Thursday, June 15, 2006

Colonel Jubilation B. Johnston and His Mystic Knights Band and Street Singers - Moldy Goldies (1966)

I'm still working on posting my links but decided to get this up first. I listen to all kinds of music--and I mean all kinds--so you will see links for jazz blogs, psych blogs, bossa nova blogs, etc. here. For my first post I wanted something that everyone might dislike equally (although there are probably some perverse souls out there who will really like this). This is a record of half-assed covers of some 60s hits with bad singing and bizarre instrumentation (a lot of kazoo on this one)--sort of the Mrs. Miller of rock bands. Most of the people involved in the record wouldn't even put their real names on it. One exception is Charlie McCoy who is an ace harmonica player with a couple albums of his own. The band list is as follows:

Mac Gayden (Guitar), Col. Jubilation B. Johnson (Main Performer), Brenton Banks (Violin), Wayne Butler (Trombone), Kenneth A. Buttrey (Drums), Kenneth A. Buttrey (Tambourine), Kenneth A. Buttrey (Bottle), Henry Strzelecki (Bass), Henry Strzelecki (Mouth Organ), Charlie McCoy (Guitar), Charlie McCoy (Harmonica), Charlie McCoy (Trumpet), Charlie McCoy (Bottle), Jerry Smith (Piano), Norma Jean Owen (Vocals), O.X. Bellyman (Tuba), Montezuma Lovechild (Percussion), Juilation Johnston (Sousaphone), Juilation Johnston (Bandleader), Sir Wallace Bile (Dancer), Swine Halbstarker (Violin), Tonto Levine (Wind Instruments), Taps Tidwell (Trumpet), Hargus Robins (Piano), Hargus Robins (Bottle), Durl Glin (Tambourine), Durl Glin (Vocals), Princess La Mar Fike (Vocals), Tummy "Mole" Hill (Vocals), Mortuary Thomasson (Engineer)

Hope that helps. And I hope you enjoy the Col. Jubilation experience. The record is at 192k and was recorded & declicked (sparingly) using Cool Edit. Sorry but there's no artwork.

Listen HERE (finally reposted, sorry about the delay!).

7 comments:

Herbie said...

I'm not sure whether or not you'll see this comment, since I just stumbled upon the entry and it's a few months old but ... (1) I believe that this is the band that supported Dylan on Blonde on Blonde (it's mentioned on one of the too many Greil Marcus books) and (2) The link seems dead. Any chance you could re-upload?

Thanks, in either case.

Doctor Mooney said...

Thanks much for the re-up! Excited to take a listen!

Cheers,

Anonymous said...

Link is dead. Can you fix that. And thanks for doing what ya do.

Max said...

I'll repost it sometime this week.

Max said...

Sorry I forgot about this one--it's finally reposted!

Anonymous said...

Just been reading about this in Sean Wilentz' book "Bob Dylan In America" - keen to hear it! Thanks!

Tom Johston said...

The album was put out as a joke by some very good musicians. They could hardly refrain from laughing when they recorded it and, in fact, they did break out laughing in the album. My brother actually owned the album, probably because our name is Johnston. The main guy, a record producer for Bob Dylan, who put out this album was called JohnsTon but, for some reason, he changed it to Johnson for the album. But, again, it was just a joke.