Gorilla [Remaster]

Performers The Bonzo Dog Band

Beat Goes On | June 1, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Gorilla was the 1967 debut album by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, who would thereafter drop the "Doo Dah" from their name and establish themselves as the greatest satirical British pop band of all time. Their first effort is far more tentative and tamer than their second and third albums, when they hit their stride by expanding their musical and topical recklessness. The Bonzos, after all, did not begin as a rock band, or even a pop band, but as a somewhat vaudevillian comedy outfit that owed a great deal to British music hall traditions. This album may be low-key, but that's not to say it doesn't retain a good deal of charm. The humor is extremely dry, subtle, and British, leaning more toward their trad jazz roots than the churning London pop/rock scene. It nonetheless includes a few great moments: the deadpan jazz vamp "The Intro and the Outro" (wherein a smarmy MC introduces a bevy of historical figures in a show band, including Adolf Hitler on vibes), the film noir satire "Mickey's Son and Daughter," and their vicious send-up of "The Sound of Music." It's not recommended as a starting point, but those who already appreciate these wonderful British eccentrics will find this an enjoyable document of the band's more restrained roots. [The 2007 expanded reissue of Gorilla contains seven bonus tracks including hot jazz covers: "My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies," "I'm Gonna Bring a Watermelon to My Girl Tonight," a previously unreleased early version of "Ali Baba's Camel," "On Her Doorstep Last Night," "Button Up Your Overcoat," a reinterpretation of Dallas Frazier's "Alley Oop," and the BBC recording of Viv Stanshall/Neil Innes' original "The Craig Torso Show," which contains interpolations of "I Remember You," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and "Oh Carol." As with all the 2007 Bonzo reissues, there are very good liner notes by Neil Innes, whose intro may be recycled through all five discs, but that repetition is redeemed by his fine track-by-track commentary, which covers the bonus cuts as well.] ~ Richie Unterberger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 2010

Genre: Psychedelic

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1967

Label Name: Beat Goes On

UPC: 094638788928

Found in: Psychedelic

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Gorilla [Remaster]

Performers The Bonzo Dog Band

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 2010

Genre: Psychedelic

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1967

Label Name: Beat Goes On

UPC: 094638788928


Title Track Time
1.Cool Britannia --
2.Equestrian Statue --
3.Jollity Farm --
4.(i Left My Heart) In San Francisco --
5.Look Out, There's A Monster Coming --
6.Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold --
7.Death Cab For Cutie --
8.Narcissus --
9.Intro And The Outro --
10.Mickey's Son And Daughter --
11.Big Shot --
12.Music For Head Ballet --
13.Piggy Bank Love --
14.I'm Bored --
15.Sound Of Music --
16.My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies (bonus Track) --
17.I'm Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight (bonus Track) --
18.Ali Baba's Camel (early Version) (previously Unreleased) (bonus Track) --
19.On Her Doorstep Last Night (bonus Track) --
20.Alley Oop (bonus Track) --
21.Button Up Your Overcoat (bonus Track) --
22.Craig Torso Show (bonus Track) --

Editorial Notes

Gorilla was the 1967 debut album by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, who would thereafter drop the "Doo Dah" from their name and establish themselves as the greatest satirical British pop band of all time. Their first effort is far more tentative and tamer than their second and third albums, when they hit their stride by expanding their musical and topical recklessness. The Bonzos, after all, did not begin as a rock band, or even a pop band, but as a somewhat vaudevillian comedy outfit that owed a great deal to British music hall traditions. This album may be low-key, but that's not to say it doesn't retain a good deal of charm. The humor is extremely dry, subtle, and British, leaning more toward their trad jazz roots than the churning London pop/rock scene. It nonetheless includes a few great moments: the deadpan jazz vamp "The Intro and the Outro" (wherein a smarmy MC introduces a bevy of historical figures in a show band, including Adolf Hitler on vibes), the film noir satire "Mickey's Son and Daughter," and their vicious send-up of "The Sound of Music." It's not recommended as a starting point, but those who already appreciate these wonderful British eccentrics will find this an enjoyable document of the band's more restrained roots. [The 2007 expanded reissue of Gorilla contains seven bonus tracks including hot jazz covers: "My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies," "I'm Gonna Bring a Watermelon to My Girl Tonight," a previously unreleased early version of "Ali Baba's Camel," "On Her Doorstep Last Night," "Button Up Your Overcoat," a reinterpretation of Dallas Frazier's "Alley Oop," and the BBC recording of Viv Stanshall/Neil Innes' original "The Craig Torso Show," which contains interpolations of "I Remember You," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and "Oh Carol." As with all the 2007 Bonzo reissues, there are very good liner notes by Neil Innes, whose intro may be recycled through all five discs, but that repetition is redeemed by his fine track-by-track commentary, which covers the bonus cuts as well.] ~ Richie Unterberger
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