Saturday, February 23, 2013
A Record a Week: Spike Jones is Murdering the Classics!
WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE (Beetlebaum)
RHAPSODY FROM HUNGER(Y)
THE BLUE DANUBE
THE JONES LAUGHING RECORD (Introducing Flight of the Bumblebee)
DANCE OF THE HOURS
NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART
You think you know experimental? Oh boy, this brings that into a whole different realm. Jones takes classical pieces and just cuts the heck out of them. He puts in Looney Tunes-esque parts interrupting operatic parts and then has spoken word/speeches playing over top of other parts. It is interesting to listen to, to say the least. The changes are abrupt and frequent, not really letting your brain adjust for too long before flip-flopping and going in a completely different direction.
If you are a fan of the pieces that he dismembers on this record and prefer them in 'pristine' condition, then I would suggest passing by this one. However, if you are interested in an artistic view of some pieces you have probably heard done in a similar way a hundred times, then I would say give this one a shot.