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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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:

Jose Antonio de Souza ( says:
Congratulations for your work.
I am looking for quad open reels & Q8 of Project 3. If you and your friends will help me let me know. Thanks and my best regards.
Jose (07-23-2003)

Perswauder ( says:
I am seeking to buy any Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie music on CD if anyone has any. I seek Brass Menagerie 1973 and that circa with songs like: "The Fool on the Hill", "Both Sides Now" and "MacArthor Park".
Thank You (04-13-2003)

King Diamond says:
Spent 5.00 bucks on this, the albums cool but the covers much better (01-27-2003)

Benjamin Marchan ( says:
I lost my BM 1973. I would like to get it again digitalized. Some body have it?
I am in Merida, Venezuela. (01-19-2003)

Dan ( says:
I am a fan of Project 3 stuff. This is really a great album and I would give anything to see it on CD (from the 35 MM tape if possible)

I've got the other Brass Menagerie 1973, Tony Mottola and the Brass Menagerie, etc.

I would also love to get my hands on the old Patterns in Sound promotional records they put out -- some super recordings or Pearl Bailey ! (08-30-2002)

MATTY says:
COOL STUFF. THE SOUSA COVER KICKS ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (07-03-2002)

Carlos ( says:
I had a big collection of Command LP's they were stolen when I moved. I am now interested in CD's of what would be equivalent of Command records. Does anyone knows what cd's are there related to Enoch Light?
Thank you.... (12-24-2001)

Ron Burns ( says:
I have this album. I am willing to sell to best offerer. I have just about all the albums listed on this site. My contact information is included. It's the way I do business: Ron Burns 550 CHILDS DR MILTON,ONTARIO,CANADA L9T 3P3 1-(905)-876-3245 (08-06-2001)

The Lone Beatnik ( says:
Hmm, a gogo girl with a whip standing in the center of some brass instruments who appear to be praying to her. Did I mention the gogo girl looks like Florence Henderson on acid? Needless to say.. Wow, Enoch Light put the 69 back in "Stars and Stripes Forever". I didn't like the song that much to begin with: but this version sounds a lot like "Soul Man" and "Who Do you think YOu are Mr. BigStuff" The mutilation of "Good Morning Starshine" is also appaling. It makes me feel like a contestant on The Price is Right (the show, not the record). (06-14-2001)

Sammy Reed says:
Dang, that does sound like game show music. (05-08-2000)

Vynyl Junkie ( says:
Did Enoch Light perform any of the game show themes from the late 60's through 70's? Not only is the instrumentation the same but the production sounds identical to the themes of $25,000 Pyramid, Treasure Hunt, Matchword, etc. They all have that BIG sound. Pretty cool -- I'll start looking for some Light stuff next time I'm record shopping. (07-12-1999)

Tom Talmage ( says:
I found Enoch Light in the 1960's. The non-digital technology sounds great on my car stereo. I found some recordings for sale at They were out of stock of certain ones that I wanted. They were listed, but they were out of stock. I did find a cd of Persuasive Percussion there. It sounds great! (05-01-1999)

LC-Ludwiig ( says:
A crrraazy blonde tuba-player with a whip? Show me something new... ("Bad tuba! Bad horn! Bad trumpet!") (04-20-1999)

Griefo ( says:
Thank you, Frank, for your excellent website and for first turning me on to Enoch Light. Since first visiting your museum Ive unearthed six Enoch Light albums, never paying more than, on average, a dollar a pop. (My favorite, so far, is 1973s Future Sound Shock with its warped fuzz guitar on the Duke Ellington song Caravan.) Ive even managed to find my own copy of Brass Menagerie Volume 2 -- in quadraphonic stereo sound, no less! (Gee, I wish I had a quad stereo system to play it on.) Fans of Enoch Light will enjoy the website Spaced Out! which is dedicated to the Light Brigade as well as other Command and Project 3 artists:[add tilde]rcb/light (Unfortunately, theres no audio clips like at your site.) Keep up the righteous work! (04-14-1999)

bobby buttkiss says:
Mike likes brass toys and humps ass. (03-21-1999)

Jim S. ( says:
I am looking for a cut that I heard and I don't know how to spell it. I believe the song is "Begin the Beguin." If you know where I can get a copy of this or what the name of the album was that it appeared on I would appreciate a response. Thank you (07-13-1998)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
A blonde, go-go boots, and a whip! Need I say more? Please excuse me, my asylum awaits for me. (03-23-1998)

Bob Fancher ( says:
I have most of Enoch Lights big band & percussion stuff but I recently found a CD of Irving Berlin selections Which is terrific and wonder how I can find a complete catalog or list of his CDs. (02-02-1998)

jonathan ( says:
I do not (yet) have this particular record, but I do have Vol. 1 Brass Menagerie and it is one of the best that Enoch has put out. His version of Hot Pants by James Brown is awesome. Any idea how I could get a hold of this one (vol.2)? I collect too am a fanatic of Command/Project 3. (01-25-1998)

Brian Linds says:
Here's another plug for The Midnight Midway on CBC RADIO 2 in Canada. It's on from midnight Nov 29 and 30 until 5:00A.M. On Sunday I have a chessy Burt Bachumenrty and play Enoch's version of Bond Street. It's a cool show. (11-26-1997)

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