What's Up, Tiger Lily? / You're A Big Boy Now: 2 Classic Original Soundtracks Import, Soundtrack
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Audio, Cassette, February 7, 1994
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About a third of the tracks are vocals and all deserve a listen. "Pow" is the kind of zany track like "Blues in the Bottle" or "Bald-Headed Lena" that wound up on the albums Do You Believe in Magic and Daydream respectively. "Fishin' Blues" remained in John Sebastian's live set throughout his solo years. "Respoken" gives Zal Yanovsky the opportunity to provide some understated guitar licks. "You're a Big Boy Now" is classic Spoonful with its bouncy rhythms. And "Darling Be Home Soon" even became a hit (peaking at #15). However, "Wash Her Away (from the Discotheque)," with its cheesy organ sounds like some studio mogul's idea of what rock and roll should sound like. And "Girl, Beautiful Girl/Barabara's Theme" is little more than a throwaway when compared to classics like "Do You Believe in Magic" and "Summer in the City."
In between, there are lots of incidental instrumentals. All of it listenable(at least once), but not much really memorable. Zally's guitar playing is always tasteful and Sebastian's harmonica is used to good effect. Although on the tracks that get the full orchestration teatment, like on "Letter to Barbara" and "Miss Thing's Thang," the band seems to disappear entirely. And even as kitsch "Dixieland Big Boy" can be painful to listen to.Read more ›
That said, "Lily" is my favorite of the two. Being a lifelong Yanovsky freak, his playing dominates the record. His many off-center styles and use of the lower strings is so unique. The whole thing is completely homemade and sounds that way. It's really the Spoonful, unadorned.
"Darling" has its moments -- the title track, "Lonely," "Darling Be Home Soon," the march version of said song, "Wash Her Away" (again, Zal's playing and background screaming make the song) -- but all the strings and other arrangements make it feel as if the band were only a part of the proceedings rather than the centerpiece.
This twofer, from Razer & Tie in 1998, contains two complete soundtracks by the Lovin’ Spoonful. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album & singles label & number, chart position, date of release, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):
LP WHAT’S UP, TIGER LILY? (Kama Sutra 8053)(BB200 126/1966):
01 Introduction To Flick*dialogue by Woody Allan and Lenny Maxwell
02 Pow (Theme From “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?Read more ›
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For any fan of the movie or the nostalgia of the late 60s, this hard-to-find gem is a treasure trove. If you find it on CD, snag it as I did. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Larry L. Hoffman
Love the movie and enjoy the music. Yes it's old school, but highly enjoyable. And Amazon Music is the best.Published on June 5, 2013 by john