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Audio CD, July 18, 1995
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Tireless hours of research and transcribing were required by the Beau Hunks Sextette to recreate this tribute to cartoon music powerhouse Raymond Scott. The Hunks, Holland's equivalent to the Cheap Suit Serenaders, perform exquisitely over the 19 tracks, using period instruments and trying their damnedest to keep up with Scott's frenetic arrangements. The results are stunning: humor abounds, and both well-known Scott titles (the ubiquitous "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" and "The Penguin") and lesser cuts (the ultra-rare "Egyptian Barn Dance") swing. Scott went on to perform straight jazz and even dabbled with electronica (the three volume Soothing Sounds for Baby series) later in his career, but it's his cartoon music featured here--filled with muted trumpets, rimshots, and Middle Eastern melodies--that's so unforgettable. --Jason Verlinde

1. Raymond Scott Speaks/War Dance For Wooden Indians
2. The Toy Trumpet
3. Powerhouse
4. Celebration On The Planet Mars
5. Boy Scout In Switzerland
6. Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals
7. Bird Life In The Bronx
8. Square Dance for Eight Egyptian Mummies
9. The Girl At The Typewriter
10. The Penguin
11. Bumpy Weather Over Newark
12. Ectoplasm
13. Peter Tambourine
14. Twilight In Turkey
15. A Street Corner In Paris
16. Reckless Night On Board An Ocean Liner
17. Egyptian Barn Dance
18. Snake Woman
19. Dedicatory Piece To The Crew And Passengers Of The First Experimental Rocket Express To The Moon

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000001SLX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
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Harry Warnow (1908-1994) (aka. Raymond Scott) was one of the most original figures in American pop music. His compositions have seldom been heard since he recorded them because not only are they murderously difficult; he never notated them. This is odd because Warnow was a Julliard trained musical prodigy. Whatever his reasons these impediments have kept his music from being heard (except as background music for Warner Bros. cartoons) for years. The Beau Hunks Sextette, a superior group of musicians from the Netherlands, have met the challenge of Warnow's works with panache to spare. This is a wonderful CD. You will not be sorry you purchased it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P. Smith on August 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A friend put me on to the Beau Hunks, and after hearing one of their wonderful CDs I purchased three more in rapid succession. The Beau Hunks are talented, they sound perfect and effortless, and the compositions are amazing. I did not know Raymond Scott's work before, and (despite exposure to Warner Brothers cartoons) the only piece I actually recognized was "The Toy Trumpet."
I believe it was this recording that stimulated interest in, and led to the rediscovery of, Raymond Scott. And, among other things, the digital remastering and reissue of a CD entitled "Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights," 22 pieces recorded by the original Raymond Scott Quintette between 1937 and 1939.
Well, much as I admire the Beau Hunks, and as wonderful as their recording is, "Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights" is better. The original Quintette sounds lighter, bouncier, merrier, and more playful. And the sound on the 1999 reissue is really amazingly good, which is important because part of what is so remarkable about this music is the unusual sound textures and qualities. So, gee, the Beau Hunks are great, but my recommendation on this one is to go with the Raymond Scott original.
By the way, I do have to say that whether it's being performed by the Beau Hunks or by the original Raymond Scott Quintette, 70 minutes of Raymond Scott does seem like rather a lot... don't try to listen to it straight through, it's like eating a whole 16 ounce chocolate bar. Yes, I've done both, but don't do as I do, do as I say. Break it up and freshen your palatte in between with... oh, I don't know... some Les Paul and Mary Ford maybe? Some Wendy Carlos?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elwood Conway on August 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Okay...the Beau Hunks are like art restoration experts. They find something old and try to polish it up, bringing out all the nuances of the music that may have been lost to either the constraints of the original antiquated recording equipment or when the only surviving elements are old, hissy film soundtracks. They are the Indiana Jones' of lost music. They ALMOST hit a home run with this CD. True the fidelity is leaps and bounds better than the Raymond Scott original recording CDs on the market, but you do occasionally hear the players struggle with the parts. I know, I know, the music is hard as hell (this is coming from a Saxophone/Bassoon player), but that was what made Raymond's original groups so special...they played the living hell out of each arrangement until it was perfect. And Raymond's music DEMANDS is almost computer-like in it's exactness of form and perfect execution is absolutely necessary for his music to have the full effect. The Beau Hunks come really close however. So if you are a Beau Hunks fan, get this one. If you really want to experience the Raymond Scott that influenced Carl Stalling's cartoon compositions, get his Columbia/Sony CDs.
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