Spiked!: The Music of Spike Jones

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Spike Jones & His City Slickers were accomplished musicians who could incorporate sneezes, belches, and all kinds of oddball percussion such as gunshots and bells into their arrangements of all kinds of music; "Dark Eyes" and "Holiday for Strings" with its cackle chorus are two of the best examples within this anthology. The musical comedy duo Homer & Jethro sing a zany lyric to the opera "Pagliacci," retitled "Pal-YatChee," while Paul Frees the man of a thousand voices, best known as the original voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy spoofs the popular baritones of the 1940s in "Dark Eyes." Two previously unreleased tracks from 1961, including Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Spike Jones & His City Slickers were accomplished musicians who could incorporate sneezes, belches, and all kinds of oddball percussion such as gunshots and bells into their arrangements of all kinds of music; "Dark Eyes" and "Holiday for Strings" with its cackle chorus are two of the best examples within this anthology. The musical comedy duo Homer & Jethro sing a zany lyric to the opera "Pagliacci," retitled "Pal-YatChee," while Paul Frees the man of a thousand voices, best known as the original voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy spoofs the popular baritones of the 1940s in "Dark Eyes." Two previously unreleased tracks from 1961, including Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and the rumba "Frantic Freeway," sound over-produced to the point where they would have been difficult to perform on-stage, unlike most of the material that Spike Jones recorded earlier in his career. Since a lot of this material is extremely hard to find elsewhere, this compilation is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/1994
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266198221
  • Catalog Number: 61982
  • Sales rank: 103,328

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spike Jones Primary Artist, Drums, Bandleader, cowbell
Homer & Jethro Vocals
Zep Meissner Clarinet, Saxophone
Perry Botkin Banjo
John Cyr Drums
King Jackson Trombone
Jack Marsh Bassoon
Bob Poland Saxophone
Lou Singer Xylophone
Stanley Wrightsman Piano
Mickey Katz Clarinet
Paul Frees Vocals
Hank Stern Tuba
Sir Frederick Gas Vocals
Bill DePew Clarinet, Saxophone
Carl Grayson Violin, Vocals
Jerry Houser Background Vocals
Bruce Hudson Trumpet
Red Ingle Clarinet, Vocals
Frank Leithner Piano
Freddie Morgan Banjo, Vocals
Phillip Shuken Flute
George Rock Trumpet, Vocals
Louis Adrian Conductor
Joe Colvin Trombone
Arthur Rando Clarinet, Saxophone
Del Porter Clarinet, Ocarina, Saxophone, Vocals
Herman Crone Piano
Art Most Trombone
Beauregard Lee Drums
Mary Jane Barton Harp
Jimmy Cassidy Vocals
Roger Donley Bass, Tuba
Chick Dougherty Trombone
Dick Gardner Violin
Candy Hall Bass
Luella Howard Flute
Merle Howard Clarinet, Saxophone
Paul Judson Vocals
Paul Leu Piano
Emilio Malione Clarinet, Saxophone
Eddie Metcalfe Clarinet, Saxophone
Betsy Mills Harp
Herschell Ratliff Tuba
Luther Roundtree Banjo
Susan Scott Vocals
Charlotte Tinsley Harp
Country Washburne Bass, Tuba
Doodles Weaver Vocals
Jack Golly Clarinet, Saxophone
Judie Manners Vocals
Fourfifths Vocals
The Rhythmaires Vocals
Tailwaggers Vocals
Joe Siracusa Drums
Don Anderson Trumpet
Dick Morgan Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Spike Jones Arranger, Composer, Sound Effects
Bill Davies Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Vincent Lopez Composer
Mickey Katz Vocal Effect
Dr. Horatio Q. Birdbath Vocal Effect
Carl Grayson Vocal Effect
Red Ingle Vocal Effect
Thomas Pynchon Liner Notes
George Rock Vocal Effect
Spike Jones & His City Slickers Composer
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Paul Williams Producer
Johnny Morris Composer
Louis Adrian Arranger
Tim Page Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bill Lacy Remastering
Willie Spicer Contributor
Del Porter Arranger, Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Mack David Composer
Art Spiegelman Art Direction, Cover Art
Foster Carling Arranger, Composer
Jerry Hausner Vocal Effect
Country Washburne Arranger, Composer
Doodles Weaver Arranger
Scott Johnson Art Direction
Thurland Chattaway Composer
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