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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Spike Jones developed the art of musical parody to an impossibly high level during the 1940s, combining elements of vaudeville with sight gags, loud suits, unusual props, and top-notch musicians to execute the challenging arrangements. Harlequin, which has been by far the best label to compile rare recordings and transcriptions by Jones and his band, put together 23 performances in this collection, some of which were recorded live before an audience. Among them are two unissued alternate takes of "Popcorn Sack" (plus a false start), featuring voice-over specialist Paul Frees (who was the long time voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy) doing impressions of several movie stars of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Spike Jones developed the art of musical parody to an impossibly high level during the 1940s, combining elements of vaudeville with sight gags, loud suits, unusual props, and top-notch musicians to execute the challenging arrangements. Harlequin, which has been by far the best label to compile rare recordings and transcriptions by Jones and his band, put together 23 performances in this collection, some of which were recorded live before an audience. Among them are two unissued alternate takes of "Popcorn Sack" (plus a false start), featuring voice-over specialist Paul Frees (who was the long time voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy) doing impressions of several movie stars of the 1940s, including Bing Crosby, Edward G. Robinson, and even Katharine Hepburn! The band's star trumpet soloist, George Rock, contributed the swinging "Minka." Doodles Weaver cracks up everyone with his popular Indianapolis 500 announcer bit in a deconstruction of "Dance of the Hours." Favorites like "'Holiday for Strings" and "Glow Worm" (the latter featuring soprano Aileen Carlisle) are also part of the fun. The detailed liner notes and vintage photographs make this an essential CD for fans of Spike Jones & His City Slickers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Harlequin Records
  • UPC: 008637217822
  • Catalog Number: 178
  • Sales rank: 272,981

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spike Jones Primary Artist, Leader, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
King Jackson Trombone
Spike Jones & His City Slickers Ensemble
Joe Colvin Trombone
Chick Daugherty Trombone
John Stanley Trombone
Technical Credits
Amilcare Ponchielli Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Carly Simon Composer
Spike Jones Composer
Russ Morgan Composer
John Wood Liner Notes
Sheldon Allman Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
David Rose Composer
Stamford Festival String Orchestra Composer
Don Was Composer
Ned Washington Composer
George Bassman Composer
Freddie Morgan Composer
George Rock Composer
Moisés Simóns Composer
Joe Hayden Composer
Earl Bennett Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Paul Lincke Composer
Edward Madden Composer
Eddie Maxwell Composer
Charles R. McCarron Composer
Lilla C Robinson Composer
Marion Sunshine Composer
Arthur Swanstrom Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Eddie Cherkose Composer
Doodles Weaver Composer
Theodore Morse Composer
Shamus O'Connor Composer
Carey Morgan Composer
John Wood Liner Notes
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