From 1976 comes this Columbia album compiled by Ted Joyce with notes by Mort Goode. You diggers have no doubt seen it in a million used record bins but never bought it – because every copy had terrible ring-wear! Well, maybe it wasn’t THAT terrible, but ring-wear sure stands out when your artwork has a black background (vinyl revival art directors, that’s a tip). It hit store shelves 14 years after the man’s untimely death and 16 years after he recorded the LP Percy Dovetonsils…thpeaks (which was never released in his lifetime, and which finally debuted on the Omnivore imprint in 2012). Except for the Dovetonsils tracks (which were recorded for the 1960 LP), none of this material was made with the intent of putting it on a record album; that said, the selections hold up pretty well, and if this is your primer into the world of the most workaholic, maddest creative spirit from the Golden Age of Television it will no doubt spark you to check out Shout! Factory’s indispensible 2011 multi-DVD box set of the great man’s work.
DO NOT miss listening to cut 14, “Uncle Buddy”, a genius skit where the beleaguered host of a travelogue show has to take two precocious, insufferable children on ferry ride to Staten Island.
J. Walter Puppybreath
World’s Strongest Man
Man’s Best Friend
Percy Dovetonsils: Stanley’s Pussycat / Ode to an Emotional Italian Knight
Mack the Knife
Percy Dovetonsils: Ode to Mona Lisa / Happy Birthday to a Bookworm / Cowboy
Strangely Believe It
Oddities in the News
Closing: I’ve Had It / Arrivederci
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.