness (to call it somehow), in timing and structure, and of course in lyrics, so by match The Residents have a field day! On the other side Mr. Sousa's work is "acted up" as a march procession of his melodies, that keep on rolling without mercy, but never abusing the conceptual part of the original tunes. And that is exactly what makes this work (one of the few) more approachable and easy to listen to (for outsiders, of course), than the rest of the very extensive Resident's catalogue. It's virtue is the withholding of excesses, in favor of austerity (Resident-like, of course) with superb musical arrangements, that let course to the already there ORIGINAL musical language of the 3 entities involved. ...The Resident's page is one of those, where my ratings almost match with the other "raters", so we 10 people can't be wrong!! ****4 PA stars.
Review by LearsFool
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
5 stars Past "The Commercial Album", The Residents have been in an era of hit-or-miss, love-it-or-hate-it, take-it-or-leave- it albums. But the second in a series of albums of the anonymous kooks covering great composers and musicians who came before them, here Hank Williams Sr. and John Philip Sousa, is a rare and perhaps only masterpiece from them past 1980. Side One covers Hank I, the founding father of country music and one of its vanguards even decades after his untimely death. The Residents wonderfully cover a few classics of his into variously weird or eerie directions. Those tracks given the latter treatment, such as "Six More Miles", are the major shining moments of this record. Side Two redoes Sousa, the American March King, and this is where things go masterfully off the rails. Now long tried and true patriotic marches are turned into horrorshows done in the massively whacked and parodic fashion as some of the covers on "The Third Reich 'N' Roll", done in an ever seguing and theme sharing suite style. As well, samples of crowds and sirens figure. This is The Residents at their best, a perfect companion to their legendary second album and its own gem.

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