Personnel: Oscar Brand (vocals, guitar); Dave Sears (vocals, banjo).
Oscar Brand's 1969 Tradition album Pie in the Sky & Other Folk Song Satires is one of the best documents of his authentic and spirited music. Over an amazingly long and prolific career (his first records were released in the late '40s), Brand had specialized in immediately appealing folk songs with a satirical edge, and Pie in the Sky delivers mightily on that count. Brand's comic delivery shines on "Talking Atom," and while some of his material is historically specific ("Tammany"), most of it is timeless ("A Dollar Ain't a Dollar Anymore"). ~ Anthony Tognazzini