Bonzo Dog Band Let's Make Up and Be Friendly [Bonus Tracks]
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- Released: July 9, 2007
- Label: Caroline
- 3.King Of Scurf
- 4.Waiting For The Wardrobe
- 5.Straight From My Heart
- 7.Rawlinson End
- 8.Don't Get Me Wrong
- 9.Fresh Wound
- 10.Bad Blood
- 12.Sofa Head (bonus Track)
- 13.Jam Topo D Bil
- 14.I Love To Bumpity Bump Roger Ruskin Spear (bonus Track)
- 15.Lie Down & Be Counted Neil Innes (bonus Track)
- 16.Bride Stripped Bare By 'bachelors' (early Version) (bonus Track)
- 17.No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In (demo)
Bonzo Dog Band: Vivian Stanshall (vocals, ukelele), Roger Ruskin-Spear (vocals, saxophone, xylophone), Buds White (electric & acoustic guitar), Andy Roberts (fiddle, mandolin, electric & acoustic guitar), Dick Parry (saxophone, flute), Neil Innes, Tony Kaye (piano, organ), Dennis Cowan (bass, slide guitar, vocals), Dave Richards (bass, vocals), Hughie Flint (drums, percussion), "Legs" Larry Smith (drums, vocals).
Producers: Neil Innes, Vivian Stanshall, "Legs" Larry Smith, Tony Kaye (all tracks).
All songs written by members of Bonzo Dog Band.
Includes 4 Bonus Tracks
Personnel: Vivian Stanshall (vocals, ukulele); Roger Ruskin Spear (vocals, saxophone, xylophone); Legs Larry Smith (vocals, drums); Andy Roberts (guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle); Bubs White (electric guitar, Spanish guitar); Dennis Cowan (slide guitar); Dick Parry (flute, saxophone); Neil Innes, Tony Kaye (piano, organ); Hughie Flint (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Neil Innes.
Liner Note Authors: Daryl Doomy; Legs Larry Smith ; Neil Innes.
Recording information: BBC Radio 1 (08/03/1969-11/??/1971); The Manor (08/03/1969-11/??/1971).
Introduction by: Neil Innes.
Arranger: Neil Innes.
While not up to the high standards set by the band's earlier work, this contractual obligation album does offer a few glimpses of the skewed brilliance for which the Bonzos were so rightly famous. Highlighting the LP is "Rawlinson End," and perhaps Viv Stanshall's finest narrative. A spoken word tour de force, this intricately surreal English soap opera is a worthy successor to the earlier "Rhinocratic Oaths," and offers a preview of Stanshall's full-length solo effort, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End. With some exceptions, the rest of the LP replaces the previous Bonzo albums' affectionate throwbacks to the music of earlier eras with broad rock parodies and defiantly tasteless humor. The band lets loose with "The Strain," Stanshall's scatological tribute to constipation (it's funnier than it sounds). "Turkeys," a Neil Innes instrumental, achieves a strange cinematic beauty. Legs Larry Smith's contribution, "Rusty," is a lugubrious lament about the end of a rather kinky relationship. Another clever Stanshall parody, "Bad Blood" presents a Western revenge saga with a surprise ending. Winding up the album and the group's career, the Bonzos literally get the last laugh with the horror comedy of "Slush." ~ Michael Waynick
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