[Dixielandjazz] More on classical turned jazzy.
dingle at baldwin-net.com
Sat Oct 16 14:12:49 PDT 2004
With this sudden interest in classical music performed by other than
classical orchestras, let me add this long out of issue album.
Spike Jones does the Nutcracker Suite.
Adding a few extra orchestral instruments (flutes, celesta, french horn,
bassoon, English horn) to the usual City Slicker madmen musicale, with
arrangments by Joe "Country" Washburn, it brought the Russian Children's
classic to new heights of both musical and comedic audibility.
Many of the Slickers doubled instruments -- my dad on bass clarinet,
tenor, clarinet, violin as example.
I have still have three of the original four 78's that made up the
album. (Moving takes its toll.) Alas, I no longer have a player for 78's
but if I ever do I will burn off a CD for my grandkids to enjoy.
This was played as if for real but with the added sound effects and
vocal moans and grunts one would expect from the City Slickers.
I wish the powers that be at RCA would re-issue this as a CD for some
future Christmas. This stands the test of time, but it is as much for
adults as kids.
It, like so much good stuff, languishes in the vaults of RCA. (If there
ever was a bootleg CD waiting to be smuggled in, this it one to recommend.)
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