The Best of Spike Jones, Vol. 1 [RCA]by Spike Jones
Given that it contains a mere 12 tracks, this is hardly an end-all and be-all overview of the career of America's greatest musical anarchist, Spike Jones, but if you're looking for a good beginners' sampler or want to get a friend or loved one hooked on Jones' cornball genius, you could hardly do better than this handy single-disc collection. The Best of Spike Jones, Vol. 1 has most of the best-known hits from Jones and his band (including "Cocktails for Two," "The William Tell Overture," "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)," and "Der Fuehrer's Face"), and the performances here capture the City Slickers at their best. The stop-on-a-dime precision of their barrage of organized noise is truly remarkable (even more so given that these sides mostly date from the era before editing and overdubbing were commonplace in the recording studio), and while these tunes are consistently hilarious, they also work remarkably well as music. (Though this sure ain't easy listening -- this was probably the loudest and most disorienting popular music of the pre-rock era, which I regard as a compliment.) While RCA's upgraded 1999 Greatest Hits CD offers most of the same tunes in higher fidelity and Rhino's Musical Depreciation Review: The Spike Jones Anthology is a close-to-definitive career overview, for many years, The Best of Spike Jones, Vol. 1 was the best Jones compilation extant, and anyone wanting a portable set of Spike Jones classics will find that it still fills the bill nicely. Now back to Doodles Weaver in the press box...
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Performance CreditsSpike Jones Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals,Bandleader
Paul Frees Vocals
Horatio Q. Birdbath Vocals
Carl Grayson Vocals
Red Ingle Vocals
Aileen Carlisle Vocals
Jimmy Cassidy Vocals
Dick Gardner Violin
Helen Grayco Vocals
Paul Judson Vocals
Doodles Weaver Vocals
Technical CreditsAmilcare Ponchielli Composer
Spike Jones Arranger,Composer
Willie Spicer Contributor
Doodles Weaver Arranger,Composer
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If you like Wierd Al, or any other musical parodies, you will love Spike Jones. If you are at least 40, you will definitely remember some of his best works. I don't think I've met ten people who, when asked, had not heard of "In Der Furhrer's Face". He and his band were just about the craziest bunch of guys I had ever seen. They put on one great fun time of a performance. Don't miss this CD. It's great!
MUSIC LOVERS MAY GROAN, BUT IF SPIKE JONES AND THE CITY SLICKERS DON'T PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE WITH THE FIRST CUT "COCKTAILS FOR TWO", YOUR FUNNY BONE HAS BEEN DISLOCATED. THE WW2 CLASSIC "DER FUERHRERS FACE" IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, AND THE "DANCE OF THE HOURS" & "WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE" WILL REMIND ALL THAT MUSIC IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN AS WELL AS FUNNY! SPIKE MAY HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING BUT THE ANGELIC CHOIRS HAVE NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE HE ARRIVED! RELOCATE YOUR FUNNYBONE AND ENJOY!