Spiked!: The Music of Spike Jones

Spiked!: The Music of Spike Jones

by Spike Jones


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Spiked!: The Music of Spike Jones

Spike Jones & His City Slickers were accomplished musicians who could incorporate sneezes, belches, and all kinds of oddball percussion such as gunshots and bells into their arrangements of all kinds of music; "Dark Eyes" and "Holiday for Strings" with its cackle chorus are two of the best examples within this anthology. The musical comedy duo Homer & Jethro sing a zany lyric to the opera "Pagliacci," retitled "Pal-YatChee," while Paul Frees (the man of a thousand voices, best known as the original voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy) spoofs the popular baritones of the 1940s in "Dark Eyes." Two previously unreleased tracks from 1961, including Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and the rumba "Frantic Freeway," sound over-produced to the point where they would have been difficult to perform on-stage, unlike most of the material that Spike Jones recorded earlier in his career. Since a lot of this material is extremely hard to find elsewhere, this compilation is highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/1994
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266198221
catalogNumber: 61982

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spike Jones   Primary Artist,Drums,Bandleader,cowbell
Homer & Jethro   Vocals
Zep Meissner   Clarinet,Saxophone
Perry Botkin   Banjo
John Cyr   Drums
King Jackson   Trombone
Jack Marsh   Bassoon
Bob Poland   Saxophone
Lou Singer   Xylophone
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Mickey Katz   Clarinet
Paul Frees   Vocals
Hank Stern   Tuba
Frederick Gas   Vocals
Bill DePew   Clarinet,Saxophone
Carl Grayson   Violin,Vocals
Jerry Houser   Background Vocals
Bruce Hudson   Trumpet
Red Ingle   Clarinet,Vocals
Frank Leithner   Piano
Freddie Morgan   Banjo,Vocals
Phillip Shuken   Flute
George Rock   Trumpet,Vocals
Louis Adrian   Conductor
Joe Colvin   Trombone
Arthur Rando   Clarinet,Saxophone
Del Porter   Clarinet,Ocarina,Saxophone,Vocals
Herman Crone   Piano
Art Most   Trombone
Beauregard Lee   Drums
Mary Jane Barton   Harp
Jimmy Cassidy   Vocals
Roger Donley   Bass,Tuba
Chick Dougherty   Trombone
Dick Gardner   Violin
Candy Hall   Bass
Luella Howard   Flute
Merle Howard   Clarinet,Saxophone
Paul Judson   Vocals
Paul Leu   Piano
Emilio Malione   Clarinet,Saxophone
Eddie Metcalfe   Clarinet,Saxophone
Betsy Mills   Harp
Herschell Ratliff   Tuba
Luther Roundtree   Banjo
Susan Scott   Vocals
Charlotte Tinsley   Harp
Country Washburne   Bass,Tuba
Doodles Weaver   Vocals
Jack Golly   Clarinet,Saxophone
Judie Manners   Vocals
Fourfifths   Vocals
Rhythmaires   Vocals
Tailwaggers   Vocals
Joe Siracusa   Drums
Don Anderson   Trumpet
Dick Morgan   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Spike Jones   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects
Bill Davies   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Vincent Lopez   Composer
Mickey Katz   Vocal Effect
Horatio Q. Birdbath   Vocal Effect
Carl Grayson   Vocal Effect
Red Ingle   Vocal Effect
Thomas Pynchon   Liner Notes
George Rock   Vocal Effect
Spike Jones & His City Slickers   Composer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Paul Williams   Producer
Johnny Morris   Composer
Louis Adrian   Arranger
Tim Page   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Willie Spicer   Contributor
Del Porter   Arranger,Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Art Spiegelman   Art Direction,Cover Art
Foster Carling   Arranger,Composer
Jerry Hausner   Vocal Effect
Country Washburne   Arranger,Composer
Doodles Weaver   Arranger
Scott Johnson   Art Direction
Thurland Chattaway   Composer

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