Gorilla [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 094638788928
  • Catalog Number: 878897

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 II 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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