Spike Jones

The Very Best of Spike Jones [United Artists]

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This anthology dates from Spike Jones' tenure with Liberty, which is, on the whole, inferior to his RCA Victor recordings. Some of the songs are remakes of earlier hits updated by new stereo recordings, such as "Holiday for Strings" and "Feetlebaum" (marking the brief return of comedian Doodles Weaver, who had been fired a few years earlier). Unfortunately, the new material is very weak and doesn't stand the test of time very well. "Ah-1, Ah-2, Ah-Sunset Strip" is a parody of a detective show with a tie-in to Lawrence Welk. "Strip Polka" is even worse, but the two part "The Late Late Movies," which spoofs the endless announcements between segments of a TV movie in the wee hours of the morning, shows how little creativity remained in the waning days of Spike Jones' career.