Album Review

Blair, Henry; Bletcher, Billy; May, Billy – “Rusty In Orchestraville” – [Capitol Records]

Naysayer   3/8/2016   12-inch, Comedy

Someone must have slipped something in Rusty and Sparky’s Ovaltine ’cause these kids be trippin’. Two sides of whack-a-doodle nonsense, drug induced psychedelia put out by Capitol for children under the ruse of fun lessons about the orchestra and why you should stick to the instrument you were forced to learn by your parents. Music by the magnificent Billy May, a fixture on the Big Band scene (Glenn Miller), arranger for Sinatra, Crosby, Andrew Sisters, Nat, Rosemary Clooney and on and on and on, plus TV and movies. It’s full on orchestration to accompany the journey of Rusty (the young Henry Blair) as he is introduced to talking instruments, all voiced by master voice over actor, 5ft 2 Mr. Billy Bletcher. The second side has Rusty debating with his bud Sparky about the pros and cons of piano vs violin. Like all great philosophical debates, the process and journey is more interesting than the outcome. Listen in and hear if Rusty learns a valuable lesson.

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