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Gorilla [Bonus Tracks]
     

Gorilla [Bonus Tracks]

by Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
 

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Gorilla was the 1967 debut album by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, who would thereafter drop the "Doo Dah" from their name and establish themselves as the greatest satirical British pop band of all time. Their first effort is far more tentative and tamer than their second and third albums, when they hit their stride by expanding their musical and topical

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Gorilla was the 1967 debut album by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, who would thereafter drop the "Doo Dah" from their name and establish themselves as the greatest satirical British pop band of all time. Their first effort is far more tentative and tamer than their second and third albums, when they hit their stride by expanding their musical and topical recklessness. The Bonzos, after all, did not begin as a rock band, or even a pop band, but as a somewhat vaudevillian comedy outfit that owed a great deal to British music hall traditions. This album may be low-key, but that's not to say it doesn't retain a good deal of charm. The humor is extremely dry, subtle, and British, leaning more toward their trad jazz roots than the churning London pop
ock scene. It nonetheless includes a few great moments: the deadpan jazz vamp "The Intro and the Outro" (wherein a smarmy MC introduces a bevy of historical figures in a show band, including Adolf Hitler on vibes), the film noir satire "Mickey's Son and Daughter," and their vicious send-up of "The Sound of Music." It's not recommended as a starting point, but those who already appreciate these wonderful British eccentrics will find this an enjoyable document of the band's more restrained roots. [The 2007 expanded reissue of Gorilla contains seven bonus tracks including hot jazz covers: "My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies," "I'm Gonna Bring a Watermelon to My Girl Tonight," a previously unreleased early version of "Ali Baba's Camel," "On Her Doorstep Last Night," "Button Up Your Overcoat," a reinterpretation of Dallas Frazier's "Alley Oop," and the BBC recording of Viv Stanshall/Neil Innes' original "The Craig Torso Show," which contains interpolations of "I Remember You," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and "Oh Carol." As with all the 2007 Bonzo reissues, there are very good liner notes by Neil Innes, whose intro may be recycled through all five discs, but that repetition is redeemed by his fine track-by-track commentary, which covers the bonus cuts as well.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0094638788928
catalogNumber:
878897

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonzo Dog Band   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Roger Ruskin Spear   Composer
Vivian Stanshall   Composer,Cover Design
Lewis Brown   Composer
Noel Gay   Composer
Gerry Bron   Producer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Pete Ritzema   Engineer
Fred Rose   Composer
Rodney Slater   Composer
Ethelbert Nevin   Composer
Larry Smith   Composer
Edward Lisbona   Composer
Leslie Sarony   Composer
Charles Amberg   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Stanley Damerell   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Fred Raymond   Composer

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