Betty Page

Danger Girl Burlesque Music

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Betty Page doesn't play a note. She's nowhere on the album, except for a generous and creepy selection of pinup photos that take the place of any liner notes. Too bad, since their absence only undercuts the legitimacy of these wierd and jazzy songs, supposedly taken from soundtracks that the B-movie starlet appeared in. All the same, there's a half-dozen whips that still crack, worth the price of admission. More than likely, several accomplished composers are actually slinking around here, writing under aliases like Roger Roger, whose "Sidewalk Blues" is a stereotype of slow-burn, private eye cigarettes. Malcolm Lockyer has the dubious honor of opening the disc with the edgy cat-fight excess of "Teledrama," and then later with the race-car horn-section ultimatum of "Tearaway Brass." Eric Delaney's "Driving Drums" swings with horns and vibes chugging through the melody, and Mel Young's "The Dark Room" is a bachelor's quintessential "cheeze cocktail" that may be a bit watered-down even as it gets lucky in the boudoir. Exploring all these reissue nooks and crannies, the German record label Q.D.K. Media aims to uncover a dusty treasure chest of music, but Betty Page: Danger Girl Burlesque Music frequently comes off sounding like a flea-market crate. Fun the first time through, but disposable.

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