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The Smothers Brothers Play It Straight

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The Smothers Brothers usually included a serious performance or two on their albums and, in response to fan requests, eventually made a mostly serious album. The Smothers Brothers Play It Straight, possibly influenced by country comedy duo Homer & Jethro's 1962 album Playing It Straight, spotlights the Smothers' musical attributes with mixed results. Dick Smothers is predictably much more comfortable with straight material than his brother, and sings four songs solo. Tom sings "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" without cracking a joke, but his other two solo turns provide the album's only comedy bits. Much of the material is pop rather than folk, reflecting the extent to which the commercial craze for folk groups had waned. More of a curiosity than anything, The Smothers Brothers Play It Straight makes it clear that comedy was the Smothers' strong suit. ~ Greg Adams
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lark Day The Smothers Brothers 2:48
  3. 2 The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face) The Smothers Brothers 3:9
  4. 3 Yesterday The Smothers Brothers 2:32
  5. 4 Little Sacka Sugar The Smothers Brothers 1:56
  6. 5 Someone to Talk My Troubles To The Smothers Brothers 3:8
  7. 6 Wanderlove The Smothers Brothers 4:9
  8. 7 Hound Dog Blues The Smothers Brothers 2:40
  9. 8 Down in the Valley The Smothers Brothers 3:56
  10. 9 The Write of Songs The Smothers Brothers 2:41
  11. 10 Silver Threads and Golden Needles The Smothers Brothers 2:25
  12. 11 People Change The Smothers Brothers 2:43
  13. 12 They Are Gone The Smothers Brothers 2:34
  14. 13 Almost The Smothers Brothers 5:33

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