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Liberty 7451

The mixed-up world of Bagdasarian

Ross Bagdasarian

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SIDE 1

1.GOTTA GET TO YOUR HOUSE
-The humor,warmth and confusion of a flustered young boy in love is presented in a lilting melody, with just the right amount of dialigue of the boy talking to himself. On this recording Ross is half the orchestra!

2.RUSSIAN ROULETTE (Dark Eyes)
-From the lyricism of the first selection, Ross sweeps you into the excitement of a popular Russian folk song enhanced by exciting banjo playing and a tremendous chorus, gradually building to a gigantic crescendo.

3.THE PROM
-Returning to the simplicity and warmth of boy meets girl, this selection begins with a slow waltz, and that first dance between a boy and a girl who have admired each other from afar. As the song progresses, notice how the instrumentation changes with the excitement of each new little discovery that the couple makes. Even the slight touch of humor is there. This selection is a perfect example of Ross's insight into human feelings.

4.NAVEL MANEUVER
-Now transport your mind to a local club in Ankara. The room is hot and smoky, but contains an exotic excitement. On the stage you see various musical instruments, including 8 different drums. The drummers all look like Bagdasarian! In fact, all of them are Ross as he sets the beat, mixed with a jazz flavor, for music guatanteed to inspire many belly dancers!

5.YEAH, YEAH
-Ross dedicates this to all the bad rock'n roll writting that has emerged in the past few years. It's all here, nonsensical lyrics, sounds you've never heard before and - a cash register solo.

6.ARMEN'S THEME
-When first released, this immediately became a top international hit. The feeling is very light and happy. The lilting beginning with one guitar and Ross' special piano is gradually joined by various members of the band and chorus, until all unite for a resounding finish.

SIDE 2

1.LUCY LUCY
- Country music is not about to be ignored in the repertoire of Mr.Bagdasarian. Here's a no-nonsense,simple-but-catchy melody of a country boy finding his girl with another guy. But, he valiantly stands by. Incidently,this is one of those endings I wanted you about.

2.MARIA FROM MADRID
-Not to be limited to the exotic East,Ross has invaded Madrid and come up with rousing,hurdy-gurdy sound with instruments you've never heard before, because they don't exist! He invented the sounds,and leads them through to a pompous ending with what should be known as the Bagdasarian piano.

3.SCALLYWAGS AND SINNERS
-All right everyone, the meeting is ready to begin! We're at the plantation,the showboat has docked and the singers are here to join in. Start the hand clappin', the toe tappin' and everyone join in!

4.BAGDAD EXPRESS
-This is truly a story in sound, and by rights should be a movie theme! As the train crosses the desert, you can look out and see the spreading white sand and occational wandering tribes in the distance. You'll hear their chants, but suddenly be distracted as the train shifts gears for the climb up the hill, and then success as it pulls into the station.

5.FREDDY, FREDDY
-Freddy should be nominated as the most sought after man of the year, with all the women nagging him to make his choice, even the trumpets are clawing! The rhyming of the lyrics add to the fun. I wonder what his secret is? Obviously, Freddy is a pretty popular guy, but...

6.COME ON-A MY HOUSE
-Pardon the cliche, but this song needs no introduction, Aside from being a gigantic success, it is probably one of the most recorded songs ever written, and a lot of well-known stars have this song to thank for their careers. Written while traveling in a car again, Ross uses the unheard of total of a 45-piece orchestra and chorus on this version. As with all the songs, he is the featured soloist. It serves as a rousing finale to what is now more understood as the Mixed-Up World of Ross Bagdasarian.

-RICHARD OLIVER


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