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Album Review

Because this was Spike Jones' first long playing album, he became fascinated with the possibilities of high fidelity reproduction, overemphasizing special effects at the expense of the music, making for a rather dull dated recording. Remakes of "Cocktails For Two" and "Pal-Yat-Chee" are inferior to the originals and new material like "Wyatt Earp Make Me Burp" and "Brahm's Alibi" are instantly forgettable. The cover of the LP is also rather misleading, as the photo includes Dick Morgan, who died three years before the recording session, and comedian Sir Frederick Gas, who'd been fired two years earlier.


Born: 14 December 1911 in Long Beach, CA

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Lindley Armstrong Jones was a musical genius. In the wild and woolly days before multi-track recording, MTV, and certainly digital entertainment content, Spike Jones put together a top-flight musical organization that the world has not seen the likes of since. Known as the City Slickers, the emphasis was on comedy, primarily doing dead-on satires of popular songs on the hit parade and taking the air out of pompous classical selections as well. Not merely content to do cornball renderings of standard...
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