The Shaming of the True

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The Shaming of the True
Studio album by Kevin Gilbert
Released 2000
Recorded Lawnmower and Garden Supply, Pasadena, CA
Genre Progressive rock
Length 67:27
Label KMG
Producer Kevin Gilbert
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The Shaming of the True is a rock opera by Kevin Gilbert, his second solo album. It was released posthumously in 2000.

The release has appeared in four editions: a limited-edition (of 1400) hardbound book with CD released early in 2000, with artwork and complete libretto; a more conventional jewel-case CD edition later in the year; a remastered conventional jewel box CD edition in 2008; and Special Limited Edition 2 Disc Set with an orchestrated version of "A Long Day's Life," a spoken word version of the entire album performed by Jamie DeWolf, and fourteen 12″ × 12″ prints.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Parade" – 3:44
  2. "The City of the Sun" – 5:55
  3. "Suit Fugue (Dance of the A&R Men)" – 2:24
  4. "Imagemaker" – 3:38
  5. "Water Under the Bridge" – 5:29
  6. "The Best Laid Plans" – 5:38
  7. "Certifiable #1 Smash" – 7:20
  8. "Staring Into Nothing" – 5:51
  9. "Fun" – 5:33
  10. "From Here to There" – 2:11
  11. "Ghetto of Beautiful Things" – 4:53
  12. "A Long Day's Life" – 7:28
  13. "The Way Back Home" – 4:55
  14. "Johnny's Last Song" – 2:15


The album follows the career of a singer/musician named Johnny Virgil, which follows an arc common to many big rock and roll bands/stars. It starts out promisingly, but he is lured into the common trap of record-company exploitation and seduced by fame and drugs/alcohol. He becomes more and more burned out and withdrawn as his career becomes larger than life, feeling like he's losing touch with his humanity, until the whole thing culminates in a breakdown. He goes through a period of disillusionment and depression but eventually makes peace with himself. A number of clues (last song title, lyric "End of a long days life," reprise of train whistle in distance, etc..) may also indicate that Johnny dies penniless on the street or takes his own life.


  • Kevin Gilbert – vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, programming, sequencing
  • Nick D'Virgilio – drums, bass, percussion, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Brian MacLeod – drums
  • Tommy Dunbar, Russ Parrish, David Levita, Bill Bottrell – additional guitars
  • Robert Ferris, Jennifer Gross, Skyler Jett, Claytoven, Sandy Sawyer, John Rubin, Tommy Dunbar – backing vocals
  • The Le Petomane Ensemble – Horns
  • John H. Seabury – Illustrations (also numbered-and-signed all 1400 copies of the original limited-edition hardbound book release)
  • Hugh Brown – booklet designer

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