Shelly Manne & His Friends: Shelly Manne (drums); Andre Previn (piano); Leroy Vinnegar (bass).
Recorded at Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, California, February 6,7, and 25, 1957.
Personnel: Shelly Manne (drums); Andr‚ Previn (piano).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Lester Koenig.
Recording information: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (02/06/1957-02/23/1957); Los Angeles, CA (02/06/1957-02/23/1957).
Photographer: William Claxton.
In a follow-up to their hit recording of music from My Fair Lady, Shelly Manne and his Friends (a trio with pianist Andr‚ Previn, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and the drummer/leader) recorded nine songs from the play Li'l Abner. Although Johnny Mercer and Gene DePaul wrote the score, none of the songs caught on except for the ballad "Namely You," and this LP (whose music has not been reissued yet on CD) was not a best-seller. The musicians are in fine form but the melodies are not too memorable (when was the last time anyone played "If I Had My Druthers" or "Progress Is the Root of All Evil"?). Actually the main reason to search for this album is for the hilarious photo on the cover. ~ Scott Yanow