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- Spike Jones - Off the Record ~ $24.95
- Released: November 25, 2002
- Label: Harlequin Records
- 1.Down In Jungle Town
- 2.Spike Explains Dance Of The Hours
- 3.Dance Of The Hours
- 4.Ugga Ugga Boo Ugga
- 5.Chinese Mule Train
- 6.MacNamara's Band
- 8.Rum Tee Diddle Dee Yump
- 9.So 'Elp Me
- 10.Fiddle Faddle
- 11.Alto, Baritone, And Bass
- 12.What Is A Disc Jockey?
- 13.Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine
- 14.Popcorn Sack - (take 1)
- 15.Popcorn Sack - (take 2, False Start)
- 16.Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
- 17.Holiday For Strings
- 18.Glow Worm
- 20.Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
- 21.Peanut Vendor
- 22.Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
- 23.I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Personnel includes: Spike Jones, Tommy Dorsey, C. Aubrey Smith.
Personnel: John Stanley, Joe Colvin, Chick Daugherty, King Jackson (trombone).
Liner Note Author: John Wood .
Spike Jones developed the art of musical parody to an impossibly high level during the 1940s, combining elements of vaudeville with sight gags, loud suits, unusual props, and top-notch musicians to execute the challenging arrangements. Harlequin, which has been by far the best label to compile rare recordings and transcriptions by Jones and his band, put together 23 performances in this collection, some of which were recorded live before an audience. Among them are two unissued alternate takes of "Popcorn Sack" (plus a false start), featuring voice-over specialist Paul Frees (who was the long time voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy) doing impressions of several movie stars of the 1940s, including Bing Crosby, Edward G. Robinson, and even Katharine Hepburn! The band's star trumpet soloist, George Rock, contributed the swinging "Minka." Doodles Weaver cracks up everyone with his popular Indianapolis 500 announcer bit in a deconstruction of "Dance of the Hours." Favorites like "'Holiday for Strings" and "Glow Worm" (the latter featuring soprano Aileen Carlisle) are also part of the fun. The detailed liner notes and vintage photographs make this an essential CD for fans of Spike Jones & His City Slickers. ~ Ken Dryden
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