THE MASKED MAURADERS The Complete Deity Recordings

The Complete Deity Recordings
One Good Joke Deserves Another

You should know the story already. Critic Greil Marcus printed a joke review in the October 18, 1969 issue of Rolling Stone magazine about a super session bootleg produced by Al Kooper, featuring Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and others. When some readers bit (it was pre-Internet, pre-instant skepticism, after all), Greil, with the help of Warner Bros. Records, turned the gag into reality by hiring members of the Berkeley group, The Cleanliness And Godliness Skiffle Band, to create the music that never existed. There was some basis in reality, though. In mid-1968 Al Kooper had, indeed, created his own Super Session, and had recorded his own 10 minute plus version of Donovan’s “Season Of The Witch,” events which are mimicked here. The end result of most of these tunes, however, is pretty dopey, except for the Rolling Stones parody, “I Can’t Get No Nookie” – a spot-on classic The Stones themselves should have covered. This is the 2001 Rhino Limited Edition reissue, adding the mono single that was released to promote the LP (see the original cover here). The limited edition Rhino CD exhausted its original print run long ago, but you can still find used copies at Amazon (HERE). Read Rolling Stone‘s original review by clicking below.

I Can’t Get No Nookie (5:30)
Duke of Earl (3:21)
Cow Pie (2:19)
I Am The Japanese Sandman (3:46)
The Book of Love (2:21)
Later (1:12)
More Or Less Hudson’s Bay Again (3:32)
Season Of The Witch (10:14)
Saturday Night At The Cow Palace (1:30)
Cow Pie (mono single version) (2:19)
I Can’t Get No Nookie (mono single version) (5:05)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 21:28 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2011 - 17:46 | Permalink

    This was hilarious at the time (I managed not to lose the LP) and still cuts it. "As rare as the return of Hegel's Comet" indeed!

  • April 22, 2013 - 20:19 | Permalink

    I thank you, good Captain. This is so interesting. To think that it was ACTUALLY the real folks, pretending to be imposters… WOW!

  • Tony
    April 23, 2013 - 13:33 | Permalink

    Is it funny? I don’t know. I couldn’t imagine that anybody thought, that this really was a recording by Bob, Paul, Mick, John & Al. The music is pure shit.

    • Willard
      April 23, 2013 - 13:43 | Permalink

      You have to remember… there was no mass communication in the 60s. AND… there were only a couple of music journalism magazines at the time. And the biggest one of all of them said it was real. I think when most people finally got around to hearing it, however, they got the joke.

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