The press release for this album asks an important question – why? Why put together this album? Why would anyone think (at some point) that these songs could be hits? Well, I certainly don’t have an answer. As a novelty item, if you’re into that, this album works, but I’m not sure it’s anything more than that. Of course, novelty albums, especially one with such treasures of these will have appeal to a certain segment of the population.
So what’s on the album? A version of “These Boots Are Made for Walking” by Balsara and His Singing Sitars, which actually sort of rocks. A Yiddish Version of “Rock Around the Clock.” Something called “It’s a Leicester Fiesta” that shines the light on Leicester. A big band arrangement of the Monkees’ theme song. Directions on how to pronounce the name of the Welsh village, “llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” A David Carradine song, “The Chicken Song.” You get the point, and having read this, you’ll know if this album is for you or not. 5/10 -- Shannon Smith (27 January, 2010)