Spike Jones: The Legend
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The "product description" above is a little misleading so let me please clarify what exactly this set contains.This set contains THREE DVDs and ONE CD ,FOUR discs in all.It contains four shows with Spike Jones(on two DVDs),one disc with extras and an audio CD containing two rare /40s radio pilot shows.
Let's look at the shows.
The first is A Colgate-Comedy Hour Show from Feb.1/51.It clocks in at about 59 mins. and includes the entire show with commercials.
"Laura"-Spike chases down a lady wielding a nasty "scimitar" while screaming the songs' title-
Spike and crew during one number completely go wild and demolish their own"instruments" then attack a cameraman and destroy his "camera"-
Announcer Mike Wallace,future TV newsman and journalist,makes an appearance-
"The Poet and Peasant Overture"-Includes some hilarious moments with super mugger Freddie Morgan-
Mrs.Laverne Pearson and her twiddling belt buckle!(got to see it to believe it)-She also sings "Glo-Worm" accompanied by Dick Morgan,with the band giving it it's typical special treatment!-
*A Classic Spike Jones quote from this show,which defines everything Spike Jones to a "T"*:
Spike tells Mrs.Pearson that in order to sing with them she would have to have some music.Much to his chagrin she quickly produces same and hands it to him.
"This is your music?Read more ›
Spike toured America with his "Musical Depreciation Revue" in the 1940s and 50s. Those days are gone, of course. But these shows -- particularly the Feburary 1951 "Colgate Comedy Hour" -- is basically the one surviving documentation of what Spike's two hour stage show was like.
These shows were broadcast live. No editing or overdubbing was possible. Bloopers abound, as well as many spontanious moments. But that's not a bad thing. In fact, it's great fun -- a ride in a time machine back to early television and unique musical theatrics.
The original commercials (many featuring Spike and the gang) are left intact. (Yes, that's the voice of Jackson "Bluto" Beck on the Fab detergent commercial!) The original title cards and NBC network signoffs are here, too.
Keep in mind, the picture quality varies a lot from scene to scene. There was no videotape in those days, and the surviving film was made by pointing a 16mm camera at a black and white television monitor! Still, the transfers from film have been made with tender loving care, and are really quite watchable. I should add that if you were watching the show live, the picture was probably no better. Those out of focus shots were broadcast that way! This was 1950 technology, but it was "cutting edge" at the time!Read more ›
If you are a music purist don't even consider buying this CD. If your tastes are in the more eclectic range and you enjoy a good laugh, buy this CD NOW!
Note: Spike Jones was a product of the 1940's and his music reflects that era. If you're a fan of that era, Spike's stuff belongs in your collection. If for no other reason than as a reminder that we used to have a sense of humor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this for my father in law and he absolutely loves it!Published 6 months ago by Melissa Sefers
this dvd set contains countless hours of comic musical mayhem at it's best. there is no one who does it better than spike jones and his gang...Published on December 11, 2012 by malte fulda
Once again the spirited and rediculous Spike Jones Band can be seen and heard - to some of us "oldies," and hopefully to a bunch of "newbies," for our/their entertainment and... Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Bill Watts
Anyone old enough to remember the Colgate Comedy Hour will appreciate this collection of kinescopes from that show. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by Irv E.
It's difficult to write this review, because I haven't stopped laughing since I put the first of the four excellent discs into my player. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by Kenneth Newton
This is a great collection of 4 TV variety show episodes from the master of musical depreciation! The kinescope transfers on all but the first episode are spectacular. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by John Bishop
Spike Jones The Legend is great mad cap fun. You will laugh untill it hurts. Spike and his band were great musicians and crazy wild comedians. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by S. Shepherd
Gave the set to my elderly father. He's been rockin' out to it ever since. I remember hearing his LPs when I was a little kid and laughing my silly head off. Great for grampa. Read morePublished on March 28, 2008 by E. Richards