Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shelly Manne

In a follow-up to their hit recording of music from My Fair Lady, Shelly Manne and his Friends (a trio with pianist André Previn, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and the drummer/leader) recorded nine songs from the play Li'l Abner. Although Johnny Mercer and Gene DePaul wrote the score, none of the songs caught on except for the ballad "Namely You," and this LP was not a best-seller. The musicians are in fine form but the melodies are not too memorable (when was the last time anyone played "If I Had My Druthers" or "Progress Is the Root of All Evil"?). Actually the main reason to search for this album is for the hilarious photo on the cover.
Scott Yanow
Souce :

Shelly Manne
Lil' Abner


1 Jubilation T. Cornpone 3:13
2 The Country's in the Very Best of Hands 4:39
3 If I Had My Druthers 2:46
4 Unnecessary Town 5:04
5 Matrimonial Stomp [From Li'l Abner] 4:35
6 Progress Is the Root of All Evil 3:34
7 Oh, Happy Day 4:28
8 Namely You 5:49
9 Past My Prime 7:25

All Compositions by DePaul & Mercer
except # 7, DePaul, Mercer & Rimbault

Shelly Manne - dr
André Previn - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b

Recorded at Contemporary's studio, Los Angeles ; February 6, 7 & 25, 1957


Melanchthon said...

hcb said...

thank you sir, it's one I don't have

L.O.L. said...

Thanks, Mel.