Saturday, August 01, 2009
Music for a Mad Ball--Tops L-1610 (1958)
The cover photo is from the 1957 comedy Operation Mad Ball, from the same director who gave us the idiotic How to Murder Your Wife. Seeing as how I can live happily without "madcap" military comedies, Mickey Rooney trying to be funny, and Jack Lemmon trying to be anything, I'm content to have never seen this thing. However, this LP has zilch to do with Operation Mad Ball, as you can see by the playlist below. It's a nice collection of Tops label fake hits.
And there are artists credited on most of them. Take that, Parade label. Vinyl is moderately worn, but I used my 2-5 gram stylus at about 3.8 grams and did some declicking. The results are like MAGIX.
Whoa--there are liner notes that I hadn't noticed. I'm so used to these things not having any. Check this out: "Psychologists call it 'normal adolescent self-expression,' parents sometimes refer to it as 'mayhem'--but to the cats and chicks the country over who dig good rock 'n' roll, just listening and dancing to this great music is a 'mad ball." Quite a brilliant movie/LP tie-in!
Here's another: "If Columbia's OPERATION MAD BALL is a rockin' riot on your moviehouse screen, this TOPS selection of tunes is a fitting tribute to the brilliant comedy and one of the liveliest packages ever to hit your hi-fi." So there.
Oh, and: "Helping make your ball really MAD are a half dozen rock 'n' roll stars who are TOPS in the field (pardon the pun)." Okay, now we know what this collection has to do with the movie. And how, daddy-o.
Click here to dig the mad sounds, cool cats and chick-aroonies: ZIP FILE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
PLAYLIST (MUSIC FOR A MAD BALL)
SEND FOR ME--Jerry Case PARTY DOLL--No one listed I'M WALKIN'--Scat Man Crothers ROCK-A-BILLY--Neil Hunt A WHITE SPORT COAT (AND A PINK CARNATION)--Dave Burgess DON'T FORBID ME--Bobby Milano TEEN AGE CRUSH--Same guy as Party Doll WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON--Dave Burgess SINCE I MET YOU BABY--Scat Man Crothers BUTTERFLY--Dave Burgess TEENAGER'S ROMANCE--Dave Burgess WHY BABY WHY--Neil Hunt
(Tops L-1610; 1958)