Band members Related acts
- Armand Schaubroeck - vocals, guitar
- none known
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: A Lot Of People Would Like To See Armand Schaubroeck...Dead
Country/State: Rochester, New York
Grade (cover/record): VG/VG
Comments: three LP set; gatefold cover; minor rig and edge wear; small name written on cover
GEMM catalog ID: 4477
Best known as the owner of Rochester, New York's House of Guitars, 1978's "A Lot Of People Would Like To See Armand Schaubroeck ... Dead" serves as Armand Schaubroeck's musical debut. Musically the album's a true one man show. Schaubroeck released the album on his own Mirror imprint and was credited with writing all of the material, handling much of the instrumentation, producing and arranging. An ambitious and highly personal autobiographical effort, the album documented Schaubroeck's young life, arrest and imprisonment on burglary and grand larceny charges. Only 17 when he was sentenced to prison, Schaubroeck had the misfortune of being sentenced to 18 months in New York's maximum security Elimra reformatory. Featuring an occasionally clumsy mix of dialog and songs, the set's quite ambitious (and occasionally almost scary in its intensity). Schaubroeck actually has a nice voice and a knack for penning attractive melodies ('Cut My Friend Down'), though there simply aren't too many stand alone songs. The collection's also surprisingly well produced and recorded (in quadraphonic sound to boot). At least to my ears, the album's so painfully personal that it's frequently difficult to get though. It'll also be tough slogging for most folks (even fans of real people releases), if only due to the fact this thing is simply so long - 22 selections spanning six sides ... That said, it's worth the time and energy, though you probably won't play it more than once .... (Nice cover there guy.)
1.) Scene 1: Armand (17 Years Old) Confesses His Crimes To a Priest "King of the Streets"
2.) Scene 2: Armand and Dan Go Down to "Rock a Bowl" To Steal Dimes from Bowling Ball Polishers (50s Live Band Plays In the Middle) "I Don't Care"
3.) Scene 3: Out On Bail Armand Is Alone with Suzie (Nigh Before Sentencing) "Love for the Last Time"
1.) Scene 4: Elmira Sound
2.) Scene 5: Mr. Tomato, the State Public Relations Director Addresses New Inmates
3.) Scene 6: Dr. Leiderman, State Psychologist, Interviews New Jacks Privately To Determine When They Will See the Parole Board and To What Institution the Inmates Will Be Sent "Games"
4.) Scene 7: Why Do Children Steal? (Armand and Dan's Background)
1.) Scene 8: Christmas Eve In Elmira "Cut My Friend Down"
2.) Scene 9: Dr. Leiderman, Interviews Howard Q. Sappy Who Was Sent Up for Attempt of Suicide "Streetwalker"
3.) Scene 10: An Inmate Reminds Armand of His Girl "The Young Boy"
1.) Scene 11: A Black and White are Arguing Over a Comic Book Because Each Wants To Look At All the Colors "I Wish To See Color"
2.) Scene 12: Mental Breakdown In Solitary Confinement "Fading Out"
3.) Scene 13: We, Like Lost Sheep Are Drifting
1.) Scene 14: New Young Inmate Meets Lifer
2.) Scene 15: Stage break (Taped Live) "God Damn You"
3.) Scene 16: Friday Night Radio Plays Old Tune Reminding The Population of the Streets "Sweet Sister Suzie" "Turn Off the Sound"
4.) Scene 17: Visiting Day
1.) Scene 18: Night Before Parole Board "One More Day, One More Night"
2.) Scene 19: Parole Board
3.) Scene 20: Hack Talks To Arm On the Way Out "Ex-Con"
4.) Scene 21: Dan & Armand Meet On Streets While Going To See Parole Officer
5.) Scene 22: "Warden's Circus"
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