Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Merv Griffin & Arthur Treacher In London: 'Alf & 'Alf, Songs of the British Music Hall
MGM Records SE 4381
I picked this up on a whim at the thrift shop (99¢), based mostly on the cover photo (and its great condition). I don't think of Merv Griffin as especially knowledgeable about the British Music Hall, and I picture him meeting Arthur Treacher at a party, and the two of them deciding to make this LP on a lark. During my formative years, there were apparently 800 Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips franchises in the US, though I just heard about it today.
From the album: "Music Hall is irreverent but basically good-natured, brassy, raucous, obvious, sentimental and fun." Merv Griffin only sings on five tracks, which is fine, as Treacher's performance seems more in the spirit of the Music Hall. Maybe it's the English accent?
A couple of tracks use rock-and-roll instrumentation, to disappointing effect.
I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
Wot Cher! (Knock'd Em In The Old Kent Road)
Who's Got The Suitcase
My Old Dutch
Posted by Kurt at 6:16 AM