Dear Friends (Firesign Theatre album)

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Dear Friends
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Compilation album by The Firesign Theatre
Released January 1972
Recorded September 1970 - February 1971
Genre Comedy
Length 74:07
Label Columbia
Producer The Firesign Theatre
The Firesign Theatre chronology
I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus
(1971)
Dear Friends
(1972)
Not Insane or Anything You Want To
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The New Rolling Stone Record Guide 2/5 stars

Dear Friends is The Firesign Theatre's fifth album to be released on Columbia Records. It is a compilation album, collecting the best bits from the group's nationally syndicated radio program produced from September 1970 to February 1971.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by The Firesign Theatre

Side One - “A Properly Religious Opening”[edit]

  1. Toad Away – 3:19 - 12/9/70
  2. Sodom And Jubilee – 3:15 - 12/9/70
  3. Freezing Mr. Foster – 2:38 - 11/8/70
  4. I Was A Cock-Teaser For Roosterama! – 3:05 - 11/8/70
  5. Deputy Dan Has No Friends – 2:28 - 11/8/70
  6. The Someday Funnies – 1:56 - 1/10/71
  7. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Inquisition – 1:42 - 10/18/70

Side Two - “The T.V. Set”[edit]

  1. The T.B. Guide – 5:50 - 11/1/70
  2. 40 Great Unclaimed Melodies! (Live From The Ash Grove 11/15/70) – 2:27 - 11/15/70
  3. The Chinchilla Show – 2:39 - 10/11/70 (a rebroadcast of a segment performed on The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour Hour on 2/22/70)
  4. Live From The Senate Bar (If You Call That Living) – 2:55 - 10/4/70
  5. Minority Street – 1:11 - 12/9/70
  6. Dr. Whiplash – 3:24 - 1/24/71

Side Three - “Animals Vegetables and Minerals”[edit]

  1. Echo Poem – 2:02 - 1/17/71
  2. The Small Animal Administration – 1:54 - 11/1/70
  3. The Giant Toad – 1:04 - 11/1/70
  4. The T.V. Glide – 3:34 - 12/9/71
  5. Balliol Bros. – 0:45 - 11/8/70
  6. Poop's Principles – 2:25 - 11/1/70
  7. International Youth-Sex On Parade – 1:41 - 10/18/70
  8. Brickbreaking – 2:03 - 1/24/71
  9. Coal! – 3:00 - 11/1/70

Side Four - “It's Sure Realistic!”[edit]

  1. Duke Of Madness Motors – 1:23 - 1/17/71
  2. Mark Time! – 3:52 - 11/1/70
  3. Driving For Dopers – 4:29 - 1/10/71
  4. Praise The Hoove! – 2:22 - 12/9/70
  5. Bob's Brazerko Lounge – 0:57 - 1/24/70
  6. $100.00 Ben – 3:19 - 1/24/70
  7. Sleep – 1:07 - 1/24/70

The dates following the track listing for the tracks on this album indicate the date of the live show at which this track was recorded.

Production[edit]

Between September 9, 1970 and February 17, 1971 The Firesign Theatre performed Dear Friends, a live one-hour live show on radio station KPFK in Los Angeles. These shows were recorded by the group, and then edited into slightly shorter shows which they syndicated to radio stations across the country on 12 inch white label LPs.

The group later collected what they considered to be the best segments from the radio program and compiled a double album. The tracks on each side were selected thematically, and each side was given its own sub-title.

It is one of the few Firesign albums to mention that individual members wrote some of the pieces (Austin wrote "The T.B. Guide," Proctor wrote "The Chinchilla Show" and "Dr. Whiplash," Ossman wrote "Mark Time!" and Bergman wrote "$100 Ben" and several commercial parodies he performed individually). However, the label composer credit for all pieces is to the Firesign Theatre.

Issues and reissues[edit]

This album was originally released simultaneously on LP, cassette, 8-track, and reel-to-reel.

It has been reissued on CD at least twice

Personnel[edit]

  • Firesign Theatre – Composer, Producer:
  • Philip Austin
  • Peter Bergman
  • David Ossman
  • Phil Proctor
  • Phil Cross – Engineer
  • Bill Driml – Engineer
  • Vaughn "The Live Earl Jive" Filkins – Engineer, Improvisation
  • Anne Garner – Cover Tinting
  • Bill McIntyre – Broadcast Producer
  • John Rose – Photography
  • Phil Yamamoto – Design, Photo Tinting

References[edit]

  • Firesign Theatre. Dear Friends. Columbia Records, 1972.
  • "FIREZINE: Linques!." Firesign Theatre FAQ. 23 January 2006 <http://firezine.net/faq/>.
  • Marsh, Dave, and Greil Marcus. "The Firesign Theatre." The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. Ed. Dave Marsh and John Swenson. New York: Random House, 1983. 175-176.
  • Smith, Ronald L. The Goldmine Comedy Record Price Guide. Iola: Krause, 1996.