Don’t Cut The Baby In Half (no label 56-6687) 1965
Just when you thought your John Ylvisaker collection might be nearing completion here comes this excruciatingly rare custom recording that reportedly has only a 100-200 press. Many of the songs here are early acoustic renderings of titles that would later appear on his Avant Garde albums: ‘The Prophecy’, ‘Joseph’, ‘Desolation’, ‘Rich Young Ruler’, ‘Water Of Life’, ‘They Can’t Kill Me’, ‘Noise Of Solemn Assemblies’. The performance features 12-string guitar plus bass, percussion, organ, a second male harmony (Bill Strom), and Amanda Ylvisaker on flute. Side two introduces several otherwise unavailable cuts like ‘Anxiety’, ‘The Noodle In The Alphabet Soup’, and the title track. Cool Livin’s ‘A Man And His Dog’ is done (here it’s entitled ‘Dog Spelled Backwards’). Portions recorded live before an audience at the Northwestern Seminary Convocation. The verbal songs intros are preserved – he introduces ‘He’s Got The Whole Baby In His Hands’ as having “what they used to call a ‘nigger beat’ – they don’t call it that any more”. Closes with a sing-along to the tune of ‘Michael Row The Boat Ashore’, after which John says “well that’s it”, followed by audience applause. For those who don’t mind their Ylvisaker unplugged, this makes for another fine entry to his varied and distinguished catalog. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thanks Donald for the full track list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-4||Rich Young Ruler||3:03|
|1-5||Water Of Life||3:03|
|1-7||They Can’t Kill Me (I’ve Already Died)||3:03|
|2-2||Don’t Cut The Baby In Half||1:52|
|2-3||The Noise Of Your Assemblies||2:00|
|2-4||The Noodle In The Alphabet Soup||3:29|
|2-5||Dog Spelled Backwards||2:07|
|2-6||He’s Got The Whole Baby In His Hands||4:40|
|2-7||O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing||2:17|
|2-8||Well That's It||0:12|