Let's Make Up and Be Friendly [Bonus Tracks]

Let's Make Up and Be Friendly [Bonus Tracks]

by Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

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Let's Make Up and Be Friendly [Bonus Tracks]

While not up to the high standards set by the band's earlier work, this contractual obligation album does offer a few glimpses of the skewed brilliance for which the Bonzos were so rightly famous. Highlighting the LP is "Rawlinson End," and perhaps Viv Stanshall's finest narrative. A spoken word tour de force, this intricately surreal English soap opera is a worthy successor to the earlier "Rhinocratic Oaths," and offers a preview of Stanshall's full-length solo effort, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End. With some exceptions, the rest of the LP replaces the previous Bonzo albums' affectionate throwbacks to the music of earlier eras with broad rock parodies and defiantly tasteless humor. The band lets loose with "The Strain," Stanshall's scatological tribute to constipation (it's funnier than it sounds). "Turkeys," a Neil Innes instrumental, achieves a strange cinematic beauty. Legs Larry Smith's contribution, "Rusty," is a lugubrious lament about the end of a rather kinky relationship. Another clever Stanshall parody, "Bad Blood" presents a Western revenge saga with a surprise ending. Winding up the album and the group's career, the Bonzos literally get the last laugh with the horror comedy of "Slush." [The 2007 expanded reissue of Let's Make Up and Be Friendly contains six bonus tracks: a BBC recording of "Sofa Head," Topo D Bil's "Jam," Roger Ruskin Spear's "I Love to Bumpity Bump," Neil Innes' "Lie Down and Be Counted," an early version of "The Bride Stripped Bare (By the Bachelors)," and a previously unreleased demo of "No Matter Who You Vote for the Government Always Gets In." As with all the 2007 Bonzo reissues, there are very good liner notes by Neil Innes, whose intro may be recycled through all five discs, but that repetition is redeemed by his fine track-by-track commentary, which covers the bonus cuts as well.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0094638789321
catalogNumber: 87893

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonzo Dog Band   Primary Artist
Neil Innes   Organ,Piano
Andy Roberts   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin
Roger Ruskin Spear   Saxophone,Vocals,Xylophone
Vivian Stanshall   Ukulele,Vocals
Dennis Cowan   Bass,Voices,Slide Guitar
Hughie Flint   Percussion,Drums
Tony Kaye   Organ,Piano
Dick Parry   Flute,Saxophone
Legs Larry Smith   Drums,Vocals
Bubs White   Electric Guitar,spanish guitar

Technical Credits

Neil Innes   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Introduction
Tom Newman   Engineer
Roger Ruskin Spear   Composer
Vivian Stanshall   Composer,Producer
Tony Kaye   Composer,Producer
Phil Newell   Engineer
Legs Larry Smith   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
John Walters   Producer
Daryl Doomy   Liner Notes
Tony Wilson   Engineer

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