Thank you Omnivore Recordings! It’s out! The classic Duet album with Billy May and his Orchestra newly remastered with NEW song outtakes and alternate takes of the classics the world has enjoyed since its release in 1961!
Beautiful sound – better dynamic range (by a bit) than the original CD pressing too – not a compression job thankfully. So this one “pops” without sounding sharp. Really nice job by Michael Graves.
FYI, this is all stereo – original stereo mix, and fortunately, it’s ALWAYS been a good stereo mix – always has been, as we can now hear – these outtakes seemed to have been mixed years ago (or even at the time) and match the record pretty spot on. So it flows really well.
Great release – I was hoping for some session details in the liner notes (for example, Ronnie Zito – whose now in the pit on Broadway in “Chicago”) was on drums. Obviously this is also Billy May and what a grand job he does!
Great guy, and he’s one of the last people on earth to be there – he was VERY young (his older brother was Torrie Zito who arranged Bobby).. and any new photos (odd that even the one pic of them working at the piano isn’t included in the booklet) – but man, what a looong labor of love that this expanded edition is finally out!
(For more Bobby and Billy May, check out Bobby’s first Capitol LP, Oh! Look at Me Now, 1962)
Another guy not mentioned who helped was Bill Inglot. They refer to “back in the day” about Rhino – but it’s Bill who helped back then.
I can’t say enough about the MUSIC on this record.
It bests my NM original stereo LP itself – so kudos to Michael Graves on the remastering.
The highlights of the expanded release IMO are the two “new” songs – “Lily of Laguna” – one of those old songs where you’re meant to mess with the lyrics – they have a blast. Bobby sings falsetto – great fun stuff. More impressions, even studio chatter – after 9 takes of “My Cutey’s Due at Two-to-Two Today” the energy is great – Bobby on starting Take 10 (included) “Ok! This is the take home!..”
Really, magic in a bottle. One of those one-off amazing chemistry projects cooked up by Steve Blauner when Bobby was just starting. He was only 24 years old at the time of recording – you wouldn’t believe it if you were just listening to this amazing album. Wonderful stuff.
CD Track List:
1. Two Of A Kind (Intro)
3. Bob White
4. Ace In The Hole
5. East Of The Rockies
6. If I Had My Druthers
7. I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll
8. Lonesome Polecat
9. My Cutey’s Due At Two-To-Two Today
10. Medley: A) Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home B) Row Row Row
11. Who Takes Care Of The Caretaker’s Daughter
12. Mississippi Mud
13. Two Of A Kind
Previously Unissued Bonus Tracks:
14. Cecilia (Take 4)
15. Lily Of Laguna (Take 7)
16. Bob White (Take 17)
17. East of the Rockies (Take 6)
18. I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll (Take 5a)
19. My Cutey’s Due At Two-To-Two Today (Take 10)
20. Mississippi Mud (Alternate Take)
Bobby’s knack for melody and Johnny’s lyrics pop right off the bat with the title cut.. “intro” version of the album below.
A must-purchase! ORDER TODAY!