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|Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band|
The History of the Bonzos
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
1997 BGO release, a two disc reissue of their 1974 anthologyfeaturing 'Intro And Outro', 'Canyons Of Your Mind', 'Mr. Apollo' and 'Urban Spaceman'. 35 tracks total. Double slimline jewel case. Originally released on Libert... more »
1997 BGO release, a two disc reissue of their 1974 anthologyfeaturing 'Intro And Outro', 'Canyons Of Your Mind', 'Mr. Apollo' and 'Urban Spaceman'. 35 tracks total. Double slimline jewel case. Originally released on Liberty/ Capitol Records.
Your best Bonzo value
woburnmusicfan | Woburn, MA United States | 05/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band was to music what the Firesign Theater was to the spoken word, using a bizarro sensibility to produce comedy recordings unlike anything ever done before. They used every instrument they could lay their hands on, without regard to whether they could actually PLAY it, and played anything from rock to 20s-style vaudeville music. The Bonzos toiled from 1966 to 1970 in obscurity, except for the Beatles collaboration "You Know My Name, Look Up the Number" (the B-side of the "Let It Be" single). Pianist Neil Innes later did a lot of work with Monty Python. This two-CD set is a strong collection of their best, including a few post-Bonzo gems from individual members, like Viv Stanshall's infectious "Labio Dental Fricative." "The Intro and the Outro" introduces the band members to a repeated two-bar riff, and when they run out of band members, it's "Big hello to big John Wayne on xylophone", and on to Adolf Hitler, General de Gaulle, Brainiac, etc. "Canyons of Your Mind" is an Elvis impersonation with a purposely awful guitar solo. The 20s-style pieces include the delightful "Mickey's Son and Daughter" and "Jollity Farm". At the opposite extreme, "Slush" sets a mournful dirge to a tape loop of a laughing bag (remember those?). There's rock ("I'm the Urban Spaceman"), blues ("Can Blue Men Sing the Whites?"), teen pop (the dandruff ode "King of Scurf"), film noir ("Big Shot"), self-reverence ("Look at Me, I'm Wonderful"), and more. Instruments come and go without warning. The indescribable "My Pink Half of the Drainpipe" stops dead in the middle for Stanshall to present "Rodney's bass saxophone solo, as promised". Stanshall promotes the bodybuilding regimen of "Mr. Apollo": "Before I was a poor stone apology, today I am two separate gorillas".If you're going to own one Bonzo album, this should be the one. It'll give you the most Bonzo for your money. The only reason I don't give this five stars is that it's SO weird that there's a limit to how much you can listen to in one sitting. It's just too much of a good thing. If you're lucky, the CD will include the liner notes and pictures that were on the LP (such as Roger "Ruskin" Spear taking a sax solo while holding a cartoon thought balloon over his head that says "Wow! I'm really expressing myself!")"
Interesting 2 disc introduction
Musicalia | United Kingdom | 11/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 1974 compilation has been eclipsed in more recent years by more in-depth CDs such as 'Cornology', so why would you want this? Because it is (I'm pretty sure) the only CD which has Vivian's singles 'Suspicion' (excellent send-up of the Elvis classic) and 'Blind Date' (in which two odd 'people' meet at Waterloo Station ...), alongside a different mix of 'Labio Dental Fractive' than you get on Cornology *and* the original version of 'Canyons of Your Mind' (with the sequins! hooray!). You also get another Neil single uncollected elsewhere and Roger Spear's version of 'Release Me'. Otherwise it is more of the same although I'll never quibble with a CD which includes 'Hunting Tigers', 'My Pink Half of the Drainpipe', 'Tent', 'Jollity Farm' and (if you must) 'Urban Spaceman'. I do miss 'Death Can for Cutie' but you can't have everything."
AND A FINE HISTORY IT IS!
Harvey J.Satan | Among The Garden Gnome,Friar Park | 01/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you are a long time Bonzo fan,or a "new to Bonzo" fan....this is an excellant starting point. This collection features not only the members works as a group,but a sampling of some hard to find,on CD,solo efforts as well.Here are the Bonzos most well known tunes,and a number of obscure,and offbeat one's as well! (With some lovely pictures,to look at in wonderment). They're all here: VIVIAN STANSHALL! RODNEY SLATER! ROGER RUSKIN-SPEAR! LEGS LARRY SMITH! DENNIS COWAN! JOEL DRUCKMAN! SAM SPOONS! VERNON DUDLEY BOHAY~NOWELL! DAVE CLAGUE! Oh.....and Neil Innes. Hear the band,that The Beatles,once called,"Their Fave Band!" (Don't believe it? Get out your "Magical Mystery Tour" video....they are in it!)(So are The Beatles.).The Bonzo's lunacy might also have inspired Monty Python's muscial silliness,as they performed weekly with Eric Idle,Terry Jones,Michael Palin,and Terry Gilliam on "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (1967). So what more need you know? George Harrison loves 'em! Elton John loves 'em! Eric Clapton played with them! Led Zepplin loved 'em! SO WILL YOU!"