An excellent compilation.. and GREAT value for money! You get a lot of stuff here and the older 1940s 78s sound as good as can be expected. My only gripe is with Disc TWO. This is a mid 1950s recording that Spike did in STEREO. It was called "Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry" released on the Verve label. One of his first post RCA recordings. It is through this record that I first discovered Spike back in the 1980s so it is a favorite of mine. Rhino had released it on cd and the quality is excellent...PERFECT! Unfortunately, the copy here is mastered from a worn 33.3 rpm record and it shows. The sound is thin and scratchy in parts.. the louder high notes on "Little Child" grate on you like a fingernail scratching on a blackboard. There is some funny stuff here that I hadn't heard Spike do before... things like the "Dean Martin" + Singing Dogs version of "Memories Are Made Of This". So my advice would be NOT to throw out your Rhino Records copy of "Dinner Music" in lieu of this one because, believe me, you wont be playing the second disc much.. not unless you like distorted, ear-piercing high notes.
Having said that, I cannot fault Disc One. The sound quality is fine and the song selection is superb. I bought it for "Der Fuhrer's Face" and "Hawaiian War Chant", but it's ALL good!
I first heard these tunes on crackly old 78s when I was but a lad... they made me curl up with laughter then, and they still do the job nearly 40 years later. There are some classic moments of musical mayhem on this CD, including personal favourites "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" and "Laura" (though there are a few strange omissions: no "Cocktails For Two" or "I Dream Of Brownie With The Light Blue Jeans"). The audio quality is generally OK considering the tracks have been transferred from 78s, though there are a few glitches (but none of the fake studio echo reported on some other Spike Jones CDs). The second CD is a stereo recording from 1956, but has obviously been transferred from a well-worn LP, and suffers from very poor sound quality on the louder sections (and this being Spike Jones there are quite a few loud sections). For a budget CD this is good value, though I would have like more information in the sleeve notes, such as the personnel involved, and a spell-check! For the first disc alone (his classic recordings) this is worth checking out; the second disc is less than essential, and I don't think I'll play it more than once.
Excellent CD. Really very entertaining.You have to hear this to appreciate the musicianship of Spike and his associates.Its a pity we do not have anyone around to carry on this type of madcap performance.
This 2 CD set has recordings from 1942 to 1956 and includes so many of the instantly recognisable comedy songs and musical numbers. To put it in a nutshell the whole CD is musical mayhem and you will either be highly amused or it just isn't your cup of tea. In many ways Spike Jones was to popular music what Victor Borge was to classical music. The fascinating thing is that his popularity was not just restricted to one or two hits or a few years as he had a career that lasted into the 1960s. This set is sure to bring back memories but only you will know if they were good or bad! The last City Slickers record was the LP "Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry" which is included here in full. A much sought after disc it has only been available at full price prior to this release.
Treat yourself to this fantastic CD, educate yourself on who really kicked off zany musical comedy, this is even pre- Goons and if anything funnier. The 'master of mayhem' that is and was Spike Jones, track after track here of mindbendingly funny Big band material