Babalu Music! I Love Lucy's Greatest Hits [SOUNDTRACK] Soundtrack
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The Mertzes and Lucy join in with Desi on "Jingle Bells", "California Here I come" and others. Famous Lucy & Desi numbers include "Cuban Pete", "We're Having a Baby", "There's a Brand New Baby at Our House", and the vocal version of the "I Love Lucy" theme song. These are interspersed with songs taken from classic radio programs featuring Desi.
The opening cut is a modernized dance version of "Babalu" with dialog from the show spliced in as a rap-like accompaniment. A little annoying at first, but it can grow on you if you let it.
The opening cut was made by Weird Al of pop star impersonation fame ("Eat It", "Girls Just Want to Have Lunch", "The Saga Begins", "Dare to be Stupid").
Yankovic also produced the CD. In a nice turn, he keeps a low profile on the album, letting the music of the Lucy show speak almost entirely for itself. I thought that showed a respect for the classic series, and more importantly, for Desi's music.
The CD is reasonably priced, and well worth the smiles you'll get remembering musical moments from "I Love Lucy".
The CD seems to be out of print - as of today (5/26/11) the disc is only available from Amazon third party sellers, and the lowest prices are $65.00 for a "new" copy and $21.49 for a "used" copy. So the price you pay might have an effect on your enjoyment of the album.
My biggest disappointment is the skimpiness of the liner notes. I was hoping for more specific information as far as when the tracks were recorded or released, but of the 20 tracks on the CD only eight are identified in this manner - six are from 1951 (Desi's 1951 CBS Radio show, "Your Tropical Trip"), and two are the A- and B- sides of a 1953 Columbia Records single. The other selections are just identified as "taken from the original 'I Love Lucy' series on CBS." If this isn't a big deal for you, feel free to add another star if you're so inclined.
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I wasn't very impressed with cd, plus one of the songs kept skipping. I actually thought just Ricky would be singing. I'm not very Happy with the cd.Published 5 months ago by margaret scalice
Great soundtrack to a great show. Songs from memorable series. Will make you chuckle with the dialogue included.
Christmas song included.
We bought the CD to play on a parade float. Everyone loved it! We won 1st place in the parade for best float.Published on October 14, 2013 by Sheryl Nappier
If you love I LOVE LUCY and the music of that show, this is an absolutely MUST HAVE CD. LOVE IT!!!Published on December 13, 2012 by Linda Sherman