Batman and Robin - The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale Import
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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!
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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The first word I read out loud was in the TV guide. One night in '66 when Batman was on, I made the connection in the TV guide. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by A. C. bard
Forget Batman, other than the theme song this album really doesn't have anything to do with the comic or the show. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Chef Sean
I just got this cd in the mail from Switzerland. Just another cool thing about it, my first cd from Switzerland. How's it sound? Cheesy to the max. Read morePublished on August 7, 2009 by Eliminator Man
Since 1966 I owned the original Stereo Tifton LP of this album, so while I was very glad to obtain it on CD I am disappointed that it is in mono. Read morePublished on November 29, 2008 by Iric B. Fox
Be aware, this album has NOTHING to do with the "Batman" TV series or any of the movies. Aside from the cover art, a riff on the TV series theme song, and the song titles, there is... Read morePublished on July 22, 2008 by Kenneth M. Johnson
Time to give credit where due! I heard this album over and over from about age 5 until maybe age 10 and, admittedly, it sunk in. Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by Ken Holmes
Alright, we know what this is, so here's a simple breakdown:
The title track is a classic rockin' R&B version of the Batman theme, "Batman and Robin Over the Roofs" is... Read more
I still have the LP of this album and was very glad to get the CD. Although this is not the original TV theme music, it is very close and certainly has all the 60's feel of the... Read morePublished on February 20, 2008 by M. Hopper
How many of you guys out there had a Batman LP when you were a kid, played it to death, then thought it was lost forever? I had one. Batman by the Bat Boys. Read morePublished on July 3, 2006 by Clubber Lang