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Spike Jones & His City Slickers were accomplished musicians who could incorporate sneezes, belches, and all kinds of oddball percussion such as gunshots and bells into their arrangements of all kinds of music; "Dark Eyes" and "Holiday for Strings" with its cackle chorus are two of the best examples within this anthology. The musical comedy duo Homer & Jethro sing a zany lyric to the opera Pagliacci, retitled "Pal-YatChee," while Paul Frees (the man of a thousand voices, best known as the original voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy) spoofs the popular baritones of the 1940s in "Dark Eyes." Two previously unreleased tracks from 1961, including Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and the rumba "Frantic Freeway," sound over-produced to the point where they would have been difficult to perform on-stage, unlike most of the material that Spike Jones recorded earlier in his career. Since a lot of this material is extremely hard to find elsewhere, this compilation is highly recommended.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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1
Hotcha Cornia (Black Eyes) (From "Thank Your Lucky Stars") (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:02:28

Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Spencer Jones, Arranger - D. Porter, Arranger - Willie Spicer, Performer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1942. All rights reserved by BMG Music

2
Pal-Yat-Chee (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:21

Homer & Jethro, Vocal - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Sir Frederick Gas, Vocal - Eddie Maxwell, Arranger - Ruggero Leoncavallo, Composer - Lindley A. Jones, Arranger - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1950. All rights reserved by BMG Music

3
A Serenade to a Jerk (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:12

Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Del Porter, Composer - Del Porter, Lyricist - Judy Manners, Vocal - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Carl Hoefle, Composer - Carl Hoefle, Lyricist - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - Red Ingle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1945. All rights reserved by BMG Music

4
Knock Knock (Who's There?) (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:26

Sir Frederick Gas, Vocal - Doodles Weaver, Vocal - Johnny Tipson, Composer - Johnny Tipson, Lyricist - George Rock, Vocal - Freddy Morgan, Vocal - Dick Morgan, Vocal - The Four Fifths, Vocal - Johnny Morris, Composer - Johnny Morris, Lyricist - William Henry Davis, Composer - William Henry Davis, Lyricist - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Vincent Lopez, Composer - Vincent Lopez, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1949. All rights reserved by BMG Music

5
Holiday For Strings (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:10

Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - David Rose, Composer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1944. All rights reserved by BMG Music

6
Laura (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:02:58

Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Horatio Q. Birdbath, Vocal - David Raksin, Composer - David Raksin, Lyricist - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Johnny Mercer, Lyricist - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Cassidy, Vocal - Red Ingle, Vocal

Originally Recorded 1946. All rights reserved by BMG Music

7
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:02:45

Walter Donaldson, Composer - Walter Donaldson, Lyricist - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Sully Van, Vocal - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Gil Bert, Vocal - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - Gus Kahn, Composer - Gus Kahn, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1949. All rights reserved by BMG Music

8
Baby Buggie Boogie (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:02:23

Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Del Porter, Composer - Del Porter, Lyricist - The Rhythmaires, Vocal - Terry Housner, Performer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Carl Hoefle, Composer - Carl Hoefle, Lyricist - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1950. All rights reserved by BMG Music

9
Red Wing (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:02:30

Thurland Chattaway, Composer - Thurland Chattaway, Lyricist - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - F.A. Mills, Composer - F.A. Mills, Lyricist - Del Porter, Vocal - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by BMG Music

10
Minka (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones and His Other Orchestra
00:03:25

Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Jay Milton, Composer - Jay Milton, Lyricist - Niles, Arranger - Spike Jones and His Other Orchestra, Performer - George Rock, Vocal - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1949. All rights reserved by BMG Music

11
Deep Purple (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:26

Paul Frees, Vocal - Mitchell Parish, Composer - Mitchell Parish, Lyricist - Peter DeRose, Composer - Peter DeRose, Lyricist - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1952. All rights reserved by BMG Music

12
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:04

Walter O'Keefe, Composer - Walter O'Keefe, Lyricist - Spike Jones, Arranger - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Doodles Weaver, Vocal - Doodles Weaver, Arranger - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1947. All rights reserved by BMG Music

13
I Dream of Brownie with the Light Blue Jeans (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:06

Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer - Sol Meyer, Composer - Sol Meyer, Lyricist - Barefooted Pennsylvanians, Vocal - Carl Grayson, Vocal - Lindley A. Jones, Composer - Lindley A. Jones, Lyricist - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1946. All rights reserved by BMG Music

14
Our Hour (The Puppy Love Song) (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:28

Sir Frederick Gas, Vocal - Mack David, Lyricist - Mack David, Composer - George Rock, Vocal - Horatio Q. Birdbath, Vocal - Al Hoffman, Composer - Al Hoffman, Lyricist - Jack Livingston, Composer - Jack Livingston, Lyricist - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - The Tailwaggers, Vocal - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1947. All rights reserved by BMG Music

15
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:31

Barefooted Pennsylvanians, Vocal - Sir Frederick Gas, Performer - George Bassman, Composer - George Bassman, Lyricist - George Rock, Performer - Ned Washington, Composer - Ned Washington, Lyricist - Dick Morgan, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Jim Crotty, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1947. All rights reserved by BMG Music

16
Powerhouse
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:31

Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Raymond Scott, Composer - Raymond Scott, Lyricist

(P) 1961 EMI Records

17
Frantic Freeway
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:02:28

C. Levine, Composer - C. Levine, Lyricist - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - C. Brandt, Composer - C. Brandt, Lyricist

(P) 1961 EMI Records

Nutcracker Suite (Pyotr Illitch Tchaïkovski)

18
Part One: The Little Girl's Dream: Miniature Overture - March (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:31

Susan Scott, Performer - Joseph "Country" Washburn, Composer - Foster Carling, Lyricist - Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1945. All rights reserved by BMG Music

19
Part Two: Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy: Lemon Drop Waltz - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:03

Susan Scott, Performer - Joseph "Country" Washburn, Composer - Foster Carling, Lyricist - Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1945. All rights reserved by BMG Music

20
Part Three: The Chinese Dolls/The Fairy Ball: Chinese Dance - Dance of the Flutes (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:21

Susan Scott, Performer - Joseph "Country" Washburn, Composer - Kuhl, Producer - Foster Carling, Lyricist - Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - Garry Harris, Recording Engineer

Originally Recorded 1945. All rights reserved by BMG Music

21
Part Four: The Mysterious Room: The Forbidden Room - Arab Dance (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:03:02

Susan Scott, Performer - Joseph "Country" Washburn, Composer - Foster Carling, Lyricist - Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1945. All rights reserved by BMG Music

22
Part Five: Back to the Fairy Ball: They Dance on the Seat of their Pants - Russian Dance - Waltz of the Flowers (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:05:03

Susan Scott, Performer - Joseph "Country" Washburn, Composer - Foster Carling, Lyricist - Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1945. All rights reserved by BMG Music

23
Part Six: End of the Little Girl's Dream: Granny Speaks - Goodnight, Sleep Tight (1994 Remastered)
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
00:02:03

Susan Scott, Lyricist - Susan Scott, Performer - Joseph "Country" Washburn, Composer - Foster Carling, Lyricist - Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Performer - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1945. All rights reserved by BMG Music

Album Description

Spike Jones & His City Slickers were accomplished musicians who could incorporate sneezes, belches, and all kinds of oddball percussion such as gunshots and bells into their arrangements of all kinds of music; "Dark Eyes" and "Holiday for Strings" with its cackle chorus are two of the best examples within this anthology. The musical comedy duo Homer & Jethro sing a zany lyric to the opera Pagliacci, retitled "Pal-YatChee," while Paul Frees (the man of a thousand voices, best known as the original voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy) spoofs the popular baritones of the 1940s in "Dark Eyes." Two previously unreleased tracks from 1961, including Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and the rumba "Frantic Freeway," sound over-produced to the point where they would have been difficult to perform on-stage, unlike most of the material that Spike Jones recorded earlier in his career. Since a lot of this material is extremely hard to find elsewhere, this compilation is highly recommended.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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