The 1971 concept album, ‘Victim of the Joke?…An Opera’ is the third solo LP from the acclaimed producer, songwriter, and singer David Porter. Listed as one of the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” by Rolling Stone, Porter
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 and sound effects 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 artists like The Notorious B.I.G (Who Shot Ya), the Wu-Tang Clan (Duel Of The Iron Mic) and Madlib (Medicine Dub).
This is the first-time Victim of the Joke? has been reissued on vinyl.
If I Give It Up, I Want It Back / When You Have To Sneak / Help / (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over / Storm In The Summertime / Pretty Inside / Human / Airplane Ticket, Bus Ride, Can I Borrow Your Car?
Craft Recordings CR00198