David Porter - Victim of the Joke?: An Opera [180G]

David Porter - Victim of the Joke?: An Opera [180G]

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Reissued on Vinyl for the First Time Since Original 1971 Release; 180g LP All-Analog Mastered by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl and Pressed at Memphis Record Pressing

In the fall of 2019 Craft Recordings will reissue five albums from the Stax vault on 180-gram vinyl including The Bar-Kays' Gotta Groove, Booker T. & The M.G.'s Melting Pot, Delaney & Bonnie's Home, David Porter's Victim of the Joke?...An Opera, and Johnnie Taylor's Who's Making Love. All LPs have been cut from their original analog tapes by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl and manufactured at Memphis Record Pressing. These reissues are part of a yearlong celebration of Stax, and of the 50th anniversary of the legendary label's "Soul Explosion" – an era of rebuilding following its separation from Atlantic Records. During this period, the newly independent label not only signed fresh, emerging talent but also released an impressive collection of 27 albums and 30 singles in just a handful of months.

The 1971 concept album, Victim of the Joke?...An Opera is the third solo LP from the acclaimed producer, songwriter, and singer David Porter. This is the first time since the original release that it's been reissued on vinyl. Listed as one of the "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time" by Rolling Stone, Porter – who has penned hits for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, James Brown, and Céline Dion – established his career at Stax, working alongside writing partner Isaac Hayes. Together, the pair wrote over 200 songs, including Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and Carla Thomas' "B-A-B-Y."

Much like Hayes, the songwriter also took time to record as a solo artist, and this ambitious LP stands as a testament to his endless creative spirit. Victim of the Joke pairs original pop-infused soul music and covers (including an infectious rendition of The Beatles' "Help!") with interludes of dialogue to tell the story of a love affair. Porter's searing rendition of the standard "(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over" has been sampled in over 35 songs by such artists as The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and Mary J. Blige.

• 180g vinyl LP reissue from Craft Recordings
• Reissued on the format for the first time since original 1971 release
• All-analog mastering by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl
• Pressed at Memphis Record Pressing

  1. If I Give It Up, I Want It Back
  2. When You Have To Sneak
  3. Help
  4. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
  5. Storm In The Summertime
  6. Pretty Inside
  7. Human
  8. Airplane Ticket, Bus Ride, Can I Borrow Your Car?
  9. Piece Of My Heart