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The Naked Truth
Joel Mabus In Concert

(fossil 288)

Released as an LP vinyl record in 1988, then on cassette and CD soon after.
Again Available!  Re-issued in October 2002 with expanded notes

how to order this cd
(available for download, too)

The tanned, clean-shaven young fellow on the cover may look like a younger brother to me now, but in the last days of the Reagan administration it was my face. I had just recorded a concert of newly written songs and was ready to roll them out into the wider world. Inside is a booklet with some reflections from the 21st century on this concert of some 15 years past. On the disc is the music just as it was -- one cold night in East Lansing, Michigan, January 15, 1988 at The Ten Pound Fiddle with 400 witnesses in attendance. I had my Martin D-21 guitar and my old Vega banjo and a bag full of new songs. And that's the naked truth.

Voted one of the
top 10 folk albums of the year
by both Boston's WUMB
and Harvard's radio, WHRB



THE SONGS:
The Only Way Out
Duct Tape Blues [a new version of this song appears on the Retold album]
Touch A Name On The Wall [a new version of this song appears on the Retold album]
The Naked Truth [a new version of this song appears on the Retold album]
Thom Paine's Dream
Hitler Was A Vegetarian
Shiny On The Outside
Ain't America Beautiful
Testing 1...2...3...
The Water's Wide
Swing That Thing [a new version of this song appears on the Retold album]


[read the lyrics]

[read the liner notes]


ordering information


Looking for the Duct Tape Blues? Yes, its on the Naked Truth CD.
But an alternate 2001 version is available as an
MP3 download only. Click HERE to get the MP3! Click HERE to read the new lyrics.

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2008 Joel Mabus