About six months ago, I posted the six songs which make up a wonderful album of 78's, titled "Abe Burrows Sings?". I mentioned at that time that I had a 10" album by Burrows somewhere, hidden amongst my parents' records (now stacked virtually at random in my basement). I promised to post that album when I found it. Well, now that day has come.
The album is titled "The Girl with the Three Blue Eyes and other Typical Type Songs", it dates from 1950, and it is Burrows' trip through the various genres of songs (as well as the travelogue) that he deemed worthy of satire. Most of what I know (and learned from various commenters) is in my previous post about Burrows, but I'll offer a few comments on this material.
My clear favorite here is "The Pansy In My Garden", which was a family favorite before I was born, and got frequent plays throughout my childhood. This is a great parody of the sort of Parlor Song which was popular over a hundred years ago, although I associate them more with female singers than baritones.
The title song (heard in a near-medley with two other songs, within the first track) is another favorite, as is the Travelouge, "Waukeshaw Natural Bridge", which is full of great lines.
Worth noting from the liner notes to this album is that Burrows claims to have created the often sung parody lines "oh, how we danced on the night we were wed, I needed a wife like a hole in the head".
I apologize for the terrible sound quality. I have two copies of this record, and both play with a ridiculous amount of surface noise. I even tried playing it with a 78 needle, and while that cleaned up the constant rumble, it introduced an equally constant (and louder) level of tics and pops. The scans of the covers are also clearly composites, something I'm not very skilled at doing. If I get someone to improve these, I will replace them.
Finally, at the time that I posted the early 78 collection, I could not find the cover to the collection ("Abe Burrows Sings?"). I have now found that cover, and along with the posts for today's offering, I have attached the cover and text from that collection, both of which were sadly damaged by a flood in our home, early last year.
1.) Abe Burrows - Memory Lane, The Girl with the Three Blue Eyes & The “Hello” Type Song (MP3)
2.) Abe Burrows - The Pansy in My Garden (MP3)
3.) Abe Burrows - Tokyo Rose (MP3)
4.) Abe Burrows - Ron Ron Ron (MP3)
5.) Abe Burrows - The Stationery Type Song (MP3)
6.) Abe Burrows - The Hospital Type Song (MP3)
7.) Abe Burrows - Waukeshaw Natural Bridge (MP3)
8.) Abe Burrows - The Rock and the Rose & I Saw You (MP3)
"The Girl with the Three Blue Eyes" Front Cover (JPG)
"The Girl with the Three Blue Eyes" Back Cover (JPG)
"Three Blue Eyes" Album A Side Label (JPG) - "Three Blue Eyes" Album B Side Label (JPG)
"Abe Burrows Sings?" 78 Collection Cover (JPG) - "Abe Burrows Sings?" Text (JPG)