Cargo Cult (1982)
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|1.||(Ballad of An) Angry Young Man (3:45)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|2.||Checkin' Around (2:18)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|3.||Why Is It Cold? (1:38)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|4.||It's Not Over [revised version] (4:59)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|5.||Cargo Cult (2:16)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|6.||Johnny's Song (2:30)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|7.||Soldier of Fortune (2:05)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|8.||At the Edge of the Arctic (3:21)||MP3||lyrics||-|
|9.||Process of Elimination (2:11)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
|10.||It Happened One Time (1:59)||MP3||lyrics||chords|
Total time: 31:57
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|1.||(Ballad of An) Angry Young Man||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|2.||Checkin' Around||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|3.||Why Is It Cold?||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|4.||It's Not Over [revised version]||EARL: vocal, guitar
"It's Not Over" is a new recording of a song that had appeared on my previous album Time Bomb Kid (1981). Originally written with a rather strident rhythm, over time I found that it worked better when played at a slower tempo. Also, a guitar solo in the middle of the song made for better pacing.
|5.||Cargo Cult||EARL: vocal, guitar
The "Cargo Cult" song and album graphics were inspired by an article in the May 1974 issue of National Geographic, which I had found at a Volunteers of America thrift store.
|6.||Johnny's Song||EARL: vocals, guitar, bass
This recording originally appeared on my previous album Time Bomb Kid (1981). Back in the days when I was mostly performing cover material, "Johnny's Song" was the first original song of mine that audiences really liked. And so I stuck it on this new tape that I was selling at my shows. Johnny was my girlfriend's 5-year-old son. Besides inspiring this song, which was about the time we went flying kites on the LSU parade grounds, a few years later he loaned me the Magnus toy organ that I played on We're Not Strangers (1985). The second verse, which talks about "flying your space machine," refers to a Star Wars toy he had.
|7.||Soldier of Fortune||EARL: vocal, guitar
In the movie Zabriskie Point, there are scenes of political activists holding meetings and giving speeches, but the protagonist of the film actually went out and did something. Reading a copy of Soldier of Fortune magazine, I saw a parallel, people who speak with actions instead of words. "The ultimate weapon" phrase quotes the motto of the infantry training center at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where I had gone through basic training when I was in the army.
|8.||At the Edge of the Arctic||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|9.||Process of Elimination||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|10.||It Happened One Time||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|11.||Tojo||EARL: vocal, guitar|
|12.||Sirhan||EARL: vocal, guitar|
Featuring Electric Earl on vocals and guitar. Recorded live to 2-track, except that "Johnny's Song" has overdubbed harmony vocals and bass.
Engineered by Electric Earl.
Recording dates: December 1982 (track #1-5, 7-11), 12/20/1981 (track #6), 9/30/1982 (track #12)
The original cassette version of this album had track #1-5 on side one, and #6-11 on side two.
All words and music by Earl P. Reinhalter.
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