Some months back when I wrote about Vic Flick's little-known children's records recorded in London and released on Golden Records I mentioned an lp I was trying to track down on which he 'collaborated' with Tom Glazer, another in a long line of cool artists that Victor has been associated with. My friend 3,800 miles away who owns a copy laughed when I mentioned it a while back, "You had that record in house on loan and you hated it!" which may have dampened my enthusiasm for the search a bit.
Nevertheless, on a recent visit out to California I was able to rummage through his collection and among other gems I found the album in question: Golden Records LP 267, On Top of Spaghetti and Other Songs That Tickle Your Funnybone. Ahhh- here was a whole lp of Tom Glazer songs conducted and arranged in the manner of his Sesame Street lp that I love so much. My friend mentioned again upon seeing it that it was one of his very favorite records as a little kid and he had no doubt played the hell out of it.
Having finally watched the recent film version of Casino Royale, the first (and excellent) James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, and enjoyed the very faithful re-recording (right down to a very Vic Flick-sounding lead guitar) of the John Barry/Monty Norman theme music (used under the end credits), Victor was on my mind and so I'll jump into this music this week. Glazer has a long and rich inventory of projects, and I've always been a particular fan of his science records with Dottie Evans, my gosh but I've DJ'd those things a lot in 25 years. My previous Vic Flick post, linked above, gives what background I have about these sessions, and I've since read that The Rita Williams Singers worked on these records as part of the 'Golden Orchestra and Chorus', which seems highly probable. I will also mention one of my favorite Tom Glazer credits, that of co-writing the songs and creating the score for the Elia Kazan film A Face in the Crowd, if for no other reason than to get more people to watch it, as it's a very fine film, and Patricia Neal and Andy Griffith throw off some serious sexual heat in it. Love that Patricia!
Anyhoo- indeed, I didn't after all find the whole lp strong enough to place it all up here, but instead picked four tracks to represent it, and perhaps in the future I'll uncover more Vic Flick records in this series to tickle your earbuds; in the meantime, here's four mp3s from this fun album.