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

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Peter and the Wolf
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Studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos
Released October 4, 1988
Recorded September 1988
Genre Comedy
Length 57:57
Label CBS
Producer "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic chronology
Even Worse
(1988)Even Worse1988
Peter and the Wolf
(1988)
"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits
(1988)"Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits1988
Wendy Carlos chronology
Secrets of Synthesis
(1987) Secrets of Synthesis1987
Peter and the Wolf
(1988) Peter and the Wolf1988
Switched-On Bach
(1992) Switched-On Bach1992

Peter & the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals – Part II is a studio album by American parody singer-songwriter and musician "Weird Al" Yankovic and composer and keyboardist Wendy Carlos, released in October 1988 on CBS Records. It features a comical adaptation of the orchestral works Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev and The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Album for Children at the 31st awards.[1]

Background[edit]

Carlos was invited by CBS Records to work on the project with Yankovic. She later recounted that "the project was a chance for some musical fun and tomfoolery, working with a bright, witty collaborator, before getting back to more adventurous tuning and timbre projects."[2] Carlos wrote new music for both stories.

Tracks[edit]

"Peter and the Wolf" 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.[3] 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.[4] 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 'em."

On the LP and cassette releases, each side is one continuous track; the CD separates the parts of side 2. As of 2017, the disc, LP, and cassette releases of Peter and the Wolf are all out of print and have become collector's items, all of which going for very high prices on both Amazon and eBay.

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]

  1. ^ Steve Johnson, "Weirdly Normal: Pop-tune Buster Al Yankovic Saves Worst Wackiness For The Screen", Chicago Tribune, July 25, 1989.
  2. ^ Carlos, Wendy. "P+W Notes". WendyCarlos.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Howard Reich, "'Weird Al' takes on the classics", Chicago Tribune, October 16, 1988.
  4. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: 'Peter & the Wolf'", People, November 21, 1988.