If I woke up one night to a burning house and only had time to grab a handful or records, I would be making a beeline for this one, partly because it’s worth a few bucks and partly because I simply never tire of listening to this record. A few minutes into the LP, it becomes apparent to the listener that drugs were not kind to Mr. Ream and, while this record has some psychedelic qualities, there is nothing really hip about what he’s laying down on this thing—this is a guy who bleeds for his “art” and the somewhat pretentious title of the LP is actually fairly accurate, as the man is baring all on this baby with somewhat nightmarish, yet entertaining results. This is an honest testimony of a dude who did enough pot, acid, booze, smack and women to talk to God and return to earth with “The Answer” and is kind enough to share it with us on this mind-bending one-of-a-kind record.
For those who read what Jello Biafra had to say about this record in his interview in “Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 2”, allow me to set the record straight because he was partially mistaken. Kit Ream, indeed, was an heir to the Nabisco cookie fortune but the bit about him being in a cult is bull. It didn’t happen. The record was part of his rehab and was recorded at his own house with hired local musicians when he was 26. As far as I know, he is still alive and lives outside of San Diego.
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