Saturday, April 17, 2010

R Crumb - Chasing Rainbows

Since the late '70s the Cheap Suit Serenaders--an ever-changing group of hardcore 78-collecting friends--have been playing what they love--old-time jazz, folk, string-band, Hawaiian, and ragtime music. Best known for having two of the best comix artists ever in their lineup--Robert Armstrong and R. Crumb--the Cheap Suits aren't slouches in the instrument-proficiency department (Armstrong's musical saw ended up on the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest soundtrack, and occasional bandmate Bob Brozman has made an entire career out of touring and playing music). On Chasin' Rainbows, some of the group's finest moments are captured. Classic songs like "Persian Rug" and the title track are played alongside CSS originals like "Fine Artiste Blues." You'll never hear these fun tunes (usually relegated to CD compilations of 78s) played in a higher fidelity, nor will you probably hear them this spirited. A great resurrection of lost music by a group of guys dedicated to the stuff. --Jason Verlinde

1 Alabama Jubilee 2 Chasin' Rainbows 3 Fine Artiste Blues 4 Hula Medley 5 I Want a Little Girl 6 Persian Rug 7 Mysterious Mose 8 Crying My Blues Away 9 She Lived Down by the Firehouse 10 Diane 11 Make My Cot Where the Cot-Cot-Cotton Grows 12 Moana March


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