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Cornology [3CD Set] Import

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Import exclusive compilation for the British psychedelic act that combined elements of rock & comedy to great success. The Intro comprises the groups first two albums, Gorilla and The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse and recounts their history up to 1968. The Outro combines Tadpoles and Keynsham and continues the story to 1970, when the band was dissolved. Dog Ends features their reunion album, Let's Make Up And Be Friendly, as well as several non-album releases, some solo material and a text which brings their adventure up to date. Three standard jewelcases housed in a slipcase.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000006TDV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're only going to get one Bonzos collection on CD, this is the one to have. It's the most comprehensive - 72 tracks, including the whole of each of their five albums: Gorilla, The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse, Tadpoles, Keynsham and their 1972 reunion album, Let's Make Up And Be Friendly. And there are some extras, or "Dog Ends" as they are described, including their quite splendid debut single, My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies. The accompanying notes on the Bonzos by Brian Hogg include such delightful details as that their hit single I'm The Urban Spaceman was produced by Paul McCartney under the pseudonym Apollo C Vermouth. Apparently McCartney agreed to do it after Vivian Stanshall met him in a pub. The notes also point out that the Bonzos were part of the new wave of British comedy in the 1960s which led to Monty Python's Flying Circus. It's an interesting parallel - in the Bonzos' whimsical lyrics one can hear prototype Python dialogue, and in the way they borrowed earlier styles and subverted them one could see a musical precursor to Terry Gilliam's animations. But The Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band are best appreciated on their own terms. Here is the work of a group of people of considerable musical ability and rich comic imagination, having a great time taking musical, comic and social conventions and turning them upside down. It's an approach which has stood the test of time. Enjoy.
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All the Bonzo albums (here packaged as a definitive archive) are funny, but calling them comedy albums is like classifying the Patrick McGoohan series The Prisoner as a sitcom. The many parodies here have their serious side--typically a lambast of the poverty of pop culture, but Keynsham (tracks 39-52) is a nightmarish descent whose only parallels are Dante's Inferno and Kafka's The Trial (which also have their humorous moments). Keynsham is a concept album about concepts, about the prisons we build for ourselves, only we don't think of them as prisons because we build them ourselves, and we're proud of the little decorative touches, and because we'll take the trite over the beautiful anyday. (In "Sport," "it's an odd boy who doesn't like sport" and who would rather read Mallarme under a tree than play football). In the Gilbert and Sullivanish finale, "Busted," policeman and pothead set out on a jolly chase ("running like a rabbit from a frisky poodle") but the free spirit (who's free because he sleeps on the beach and thinks "it would do more good to try / and understand the other guy") ultimately gets "busted, by the law." Fortunately the next Bonzo album, Let's Make Up and Be Friends (tracks 59-69) returns to parody and pastiche, comic relief from the despair (except there is that final track with the mechanical laughter...). Keynsham is probably the profoundest and darkest work of rock/pop, and civilization should be grateful the Bonzos didn't push the envelope any further.
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There is nothing like the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band out there. Nothing at all. Listening to this "cornology" could only lead you to one conclusion - this music could not have been made by human beings. And you'd be half right, really, for Vivien Stanshall, the late driving force of the Bonzos, could definately be described as from another planet.
The album has a quintissentially British sense of wit, of being able to poke fun at ones self. It also contains the most askewed view on life and music you are ever likely to hear. Traditional music hall, put through a rock mangler, washed in a psychedellic washing machine and then dried in a satirical tumble dryer, is the best description of this collection of the bizarre, the brilliant, and the incisive. There are no apt words for these albums, but they take you on a journey from which you may never fully recover but you'll probably enjoy. These are musically gifted people (including future Monty Python collaborator and Rutle Neil Innes) having a whale of a time and masterly subverting genre and perception of class and social structure.
The best of the five albums included is Gorilla, a laugh riot from start to finish, without the pretensiousness that sometimes (though not often) creeps into the later albums. Stand out tracks are the absolute classic "The into and the outro" the spot on jazz spoof "Big shot" the instrumental piece "Music for the head ballet" and the strangely disturbing "Look out there's a monster coming." But there are gems littered throughout, such as "Hunting tigers out in INDIAH", the bouncy "Ali Baba's Camel" and the band's biggest hit "The Urban Spaceman.
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If only all box sets and retrospectives were so all-inclusive... the only missing things I could smell were the John-Lennon-and-John-Cage-both-get-spanked merriment of "Sofa Head" from the Peel sessions, their cover of "the Young Ones," and their absolutely perverse oompah-loompah rendition of "Wicked Uncle Ernie" from TOMMY... Otherwise it's all here, 5 albums plus unfindable goodies like the classic "I'm Going to Bring a Watermelon to My Gal Tonight," and for those of us everywhere who grew up seeing British humor as at least one half of a viable alternative to its very different American counterpart, this set comes out like a two-headed, four-armed baby with flippers instead of hands: "Whatever it is, dear, it doesn't come from MY family's side of the gene pool..."
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