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The first reviewer is right that this is a disappointing collection. The booklet has great pictures, but really the main essay on Looney Tune history is boiled down from a preface from a book already available, and after all, it's not 1975 anymore -- this information is no longer exactly difficult to get from many sources.
The two Stalling discs are wonderful in their way, but I have always suspected that a great many people buy them attracted to the cover art and concept but then are rather bored listening to, say, Road Runner cartoon scores which, without the picture, are in essence rather abstract bits of this and that, and excerpts from the soundtracks of cartoons only diehard buffs have even heard of. These CDs strike me as best aimed at people who combine being Looney Tunes fanatics and trained musicians, and that's a small bunch.
One always wished there were a CD with the Looney Tune music that the layman fan remembered. The BUGS BUNNY ON BROADWAY CD takes care of much of this, which left a particular gap: a CD with music from cartoons not exactly blockbuster common coin, but still enjoyable to the ordinary listener. That is not this CD.
As for the shorter excerpts, there are many gems. I dare anyone not to grin listening to Red Riding Hood's "The Five O'Clock Whistle", for instance, and there are many similar moments. But the first reviewer is right -- there is too much key stuff missing. No disc could satisfy everybody; everyone would wish something were there that they cherish. But the people putting this one together could have come closer to the mark for everyone by trimming the great many clips from, again, cartoons no one has heard of beyond the hardcore fans who patronize the Looney Tunes websites, etc.
Of course, some such clips are hidden gems anyone might like (the college song from THE DOVER BOYS) -- but I fear most will strike the unintiated as rather unmotivated (various choral renditions). These are designed to make the Looney Tune maniac go "Oh yeah -- that's from PAGAN MOON!" But a CD that coasts too much on that kind of thing will not satisfy most people, even interested ones.
Then there are some really odd choices for the six full soundtracks. WHAT'S OPERA DOC is nice, but we already have that on BUGS BUNNY ON BROADWAY. BOOK REVUE is cherished by major fans, but it really has to be SEEN -- this cartoon does not register significantly as a soundtrack alone, and I am frankly baffled as to why HAVE YOU GOT ANY CASTLES? was included at all.
Why would a CD like this NOT include, for example, ONE FROGGY EVENING, seven minutes of delightful music, familiar to laymen but offering riches for the buff as well? For some of the early cartoons, the Abe Lyman orchestra burned up the soundtrack -- when I was a teen I used to listen to the whole PAGAN MOON recorded from my TV speaker just for fun (and the singing of the title song itself, included on this CD, was perhaps the LEAST interesting part of the score!). Why not one of these instead of HAVE YOU GOT ANY CASTLES? KATNIP KOLLEGE was a great idea -- but in that vein, where is I HAVEN'T GOT A HAT, Porky Pig's debut and a great score and funny soundtrack throughout besides? Instead of BOOK REVUE, LITTLE RED RIDING RABBIT would have been a great listen for its musical quality alone -- BESIDES the "Five O'Clock Whistle" rendition there is the "Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet" sequence followed by a wonderful Stalling arrangement of "They're Always Too Young or Too Old" timed to a chase up and down steps; I have always loved the soundtrack alone of this one. WHAT'S UP DOC?, SHOW BIZ BUGS, THE TORTOISE WINS BY A HARE -- there are so many cartoons that could have served better than so much of what is here.
And I second the first reviewer -- COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARVES is obviously one of the best Looney Tunes scores hands-down, and as for the possible controversy from people too historically blinkered to have mastered historical perspective and have a sense of humor -- well, append a sincere acknowledgment that the material is to be seen with a historical lens and then let the PC squad yell; they have no real power. Most such people are not exactly old cartoon fans anyway and thus none of them might even notice. (It is perhaps germane to note that I am black myself and feel this way.) TIN PAN ALLEY CATS is a similar gap here.
Folks, if you do another one of these, please keep the LISTENER in mind. Anyone who loves these cartoons enough to cherish the likes of HAVE YOU GOT ANY CASTLES has it on video or laser anyway; a CD for the general public is to be enjoyed in the car by a wider range of people. It's time, I suspect, for the Beau Hunks to record a CD of Looney Tune scores from the original parts -- now THAT would be a treat.