The Cast and Crew
thing you hear in the movie is the credits - it is therefore the first track
on the album! At least this track has gone down in history as a
one-of-a-kind. It is wittily sung and certainly had audiences staying
in their seats long after the 'action' had ended. Hence Harry's joke
"Your seat's on fire!" near the end. Of course, some might say, "If
they'd stayed that long..."
I Will Take You There (LP version)
There are several versions of this song now available.
The first version available on CD was the single version which appears on
the 'Personal Best' compilation. This (LP) version is slightly slower
and has a baroque feel about it due to the harpsichord and flute prominence
in the backing. There are also some lovely harmonies here. This
song would have fitted in well near the end of Aerial Ballet but, perhaps,
even better on the 'Harry' album, showing once again how Harry's
song-writing could mature a lot in a short space of time.
A brief instrumental version oif the theme is followed by
full versions of some of the commercials from the channel hopping start to
the movie. One advert is for deodorant, strange only because Harry
really did record an advert for Ban Deodorant.
Goodnight Mr Banks
Let's Get The Hardware
Murder in the Car Wash
These are instrumental excerpts from the soundtrack - each
has a strong Nilssonian (or Tiptonian) flavour.
Angie, played by Frankie Avalon, had a wonderful apartment
in the film in which everything worked by remote control. The
seductive theme is reminiscent of Without Her. Fine trombone solo work
in this track in a segment which strongly recalls 'Donna,
The Tree was the name given to the 'mob' in question, with
God at the top. This regal theme presents the esteem with which we are
supposed to hold The Tree. Almost like a National Anthem! With a
false fade and an 'amen' at the end!
Garbage Can Ballet
This is a fine and funny nonsense song. This is back
to the old Nilsson 'signature' style as epitomised by 'Good Old Desk',
'Together' and the 'Ban' commercial. Rhyming 'asparagus' with 'marry
us' is one thing, describing a conversation between ham and lettuce quite
another. As there's no other legal way to own this track it makes the
soundtrack album worth buying!
Much of the world outside of pop circles associated LSD
with the Beatles (with considerable reason, of course!)
So Harry is clever here in using tablas and sitar to give
a mystical, Beatle-ish aura to this instrumental. There is not a tune
as such here just a series of random(-ish...again) noises. It works,
Green Bay Packers March
Two more instrumentals. I wonder how much input
Harry had into the instrumentation used on these? Lots of musical
interest, particularly in the varied percussion parts. Bits of it
almost sound like Varese! The Green Bay Packers were hallucinated by
Harry's co-tower guard complete with shoulder pads and helmets but no pants!
I wonder if they've ever played the march at their matches?
Man Wasn't Meant to Fly
Another silly ditty - with vocals at the start. The
'hallelujahs' are from when the escapees get airborne. Quite an
There are times when this instrumental really wants to
break into 'The Great Escape' theme.
Goodnight Mr Banks
Carol Channing's voice has always grated on me. Like
Eartha Kitt on speed! The song is silly - what does skidoo mean
anyway? So, if we all 'skidoo' the world will be a better place for
us? Thanks for that! Good grief! Had this woman ever sung
before? 'The only thing that matters is with who?' What's it all
about? As a song this has to be among Harry's worst ever, regardless
of who sang it! "Between one and three there is a two?" For
crying out loud! Enough already!
The latter is a quick, instrumental reprise of 'I Will
Take You There' - maybe to remind us that Harry could write a good tune
This is a re-working of 'Best Friend', the theme to TV
series 'The Courtship Of Eddie's Father'. Although recorded at the
same time it was not released until the 'Personal Best' anthology. It
is another of the 'signature' recordings, as I call them, featuring George
Tipton's brass-based arranging. The intention must have been to
release this as a single to 'cash-in' on the TV series' success. I had
presumed that copyright or publishing problems prevented this happening,
Roger's site the recording date of this song was June 1968. As he
also has the date for 'Best Friend' as 1969 I have begun to wonder of this
song might have been re-written for the TV series rather than the other way