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Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna - Collectors Items: The First Three EPs Album

Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna - Collectors Items: The First Three EPs Album

Performer: Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna
Title: Collectors Items: The First Three EPs
Country: Italy
Catalog Number: ILS 9072
Label: Rag Baby Records
Released: 1980
Style: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 615

Tracklist

1Country Joe And The FishSection 43
Bass – Bill Steel Vocals, Guitar – Barry MeltonVocals, Guitar, Written By – Joe McDonaldVocals, Harp – Mike BeardsleeWashboard – Carl Shrager
6:43
2Country Joe And The Fish(Thing Called) Love
Bass – Bill Steel Vocals, Guitar, Written By – Barry Melton, Joe McDonaldVocals, Harp – Mike BeardsleeWashboard – Carl ShragerWritten By – Bruce Barthol, David Cohen, John Francis Gunning
2:33
3Country Joe McDonald & GrootnaTricky Dicky
Bass – Vic SmithDrums – Greg DeweyGuitar – John Rewind Harp – Nacho DeweyVocals – Anna Rizzo Vocals, Guitar, Written By – Joe McDonald
3:54
4Country Joe And The FishI Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die (Take 1)
Bass – Bill Steel Vocals, Guitar – Barry MeltonVocals, Guitar, Written By – Joe McDonaldVocals, Harp – Mike BeardsleeWashboard – Carl Shrager
2:40
5Peter Krug Fire In The City
Vocals, Guitar, Written By – Peter Krug
4:43
6Country Joe McDonald & GrootnaFree Some Day
Bass – Vic SmithDrums – Greg DeweyGuitar – John Rewind Harp – Nacho DeweyVocals – Anna Rizzo Vocals, Guitar, Written By – Joe McDonald
5:29
7Country Joe And The FishBass Strings
Bass – Bill Steel Vocals, Guitar – Barry MeltonVocals, Guitar, Written By – Joe McDonaldVocals, Harp – Mike BeardsleeWashboard – Carl Shrager
3:57
8Country Joe McDonald & GrootnaKiss My Ass
Bass – Vic SmithDrums – Greg DeweyGuitar – John Rewind Harp – Nacho DeweyVocals – Anna Rizzo Vocals, Guitar, Written By – Joe McDonald
3:00
9Peter Krug Johnny's Gone To War
Vocals, Guitar, Written By – Peter Krug
2:00
10Country Joe And The FishSuperbird
Bass – Bill Steel Vocals, Guitar – Barry MeltonVocals, Guitar, Written By – Joe McDonaldVocals, Harp – Mike BeardsleeWashboard – Carl Shrager
3:33

Versions

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
INT 147.404, (Rag 1008SP)Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna - Collectors Items: The First Three EPs ‎(LP, Comp)Rag Baby Records, Rag Baby RecordsINT 147.404, (Rag 1008SP)Germany1980
OW 30990Country Joe And The Fish Collectors Items: The First Three Ep's ‎(CD, Comp, Rei)One Way Records , Rag Baby RecordsOW 30990US1994
6.26049, LRPL 5378Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna - Collectors Items: The First Three EPs ‎(LP, Comp, RE)Line Records, Line Records6.26049, LRPL 5378GermanyUnknown
NEX CD 228Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna - Collectors Items: The First Three EPs ‎(CD, Comp)Sequel RecordsNEX CD 228UK1992
RBLP 4.00294Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna Country Joe And The Fish / Peter Krug / Country Joe McDonald & Grootna - Collectors Items: The First Three EPs ‎(LP, Comp, RE, Whi)Line RecordsRBLP 4.00294Germany1984

Credits

  • Liner NotesBill Belmont
  • Photography By [Cover]Phil Bray
  • Remastered By [1/4" 2 Track Master Tape]David Turner
  • SleeveWA Richard Müller

Notes

This collection of songs represents the very first successful
American attempt to use a record as propaganda and promotion.
In 1965, Joe McDonald was to have performed at a demonstration
to protest the draft in Oakland, California; to politicize his
audience, he and his then (and sometimes current) associate
Barry Melton and Ed Denson (Kicking Mule Records) decided to
form a jug band to accompany them at this event. Along the way,
they also decided to make a record to sell at the demonstration.
They asked along some musicians they knew to Chris Strachwitz
(Arhoolie Records) to record two songs for this record;
as he had recording equipment and a way to get the records
pressed. They recorded 2 songs, "Superbird" and "I Feel Like
I'm Fixin' To Die Rag", a young songwriter from the Bay Area,
Peter Krug recorded "Fire In The City" and "Johnny's Gone To
The War" which were added as B-Side.
This record was conceived as a "talking" edition of Joe's
magazine RAG BABY. They called themselves Country Joe And
The Fish, a name which was arrived at as a compromise to
Country Mao and the Fish (as in the Mao saying regarding the
"fish that swims in the sea of the people") since they were in
effect conceived as an agit-prop group. This "record" and the
appearance in Oakland led to requests for them to appear as a
band and their emphasis slowly shifted from an acoustic jug
band to an electric "rock" band playing a brand of what later
came to be called "psychedelic music".
To promote themselves as an "electric band" and may be make
some money, they again formulated and recorded another EP.
This was recorded at Sierra Sound Studios in Berkeley, California
and formally established the existence of the RAG BABY Label.
This EP numbered 1002 with its distinctive cover (by Berkeley
artist Tom Weller) became one of the most identifiable of the
many locally produced items from the San Francisco Bay Area in
the late 1960's. It was released in June of 1966, sold for $1.00.
It certainly achieved notoriety as a collector's item, for it established
the band in New York long before they ever appeared
there and was available in record and "head shops" as far away as
London. It contained three songs: "Section 43", "Thing Called
Love" and "Bass Strings".
In 1971, Country Joe again decided to mix commerce with politics
and EP's. Then working with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland
in a political musical revue they did shows for GI's to draw
attention to the war in Vietnam. This FTA (Free The Army) Show
was presented at "alternative" coffee houses (with names such
as "Oleo Strut") that became centers for anti-war activism.
One of these in Mountain Home, Idaho was burned to the ground
after their appearance there. Joe made another record that
would contain material relevant to this period and songs that he
performed in the show. The third EP (RAG 1003) contains "Tricky
Dicky", "Free Some Day" and "Kiss My Ass". They were recorded
at Jack Leahy's Funky Features Recording Studio in San Francisco.
The record was to have sold for $1.50 to raise money for the
show and the VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against The War), but
some were burned, some were lost in transit and others just
disappeared. It was probably more political in tone than the first
one as it went directly to the point; it received considerable
airplay, however, on what were then known as "progressive"
FM radio stations. - Bill Belmont, August 1980 San Francisco.

Sleeve Design: WA Richard Müller
Cover Photo/Concept: Phil Bray
LP Remastered by David Turner
(p) 1980 Rag Baby Records
(c) 1980 Intercord Ton GmbH
Marketed by Intercord Ton GmbH, Licensee
Printed in Western Germany

But, in the bottom left corner:
Marketed by Fonit Cetra
Made in Italy

Tracks A1, A2, B1, B2 recorded 1965
Tracks A3, A4, A5 recorded 1966
Tracks B3, B4, B5 recorded 1971

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