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

Sun RaAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Batman and Robin Swing October 30, 2003
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Swings Hard November 7, 2002
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I always thought it WAS Dan & Dale.... July 30, 2007
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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 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'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!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been anybody July 25, 2002
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what anyone would hope it is. August 8, 2005
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This one is so bizarre it really needs to be heard to be understood. Evidentally, somehow producer Tom Wilson managed to convince Sun Ra to bring several members of his band (including John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and Pat Patrick) into the studio with parts of the Blues Project (who I confess I'm not overly familiar with) to record the Adam West Batman TV show theme and a bunch of loose jams for a record for a toy company.

Yeah, it sounds about like that too.

It's a terribly unexciting album-- straightahead blues jams on a bunch of classical pieces retitled. And the playing isn't particularly exciting. And while "Batman and Robin Over the Roofs" manages to cut loose and really features some fine playing, for the most part, all the pieces are edited before any of the playing gets particularly interesting.

A curiosity likely only of interest to Sun Ra or Blues Project completionists, everyone else should probably skip this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew My Mind! May 12, 2004
By Gregory
Format:Audio CD
I got this record for Christmas from my Grandmother when I was six years old. I listened to it over and over and over. I kept listening even after it started to skip. I let the skips run for hours. Did Sun Ra have any idea what this might do to little kids? I became a musician, built a Gas Tank Orchestra, and made a loop library. I can honestly say this record changed my life. I spent years looking for other music like this, not discovering until a few years ago that Sun Ra was behind it. No, it's not like all the other Sun Ra records, which I also like, but it does have that essential mind expanding quality of far out ecstatic jamming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman & Robin novelty instrumental LP
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... Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Buzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Earliest Memory
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 more
Published on January 13, 2012 by A. C. bard
5.0 out of 5 stars American ROCK
Forget Batman, other than the theme song this album really doesn't have anything to do with the comic or the show. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Chef Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars This is fun fun fun
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 more
Published on August 7, 2009 by Eliminator Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great surprising reissue
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 more
Published on November 29, 2008 by Iric B. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Batman, but fun 60's music
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 more
Published on July 22, 2008 by Kenneth M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Credit Where Due
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 more
Published on June 21, 2008 by Ken Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for original concept!
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
Published on March 20, 2008 by Sambson
3.0 out of 5 stars A Blast From The Past
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 more
Published on February 20, 2008 by M. Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars The search for the good ol' Batman LP
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 more
Published on July 3, 2006 by P Parker
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