onsdag 12 augusti 2015


Six album box consisting of novelty recordings picked from DJ Barry Hansen's (a.k.a. Dr Demento) radio show, which was aired in US between 1974-2010 and famous for playing wierd, comic, parodic or just bad songs recorded during the 20th century. On this issue carrying samples from early twenties up to the late eighties, shared between six albums - first covering the early years, one each for the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties and one with christmas songs. I'm usually not much for retrospective boxes, but this seems necessary...at least if you have a taste for the bizarre, I can't imagine the effort and cost it would take to get all originals. Found it rather recently and so far the one closest to my heart is the sixties record. Many pop/rock original classics there I didn't have before - "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", "Alley-Oop", "Gitarzan", "Surfin' Bird", "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa" - and more. Nice to have them all on one LP. For the rest I'm jumping tracks, but doing it frequently between artists as Grouch Marx, Jimmy Durante, Tom Lehrer, Steve Martin, "Wierd Al", Spike Jones, Tiny Tim and more anonymous acts like Lonzo & Oscar, Barnes & Barnes, Spencer & Spencer and Homer & Jethro. A box full of smiles from over sixty years of music. Good to have. All cuts original mono or stereo and the audio is smashing. As far as I know only issued in US. All records in separate covers hosted in a "leather" box together with a sixteen page pic/info booklet and a stiff glossy track sheet, each numbered and signed by Dr. Demento himself. Presented as limited edition, but in that case limited to a large number. (SÄM*) (YZÄ*)

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