Ukelele Ike

I Want a Girl...

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This album of standards and novelty vocals comes from a series that is obviously aimed at collectors whose main interest is hearing the music in question, with any interest in artistically pleasing packaging or informative liner notes running a distant second. Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukulele Ike, is a sound implanted in most listeners' brains already, as he is the voice of none other than Jiminy Cricket and yes, he can really sing just like that, which is the reason why some of these numbers such as "K-K-K-Katy" and "Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula" would never sound quite so delirious in hands other than Edwards'. These are vintage recordings, and some of them sound like Pinnochio's Geppetto has been doing some whittling on the masters. Between the surface noise and the flamboyant musical gambits of Edwards, one might lose track of the fact that this is indeed a "concept" album, as all the songs are romantic tributes to this or that gal.

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