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Spirit in the Sky: The Definitive Anthology

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This "definitive anthology" of the music of Norman Greenbaum, one of the most famous one-hit wonders in 20th century musical history -- because his hit, "Spirit in the Sky," still gets played a fair amount on television and in movies -- is an anthology, but the only thing it defines is the incredible substandard mediocrity of the rest of Greenbaum's oeuvre. There are 35 tracks spread over two CDs and the only thing this set reveals is that Greenbaum was completely intoxicated with the early blues, warm climes, and possibly, quite possibly, Harry Nilsson. His lyrics are precious and, worst of all, cute, and his arrangements and melodies are disposable pop pablum at best. If anyone ever deserved one-hit wonder status it's Greenbaum; "Spirit in the Sky" was a fluke, not because it was a hit, but because -- given the rest of the crap he's written -- it's not only a good song, but a great one. Who'd a thunk it? ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Junior Cadillac Norman Greenbaum 3:28
  3. 2 Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum 3:57
  4. 3 5 Pennies Norman Greenbaum 2:42
  5. 4 Dairy Queen Norman Greenbaum 2:29
  6. 5 Campin' Norman Greenbaum 2:0
  7. 6 Petaluma Norman Greenbaum 2:40
  8. 7 Country Lad Norman Greenbaum 2:20
  9. 8 The Day the Well Went Dry Norman Greenbaum 2:33
  10. 9 New Dead Shrimp Blues Norman Greenbaum 3:19
  11. 10 Crazy Over You Norman Greenbaum 2:37
  12. 11 Japanese Silky Norman Greenbaum 1:39
  13. 12 Weird Norman Greenbaum 2:23
  14. 13 Daddy I Know Norman Greenbaum 2:54
  15. 14 Hook and Ladder Norman Greenbaum 2:42
  16. 15 Skyline Norman Greenbaum 3:8
  17. 16 Canned Ham Norman Greenbaum 2:50
  18. 17 Marcy Norman Greenbaum 3:8
  19. 18 School for Sweet Talk Norman Greenbaum 2:51
  20. 1 Children of Paradise Norman Greenbaum 2:6
  21. 2 California Earthquake Norman Greenbaum 3:7
  22. 3 Damper Norman Greenbaum 2:55
  23. 4 The Eggplant That Ate Chicago Norman Greenbaum 2:42
  24. 5 Back Home Again Norman Greenbaum 2:41
  25. 6 The Day They Sold Beer in Church Norman Greenbaum 4:2
  26. 7 Gondoliers, Shakespeares, Overseers, Playboys and Bums Norman Greenbaum 2:17
  27. 8 Jubilee Norman Greenbaum 2:55
  28. 9 Alice Bodine Norman Greenbaum 3:38
  29. 10 Tars of India Norman Greenbaum 2:57
  30. 11 The Power Norman Greenbaum 2:32
  31. 12 Good Lookin' Woman Norman Greenbaum 4:12
  32. 13 Milk Cow Norman Greenbaum 2:59
  33. 14 Save Me for a Rainy Day Norman Greenbaum 2:39
  34. 15 Chocolate Milk Norman Greenbaum 1:53
  35. 16 Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum 3:57
  36. 17 Norman Greenbaum Radio Promo Norman Greenbaum 0:49

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