Gorilla (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band album)

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Gorilla
Studio album by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Released October 1967
Genre Comedy rock, psychedelic pop
Length 35:25
Label Liberty Records
BGO Records (Reissue)
Producer Gerry Bron, Lyn Birkbeck
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band chronology
Gorilla
(1967)
The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse
(1968)
British reissue
Sunset SLS 50160
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone Positive [2]

Gorilla is the debut album by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, originally released by Liberty Records in 1967. In 2007, EMI reissued the album on CD with seven bonus tracks.

Musical style[edit]

The album includes "Jazz, (Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold)" which savagely parodied their early "trad" jazz roots and featured some of the most deliberately inept jazz playing ever recorded—the record company only allowed two hours of studio time per track, so it was completed in a single take to allow for the far more complex "The Intro and the Outro" in which every member of the band was introduced and played a solo, starting with genuine band members,[3] before including such improbable members as John Wayne on xylophone, Adolf Hitler on vibes, and J. Arthur Rank on gong. Other 'band members' included Val Doonican, Horace Batchelor and Lord Snooty and His Pals.

The versatility of the band is shown in the wide variety of styles parodied on the album: as well as trad jazz noted above, there is 1920s-style music ("Jollity Farm", "I'm Bored"), Beatles music of the "Penny Lane" era ("The Equestrian Statue"), lounge music ("San Francisco"), calypso ("Look Out There's a Monster Coming"), Elvis Presley ("Death Cab for Cutie"), Disney ("Mickey's Son and Daughter"), film noir ("Big Shot"), Wurlitzer ("Music for the Head Ballet"), and bubblegum ("Piggy Bank Love").

Cool Britannia[edit]

The song "Cool Britannia" was in some ways 30 years ahead of its time, presaging the eponymous movement of the Blair honeymoon years.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded on a four-track tape recorder, as was typical for the UK in 1967 (Atlantic in NY had an 8-track since the late 1950s). Due to the limited number of tracks, most of the non-band "personnel" on "The Intro and the Outro" are simply faded in and out, and few notice they are absent in the later stages of the track.

Sleeve notes[edit]

"Dedicated to Kong who must have been a great bloke."

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Cool Britannia" - 1:00
  2. "The Equestrian Statue" - 2:49
  3. "Jollity Farm" - 2:29
  4. "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" - 1:04
  5. "Look Out, There's a Monster Coming" - 2:55
  6. "Jazz (Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold)" - 3:11
  7. "Death Cab for Cutie" - 2:56
  8. "Narcissus" - 0:27

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Intro and the Outro" - 3:04
  2. "Mickey's Son and Daughter" - 2:43
  3. "Big Shot" - 3:31
  4. "Music for the Head Ballet" - 1:45
  5. "Piggy Bank Love" - 3:04
  6. "I'm Bored" - 3:06
  7. "The Sound of Music" - 1:21

US version[edit]

The album was issued in the US on Imperial as LP-9370 (mono) and LP-12370 (stereo), but minus the track "Big Shot". The original issue of the album had the same booklet issued with the UK album.

Bonus tracks on 2007 CD reissue[edit]

  1. "My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies"
  2. "I'm Gonna Bring a Watermelon to My Girl Tonight"
  3. "Ali Baba's Camel" (Previously unreleased, early version)
  4. "On Her Doorstep Last Night"
  5. "Alley Oop"
  6. "Button Up Your Overcoat"
  7. "The Craig Torso Show" (I Remember You/With a Little Help from My Friends/I Left My Heart in San Francisco/Oh Carol)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Hansen, Barret (11 May 1968). "Review: Gorilla". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "'The Intro and The Outro', a song by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band". BBC. 14 February 2005.