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  • Audio CD (June 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003ZKVH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Barstool Cowboy From Old Barstow
2. Behind Those Swinging Doors
3. Red Wing
4. The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along
5. Clink, Clink, Another Drink
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Disc: 2
1. The Sheik Of Araby
2. Oh! By Jingo
3. I'm Going To Write Home
4. Hi Ho My Lady
5. I Know A Story
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Cocktails For Two
2. And The Great Big Saw Came Nearer And Nearer
3. Red Grow The Roses
4. Jamboree Jones
5. Whittle Out A Whistle
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Disc: 4
1. Old McDonald Had A Farm
2. I Dream Of Brownie The Light Blue Jeans
3. The Glow Worm
4. Laura
5. Jones Polka
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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Budget-priced four disc box set featuring 95 tracks by the comic genius, including nine #1 million-selling hits, 'Der Fuerher's Face', 'Cocktails For Two', 'Glow Worm', 'All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)', 'Clink Clink Another Drink', 'Sheik Of Araby', 'Oh By Jingo', 'Holiday For Strings' and 'William Tell'. Also includes a fully illustrated 24 page booklet. Each CD comes in a separate standard jewel case & together they come packaged within a thick, full color slipcase box. 1999 release.

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The genius of Spike Jones--as a songwriter, bandleader, and musician--is often overshadowed by his comedic schtick. But make no mistake, Jones was a musician and a damn fine one at that, whether on a set of drums, singing into a mic, or with a car horn. This bargain-priced, four-CD set from the U.K. label Proper, goes a long way toward setting Jones's record straight. In the 1930s and '40s, while American dance and jazz orchestras were just finding their mature footing and popularity, Jones was there to sabotage their efforts with great playing, parody tunes ("I Dream of Brownie with the Light Blue Jeans," "I'm Forever Blowing Bubble Gum"), and, oh yes, gunfire. As novelty artists go, Jones was one of the best. He hired great musicians for his Cityslickers, he wrote memorable songs, and he was a snappy dresser, too. This set features more of the musician than you'll ever need, but its supercheap price, nice liner notes, and great music (that still sounds hilarious after all these years) make it a steal. --Jason Verlinde

Customer Reviews

The quality of the recordings was excellent.
Eric S. Evans
Gunshots, cowbells, bleating goats, Sigourney Weaver's Uncle Doodles, this is the biggest Spike Jones collection commercially released!
Walter Five
The Spike Jones "Strictly for Music Lovers" CD was a wonderful collection of Spike Jones and his band songs from over several years.
Busterboy

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Walter Five VINE VOICE on March 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the big one, folks! Four discs; 96 sides of musical mayhem! Gunshots, cowbells, bleating goats, Sigourney Weaver's Uncle Doodles, this is the biggest Spike Jones collection commercially released! (An inferior 8-disc set of his radio shows is out there in EBay-land, but only mentioned for the hard-core City Slickers enthusiasts.) This one is NOT for the slightly interested listener who recalls "Der Furher's Face", "My Old Flame" and little else--there are several good single-disc compilations out there that they should start with. This one is for the real fans, as a one-time buy to fill in most if not all of the gaps in their Spike Jones collections.
Spike Jones was a very sneaky man--combining an overview of the finest classical music with Swing, Dixieland, Jazz, Country, Hawaiian, and Western musics and adding the ZING, POW, CRASH! of the finest slapstick humor. He combined highbrow music with lowbrow comedy and radio-theatre style sound effects and gave America a musical mayhem that's never been equaled.
For those of you wading through the tracks lists, yes, there is some repetition...this set contains both Jones V-disc recordings done for the Armed Forces Radio Service, and the subsequent RCA-Victor studio remakes of some of those recordings. There also seem to be some outtakes perhaps from the previously mentioned radio show. However, this is *not* a complete collection; in particular, several of Spike's holiday pieces are not present-- his immortal take on "The Nutcracker Suite" for example. There's a dozen or so other loose 78s not found here, nor are all the V-disc sides appearantly present. You'll have to wade through several other anthologies to get all of *those* if you absolutely *must* have them, personally, I wouldn't bother.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hartsfeld on August 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My five-star rating is for the music, which includes a number of V-Discs, live material, RCA Victor sides, and who knows what--recordings made for radio, maybe. The shoddy packaging is of no consequence, considering that the price includes four discs' worth of material. My complaint is with the annoying reverb in the sound reproduction, which occurs on any number of tracks. It's enough to ruin the sound at times, especially on the late-40s masterpieces "Laura" and "William Tell Overture." Were the engineers trying to add depth to the recordings? If so, imposing late-70s, Sansui-style reverb is NOT the way to go about it.
At any rate, the V-Discs are a joy, especially the riotous "As Time Goes By," which features clock effects (what else?) and splendid Red Ingle vocal effects. This is one Jones classic that will never grow old, with an arrangement that uses the verse of the tune as the calm before the storm of interpolated sound effects, a la "Cocktails for Two." And the live material proves that the City Slickers' musicianship was as dead-on in person as in the studio, though "G.I. Haircut" does have the singer trying to come in one measure too early. How often do we get to hear a screw-up on a Jones recording? Who would have known these guys were capable of error? Anyway, a great buy if the listener doesn't mind a bit of mud in the mix. Five stars for the greatest musical parodist of the 20th century.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "jletson" on July 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Why was this titled "Strictly for Music Lovers" it makes it sound as if you would only enjoy these CDs if you were an absolute Spike Jones fanatic! To enjoy these CDs you just have to have a slight familiarity with Spike in order to enjoy them!
While this collection isn't as great as "The Musical Depreciation Revue" or "Spiked!" (both are essential to any fan of Jones by the way) this collection does come close. These FOUR discs :o) cover Spike's early days to his songs in the late 40's which in my opinion, are the best. In short these discs cover Spike from silliness to insane genius.
Disc 1: This disc contains many early V-discs. A few are not silly at all! (ex: Cheatin' on the Sandman) If you don't own any of Harley Quinn's Spike CDs, most of these songs might be new to you. (That is unless you were around in the 1940's). Der Fuehrer is on almost EVERY Spike CD so that's not too special.
Disc2: (The disc I'm listening to right now as I type). This is a great CD because it contains many live "in concert" recordings. I haven't seen many of these songs on any other CDs. The first 10 or so songs are from V discs.
Disc 3: Two versions of "Cocktails"! This CD starts to really show some insanity towards the end. Great stuff! This CD also contains an almost crystal clear version of "Black Bottom."
Disc 4: This is the only CD that doesn't contain any "straight" songs. All of them are great and crazy. Plus there are a few on here that I haven't seen on any other CDs.
All in all a great collection, not as great as ones previously listed but still great. I only wish that this collection went into the 1950's a little, possibly into the 60's. Another disapointment was that I already own most of these songs on other CDs. Oh well!
Hope this review was helpful! :-) LONG LIVE SPIKE!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Spike Jones is a magical word, in not just the musical world but indeed in the whole entertainment world. His ability to blend sound effects into the song arrangements have never been equaled. And not just sound effects for the sake of noise-no it all had a purpose and a point. Anyone can make noises for the sake of noise, but Jones was able to make gunshots, belches, trombone fonks, cowbells, shattering glass, screams, glugs, horns...you name it, work for the enjoyment of the listener to evoke not only listening pleasure but laughter.
These recordings are all great, giving you an almost evolutionary vision of Jones through the years. His early work is nowhere near as raucous as is his middle years work. In fact, many of the recordings on the first three discs is tame by his reputation.The fourth disc has more examples of his better musical offerings that he is more well known for.
However, the notes accompanying the discs have several errors in them,and are rather blandly written. But then again, I guess it is hard to truly capture on paper the true scope of this artist. Perhaps the author of the notes should have been a little more careful of facts though. It is stated that Jones quit drinking in the early fifties, whereas it should be stated that he quit around 1946. That was during the time of the great purge of the heavy drinker from his band once he realised that he and his group were on the rise to something greater. Once he quit drinking, he expected the same of his sidemen...to be sober and respectable, even if their music wasn't!
Also, the notes have George Rock listed as the vocalist on "I'm In The Mood For Love". It was not George, but rather Billy Barty, and the song was recorded not in 1946 but rather in 1954.
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