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You are too hard on yourself, Pat.
johnspence1967... - john spence baltimore, maryland usa - 27Jan2020 2:22 AM
When I bought this vinyl, I was expecting more of the same from the first 4 albums. I think the only reference to drinking was your"waking up each morning in a new hotel, trying to make it to breakfast, & sometimes doing quite well." Well Pat, sometimes even the best laid plans go wrong, & I will meet you on that corner with another pair of sunglasses on. I was originally disappointed, and considered it your "Country" album. But as you said, the best for last, Angels. I wore that track out. Overall, it is a good album. And if you're into ranking systems (not me - ,mine is 0-1, no or yes, this is a yes) I guess you pick one album to be the best, and one the worst. I say screw thta, and yes your bass playing on South America (Gift of Music volume 2 for me)

I think music is good, it's only our tastes that differ. Thanks for the background on its recording, signing all my vinyl/cd;s, and being so nice to me and my mom.

Now it's time to put the lotion in the basket,.................. and type screwball

Distressed Gentle folk
Vultureinc... - Glenn Presely/Toronto Can. - 3Oct2017 8:00 PM
Was playing my first pressing
Brit in Port was looking for list of people on inner sleeve
And came across Pat's thoughts about the lp! Well we must thank him for getting it so wrong to him self,we looking at the other coments were the better for it.A beautiful lush cheeky at times yes but a wonderful vynil from the 80's

Mystified by Pat's evaluation of the album
bocacorazon... - marcos [at]-remove- Dallas, TX, USA - 13Jan2017 7:33 AM
This was my first JBC record, and I still consider it their best. It is definitely one of my desert island records.

Still a favorite
jbwcomm... - Jonathan, New Hampshire USA - 20Sep2014 8:56 AM
Loved this album upon its release, haven't stopped loving it since. The only thing that changes is my favorite song on it, which is typically the one that is playing at the moment. Carried away on waves of digital reverb.

I love this record.
morebarsinmoreplaces... - Eric, San Francisco - 4Feb2013 10:02 PM
I don't understand why you're so down on it. It's the crowning achievement of the Max era.

Distressed Gentlefolk
lawlermcneil... - Michael McNeil...Minneapolis - 14Nov2010 11:09 PM
I bought this record in '88 and it really impressed on me a moment in time that is still there (me mind). I want to thank all the butchers for creating some
of the greatest music i'll always enjoy! Illuminate is also very good.

Distressed Gentlefolk
c_mason... - Catherine Mason, Newfoundland - 23Apr2007 6:06 AM
I came upon Distressed Gentlefolk years ago in cassette form and bought it without having any idea of what it was. I am glad I did. It is one of my favourite albums of all time, and my children, who were small then, loved it too, especially Domesticated Animals. My eldest daughter, who is very fond of pizza, thought one song was about a Pizza Lorry not Peter Lorre.
Tragically it is now worn out and I would dearly love to be able to get hold of a CD copy. I also have Fishcotheque on cassette which is also in a bad way. I have never come across any of the other albums.

I bet all his clothes were made in Thailand
spam... - Derick, Berkeley CA - 12Apr2006 12:25 PM
This is one of about 30 vinyl records that I actually hauled cross-country, since it's really indispensable IMHO. Back in the day (1988?) I worked out the chords to Nothing Special & would perplex people with my rendition...

Key to Distressed Gentlefolk sleeve
Griffon... - Michigan - 27Oct2005 4:22 PM
Anyone know the identity of the people on the Distressed Gentlefolk sleeve? Here's a start from starting with upper left and going in concentric spiral clockwise (numbered by go-round, guesses described without name - most all except obvious are guesses and didn't check spelling):

1: Buster Keaton, bearded man, black female, young man, Allen Ginsberg, Judy Garland (below), African man, Bela Lugosi, man in profile, Marianne Faithful, older man, smiling woman, closely shaved man, buffalo, Richard Burton, bearded man2, coiffed man, puppet man, collared man, Indian chief, scarfed man, wrinkled man

2: Vincent Van Gogh, sunglassed man, Syd Barrett, moustachioed man, Dylan Thomas, white shirted man, shakespeare looking man, queenly woman, Oscar Wilde, African man2, Patty Hearst, Trotsky (no couldn't be), Billie Holiday, smoking man, engraved mustachioed man, George Orwell and child, cat people orchestra

3: Rainer Fassbinder, Brian Wilson (below), tortured cat, eye-rolling man, Janis Joplin, bespectacled man, Charlie "Bird" Parker, smiling man in profile

That's all for now. Any help or insight as to inspiration would be appreciated.

Distressed Gentlefolk
you... - Dolydoodles - Uof K - 19Mar2004 1:04 PM
I think this is a Fine album. Just found it again (once in a while I dust off the old vinyls and crank up the Leak) and I'm back in my carefree teenage years - ahh bliss.

This is the only JB album I posess (or have heard) so I'm kind of scared of destroying the illusion - since the JB's comments about this album are mostly dirogatory, does this mean that The rest of the discography rises to even giddyer heights of brilliance, or won't I like them at all?

Anyway, thanks for this one - even if the rest turn out to be pants!