Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ace Trucking Company

From 1970, here’s the only album from improv/sketch comedy troupe Ace Trucking Company, featuring Patti Deutsch, Michael Mislove, Bill Saluga, George Terry and Fred Willard. Recorded entirely in one late-night five-hour session in front of an invited crowd in RCA’s Studio A, the album’s first two tracks are the only prepared material; everything else was invented on the spot based on audience suggestions. Even a decade after Nichols and May’s all-improv album Examine Doctors, it was still damned audacious to devote most of a full-length album to completely unprepared material, and they handle themselves well; but the homophobia has aged poorly, and too many skits build only to fizzle like a missed sneeze. Highlights include “Paqua Velva”, “Othello”, and "The Honeymoon Night".

Paqua Velva
The Electric Chair
Psychiatrist and Patient
The Drugstore
10 to 5 to 5
The Soap Opera
The Honeymoon Night
The First Buffalo Hunt
The Last Supper

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

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