Rolling Stone - 12/13/69, p.48
"...Their versatility is as evident as ever: 'Laughing Blues' and 'Doctor Jazz' are two superb Twenties jazz pieces...while 'Mr. Apollo' is a hilarious satire on Charles Atlas commercials..."
Recorded at Trident Studios, London, England.
The Bonzos' third album is a bit of a retreat from the cosmic anything-goes atmosphere of their second LP (Doughnuts in Granny's Greenhouse), slanted much more heavily toward their vaudevillian trad jazz roots. Perhaps that's because Viv Stanshall and Neil Innes, who dominated the second album, contribute only three tunes here. Still, it's never less than entertaining and has some stellar moments, like the psychedelic African safari of "Ali Baba's Camel," the skit "Shirt" (another clear forerunner of Monty Python), and the British hit single "I'm the Urban Spaceman," produced by Paul McCartney. ~ Richie Unterberger