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There are a lot of ways to make fun of music that takes itself too seriously. Weird Al Yankovic changes the words. Stan Freberg added sarcastic dialogue. Spike Jones punctured its pomp with sirens and gunshots, and generally overwhelmed it with mayhem. Mayhem is rather popular these days, which may explain why these half-century-old recordings have attracted a lot of fans far too young to remember hearing them in the '40s on shellac 78s or on Spike's popular CBS radio show or at his live performances, which were veritable traveling circuses with casts of 50 or more. What seemed like mayhem, however, was very well organized chaos: Spike hired the best musicians money ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dr. Demento
There are a lot of ways to make fun of music that takes itself too seriously. Weird Al Yankovic changes the words. Stan Freberg added sarcastic dialogue. Spike Jones punctured its pomp with sirens and gunshots, and generally overwhelmed it with mayhem. Mayhem is rather popular these days, which may explain why these half-century-old recordings have attracted a lot of fans far too young to remember hearing them in the '40s on shellac 78s or on Spike's popular CBS radio show or at his live performances, which were veritable traveling circuses with casts of 50 or more. What seemed like mayhem, however, was very well organized chaos: Spike hired the best musicians money could buy, and drove them relentlessly -- much like Frank Zappa was to do later on. Much of the playing is still awe-inspiring after all these years, as is the totally over-the-top clowning of Spike's henchmen Doodles Weaver, George Rock, Red Ingle, and Sir Frederic Gas. RCA has had a 12-song best-of in its catalog since 1960!, but this is a new package, bursting with 20 terrific tracks. "Cocktails for Two," "Der Fuehrer's Face," "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," and other all-time smasholas are joined by lesser-known gems like "Clink Clink, Another Drink" Mel Blanc's disc debut in 1942, "Ya Wanna Buy a Bunny?" an Eastertime perennial on the Dr. Demento Show, and the rather non-PC "Chinese Mule Train." All in all, a fine single-disc collection and a great introduction. For a stronger dose, go for Rhino's 2-CD MUSICAL DEPRECIATION REVUE.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There have been many compilations of Spike Jones' music, but few have been better than RCA's 1999 collection, Greatest Hits. Over the course of 20 tracks, all of Jones' best-known songs are presented in their best-known versions, including "Leave the Dishes in the Sink, Ma," "My Old Flame," "Der Fuehrer's Face," "The Sheik of Araby, " "William Tell Overture," and "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth." For the curious and dedicated alike, this is very useful indeed, since never before have so many of Jones' classics been presented on one disc, complete with strong liner notes and good fidelity.
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  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636781426
  • Catalog Number: 67814

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spike Jones Primary Artist
Sara Berner Vocals
Carl Grayson Vocals, Narrator
Red Ingle Vocals
Freddie Morgan Vocals
Del Porter Vocals
Paul Judson Vocals
Giggie Royse Vocals
Doodles Weaver Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Boys in the Backroom Vocals
Technical Credits
Amilcare Ponchielli Composer
Spike Jones Arranger, Composer
Don Gardner Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Mel Blanc Sound Effects
Tommie Connors Composer
Carrie Hamilton Art Direction
Joseph F. Laredo Liner Notes
Doodles Weaver Arranger, Composer
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