Recall seeing those "songs-poems" ads in the back pages of supermarket tabloids? Ever wonder about the quality of material submitted, and for a fee, then recorded? If so, look no further than this col

Recall seeing those "songs-poems" ads in the back pages of supermarket tabloids? Ever wonder about the quality of material submitted, and for a fee, then recorded? If so, look no further than this collection. Subtitled Do You Know the Difference Between Big Wood and Brush—also the title of the opening track by Gary Roberts & the Satellites—The American Song-Poem Anthology shines the light on what can best be described as "vanity projects," concocted by hopeful castle-builders and daydreamers—and then recorded by "studio professionals" in Hollywood, Nashville, and New York. The 28 featured tracks, many of which date back to the late '60s—the bulk of which include the most unbelievable lyrics known to mankind—traverse many musical plains, encompassing country (Milford Perkins' "The Duck Egg Walk"), disco (Bill Joy's "How Long Are You Staying"), soul (Randy Rudolph's "Ho, I Got to Find You Baby"), and the unclassifiable (Ramsey Kearney's "Blind Man's Penis [Peace and Love]"). Wickedly twisted, gloriously bad fun. But at nearly 76 minutes, this may simply be too much of a "good" thing.—MP