World of Fireworks

World of Fireworks

by Little Jack Melody
     
 

This is the second in a set of carefully produced and articulately arranged albums, with a detached, dreamlike feel. The tuba once again figures prominently in the tightly designed brass, percussion, and accordion arrangements. As on the previous album, On the Blank Generation, there is a variety of musical styles here. They vary in genre from klezmer to LatinSee more details below

Overview

This is the second in a set of carefully produced and articulately arranged albums, with a detached, dreamlike feel. The tuba once again figures prominently in the tightly designed brass, percussion, and accordion arrangements. As on the previous album, On the Blank Generation, there is a variety of musical styles here. They vary in genre from klezmer to Latin to '60s lounge jazz to traditional circus ring music. (A contemporary remake of La Strada well might cull a tune for its background from this album.) This is not pop music in the traditional emotional, self-confessional vein. Few personal stories are told. Although at times it seems that personal metaphors are hinted at in some of the songs, interpretations of them seem difficult to make. However, World of Fireworks will appeal to those who enjoy more detached but clever fare. These songs abound with puns, plays on words, and pastiches of visual images on a theme, even more so than on the previous album. For instance, "Buccaneer Days" evokes pictures of pirating and looting, complete with a Gilbert & Sullivan-like bridge where the pirates brag of their accomplishments. "Nero's Song" gives us a series of souvenirs of Rome ("Saturnalia, Tarantella..."), reminding us that Nero fiddled while the whole thing burned down. Overall, a distinctive effort in a musical area not often trodden by others.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1994
Label:
CARPE DIEM
UPC:
0009323100923
catalogNumber:
31009

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Tracks

  1. J'Ai Faim, Toujouirs  - Little Jack Melody
  2. Bela Lugosi...The Missing Years  - Little Jack Melody
  3. Slouching Towards Bethlehem  - Little Jack Melody
  4. Song of the Night Café  - Little Jack Melody
  5. Nero's Song (There's No Place Like Rome)  - Little Jack Melody
  6. The Sky Is Blue and Sometimes Cries  - Little Jack Melody
  7. The Bastard Moon  - Little Jack Melody
  8. A Congress of Wonders  - Little Jack Melody
  9. Buccaneer Days  - Little Jack Melody
  10. The Last Words of Sigmund Freud (Always Vienna)  - Little Jack Melody
  11. Fashion Parade  - Little Jack Melody
  12. America  - Little Jack Melody
  13. Shetland Ponies to the Moon  - Little Jack Melody

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Jack Melody   Primary Artist,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Cornet,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Upright Bass
Carl Finch   Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Terry Slemmons   Background Vocals
Lee Tomboulian   Piano,Accordion
Dave Dorbin   Percussion,Tuba,Background Vocals
Mark Spicer   Piano,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Background Vocals,Falssetist
Steve Calhoon   Percussion,Cymbals,Background Vocals,Xylophone
Mike Stinnett   Clarinet,Castanets,Saxophone,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Little Jack Melody   Producer
Carl Finch   Producer
Keith Rust   Mastering
Terry Slemmons   Engineer
Dave Dorbin   Contributor,Type Assistance

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