Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host, Bob Dylan, Season 3 Various Artists (Theme Time Radio Hour)

£14.91

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World
Genre:
Rock'n'Roll
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDCH2 1270

Hold on to your hat there – here comes another double (count them one….two) “Theme Time Radio Hour” CD, the third and last one … for a while at least. Some folks think it’s easy gluing these things together, and some even use the archaic copyright laws in Europe to chuck a bunch of out of copyright tracks together and call it a compilation – pshaw.

But you dear customer are much more discerning than that and recognise that these officially sanctioned, meticulously researched, beautifully annotated, superbly illustrated, handcrafted compilations are the result of months of blood, sweat and tears on the part of the team of high-skilled Ace operatives. And what you end up with is a seamless compilation to be enjoyed over dinner, in the car or on your hi-fi, but best not all three at once.

The first two volumes garnered plaudits from far and wide from the Daily Telegraph to the Socialist Worker, which just goes to show the power of great music to unite capitalist lackeys and the base proletariat. But enough of this polemic, let’s leave that to the communist and tea parties.

“Season 3” continues the theme of eclecticism with some sly connections between tracks and even some questions we haven’t yet managed to answer. Is this the first compilation to feature both of the Elvises (Elvae?)? Speaking of which, the Costello version has been kind enough to contribute a few extremely well-chosen words to accompany Dave Bartholomew’s ‘The Monkey (Speaks His Mind)’, a song he himself has been known to cover. The other one is unfortunately long distance, no area code, so unavailable to comment on Jerry Lee Lewis as Iago from Jack Good’s musical Catch My Soul in a super rare rehearsal performance of ‘Lust Of The Blood’. Hey, maybe just as well – Jerry Lee and Elvis had history of Shakespearean proportions.

I think it is fair to say that on “Season 3” we have a commentary on current affairs, in Joe Mooney’s ‘The Man With One Million Dollars’, as erudite an explanation for the collapse of capitalism as you’ll find this side of Highgate Cemetery. And speaking of money, that is exactly what Mel Blanc talks about alliteratively in more ways than you could imagine, but why did Pat Boone jump at the chance to write the encomium to Mel? OK OK that’s an easy one – answers on a postcard to Ace Records and the first one we open gets a free slipcase for all three “Theme Time” CDs and a limited edition poster.

My suggestion is to sit back, put on those favourite carpet slippers, pour yourself a good shot of Prairie Falcon finest Old Malt Whiskey and enjoy another spin through seven decades of truly great music. So goodnight and goodbye for now from all at Ace and at Theme Time Radio Hour with your host Bob Dylan.

By Roger Armstrong

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    36-22-36 - Bobby "Blue" Bland

  • 02
    Bring It On Home To Grandma - Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers

  • 03
    Payday - Jesse Winchester

  • 04
    I'm Nuts About Screwy Music - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra vocal Willie Smith

  • 05
    The Monkey - Dave Bartholomew

  • 06
    Little Sister - Elvis Presley

  • 07
    I Can't Work No Longer - Billy Butler & The Enchanters

  • 08
    It's Nothing To Me - Sanford Clark

  • 09
    Bucket O Blood - Big Boy Groves

  • 10
    W-P-L-J - The 4 Deuces

  • 11
    Go Now - Bessie Banks

  • 12
    So Like Candy - Elvis Costello

  • 13
    Lust Of The Blood - Jerry Lee Lewis

  • 14
    In The Night - Professor Longhair

  • 15
    Twisted - Annie Ross

  • 16
    Little Sadie - Clarence Ashley

  • 17
    You Got To Have A Job (If You Don't Work, You Can't Eat) - Marva Whitney & The JBs

  • 18
    That's What They Want - Jerry McCain & His Upstarts

  • 19
    54-46 (That's My Number) - The Maytals

  • 20
    Where The Sweet Old Oranges Grow - Sam Montgomery "King of Spades"

  • 21
    14th Street - Laura Cantrell

  • 22
    Bye Bye Blues - Oscar Aleman

  • 23
    Shake Sugaree - Elizabeth Cotten & vocal Brenda Evans

  • 24
    Forever Night Shade Mary - The Latin Playboys

  • 25
    Something Cool - June Christy

Side 2

  • 01
    This Is The End - Buddy Guy

  • 02
    I Fought The Law - The Crickets

  • 03
    A Nickel And A Nail - O.V. Wright

  • 04
    No Love, No Nothin' - Marlene Dietrich

  • 05
    Sweet Gene Vincent - Ian Dury & The Blockheads

  • 06
    Where You At? - Lloyd Price

  • 07
    So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye - Weldon Rogers & The Teen Kings

  • 08
    Strut That Thing - Cripple Clarence Lofton

  • 09
    Money - Mel Blanc

  • 10
    Don't You Lie To Me - Fats Domino

  • 11
    Jack Palance - The Mighty Sparrow with Cyril Diaz Orchestra

  • 12
    Nice Work If You Can Get It - Sarah Vaughan with Miles Davis

  • 13
    A Man With One Million Dollars - Joe Mooney Quartet

  • 14
    La Muerte De Fred Gomez Carrasco - Los Socios De San Antonio

  • 15
    (Like Me) You'll Recover In Time - Johnny Paycheck

  • 16
    The Blood - The Zion Travelers

  • 17
    The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire with The Oscar Peterson Group

  • 18
    And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Eric Bogle

  • 19
    Baby Mine - Bonnie Raitt & Was (Not Was)

  • 20
    Night Life - Willie Nelson

  • 21
    I've Got Blood In My Eyes For You - The Mississippi Sheiks

  • 22
    Brother John - Wild Tchoupitoulas

  • 23
    Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle - Nirvana

  • 24
    So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) - Woody Guthrie

  • 25
    Happy Trails - Roy Rogers & Dale Evans with Frank Worth & His Orchestra

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When the cat spinning platters is the greatest living songwriter of the West, it's not a stretch to discover that this geek has exquisite taste. ★★★★

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An eclectic celebration of some spectacular music. ★★★★

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