Singing In The Bathtub


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    Singing In The Bathtub Shanachie Records

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Review Text One would think it unlikely for cartoonist R. Crumb's band to be this remarkably listenable, but the proof is abundant in tracks like the infectious early jazz of the title track, the string band blues of "Suits Crybaby Blues" (co-written by Crumb), and the hilarious Cajun romp in "Shopping Mall." Though many of the tracks display the sly humor consistent with some of Crumb's other work, the subversive elements have been toned down in favor of the dry wit of the chosen material. The instrumentals here, featuring a vast expanse of instruments including the musical saw, accordion, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, violoncello, banjo-mandolin, and brass instruments, are handled by a outstanding group of musicians who effortlessly jump from polkas and rambunctious Hawaiian instrumentals to dancehall waltzes and ragtime pieces. Crumb handles most of the tenor banjo parts and sings lead, with a voice remarkably well suited to the material, and is accompanied by authentic back-up harmonies to fill in for his lack of range. It would be very easy to refer to this band as novelty music, but to do so would be a grave injustice, as more than being an homage to bygone styles, they make music that can easily stand on its own as a reverent recreation of the charm of a genre that has largely been forgotten. Singin' in the Bathtub may not be the best old-time jazz/string band album ever made, but it is doubtful that there are many that are more fun to listen to. ~ Matt Fink

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  1. 1. Singing in the Bathtub - 3:11
  2. 2. Chile Blues - 2:18
  3. 3. Dream of Heaven - 3:56
  4. 4. Suits Crybaby Blues - 3:05
  5. 5. Collier Medley: Ben Hur March/Napoleon March - 3:17
  6. 6. Shopping Mall - 2:16
  7. 7. Yearing and Blue - 3:24
  8. 8. Hula Girl - 2:20
  9. 9. Pedal Your Blues Away - 3:46
  10. 10. Gima Polka - 2:59
  11. 11. Sing Song Girl - 4:48
  12. 12. Home - 4:07
  13. 13. My Gal Sal - 3:59
  14. 14. Hano Hano Hawaii - 4:33

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