Feline Groovy: 24 Purrfect Tracks for Kool Kats

Feline Groovy: 24 Purrfect Tracks for Kool Kats


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Here's a concept bound to endear Ace Records to cat lovers around the world: two dozen songs that have something to do with the cats, even if it's just the use of the word "cat" in an instrumental, all from between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s. There might be more R&B here than anything else, but it's a canny mixture of blues, soul, rock & roll, folk, folk-rock, jazz, and even a bit of pop, country, and British Invasion. Just a couple of these were pretty big hits (Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat?" and Norma Tanega's "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog"), and though the Coasters' ultra-hip B-side "Three Cool Cats" and Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone" are pretty well known, you'd have to have an incredibly deep and eclectic collection to have heard all of these tunes. Of course if you like cats at all, you'll be predisposed to like much of this. But by any standard, these are pretty fun and good-humored songs, grin-raising even when the songs and performers themselves aren't all that hot. Some pretty estimable artists weigh in with their takes on the cat world via New Orleans soul legend Lee Dorsey's "The Kitty Kat Song," organ jazz maestro Jimmy Smith's "The Cat," country star Sonny James' "The Cat Came Back," Latin jazz great Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussy Cat," and bluesman Charles Brown's "If You Play with Cats." Yet some of the most fun songs are the more obscure and frivolous ones, like Rene Hall's strange exotica-cum-rock & roll on "Cleo"; LuAnn Simms' silly novelty "The Siamese Cat Song," a guilty pleasure co-written by none other than Peggy Lee; a vocal version of Bent Fabric's hit "The Alley Cat Song" (by David Thorne); and Noreen Corcoran's "Love Kitten," one of the best flop Phil Spector-styled girl group singles ever. The brief theme song from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Top Cat tops off a comp you'd have to be a real die-hard dog person not to like.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2008
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667030229
catalogNumber: 1168
Rank: 10339

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Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Sonny James   Composer
Erik Darling   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Norma Tanega   Composer
Nino Tempo   Composer
Ted Daryll   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Jimmy Roach   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Alvin Thomas   Composer
Leo Gooden   Composer
David Clowney   Composer
Lynne Taylor   Composer
Murray Grand   Composer
William Hanna   Composer
Joseph Barbera   Composer
Hoyt Curtin   Composer
James McDougal   Composer
Willard Hooker Svanoe   Composer
Frank Bjorn   Composer
Paul Winley   Composer
Vicki Fox   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Edgar Campbell   Composer
Joe Spendel   Composer
Hadley Murrell   Composer
Bobby Capers   Composer

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