Jonah And The Whale (Jonah Records SB-JR-102) 1971
From the same private label as that priceless Jacky Beck album comes a similarly inane project called Jonah And The Whale. In fact it’s the same bunch of Alabama folks, including Mr. Beck himself as the reluctant Jonah. The music here still feels very homemade but this time has a fuller acoustic folk-rock sound with nice organ in the background plus a solid beat. Same style of wacky drama snippets between the songs featuring dialog between the Narrator, Hippy Protesters, a teenage Jonah, Jonah’s mom, Telephone Operator, Camp Director, and of course the whale. Jonah receives a phone call from the Lord telling him to go to New York City, to which Jonah replies “sorry, wrong number!”. Soon he’s booted out of a camp called The Good Ole Gospel Ship and ends up in the belly of a whale who speaks in a Walter Brennan accent (!) with a propensity for the phrase “dag nabbit”. Back cover says they performed this thing ﬁve nights a week in the summer of 1970 at the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach. Major points in the real people scene along with some fun music to boot. See also Noah And The Ark and Daniel And The Lions ’ Den. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and track list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Ballad Of Jonah|
|1-2||Introductions, Protest Scene “I Only Want To Know”|
|1-3||Gotcha Scene “God Is More”|
|1-4||Ding-A-Ling I “Gotta Make A Choice”|
|1-5||The Assistant Camp Director “Run, Jonah, Run”|
|2-1||Swaller Scene “Swaller Song”|
|2-2||Jonah In The Whale “The Blahs” And “No Hope”|
|2-3||Ding-A-Ling II Delivery “Turn Around, Try Christ”|
|2-4||Closing Scene “What Are You Running From?” Testimony, Ken Flowers|