At His Very Best

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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
A legendary workaholic when it came to planning recording projects, Spike Jones might have completely imploded had he been able to predict a future in repackaging and reissuing his own material. Since 2002 alone there have been more than a dozen new sets, mostly falling into a greatest-hits classification. The Rex set titled At His Very Best originated in 2003, and was then repackaged and reissued in 2006. During that same period, keeping up with this particular, Jones involved a series of well organized volumes on the Naxos label, a "worst of," an "essentials," a "proper introduction" and of course throughout it all the greatest-hits sets continuing to breed like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
A legendary workaholic when it came to planning recording projects, Spike Jones might have completely imploded had he been able to predict a future in repackaging and reissuing his own material. Since 2002 alone there have been more than a dozen new sets, mostly falling into a greatest-hits classification. The Rex set titled At His Very Best originated in 2003, and was then repackaged and reissued in 2006. During that same period, keeping up with this particular, Jones involved a series of well organized volumes on the Naxos label, a "worst of," an "essentials," a "proper introduction" and of course throughout it all the greatest-hits sets continuing to breed like rabbits. In terms of entertaining music it is all like going to the beach on a nice day. Some sets have more frills than others in terms of accompanying material such as liner notes and photography; the Rex set is a winner for reasons of musical choice mostly. With nearly 50 tracks it is certainly generous programming, what is even better is the balance between the familiar and the rare. The "Charleston" sets things in motion, a dizzying competition between fad and bad, not the first or last time the Jones outfit annihilates a popular hit, a point any of the greatest-hits sets make with near universal inclusion of acknowledged career highlights: "Holiday for Strings," "William Tell Overture," "Chloe," "Liebestraum," and of course "Riders in the Sky," which the Rex set lets out of the stable early. From there things get quite interesting, "Ya Wanna Buy a Bunny?" taking the listener down a rabbit-hole where even Bugs Bunny would cry out for law and order. The band makes chop suey out of a polka, delivers a fairly straightforward rendition of a vintage, virtuoso trombone feature, and mines for embarrassing body noise gold with hilarious "Wild Bill Hiccup." A western theme reoccurs for the final four tracks, insanity gunning down decorum "Behind Those Swinging Doors" as the "The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along." Using chunks, but not the entirety, of albums originally devoted to certain musical issues is a great way of maintaining variety, not that this is so much of an issue in the case of Jones. "A Serenade to a Jerk" and "I Dream of Brownie with the Light Blue Jeans" are further delights of this collection, obviously programmed by a Jones fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Rex
  • UPC: 827565000425
  • Catalog Number: 302
  • Sales rank: 129,440

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Charleston (2:45)
  2. 2 The Glow Worm (3:08)
  3. 3 Riders in the Sky (3:31)
  4. 4 Ya Wanna Buy a Bunny? (3:22)
  5. 5 Jones Polka (2:38)
  6. 6 Lassus Trombone (3:24)
  7. 7 MacNamara's Band (2:41)
  8. 8 Black Bottom (2:32)
  9. 9 Wild Bill Hiccup (3:23)
  10. 10 Laura (3:00)
  11. 11 I'm in the Mood for Love (3:01)
  12. 12 (I'm Forever ) Blowing Bubble Gum (3:21)
  13. 13 Love in Bloom (3:29)
  14. 14 My Old Flame (3:31)
  15. 15 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (3:33)
  16. 16 The Jones Laughing Record - Tommy Pederson (2:46)
  17. 17 Rhapsody from Hunger (3:10)
  18. 18 Our Hour (The Puppy Love Song) (3:24)
  19. 19 People Are Funnier Than Anybody (3:08)
  20. 20 Holiday for Strings (3:12)
  21. 21 Drip, Drip, Drip (3:13)
  22. 22 As Time Goes By (2:45)
  23. 23 None But the Lonely Heart (3:19)
  24. 24 [Untitled] (3:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Dream of Brownie with the Light Blue Jeans (3:17)
  2. 2 Chloe (Song Of The Swamp) (3:13)
  3. 3 Hawaiian War Chant (2:51)
  4. 4 Cocktails for Two (3:07)
  5. 5 You Always Hurt the One You Love (2:54)
  6. 6 Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy (3:06)
  7. 7 Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Jeep (2:29)
  8. 8 The Man on the Flying Trapeze (3:10)
  9. 9 Leave the Dishes in the Sink Ma (2:58)
  10. 10 Old MacDonald Had a Farm (3:16)
  11. 11 Our Hour (The Puppy Love Song) (3:33)
  12. 12 A Serenade to a Jerk (3:16)
  13. 13 William Tell Overture (3:25)
  14. 14 Hotcha Cornia (Black Eyes) (2:36)
  15. 15 Blue Danube (2:57)
  16. 16 Pop Corn Sack (3:07)
  17. 17 Holiday for Strings (2:52)
  18. 18 That Old Black Magic (2:30)
  19. 19 Clink, Clink, Another Drink (2:23)
  20. 20 Liebestraum (3:14)
  21. 21 Behind Those Swingin' Doors (3:08)
  22. 22 The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along (2:53)
  23. 23 Red Wing (2:26)
  24. 24 I Wanna Go Back to West Virginia (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spike Jones Primary Artist, Vocals
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Mickey Katz Vocals
Paul Frees Vocals
Carl Grayson Vocals
Red Ingle Vocals
Frank Leithner Vocals
Freddie Morgan Vocals
George Rock Vocals
Willie Spicer Vocals
Aileen Carlisle Vocals
Jimmy Cassidy Vocals
Dick Gardner Violin
Helen Grayco Vocals
Paul Judson Vocals
Doodles Weaver Vocals
Jack Golly Vocals
Bernard Morgan Narrator
Technical Credits
James P. Johnson Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
David Raksin Composer
Ned Washington Composer
George Bassman Composer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Ross de Plessis Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
George Leybourne Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Grace Shannon Composer
Bill Crago Composer
Britt Wood Composer
Traditional Composer
Bernie Tyrrell Liner Notes
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