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What's Up, Tiger Lily? / You're A Big Boy Now: 2 Classic Original Soundtracks Import, Soundtrack

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Two on One CD featuring Two Classic 60's Soundtracks Packed with Great Songs and Instrumental Tracks.

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The Lovin' Spoonful's dismal track record in reissues obscures their glories as an ebullient '60s folk-rock band from Greenwich Village that bucked the style's West Coast dominance. While not their finest work, this coupling of their two forays into film music--for two then-fledgling filmmakers, Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola--shares a what-the-hell exuberance appropriate to Allen's antic, redubbed Japanese spy flick and Coppola's flawed but engaging coming-of-age comedy. The 1966 film What's Up, Tiger Lily? gets top billing but is the slighter work, boiling down to a terrific, typically funny title theme ("Pow") and various reprises, plus variants on earlier album tracks ("Fishin' Blues" and "Cocoanut Grove") and a folk standard. Their soundtrack for 1967's You're a Big Boy Now is more ambitious, adding orchestral arrangements and cohering around three solid originals, including the tender, romantic "Darling, Be Home Soon," plus more fully realized cues. Film buffs will be disappointed at the annotation's pop-centric spin, but the band's fans will be grateful for another spoonful of their scrappy, good-natured music. --Sam Sutherland

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Introduction to Flick
  2. Pow!
  3. Gray Prison Blues
  4. Pow Revisited
  5. Unconscious Minute
  6. Fishin' Blues
  7. Respoken
  8. A Cool Million
  9. Speakin' of Spoken
  10. Lookin' to Spy
  11. Phil's Love Theme
  12. End Title
  13. You're a Big Boy Now
  14. Lonely (Amy's Theme)
  15. Wash Her Away (From the Discothedque)
  16. Kite Chase
  17. Try and Be Happy
  18. Peep Show Percussion
  19. Girl, Beautiful Girl (Barbara's Theme)
  20. Darling Be Home Soon
  21. Dixieland Big Boy
  22. Letter to Barbara
  23. Barbara's Theme [From the Discotheque]
  24. Miss Thing's Thang
  25. March
  26. The Finale


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Camden/Wave
  • ASIN: B00001ZTUN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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TIGER LILY includes a jazz masterpiece called GRAY PRISON BLUES. Which gets my vote as The Spoonful's greatest track. LOOKIN' TO SPY is an instrumental version of COCONUT GROVE and contains 2 fab guitar dischords. Another gem is PHIL'S LOVE THEME. Which has a brilliantly understated yearning quality.
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I had one disagreement with the last reviewer. I'm a Spoonful fan and "Wash Her Away" has been one of my favorites of theirs for years. It's one of their most rambunctious tunes. Also "Respoken" is another one of their more underrated songs (rather melodic). It's probably correct, however, to call "Girl Beautiful Girl", a throwaway, but with the footnote that it was, after all, the song Francis Ford Coppola chose to open the film with (i.e., can't be that bad). Although most of the songs are instrumentals, this CD combination does provide to Spoonful fans an added dimension to how unique a band they were.
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Okay, okay. This 2-on-1 CD reissue of the two soundracks the Spoonful did should not be judged by the same criteria as their official studio releases. That said, there are some classic Spoonful tunes here to be weeded out from among the mostly instrumental songs found here.
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.
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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?
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Before you dissect these two albums, you have to give the Spoonful credit up front for being one of the first -- if not THE first -- bands to put out soundtrack albums for movies they didn't appear in (okay, they're in a few scenes in "Tiger Lily," but that's not "A Hard Day's Night," is it?)
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.
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