Martin Mull Near Perfect / Perfect

Near Perfect / Perfect
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  • Released: August 26, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Collectables Records
  • Original Album: Elektra 6E-200 (1979)

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Best known as a comedian and TV performer, Martin Mull was also an accomplished musician. His music combines pop and rock with satirical, wry and always hilarious lyrics. Originally recorded in 1972, "Near Perfect/Perfect" was his last and best studio recording.


  • 1.Bun And Run (No. 1) Intro
  • 2.Bun And Run (No. 1) ("Daddy's Back")
  • 3.Don't Put Off 'Til Tomorrow
  • 4.Pig In A Blanket
  • 5.This Takes The Cake
  • 6.The Fruit Song
  • 7.Bun And Run (No. 3) Intro
  • 8.Bun And Run (No. 3) ("Happy Cows")
  • 9.Bernie Don't Disco
  • 10.It's All Behind Me Now
  • 11.I Found It
  • 12.Life Is Better Than Death

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Personnel: Martin Mull (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Peter Frampton (guitar); Timothy May (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Michael Melvoin (piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Ed Wise (grand piano, electric piano); Gary Coleman (vibraphone, marimba, timpani); David Parlato (bass instrument); Hal Blaine (drums, drum); Paulinho Da Costa (congas, percussion); Bones Howe (tambourine, triangle, crotales).
Recording information: Heider Recording, Hollywood, CA (03/09/1979); The "B" Room At Filmways (03/09/1979).
Photographer: Aaron Rapoport.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Debbie Hall; Edie Lehmann Eichhorn; Gene Morford; Stan Farber; Ron Hicklin.
Arranger: Michael Melvoin.
Rhino reissues Martin Mull's eighth and (so far) last album, 1979's Near Perfect/Perfect. Like other standup comics, Martin Mull refers to the live appearance captured on the disc as a concert, but in his case the term seems more appropriate, since, as usual, much of the show is given over to musical performances, and his standup routines often serve as introductions to the songs. This is musical comedy, but not in the sense of a Broadway show, as Mull lampoons country, pop, and disco in the tunes while contributing lyrics that range from an account of a particularly unfortunate one-night stand ("Pig in a Blanket") to the story of a trucker who prefers fruit to any other food ("The Fruit Song"). As ever, Mull maintains the persona of a suave yet seedy phony, making fun of his own background in comedy ("For years, I went under the name 'plus opening act'") and the dives he played in on his way up (the song "This Takes the Cake"). His most elaborate spoken comedy bit begins with a discussion of ecology before turning outrageous, and by the end he has reached the ultimate in hubris in the song "I Found It," the chorus of which is "I want to be God." Appropriately, God himself interrupts Mull to take him to task for this before the comedian returns to the stage to encore with a final piece of musical philosophy, "Life Is Better Than Death." After this album was released, Mull spent more time in situation comedy on TV than on the "concert" circuit. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Classic, but rather obscure... Music Lover: from Longmeadow, Mass USA -- September, 23, 2009

This "album" (now CD) originally released in 1979 was produced by the legendary Dayton Burr "Bones" Howe (who also produced The 5th Dimension, The Association, and many others). It was recorded "live" in a studio with the "canned" audience later added for effect... after all, what's a comedy album without a laugh track?

The personnel playing on the album are also legendary including Peter Frampton on guitar and Hal Blaine on drums. However, unlisted here are The Ron Hicklin Singers, who sing two "Bun And Run" commercials. Those in the biz will recognize their names immediately. The Los Angeles vocal group sang many McDonalds, Kawasaki, Datsun and tons of other commercial spots in addition to being background (and foreground) singers on many records. In fact, Ron Hicklin was the "voice" of Gary Lewis on his recordings and the group were also "The Monkees" singing the background vocals on many of their recordings.

All in all, to me this is a "must have" campy recording for any serious collector. Don't forget to make sure the kids are out of the room though when you play PIG IN A BLANKET. :) ...and crank it up!

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