Any minute now the girls are going to come home and I’m sure all hell is going to break loose so, yeah, I’m going to enjoy what’s left of the quiet time with this ‘Goodbye Blues‘ record by Country Joe McDonald.
Lord knows what Goodwill or Salvation Army I picked this up.
In fact. I’d forgotten I even I had it until this afternoon.
I likely figured that however little I was actually paying for it at the time was probably worth the risk of it not entirely sucking and, truthfully, the verdict is still out on that.
Released in 1977, unlike it’s predecessor’s ‘Love Is a Fire’, this record is filled with declarations of domestic bliss, and tries to evoke diverse moods and examining a wide range of topics.
In some cases … Epically.
But still, it’s not a total loss over into Shit List territory.
(Not yet, anyway)
Evidencing the return of the artist’s sardonic wit, for example, ‘TV Blues‘ finds him being separated from his beloved color television. And ‘Blood on the Ice‘ (with Marty Balin’s vocal help) is one of three tracks to protest the killing of animals.
Unfortunately, it also contains a disappointing number of prosaic lyrics and unexciting melodies.
So, yeah … it’s pretty close.
But, regardless, it’s still a step in the general direction of not being total crap either and, fortunately, that’s just enough to skip the scale and not be a total wash.