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So Long Sam (1945-2006) was a one-off performance by The Residents, held at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive on June 4th 2010. It was a work-in-progress version of lead singer Randy Rose's one-man cabaret performance Sam's Enchanted Evening, which Rose performed solo between October 2011 and March 2012.

So Long Sam featured re-interpretations of popular hits from the mid-20th century, and told the story of Sam (personified by Rose) and his troubles with romance, his unhealthy sex addiction, and his questions about his sexuality. During the performance Rose and The Residents were accompanied by a small string orchestra.

A digital-only EP of the same name credited to The Residents, featuring four songs recorded during the June 4th show, was released later that month on the group's Robot Selling Device.

History

The first public performance of Randy Rose's one-man cabaret show Sam's Enchanted Evening was held under the working title So Long Sam, and featured a small string orchestra backing Rose. This performance was held at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive on June 4th 2010. Later in the month, four songs from the performance were released as a digital-only EP via the group's Robot Selling Device online store.

A digital-only EP of demos by Rose recorded prior to this performance, entitled Sam's Enchanted Evening (Original Demos), was released via the Robot Selling Device the following year.

The final, retitled version of the show, which featured an expanded set list and new arrangements of the songs, was performed by Rose in Berkeley and New York between October 2011 and March 2012.

So Long Sam was professionally filmed and the complete video of the show was released by the museum on their YouTube channel on January 30th 2013.

Set list

  1. September
  2. Sixteen Tons
  3. September
  4. Ode to Billie Joe
  5. Ring of Fire
  6. True Love Never Runs Smooth
  7. Livin' la Vida Loca
  8. Who Do You Love?
  9. Moon River
  10. Walk On By
  11. Born to Be Wild
  12. The Ballad Of Mack The Knife
  13. Paint It Black
  14. The Windmills of Your Mind
  15. Happy Trails

Robot Selling Device EP (2011)

So Long Sam is a digital-only EP by The Residents, featuring four songs from a work-in-progress version of Randy Rose's one-man show Sam's Enchanted Evening.

The tracks on the EP were recorded at the June 4th 2010 performance at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and was released via the group's Robot Selling Device online store later that month. The EP includes individual cover art for each track.

All four songs on the EP are classic pop/rock covers:

  • "True Love Never Runs Smooth" by Gene Pitney in 1963
  • "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf in 1968
  • "Ode To Billy Joe" by Bobbie Gentry in 1967
  • "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones in 1966.

Track listing

  1. True Love Never Runs Smooth (Bacharach/David) (2:54)
  2. Born To Be Wild (Bonfire) (4:36)
  3. Ode To Billy Joe (Gentry) (4:37)
  4. Paint It Black (Jagger/Richards) (2:30)

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