Classical Gassers

Classical Gassers


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This is a nifty idea for a compilation: collect a bunch of '60s hits, singles, and oddities inspired by classical composers. The key differentiating factor here is that these are "gassers," not art-inspired stabs at prog profundity (in other words, Procol Harum's famed "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is here only in a version by Shorty Long). These are all pop singles, some so popular that their classical origins may not be evident to some fans. James Darren's "Goodbye Cruel World" conveys a mad circus that overshadows its roots in Fucik's "Entry of the Gladiators," the Mindbenders' stately "A Groovy Kind of Love" obscures its Clementi debt, and Roy Orbison's "She Wears My Ring" also disguises its classical melody. Elsewhere, the nods to classical compositions are overt. Love Sculpture's hypercharged "Sabre Dance" is a psychedelicized cover of Khachaturian, the Toys' "A Lover's Concerto" winks that it's based on Bach, and Kim Fowley's studio concoction B. Bumble & the Stingers gleefully trash up Tchaikovsky with "Nut Rocker" -- and that's not even mentioning Allan Sherman using Ponchielli for his novelty "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter from Camp)," Sounds Incorporated roaring through "Hall of the Mountain King," or Harpers Bizarre skipping through "Peter and the Wolf." Collecting all these singles in one place demonstrates that this really was a '60s fad, and that alone makes Classical Gassers a worthy historical document, but it's also fun because it swings between the effervescent and strange. It's odd to realize the Toys went back to the classical well after "A Lover's Concerto," and it's strange to hear Lesley Miller fit Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" into the teen drama "Mountain of Our Love" and Waldo de los Rios turn Mozart into easy listening (this is the only cut that's not from the '60s). Such footnotes to pop history are worth preserving, and that's why this collection is such a gas.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667076524
catalogNumber: 5063209
Rank: 130290

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Calello   Conductor
Joe Rene   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor
Lou Busch   Conductor

Technical Credits

Allan Sherman   Composer
John H. Jackson   Producer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Dave Edmunds   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Gary Brooker   Composer
Kim Fowley   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Wisner   Composer
Waldo de los Rios   Arranger
John Abbott   Arranger
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Charles Calello   Arranger
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Ed Cobb   Composer
Fred Foster   Producer
David Glyde   Arranger
Alan Holmes   Arranger
Bill Jerome   Producer
Steve Jerome   Producer
Sandy Linzer   Composer,Producer
Richard Newman   Arranger
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer,Producer
Keith Reid   Composer
Joe Rene   Arranger,Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Composer,Producer
Toni Wine   Composer
Carl Donnell   Composer
Rafael Trabucchelli   Producer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations
Oscar Straus   Composer
Bob Mersey   Arranger
Griff West   Arranger
Lou Busch   Composer
Tommy Roberts   Composer
Mark Barkan   Composer
Joaquin Prieto   Composer
Richard Thomas   Arranger
Mick Patrick   Illustrations
George Forrest   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Vicki Fox   Illustrations
Sam Szczepanski   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Malcolm Jackson   Producer
Stu Phillips   Producer,Direction
Malou Rene   Composer
Rudolf Bernauer   Composer
Mathew Fisher   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Narciso Serradell   Composer
Jay Fred   Composer
Leopold Jacobson   Composer
Khachaturian   Composer
Lincoln Mayorgo   Composer
Kenneth Freeman   Arranger
John Gilliard   Arranger
Howard Adelman   Composer
Barrie Elmes   Arranger
Westley Hunter   Arranger
Tyrone Patterson   Producer

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