The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers
The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers.gif
Studio album (with live tracks) by
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1962
RecordedLive at The Crystal Palace in St. Louis, and Bell Sound Studio, New York City
GenreComedy, folk
LabelMercury
Smothers Brothers chronology
The Smothers Brothers at the Purple Onion
(1961)
The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers
(1962)
Think Ethnic!
(1963)

The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers (released September 1, 1962 on Mercury Records) is the second comedy album by the Smothers Brothers. Side A (tracks 1-6) consisted of comedy and was recorded at The Crystal Palace in St. Louis during a live performance. Side B (tracks 7-12) was recorded at the Bell Sound Studio in New York City with a full orchestra and represented the singing side of the boys. It reached number 26 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

According to the liner notes to their compilation album Sibling Revelry: The Best of the Smothers Brothers, The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers was the best selling album of their career. It spent sixty-six weeks on the Billboard album chart, and peaked at #26.[1]

According to the book Dangerously Funny, the album dedicated one side to straight music because the duo hadn't yet developed enough new comedy material after having put the entirety of their original act on their first album, The Smothers Brothers at the Purple Onion.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Chocolate" (2:35) - Tom sings of how he fell into a vat of chocolate.
  2. "Hangman" (0:55) - "Hangman, hangman, slack your rope; Slack it for awhi...ach!"
  3. "I Don't Care" (0:35) - Tom's version of "Jimmy Crack Corn"
  4. "Laredo" (2:56) - Also known as "The Cowboy's Lament"
  5. "Cabbage" (6:37) - Includes a discussion of pumas, 'cravices' & railroads.
  6. "Map of the World (Let the Rest of the World Go By)" (2:05) - The story of a young lady who showed up to a costume party tattooed as a map of the world.
  7. "Stella's Got a New Dress" (2:11)
  8. "Where the Lilac Grows" (2:55) - "Greensleeves" with contemporary lyrics.
  9. "If It Fits Your Fancy" (2:53)
  10. "The Four Winds and the Seven Seas" (3:37)
  11. "Sailor's Lament" (2:05)
  12. "Apples, Peaches and Cherries" (3:01)

Personnel[edit]

  • Dick Smothers – vocals, double bass
  • Tom Smothers – vocals, guitar

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1962 Billboard Pop Albums 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roman, Shari. "Sibling Revelry--The Best of The Smothers Brothers" (Liner notes). Rhino Records, 1998 CD re-issue.
  2. ^ Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, by David Bianculli, Touchstone, 2009. ISBN 9781439101179
  • Roman, Shari. "Sibling Revelry--The Best of The Smothers Brothers" (Liner notes). Rhino Records, 1998 CD re-issue.

External links[edit]