Wackiest Album in the Universe, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The 18 sides on this compilation are among the best-known novelty singles from "the golden age of rock & roll", circa the mid-'50s and early '60s. While a majority of the tunes are explicitly one-off comedic efforts -- "Monster Mash" Bobby Pickett, "Purple People Eater" Sheb Wooley, "Witch Doctor" David Seville, and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bed Post Overnight" Rolf Harris -- there are others that are essentially ultra-catchy or should that read ultra-kitschy? pop songs. Those would include "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" Brian Hyland, "Pink Shoelaces" Dodie Stevens, "Splish Splash" Bobby Darin, and "Goodbye Cruel World" James ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The 18 sides on this compilation are among the best-known novelty singles from "the golden age of rock & roll", circa the mid-'50s and early '60s. While a majority of the tunes are explicitly one-off comedic efforts -- "Monster Mash" Bobby Pickett, "Purple People Eater" Sheb Wooley, "Witch Doctor" David Seville, and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bed Post Overnight" Rolf Harris -- there are others that are essentially ultra-catchy or should that read ultra-kitschy? pop songs. Those would include "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" Brian Hyland, "Pink Shoelaces" Dodie Stevens, "Splish Splash" Bobby Darin, and "Goodbye Cruel World" James Darren. In addition to running over 70 minutes, 1997's Wackiest Album in the Universe, Vol. 1 boasts a few tracks from folks whose work may prove harder to find, such as the Playmates "Beep Beep", Little Jimmy Dickens "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", and Charlie Drake "My Boomerang Won't Come Back". It's worth mentioning that the audio fidelity is very good to excellent, which cannot always be said of multi-artist collections like this. None of the recordings have been derived from vinyl sources, or at least there is no aural evidence or other analog artifacts. This is a highly recommended anthology for all interested parties, and it should be noted that while the "Vol. 1" in the title suggests a follow-up, there were no successors in the immediately ensuing years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/1997
  • Label: ESSEX
  • UPC: 084646707424
  • Catalog Number: 7074

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monster Mash
  2. 2 The Purple People Eater
  3. 3 Witch Doctor
  4. 4 Alley-Oop - The Hollywood Argyles
  5. 5 Mr. Custer
  6. 6 May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose
  7. 7 Pink Shoelaces
  8. 8 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
  9. 9 Beep Beep - The Playmates
  10. 10 Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - Edd "Kookie" Byrnes
  11. 11 Splish Splash
  12. 12 Yakety Yak
  13. 13 Running Bear
  14. 14 The Bird's the Word
  15. 15 Goodbye Cruel World
  16. 16 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight
  17. 17 Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
  18. 18 My Boomerang Won't Come Back
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Seville Track Performer
Sheb Wooley Track Performer
Little Jimmy Dickens Track Performer
The Coasters Track Performer
Bobby Darin Track Performer
Brian Hyland Track Performer
The Rivingtons Track Performer
Lonnie Donegan Track Performer
The Playmates Track Performer
James Darren Track Performer
Rolf Harris Track Performer
Johnny Preston Track Performer
Connie Stevens Track Performer
Dodie Stevens Track Performer
Larry Verne Track Performer
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes Track Performer
Charlie Drake Track Performer
Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bobby Darin Composer
Vincent M. Vero Producer
Eric Lewandoski Art Direction
Richard Appel Liner Notes
Murray "The K" Kaufman Composer
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