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Batman and Robin - The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale Import

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Full title 'The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale, Batman & Robin'. Originally released in 1966 as a children's record of 'Batman & Robin'. Produced by Tom Wilson, it features Sun Ra on organ, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Tom McIntosh on trombone & Danny Kalb on guitar. 11 tracks. Mini LP sleeve. Original artwork in the Batman & Robin Comic book style. 2001 release.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universe Italy
  • ASIN: B00005K9XU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a cash-in album originally released in 1966 to exploit the Batman fad. It has gained some noteriety over the years, because Sun Ra and members of The Blues Project played on it. Musically, however, it is nothing special. Most of the tracks don't have much of a melody, and just feature the musicians jamming. This is okay to listen to, but it doesn't really represent the best of either Sun Ra or The Blues Project. However, I do have to say that the nearly 7 minute "Batman and Robin Over the Roofs" is pretty wild, cool and swinging. One unfortunate thing about this CD is that it is in mono. I think that a good stereo mix would really enhance this recording. This CD is really for hardcore Batman, Sun Ra or Blues Project fans only.
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I LOVE THIS ALBUM. Seriously. Track 2/Batman's Batmorang (sic) is one of my favorite all-time jams. Why? I don't know. I love the horns for one.

Batman and Robin over the Roofs? It's almost seven amazing minutes long.
This album is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Jazz, Blues, Rock, Surf (Punk) Guitar!
There is not a real bum track here except maybe the overly silly "Flight of the Batman" with the penny whistle (?) sound effects.
The guitar in The Penguin Chase is pure Surf Guitar! Dig the harmonica in there too.
If he's been alive I'd swear that Joe Meek would have been behind this!

Today, 30 July 2007, was the first time I'd heard this album since I was
15 and I recalled note for note at least 9 tracks! I wore out 2 vinyl
copies of this as a kid and I still have one worn copy in my collection.

I might have tried to play that but I forgot about this missing link until last week when 2 co-workers named Dan and Dale were talking to me and I said ......'whoa' kinda like Keanu Reeves.
That got me looking. And allmusic.com told me who Dan & Dale really were and even gave this jem a 4 star rave.
I found a mint vinyl copy and this import CD. I bought the CD first.
I have played this 4 times now and I am not insane or tired of it yet.

Well, maybe I'm insane.
I had NO idea Sun Ra or any of Al Kooper's group played on this until I read allmusic.com's write up of the Mythical "Dan & Dale".
Listening to it now it makes no difference. It still sounds like some surf/blues/jazz band jamming in a studio. Honestly, I am very schooled in music but I never would have thought this to be Steve Katz, Sun Ra or anybody THAT famous.
Heck, I thought Dan & Dale might be playing a state fair somewhere this week.

Buy this album. Myth or Not: it's GREAT! It's NOT a kiddy album.
Now someone tell me if "Batmobile Wheels" riff is from another tune!
Please
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Most noted because Sun Ra and some of his Arkestra members are present, along with a rock band called "The Blues Project". This was an LP being made to be bought by kids into "Batman", with the musicians trying to provide music that recalled the "BANG! POW! K-SHAM!" atmosphere of the TV show, while riffing around on mostly public domain themes.
Given those humble roots, knowing that's what this was ... you'll be surprised at how hard this swings! It kicks! It rocks! Seriously, it's a pretty decent collection of hard rock/funk groove.
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Sun Ra, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Pat Patrick apparently sat in with Al Kooper and some others to make this straight-ahead R&B record. Not a bit like post-1950s Sun Ra, this is recommended for collectors and for dance parties. Not bad for what it is, but don't start here if you want Sun Ra.
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I love this record! In 1966, I was twelve years young so I was in the Batman craze full-tilt boogie. I mean the Beatles were everywhere, Batman, Star Trek things were exploding everywhere. My grandparents gave me this record and I played it a gazillion times. This record is free and loose and VERY well crafted. I cannot add a better comment on the actual music than the pro reviewer gave, but I CAN say forget the campy cover, this is great music. Song one side two "Robin the boy wonder" has an annoying drone of a background chick singer "Robin Ya Robin Ya" with no foreground singer that grates, but still this is a FUN and FANTASTIC record.

I remastered my old WORN vinyl copy years ago. I never had an idea this would ever show up in digital form. I mean a small label, no named star power on the cover, campy art work, I figured this was like nowhere man...but here it is! If you are reading this for a sway one way or the other HOLY GOOD TIMES BATMAN...Pull the trigger!
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...not my original. I got mine in 1970 as part of this weird Batman Back to School Package, complete with Batman clear pencilcase gun. Like I said, weird. I lost the record in Baltimore and bought another off a classmate in '77. Anyway, its a great listen and importantly you learn to admire updated jams of public domain classical music. Rockin! Buy this album and you won't really need -50 beloved classical pieces- as seen on tv anymore. You will also be compelled to dance like Adam West.
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After reading the comments here, I could not resist adding my own.

I lucked into a clean OG copy of the LP at a garage sale today - there it was... just sitting in a box of kiddie LPs! This is after every LP digging fool in town had been through these boxes. I was a little proud of myself for pulling it, and put it on immediately upon returning home.

It's not a bad LP at all in the '60s exploito' sub-sub-genre. Sound-wise, it sits somewhere in the conceptual triangle formed by the 'Rat Fink' LPs, Dick Dale, and Booker T & the MGs. There's a surf music feel to a lot of the tunes. It's not all-instrumental, either... Side 1 has a cover of the familiar Batman Theme (one of the weaker tracks on the LP), and Side 2 opens with a pretty good rockin' soul track that features great female vocalist. No credits anywhere on the LP, and it's on a cheapo label called 'Tifton.' I think it's pressed on old bakelite or something - the LP itself has a thick heavy brittle feel. The sound is decent, though.

I can also see where this LP would be guilty of disappointing fans of Sun Ra (who supposedly played organ on it), and fans of The Blues Project (who supposedly played pretty much everything else, save the horns which are played by none other than John Gilmore, Marshall Allen & other members of Sun Ra's Arkestra... supposedly! FWIW, there's some honkin' bar-walkin' sax on one tune.) It's not in either artist's bag - quite far removed from Sun Ra's rather expansive sound world, and a good piece away from the mellow bluesy psychedelia that the Blues Project is known for.

That said, it's a 60s exploito LP that doesn't send me running back to turn off the stereo after 2 tracks. Trust me, most music of this sort is FAR inferior to what I'm hearing on this Batman & Robin LP.
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