Beatles Covers #7: The Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus

Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus

I'll refrain from relaying the history of 60s bubblegum pop, but, suffice it to say, the producers Kasenetz and Katz had a lineup of radio-friendly bubblegum acts which they brought together for this album.  The  Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus was like Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in that it was purely fictitious.  In this case, it was a mixture of Ohio Express, Music Explosion, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, and several others.  It was a gimmick meant to capitalize on Sgt. Peppers that didn't quite work.

But don't take my word for it.  Listen to what Neil Bogart (general manager of Kama Sutra and Buddha Records) says about it on the gatefold sleeve:

Some things go together - like peaches and cream, love and mariage, salt and pepper.

When frighteningly talented producers Jerrry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz conjured up their confection of 46 rock and roll musicians playing together as one massive orchestra, peaches, cream, love, marriage, salt and pepper all merged into the fantastically exciting idea.

The excitement reached fever pitch on June 7 when the Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, 46 strong, stepped on stage at Carnegie Hall to the wild applause of over 3,000.  Some were screaming kids in dungarees and torn shirts; some were dignified oldsters dressed in tuxedos, their expressions quizzical but contained; and some were musical directors and DJ's from all over the country.

The Messrs. Kasenetz and Katz lifted their batons; then lowered the boom.  And it happened! Eight of the nation's most exciting groups... colossal!  Stupendous! mind-blowing!...exploded into an unreal, riotous extravaganza of sight and sound.

History was made.  And history repeats itself in this sound-bursting album.  But Kasenetz and Katz aren't surprised.  Making history is old hat to them.  History and togetherness - like coffee and cake, black and white... like Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus and you.
Damn. Judging by this review, you'd think it was describing Woodstock or The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  Nope. Not even close.

Here's their cover of The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out". It's kind of a bizarre rendition, but it wouldn't be half bad without the awful "Awwwww" chant overlapping the vocals.  You'll have to wade through the intro, which sounds a lot like Paul introducing us to Billy Shears.  Take a listen.

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inside gatefold: click to enlarge

1 comment:

  1. I'd heard about this for years and now I can say I have heard at least a little of it! My reaction? Wow. Just...wow.