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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Freedomland, USA !

From Wikipedia:

Freedomland U.S.A. (usually just called Freedomland) was a short-lived, U.S. history-themed amusement park in the Baychester area in the northeastern part of the Borough of The Bronx, New York City. Its slogan was "The World's Largest Entertainment Center" (later, "The World's Largest Outdoor Family Entertainment Center").

Freedomland opened on June 19, 1960. It closed at the end of the 1964 season when it failed to make a profit.

It was an attempt to have East Coast competitor to the newly-opened Disneyland in California.

As part of the publicity push at its opening, Freedomland had an album!

Listening to this album will give you a funny feeling.  If your grandparents dressed like 13-year-olds, and you went to the mall with them, then you would feel the same way.  It's not that you don't love your grandparents (or America, which is celebrated in this album) -- it's just that you cringe at the presentation.

This project is such a cheesy, overdone, artificial presentation of some aspects of America, that itis almost creepy.  Kind of like the overproduced version of a folksong, to the extent that any possibility of spontaneity is removed, there also the worthiness and value is gone.

So, listen, and cringe, to Freedomland USA!

01 - Overture to "Freedomland"
02 - Little Old New York
03 - Satellite City
04 - Danny the Dragon
05 - The Jalopy Song
06 - Pine Country
07 - Johnny Freedom
08 - On the Showboat
09 - San Francisco Fran
10 - So Long, Ma
11 - The Chicago Fire

Here's the link:

An interesting piece of Artificial Americana.

1 comment:

  1. Any chance you can repost this one, as I would love to give it a listen, and possibly cringe ;-)