Live at Earthquake McGoon's 1970

Live at Earthquake McGoon's 1970

by The Firehouse Five Plus Two


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Live at Earthquake McGoon's 1970

Between 1949-1969, the Firehouse Five Plus Two was one of the most popular Dixieland bands around. Recording steadily for the Good Time Jazz label, performing regularly in the Southern California area while wearing fireman outfits and gaining quite a bit of publicity, the group combined the fun of Dixieland with bits of corny but usually inspired humor. The year after what would be their final regular recording, Firehouse Five Plus Two appeared at Turk Murphy's Earthquake McGoon's in San Francisco; in 2005 a tape of their performances was released for the first time. It is a pity that it is not much better. The recording quality is OK, but the cornball humor really wears thin quickly and completely overshadows the music. In particular, trombonist-leader Ward Kimball is the main guilty party, utilizing duck calls (!) on at least three of the numbers for an excessive length of time. There are too many so-so vocals, soprano saxophonist George Probert apparently finds it impossible to play in tune, and the few worthwhile moments are brief and ruined by extra musical effects. This set is only for completists of the band. Anyone else is advised to pick up a sampling of their Good Time Jazz recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
Label: Ghb Records
UPC: 0762247545026
catalogNumber: 450
Rank: 249481

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Firehouse Five Plus Two   Primary Artist
Danny Alguire   Cornet,Vocals
Eddie Forrest   Drums
Ward Kimball   Trombone,Leader,Vocals
George Probert   Soprano Saxophone
Bob Short   Tuba
K.O. Eckland   Piano

Technical Credits

Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Wayne King   Composer
Armand Piron   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Earl "Speedo" Carroll   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Leon Oakley   Engineer
Roy Turk   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Kenny Mills   Composer
George H. Buck   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Arthur Fields   Composer
Lucy Fletcher   Composer
K.O. Eckland   Text
Theodore Morse   Composer
Joe "King" Oliver   Composer
Fred Hamm   Composer
Dave Bennett   Composer

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