Saturday, December 13, 2014

Roger Ruskin Spear: Unusual

The second (and, to date, last) solo LP from one of the founding members of the Bonzo Dog Band. I prefer his 1972 full-length Electric Shocks (available on a nice CD reissue with his 1971 EP Rebel Trouser), but take any opportunity to hear “When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba Down in Cuba”, I say. Plus there’s a contrabass sax here. As Dune’s Baron Harkonnen so aptly observed, “He who controls the contrabass saxophone controls the universe!” Well, at least until someone with a Tubax shows up.

Pinball Wizard
On Her Doorstep Last Night
Trouble With My Trousers
Shove Off Shostakovich
I Love To Bumpity-Bump (On a Bumpy Road with You)
When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba Down in Cuba
Frank the Ripper
Morecambe and Wise
Heartbreak Hotel
My Goodness How (Or The Revolutionary New Concrete Mixer Show)

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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