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Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights [Original recording remastered]

Raymond ScottAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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listen  2. The Toy Trumpet (Album Version) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Manhattan Minuet (Album Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals (Album Version) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Reckless Night On Board An Ocean Liner (Album Version) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Moment Musical (Album Version) 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Twilight In Turkey (Album Version) 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Oil Gusher (Album Version) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. In An 18th Century Drawing Room (Album Version) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Siberian Sleighride (Album Version) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. At An Arabian House Party (Album Version) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Boy Scout In Switzerland (Album Version) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Bumpy Weather Over Newark (Album Version) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Minuet In Jazz (Album Version) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. War Dance For Wooden Indians (Album Version) 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Quintet Plays Carmen (Album Version) 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Huckleberry Duck (Album Version) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00001R3H7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

These prewar gems from a long-neglected artist have been remastered and now sound better than ever. Scott's career as composer, bandleader, and electronic-music pioneer is just beginning to be rediscovered. Here, he mixes swing jazz with classical forms, exotica (long before there even was such a thing), and his own hyperactive melodies to create a timeless sound. Many of the bouncy tunes are recognizable from their constant use in cartoon soundtracks over the years: the classic "Powerhouse," a jittery mix of an edgy scherzo and a relentless march (as well as a favorite of Looney Toons composer Carl Stalling); the jaunty "The Toy Trumpet"; and the dizzying "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals." Scott's original recordings with his Quintette (which, strangely enough, consisted of six musicians) are a delight, and the invention and energy never let up. --Heidi MacDonald

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosively Fun Stuff January 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Raymond Scott is not a composer of cartoon music. He is however a compser whose music was later used for many cartoons. His musis is so tied to those cartoons that listening to his extrodinary and complex pieces is like revisiting the old Warner Bros. cartoons. Much of the music on this CD is recognizeable including the Warner Bros. archetypal piece Powerhouse.
It was once I understood that this music was not written to accompany Bugs Bunny that I understood Scott's genius: this was just the music he liked to compose. It was not a soundtrack to accompany an animated rabbit and duck and his composition names were not references to cartoons.
Scott is not a jazz musician in any traditional way. His music was very rigid. He would tap out pieces on piano and tell others to play it on their own instrument. There was no room for improv. He never wrote down a note of music but rather composed pieces on the spot and assigned people in his quintet to play them. Rigid and formal in compositional style, he was very serious about his fun music. Said to be a loner and a workaholic, he seemed an unlikely candidate to be the musical spokesperson for a generation of cartoons. In spite of the restraints he placed upon his band, his music swings like few others. It feels fun and alive as if playing the music is the greatest joy.
Despite knowing about his utter lack of involvement in the making of Warner Bros. cartoons, it is still far easier to imagine a pack of animated animals playing his music than actual people who slaved away for weeks to learn each piece.
Later in life he left this fun jazz behind and became a pioneer of electronic music and even did soundtracks for the short films of a pre-Sesame Street Jim Henson.
He is one of the most important, influential, and played composers of the 20th century. There are few people in America who have not heard his work although most have no idea who he is.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The REMASTERED version in the US! September 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This 22-track CD includes the original 78 rpm tracks performed by the original 1930s Raymond Scott Quintette -- especially those used in CARTOONS (WB Looney Tunes, Ren & Stimpy, The Simpsons, Animaniacs, etc.)
This 24-bit remastered CD allows for a fuller presence in the transfer from metal master to digital format. Meaning: it sounds a lot better, brighter, more alive. There's more bass, & richer textures. The overall sound is far superior to the first CD issue.
For the 'new & improved' version, all tracks were remastered at Sony Studios (the latest technology was used to extract better sound from the original 1930s metal master discs); two tracks have been replaced by different, newly discovered -- and better -- performances; the liner notes have been corrected, updated, and expanded; and the inside booklet has been redesigned.
''RECKLESS NIGHTS AND TURKISH TWILIGHTS is a collection of the music Raymond Scott wrote and recorded between 1936 and 1939. It is totally inspiring; high energy music with tempos that rival any speed garage techno-schmecno dance music.'' -AVANT Magazine
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find! March 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was listening to the Soul Coughing CD "Irrisistible Bliss" and noticed that my favorite track on that CD was built on top of a sample from Raymond Scott's music. So I ordered this CD.
Wow! As a big fan of the old Warner Bros. cartoons as well as Ren & Stimpy, finding this was like walking right into a treasure room. As the excellent liner notes explain, many of the Looney toones were based on Raymond Scott's unusual style of jazz.
I'm not a big jazz fan, but this is "goofy jazz" and very accessible. If you enjoyed the music in Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny cartoons, you will love listening to the source of all that music.
The sound quality is excellent considering that all of this was recorded over 50 years ago ...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bug music! October 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I stumbled upon this album accidently, and now I am completely addicted to Raymond Scott. This album in particular is wonderful, for you will recognize tunes from various cartoons of the past, like bits used in older Warner Bros., and much older MGM cartoons. You cannot listen to this cd and remain in a bad mood, it's impossible. My daughter calls it 'bug music' (she's 2), and has to dance to it every day, and so do I! Really, it's one of those 'must haves'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More for this 'Remastered' CD January 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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THIS IS A WONDERFUL CD! The music is timeless...
When the first version of this CD was released in 1992, the CD's sound-quality may have left something to be desired. However, THIS version of the CD sounds fantastic; it's amazing all the bass, and other parts, that I never noticed before! (The secret? I'm not a technical expert, but I think they actually did LESS processing of the original [1930s] master disc recordings this time... But whatever the process was, the results are a definitely a knock out!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott is a genius plain and simple October 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Sure, many people haven't heard the name Raymond Scott. However, plenty of people know his music. It has been used in both Looney Toons and Ren and Stimpy, not to mention countless other cartoons, and has been sampled to death (by artists such as Soul Coughing). However, his music can stand on its own merits and is much more than just incidental music for cartoons. In fact, Scott never composed a peice specifically for a cartoon. His music is incredibly surrealistic and zany, perfect for a cartoon. Despite the fact that this is music of its time, it sounds incredibly fresh. There wasn't much like this around in its day, and there is even less like it around today, which makes it an unique listen. This is the most logical starting point in your appreciation of Scott's legacy. If you like this music, check out the incredible double-disc set "Manhattan Research Inc", which also contains a booklet. A legend entirely deserving of his cult reputation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars super fun jazz
great music that a lot of people now don't listen to being that early b/w cartoons are not shown on TV. A lot of new artist copy the style of Raymond Scott in todays music.
Published 13 months ago by Mark Chocianowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic music that evinces cartoons yet remains distinct from them
This is the original music behind the cartoons: the unedited source footage, if you will. Sound quality's not great since the recordings are so old, but still a treat all around. Read more
Published on March 18, 2010 by Jeffrey Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Uplifting Msic!
I just wanted to say that I love this album and am very glad I bought it. If you like Carl Stalling, Dan Deacon, Bruce Haack, Perrey & Kingsley, The Bran Flakes etc... Read more
Published on January 5, 2008 by Claudia E. Brubaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is So Short
If you don't know who Raymond Scott is, well then, you need to watch more Warner Bros. cartoons and have a glass of good sherry with an Acme Products salesman. Read more
Published on September 18, 2007 by J. D. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to a Genius
Raymond Scott's music is most remembered today as soundtrack material for cartoons. This is natural, but it risks underestimating his genius. Read more
Published on May 8, 2007 by John P Bernat
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 or 64
No, the name of this review isn't a misquote of a Chicago song title. It's simply a sneakily veiled way of saying that any man who writes music using 32nd and 64th notes can't be... Read more
Published on January 23, 2007 by Annie Van Auken
5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Scott "Reckless Nights& Turkish Twighlights"
Anyone who grew up with cartoon music swimming in their heads must own this album. Although "Powerhouse" is the most recognizable Car-tune, Shirley Temple fans will revel in the... Read more
Published on January 10, 2007 by W. J. Riley
2.0 out of 5 stars The reviews here are just as bad as the music on the cd!
I just received the CD (12/05). Before I bought the CD I read almost all of the reviews and they whetted my appetite to get this CD. BIG mistake! Read more
Published on December 29, 2005 by Edward Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Music that's just fun
These songs bring back memories of being a kid and watching cartoons. Even though I don't watch many cartoons anymore, there's a delicious wackiness to these songs that makes them... Read more
Published on October 4, 2005 by Stephen L. Moss
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously overrated
My copy of "Reckless Nights..." (and yours, too, probably) has a sticker on front that reads: "One of the Most Influential Musicians of the 20th Century. Read more
Published on September 24, 2005 by Lee Hartsfeld
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