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Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught us CD

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  • Audio CD (8 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Free World
  • ASIN: B000KRNF6E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jollity Farm
  2. Mickey's Son and Daughter
  3. I'm Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight
  4. Button Up Your Overcoat
  5. On Her Doorstep Last Night
  6. Ali Baba's Camel
  7. By A Waterfall
  8. Hunting Tigers Out In India (Yah)
  9. My Brother Makes The Noises For the Talkies
  10. Laughing Waltz
  11. All By Yourself In The Moonlight
  12. A Room With A View
  13. Little Sir Echo
  14. Make Yourself A Happiness Pie
  15. We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow
  16. Skirts
  17. The Sheik of Araby
  18. Bell Bottom Trousers
  19. Dr. Jazz Stomp
  20. The Flies Crawled Up The Window
  21. I Lift Up My Finger And I Say Tweet Tweet
  22. Masculine Women and Feminine Men
  23. Misery Farm
  24. Omar Khayam's Cave
  25. Everything is Fresh Today
  26. Last Night on the Back Porch
  27. I Love To Bumpity Bump

Product Description

Product Description

Ever wondered where the Bonzos got some of their crazy songs? Well this great CD answers all the questions! Featuring the original 1920's and 1930's recordings that were covered by the band here you can find the original wild versions of My Brother Makes The Noises For the Talkies, Ali Baba's Camel, Hunting Tigers Out In India (Yah), Button Up Your Overcoat, Mickey's Son and Daughter, Jollity Farm and more! Many of these recordings have never been re-issued since the days of the Gramophone! The CD also includes tunes the Bonzos performed but never recorded, songs they should have recorded (such as the ludicrous Cave Of Omar Khayyam and the follow up to Jollity Farm - Misery Farm!) Detailed sleeve notes, original sheet music artwork and liner notes by Legs Larry Smith himself! Top Hole!

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Format: Audio CD
If I had come across this CD in a shop, I wouldn't have given it a second glance - even with eye-catching artwork. It appears to be a Bonzo Dog Band CD (which I admit would not be on my shopping list) when in fact it is an entertaining selection of novelty and cheer-up recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the songs in this selection were revisited in the 1960s by the Bonzo Dog Band, whose members were particularly interested in British Dance Band novelty records.

Needless to say, this collection is largely made up from the wonderful legacy of recordings that the British Dance Bands have left us and which are still attracting new devotees in the 21st Century. Some are classics like Jack Hylton's "Button Up Your Overcoat", Jack Payne's "Make Yourself A Happiness Pie" and The Savoy Havana Band's "Masculine Women and Feminine Men". Others like Henry Hall's recording of "Mickey's Son And Daughter", Hal Swain's "Hunting Tigers Out In India(Yah)", The Continental Five's "The Sheik Of Araby", and Ray Starita's "The Flies Crawled Up The Window" are lesser-known recordings, and are reissued here for the very first time, as far as I know.

Some songs included in this compilation are new to me. Part of the melody of "I'm Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight", recorded in December 1924 by The Savoy Havana Band, reminded me of a 1931 novelty number called "Sing Holly! Go Whistle! Hey! Hey!". It would have not have been out of place in this particular compilation. The compilers claim that they have chosen the best original versions of these songs - a claim I would dispute as surely the best renditions of "Ali Baba's Camel" and "My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies" were by Jack Payne's BBC Dance Orchestra.
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This is a wonderful collection of 1920s and 1930s craziness that inspired The Bonzo Dog Band in the 1960s. Crammed with informative sleeve notes and illustrations from original sheet music artwork this is a feast for fans of The Bonzos and fans of obscure music in general. Including the original 1920's and 1930's recordings that were covered by the Bonzo Dog band here you can find the original wild versions of My Brother Makes The Noises For the Talkies, Ali Baba's Camel, Hunting Tigers Out In India (Yah), Button Up Your Overcoat, Mickey's Son and Daughter, Jollity Farm and more! Many of these recordings have never been re-issued since the days of the Gramophone! The CD also includes tunes the Bonzos performed but never recorded, and songs they should have recorded (such as the ludicrous Cave Of Omar Khayyam and the follow up to Jollity Farm - Misery Farm!)Its incredible to think that music this weird could have been made nearly 100 years ago! Simply spiffing!
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An excellent collection of recordings from the 20's and 30's.Having been a bonzos fan since the 60's,I was drawn to this by the title and was not disappointed.It lets you hear how good some of these acts really were and confirms that we Brits have alweays been a bit eccentric in the music department.It also brought back hidden memories from my childhood.My gran had several Billy Cotton records which she would play on a Saturday morning when we used to visit as well as a couple of Spike Jones tunes I used to play repeatedly.Sadly,they were thrown away when she passed on.
It's hard to pick out a favourite but Jollity Farm and Dr Jazz Stomp are particularly good.
The saddest aspect to this is that were they new, contemporary recordings, they would never be released.humour seems to have gone out of fashion in today's megabucks industry.
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Had I not looked carefully I would not have realised exactly what this album is. As other reviewers have pointed out, this is NOT a Bonzo Dog Band album. Instead it's a wonderful collection of the original 20s and 30s novelty songs that inspired them, many of which the Bonzos covered during their existence in the 1960s and 70s.

It's a truly marvellous collection of hard-to-get original novelty songs, beautifully restored, but Amazon really need to fix the Artist and Genre information, which is not only incorrect in the page listings for both MP3 and CD versions, but actually incorrect in the file metadata on the mp3 version.
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