Bonzo Dog Band Gorilla
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- Released: July 9, 2007
- Label: Caroline
Rolling Stone - 5/11/68, pp.20-21"...The whole album is lightweight, but very together, very hip, and excellent technically..."
Uncut - p.1145 stars out of 5 --"As each song pipes up, Stanshall dons a new mantle: Edwardian frivolity, showbiz insincerity, Establishment rectitude, Spillane-esque fantasy machismo."
- 1.Cool Britannia
- 2.Equestrian Statue
- 3.Jollity Farm
- 4.(i Left My Heart) In San Francisco
- 5.Look Out, There's A Monster Coming
- 6.Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold
- 7.Death Cab For Cutie
- 9.Intro And The Outro
- 10.Mickey's Son And Daughter
- 11.Big Shot
- 12.Music For Head Ballet
- 13.Piggy Bank Love
- 14.I'm Bored
- 15.Sound Of Music
- 16.My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies (bonus Track)
- 17.I'm Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight (bonus Track)
- 18.Ali Baba's Camel (early Version) (previously Unreleased) (bonus Track)
- 19.On Her Doorstep Last Night (bonus Track)
- 20.Alley Oop (bonus Track)
- 21.Button Up Your Overcoat (bonus Track)
- 22.Craig Torso Show (bonus Track)
Bonzo Dog Band: Vivian Stanshall (vocals, trumpet, euphonium, tuba, ukelele); Sam Spoons (guitar, acoustic bass, spoons, percussion); Neil Innes (guitar, piano, harpsichord); Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell banjo, baritone & bass saxophones, bass); Rodney Slater (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, baritone & bass saxophones, trombone); Roger Ruskin Spear (tenor saxophone, trumpet, xylophone, bells); Larry "Legs" Smith (tuba, drums, tap dancing).
The Bonzo Dog Band: Vivian Stanshall (vocals, ukulele, flageolet, bass trombone, tuba); Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell (banjo); Rodney Slater (whistle, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Roger Ruskin Spear (clarinet, alto saxophone, bass saxophone, chimes); Leon Williams (cornet, cymbals); John Parry (trombone); Raymond Lewitt (tuba); Neil Innes (piano, harmonium, gong); Sam Spoons (spoons, percussion).
Gorilla was the 1967 debut album by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, who would thereafter drop the "Doo Dah" from their name and establish themselves as the greatest satirical British pop band of all time. Their first effort is far more tentative and tamer than their second and third albums, when they hit their stride by expanding their musical and topical recklessness. The Bonzos, after all, did not begin as a rock band, or even a pop band, but as a somewhat vaudevillian comedy outfit that owed a great deal to British music hall traditions. This album may be low-key, but that's not to say it doesn't retain a good deal of charm. The humor is extremely dry, subtle, and British, leaning more toward their trad jazz roots than the churning London pop/rock scene. It nonetheless includes a few great moments: the deadpan jazz vamp "The Intro and the Outro" (wherein a smarmy MC introduces a bevy of historical figures in a show band, including Adolf Hitler on vibes), the film noir satire "Big Shot," and their vicious send-up of "The Sound of Music." It's not recommended as a starting point, but those who already appreciate these wonderful British eccentrics will find this an enjoyable document of the band's more restrained roots. ~ Richie Unterberger
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