The tongueincheek psychedelic rock rarity “Confessions of A Big Lanky Dope” album from ‘73. Fewer then 100 copies were pressed of the original, which came in plain white sleeve.This CD reissue will feature the original colored pastel concept art, which never made it to the Lp cover. Has 2 non-LP bonus tracks…………. 'Charming stoned college dorm hippie folkrock obscurity in the typical quirky Eastcoast style. Opens with excellent original in a Patron Saints direction, rest is mainly covers of classic tracks from the UK 1967-68 scene, giving the album an odd retro/tribute flavor. The Zombies, Kinks and Move all get the Rhubarb treatment in a rather irresistable way with unpretentious vocals and the loose weedhead drumming in particular a treat. There’s also a funny Star Trekked version of 'Mr. Spaceman’ with ad libbed lyrics such as “you’re a motherfu*kin’ good-for-nothing spaceman”, band uses a full on rock setting plus piano but create an intimate spontaneous sound. I’ve seen this described as a 'novelty’ LP, and while it’s pretty entertaining I think it has as much worth as any other document of the early 70s Eastcoast, like the Georgie Leonard album of 'Tool Shed’. - Acid Archives………….
One of two things tends to result when a bunch of friends, who are not particularly skilled musically, get together to piddle around on instruments every night as accompaniment to their beer drinking: a self-indulgent, unlistenable mess or some incompetently inspired noodling. With Rhubarb’s Revenge it is a mixture of both extremes. Not quite the lost classic that it’s been made out to be, the sole album from this collective is, instead, one of the oddest, audaciously uneven chunks of aural lunacy from the early 1970s. Still, it is a treasure of some sort, if a periodically maddening one. One cannot tell if their cover versions of songs by the Zombies, Kinks, Byrds, Move, Rolling Stones, and CSNY are meant in homage or as parodies, or if they were just motivation-free goofs: “Time of the Season” loses the mystical aloofness that makes the Zombie classic so wonderful and replaces it with seemingly austere portentousness and funky electric guitar chords; and “Words of Aaron” is played pretty straight but the band still manages to deflate some of the song’s vague pomposity and color it with a fragile beauty. They also turn the Stones’ “2000 Man” into a White Album-like outtake, and the Kinks’ “Victoria” into the finest Three Dog Night/Canned Heat grafting ever attempted, oddly enough making it one of the best performances on the album. “Mr. Spaceman” here seems somehow more “authentically” country than (though ultimately not as excellent as) the Byrds version and at least as much fun, with a goofball charm all its own. Their cover of “Ohio,” on the other hand, almost reaches the heights of the original but in a much more demo-like, ramshackle way. Chris Breetveld manages to sound like Neil Young’s little brother, and although the harmonies are (understandably) not even close to being as pristine as those of CSNY, the band adds lovely, poignant flute flourishes. Given the number of covers present, the original Rhubarb’s Revenge songs are surprisingly accomplished: “Lonely,” with a melody that Jim Croce could have wrapped his voice around, is far too short; “When I Feed My Prize Hog” shows a Zappa influence, but replaces his doo wop with barbershop gospel; and “Nice Spot in the Dark” shamelessly steals the bassline from “Sympathy for the Devil,” but turns it into the basis for a tremendous Santana-cum-CSNY groove. Everything finally comes together on the fabulous “Tomorrow Begins Today”; there are unconventionally good harmony arrangements, rhythmic shifts that come out of nowhere, touches of soul, and a perfectly placed saxophone, not to mention in-the-pocket, coctail-jazz playing. Although certainly a part of the band members’ m.o., silliness is not as prevalent on the album as the liner notes (and all superficial appearances) would lead one to believe, and the competence level of the musicianship is actually quite high. The recording quality is less than perfect, but the production touches and arrangements are refreshingly intuitive and perceptive. Rhubarb’s Revenge could have done some real damage in an actual studio…………by Stanton Swihart……
1970s, almost every night a group of friends who called themselves RoadApples (Greg Shuss, Chris Breetveld, Rob Rothschild, Rich Larsen, Bill DiMartino) gathered after work in «Pink Grass Studios» (but simply in the house Chris Breetveld) in Kendall Park , New Jersey. Young people drinking beer and played something similar to music. And all the while recording their musical experiments dvuhkatushechny tape «Sony». In early 1973, Chris’s father announced that he and his family had to leave India in a five-year trip through UNICEF. Realizing that Breetveld take my tape recorder with me and thus deprive the other regulars musical gatherings records on which they worked during the past several years, RoadApples decided to print a dozen copies of their works to the memory of each member. And in the autumn of the same year, it was privately printed on vinyl as much as much as 100 copies under the title «Rhubarb’s Revenge Or Confessions Of A Big Lanky Dope». Determined to learn the sales price band musical delights, Breetveld LP took a trip and at the first stop on his way to India has shown its music publisher on Denmark Street in London. The publisher rejected it, as indeed it did, and all subsequent ones, which Chris invited to listen to the record, until the family arrived in New Delhi … Only in 1999, LP was reissued by the label «Gear Fab» with four added bonuses, cut from the original album due to length limitations. Most of the album’s first hand - it covers of «The Kinks» song, «The Byrds», «CSNY» and «The Zombies». The originals on the second side…………………..
Band: Acoustic Guitar – Michael Rothkopf Acoustic Guitar [12 String], Bass – Richard Larsen Acoustic Guitar, Violin – Rene Roques Bass, Saxophone – Halbert Horatio Ketofsky Drums, Congas, Sounds [Refrigerator] – Robert Rotschild Drums, Noises [Pasta] – William DiMartino* Guitar [Lead] – Christopher Zaic Guitar, Drums, Piano, Bass, Flute – Christopher Breetveld Percussion – Funky Eddie Piano, Vibraphone [Vibes], Noises – Gregory Shuss Vocals – Michael Carlos Parmenter, Stephen Stein
Track List 01 Intro- man to man - 3:05 02 Time of the season - 3:43 03 Victoria - 3:39 04 Mr. spaceman - 3:00 05 Words of aaron - 6:03 06 Lonely - 1:32 07 Tomorrow begins today - 4:56 08 When i feed my prize hog - 1:00 09 Nice spot in the dark - 6:20 10 Avon girl - 4:05 11 2000 man [#] - 2:57 12 Prize hoggies #2 [#] - 1:14 13 Ohio [#] - 3:15 14 Roadapple jammies [#] - 1:13