Spike Jones in Hi-Fi (Spike Jones in Stereo)

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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
This album was also identified as Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, although just saying "Spike Jones, the monster one" has always worked fastest for identification purposes. Practically every record released in the late '50s said "in hi-fi" or "in stereo" on it anyway; in fact, this album makes both claims -- the former on the front in jagged, dripping monster letters and the latter on the back cover in a slightly more normal typeface. Voiceover artist Paul Frees, known for his Dracula and Peter Lorre imitations in cartoons, joins forces with the Jones band here for one of those completely perfect collaborations. Monsters are a rich source of comedy material as well as spine ...
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All Music Guide - Eugene Chadbourne
This album was also identified as Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, although just saying "Spike Jones, the monster one" has always worked fastest for identification purposes. Practically every record released in the late '50s said "in hi-fi" or "in stereo" on it anyway; in fact, this album makes both claims -- the former on the front in jagged, dripping monster letters and the latter on the back cover in a slightly more normal typeface. Voiceover artist Paul Frees, known for his Dracula and Peter Lorre imitations in cartoons, joins forces with the Jones band here for one of those completely perfect collaborations. Monsters are a rich source of comedy material as well as spine tingles, and Frees adds just the right dramatic continuity to the proceedings. The tracks include much manically tossed-off silliness cooked up by Jones and his arranging buddy Carl Brandt, such as "Teenage Brain Surgeon," definitely one of the Jones band's most rocking numbers. Then there are the classic standards that can be interpreted as having monstrous overtones. For example, having the hapless Frankenstein monster sing "Everything Happens to Me" might even make a listener forget the Billie Holiday version. The jokes even extend to the liner credits, where the vocal on "My Old Flame" is credited to one "I.M. Arson." The Jones band is in rip-roaring, startling form as usual, so hang on to your seats. Because of the content and how well it is pulled off, this is definitely recomended for children, who will probably want to keep it in their rooms once they see the cover.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742041026
  • Catalog Number: 410

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spike Jones Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals, Bandleader
Loulie Jean Norman Vocals
Thurl Ravenscroft Vocals
Paul Frees Vocals
George Rock Trumpet, Vocals
Ken Stevens Vocals
Technical Credits
Spike Jones Arranger, Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Alvino Rey Producer
Al Dubin Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Bob Fisher Mastering
Jay Livingston Composer
Thorne Nogar Engineer
Loulie Jean Norman Impersonations
Harry Warren Composer
Joseph F. Laredo Liner Notes
Paul Frees Impersonations
Arthur Johnston Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Eddie Maxwell Composer
Eddie Brandt Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Jim Jonson Cover Art, Cover Painting
Carl Brandt Arranger
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