presents...

Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie

Raw power, savage beauty, and the ruthless new sound of brass.

"Not since Enoch Light's Persuasive Percussion revolutionized the entire concept of sound recording has an instrumental album created such a furore (sic) as Enoch Light's Brass Menagerie". So hails the liner notes on this 1969 collection of popular songs (including three from the musical Hair) done up with every variety of brass instrument available. Inside the fold-out jacket we get Light's usual paragraph-long treatment of each tune along with an essay that virtually credits Light with every musical innovation since the 19th century. That said, the tunes are pretty good -- dig yourself up a copy and give 'em a listen.

Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie
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Songs:

Good Morning Starshine (Real Audio) Tubas and flutes shine in this dramatic interpretation of the "Hair" classic.
Stars and Stripes '69 (Real Audio) Kind of like a swinging 60's version of the John Phillip Sousa march. Cool.

See Also: Enoch Light Presents Spaced Out

Your Comments:

KB (KBBYSHEPHERDLANE?@MSN.COM) says:
I AM LOOKING FOR VOL 1 & 2 OF THE BRASS
MENAGERIE! WERE THESE EVER DONE ON CASETTE
TAPE OR CD"S?
WOULD APPRECIATE KNOWING (06-28-2006)

vynyl junkie says:
I finally found an Enoch Light LP last week w/ Stars & Stripes '69. The guy at the store thought I was nuts looking for Sousa done by an elevator-music band (I don't look like the kind of guy who shops for music in the Easy Listening section), but I got home from my trip and played it LOUD. This is "wah"-pedal at it's best and I'm lovin' it. Thanks, Frank! (05-16-2006)

Snidely Whiplash (J.diddy68@hotmail.com) says:
Both volumes of this L.P. live up to the hype written about them. Hearing any of Enoch Light's
albums in Quad or even through pro logic2 is a phenomenal aural experience. (05-07-2006)

John Bovee (jrbandlsb@comcast.net) says:
Hello, Anyone know where I might find Urbie Green's Twenty-One Trombones on Cd. I think it was redone in 1993. Thanks (05-05-2006)

Glen (gmoorehd@cox.net) says:
Looking for someone to make me a copy of the Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie album that has this track listing. (On CD)
1. Blowin' In The Wind
2. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
3. My Favorite Things
4. Wichita Lineman
5. The Fool On The Hill
6. I've Gotta Be Me
7. Touch Me
8. California Dreamin'
9. Both Sides Now
10. Happy Ever After
11. Put Your Head On My Shoulder
12. Soulful Strut (Am I The Same Girl)
Willing to pay a fair price for the work. Let me know....Thanx... (12-04-2005)

Lisala (lasenoritabonita07@yahoo.com) says:
thanx frank, 'good morning starshine' is my kind of tune :) (01-30-2005)

liver (thelawnmaster@aol.com) says:
i have tony mottola's 1963 release ' romantic guitar' transferred onto cd from a near mint reel to reel and am willing to trade a copy for a near mint tony mottola 'mr big' reel to reel.
someone please!!! (11-15-2004)

Mad Dr. Matt (magob@aol.com) says:
Ahhh - 1969! It might as well have been 1869 looking back on it. You gotta understand entertainment opportunes were SEVERELY limited back then. You had Sonny and Cher. You had the Black Pathers (look it up!) And you had Nixon... That's about it! (Oh yeah - there WAS Elvis - but he was already living on fried peanutbutter and banana sandwichs and those horse tranquilizers. But, I digress.) The OTHER thing you had was peppy instrumental music - and I DO mean PEPPY! You needed PEP back then because - Martha - their was NO STARBUCKS (or crystal meth for that matter). PLUS - this stuff was GREAT for shutting out all of the aformentioned OTHER forms of entertainment. Why do you think they made the volume knobs on phonographs (look it UP!) go up to ten?

The nice things about Enoch Light is - I can't picture him. These people were FACELESS and we could really use a few less faces nowadays. I just don't WANT to look at, well, Britnney's trailer trash ass all the goddamn time. So let's bring back peppy instrumental music made by faceless studio musicians making union scale and the world will be a MUCH nicer place.

Thanks for listening! (11-11-2004)

LIVER (THELAWNMASTER@AOL.COM) says:
IM LOOKING FOR TONY MOTTOLAS ' MR BIG' ON REEL TO REEL OR A TRANSFERRED COPY OF IT ON CD
ILL PAY A FAIR PRICE FOR THEM

THANKS
LIVER (10-28-2004)

KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04! says:
VOTE KERRY/EDWARDS! (10-27-2004)

Joli (purplevioletsquishies@comcast.net) says:
A Christy Minstrel female singer engaging in S & M. Way too weird for me. Get out! That's what the album cover appears like to me. Whip it. Whip it good. Not! (10-12-2004)

Ivory Joe Fezzewig (theycallmemuzz@yahoo.com) says:
It's about time Enoch Light and The Light
Brigade were brought to *a new generation of
music lovers* by way of the compact disc. It
would sure beat all the spam we get on *both
theinterNet and contemporary pop radio. Yes,
Top 40 is audiospam with stale cheese! (08-25-2004)

Lovenugget says:
Holy Shit! Look at my balls! (04-29-2004)

Edie Sedgwick says:
It righ up there with the Nutley Brass doing covers of Ramones songs!

I don't remember doing that photo session either? I must been really Fucked Up that day! (03-11-2004)

Moyerbatman says:
I think she looks kinda cute, but then again it may just be the boots and the whip... (01-29-2004)

torresongs says:
The model looks like Joey Heatherton on CRACK! She skipped the corn silk powder and doubled up on the eyeliner. Look acheived: sweaty racoon! Enoch Light rocks! You gotta hear it in Stereo and crank the volume. He really was an innovator with stereo effects. (01-26-2004)

Hailey says:
Sousa marches musta been da' rage in '69 why would Monty Python have used one as their theme! (01-24-2004)

Dr. Calvin (drzoom@swbell.net) says:
Where can i get this on a CD?
Thanks:
Dennis Calvin DC (01-15-2004)

Homer (Kraftwerk_x@hotmail.com) says:
sounds like something from the PC game "No one lives forever"...Kate Archer, a hot polygonal babe. (11-20-2003)

oldtimer (xcop12@nwco.quik.com) says:
All I played on my Akai reel-to-reel that I kept in my locker in Souteast Asia in '67-'68 was Enoch Light, Mancini, Montiavoni, and, yes, even The Jackie Gleason Orchestra. (So was I older then than I am now?) Seriously, I too would be interested in CD re-masters of these greats. Thanks. (11-13-2003)




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