Hooked Up Classics

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Shawn Lee dons his Ping Pong Orchestra cap to pay tribute not so much to the orchestral classics of the classical canon, but more to the Hooked on Classics series of albums that were so popular in the early 1980s. On those records, Louis Clark of the Electric Light Orchestra arranged the most famous themes by the great composers, so as to be simpatico with a generation of listeners who were readily acquainted with classical music, but who were in the mood for something more contemporary. Clark used the popular production techniques of the day and fused them to disco beats. In the process, he created a kitschy craze. Lee's look at Clark takes his idea and stretches it very ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Shawn Lee dons his Ping Pong Orchestra cap to pay tribute not so much to the orchestral classics of the classical canon, but more to the Hooked on Classics series of albums that were so popular in the early 1980s. On those records, Louis Clark of the Electric Light Orchestra arranged the most famous themes by the great composers, so as to be simpatico with a generation of listeners who were readily acquainted with classical music, but who were in the mood for something more contemporary. Clark used the popular production techniques of the day and fused them to disco beats. In the process, he created a kitschy craze. Lee's look at Clark takes his idea and stretches it very close to the breaking point, with requisite humor. His reading of the "1812 Overture" is redubbed out -- Augustus Pablo meets Lee Perry -- with the main lyric theme played on a melodica. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" employs a subtle snare breakbeat, a Japanese koto, and electric guitars on the crescendos, adding a nice electronic fantasia for a cadenza. "Ride of the Valkyries" gets a full Deodato-esque treatment with deft, funky basslines added to orchestral harmonics. In further reference, Lee also gets his Ping Pong machine to put the Deodato freak on "Also Sprach Zarathustra" while actually checking the musical arrangement by Clark. The driving bassline and the popping hand- and kit-looped percussion overdrive the melody as layers of psych guitars and funky keys add a trace of Isaac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft" to the proceedings. Then there's the beach blanket bong-out surf workout of Maurice Ravel's "Bolero. "You get the idea. After his collaborations with vocalists on Sing a Song and Into the Wind -- an outing with Chinese classical guzheng player Bei Bei -- Hooked Up Classics is a pleasant return to Lee's love of library music and is at least as kitschy as the records he's paying tribute to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • UPC: 780661128021
  • Catalog Number: 11280
  • Sales rank: 116,307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 1812 Overture - Shawn Lee (2:54)
  2. 2 Swan Lake - Shawn Lee (2:22)
  3. 3 Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Shawn Lee (1:48)
  4. 4 Ride of the Valkyries - Shawn Lee (2:42)
  5. 5 Gymnopédie No. 1 - Shawn Lee (2:55)
  6. 6 Peter and the Wolf - Shawn Lee (2:40)
  7. 7 Also Sprach Zarathustra - Shawn Lee (3:28)
  8. 8 Flight of the Bumblebee - Shawn Lee (4:23)
  9. 9 Bolero - Shawn Lee (6:40)
  10. 10 In the Hall of the Mountain King - Shawn Lee (2:30)
  11. 11 Romeo and Juliet - Shawn Lee (1:54)
  12. 12 Funeral March - Shawn Lee (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra Primary Artist, electronics
Shawn Lee Indexed Contributor
Andy Ross Flute, Saxophone
Dan Wood Piano, Chords
Dom Glover Trumpet
Technical Credits
Edvard Grieg Original Material
Sergey Prokofiev Original Material
Maurice Ravel Original Material
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Original Material
Richard Strauss Original Material
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Original Material
Richard Wagner Original Material
Erik Satie Original Material
Frédéric Chopin Original Material
George Horn Mastering
Shawn Lee Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Pierre Duplan Engineering
Kei Abe Artwork
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