Peter and the Wolf ("Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos album)

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Peter and the Wolf
Studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos
Released October 4, 1988
Recorded September 1988
Genre Comedy
Length 57:57
Label CBS Records
Producer "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic chronology
Even Worse
(1988)
Peter and the Wolf
(1988)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits
(1988)
Wendy Carlos chronology
Secrets of Synthesis
(1987)
Peter and the Wolf
(1988)
Switched-On Bach
(1992)

Peter and the Wolf is a parody of Sergei Prokofiev's work Peter and the Wolf, as retold by "Weird Al" Yankovic and re-arranged by Wendy Carlos.

The title track reprises the original story, with some humorous changes. The animals are named: Billy the Bird, Bruce the Duck, Louie the Cat, and Seymour the Wolf. There is also a new minor character named Bob the Janitor, represented musically by Yankovic's signature instrument, the accordion. After a long conflict between Peter and the wolf, Peter catches the wolf with dental floss. The moral of the story is "Oral hygiene is very important, make sure you see your dentist at least twice a year".

"The Carnival of the Animals - Part Two" is a parody of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Composer Wendy Carlos wrote new music for both stories. The introduction explains: "Camille, in his research, was slightly behind, and I guess that some critters just plain slipped his mind, so to fill in this void in the Animal Kingdom, I'll read some new verses. I'm not gonna sing dem."

On the LP and cassette releases, each side is one continuous track; the CD separates the parts of side 2.

Track listing (LP and cassette)[edit]

  • Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Peter and the Wolf"   31:51
  • Side two
No. Title Length
2. "The Carnival of the Animals - Part Two"   26:06

Track listing (CD)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "(Peter and the Wolf) Introduction"   3:58
2. "Peter and the Wolf"   27:52
3. "Introduction (Carnival of the Animals - Part Two)"   1:20
4. "Aardvark"   1:47
5. "Hummingbirds"   0:58
6. "Snails"   2:03
7. "Alligator"   1:15
8. "Amoeba"   1:52
9. "Pigeons"   1:56
10. "Shark"   2:17
11. "Cockroaches"   1:40
12. "Iguana"   0:35
13. "Vulture"   3:14
14. "Unicorn"   1:25
15. "Poodle"   2:51
16. "Finale"   2:53

References[edit]

"Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos - Peter and the Wolf (CD)

"Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos - Peter and the Wolf (LP)

http://www.weirdal.com/catalog.htm