on 18 July 2001
This album includes 'Tadpoles' and 'Keynsham' and is part of the three volume sets of Bonzo Dog. If you're into Monty Python and other similar comedies you'll love this album, it's definately along the same vein. It has me in stitches every time I listen to it, it's extremely witty and will relieve any stress you may be under! I'd recommend this to anyone with an 'English' sense of humour ie:, witty, slightly sarcastic and overall game for a good laugh!
This is the second of three volumes anthologising the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's output. It contains the entirety of two albums, Tadpoles and Keynsham.
The Bonzos were a bit of a hard bunch to categorise. They were part of the same movement that gave us Monty Python, so there is much avante garde humour to be found here, but they were also a talented set of musicians and a tight combo, so the out there humour is balanced with a pop sensibility and some skilful and artful tunes.
Including their best known hits, Monster Mash, Urban Spaceman and Canyons of your mind, Tadpoles is a classic album and perhaps one of their most accessible works. Keynsham is a bit more avante garde and subsequently a bit harder to get into. In all a 4 star release -there are some comedy gems here and some great tunes, but toward the end there is a bit much incomprehensible stuff to get it a 5.
Speaking as someone that has suffered with bouts of depression for long periods in my life, I have to say that I wish I'd discovered the 'Bonzo's' sooner! This excellent value 2 album set, is a right hoot from start to finish and includes such an eclectic mix of musical ideas and comedy sketches that it never gets boring, even when it gets boring! HA HA HA There's a lot of fun and laughter to be had here and tracks like 'Shirt', 'Ali Baba's Camel', 'Mr Slater's Parrot' and 'Busted' are just the perfect tonic if you are feeling down. Behind the humour however, tracks like 'I Want To Be With You', demonstrate that there was a pretty nifty 'pop band'trying to get out and, on another album, the song could easily pass for a 'summer of love' classic. With so little fun or humour present in the world of music (or the world in general I hear you thinking!) listening to The Bonzo's simply re-charges the batteries so why not be the 'Urban Spaceman' yourself and buy this?
on 16 September 2012
I saw this band live in 1969, and what a great experience it was. Time hasn't dimmed their appeal for me, and while not all the songs work, this collection is much more hit than miss! Viv Stanshall was an eccentric, quintissentially English "one off" and he dabbled in lots of other zany projects, and was the voice on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Lovers of The Goons and Monty Python will be knocked out by this!