r The Cool Mikado

The Cool Mikado

1963
LP: Parlophone PMC 11941963
CD: El

  1. Cool Mikado Overture (2:47)
  2. Gentlemen of Japan (2:34)
  3. Three Little Maids from School (2:21)
  4. Wandering Minstrel (Scott, Kevin) (2:04)
  5. Suns Hooray (2:54)
  6. Behold the Lord High Executioner (Howerd, Frankie) (4:23)
  7. More Humane Mikado (Kaye, Stubby) (3:44)
  8. Sun Whos Rays Are All Ablaze (Gray, Lissa) (3:25)
  9. Tit Willow Twist (John Barry Seven) (2:06)
  10. Heres a How-De-Do! (Howerd, Frankie) (1:51)
  11. Were You Not Too Koko Plighted? (Scott, Kevin) (1:54)
  12. Flowers That Bloom in the Spring (1:44)
  13. Finale- For He's Gone and Married Yum-Yum (Howerd, Frankie) (1:56)

The Movie

This is from the All Music Guide:

The 1962 Gilbert & Sullivan film parody The Cool Mikado is not well known, and far more obscure is its rare soundtrack album, originally issued on Parlophone in Britain. It came out on CD on El in 2002, because...well, why not? It's by no means great music, but it's entertaining in an over-the-top camp sort of way, whether on the instrumental selections or vocals by Kevin Scott, Lissa Grey, Stubby Kaye, and most especially, comedian Frankie Howerd. The orchestration is light, stilted, and dated, like a throwback to musicals of the '40s and '50s that would soon no longer be made. Pop and soundtrack collectors will be most interested in the record, though, for the presence of some contributions by the John Barry Seven. These are by far the most palatable excerpts of the disc, as they feature Barry's trademark low-twanging guitar lines. That's not only heard on the sole track credited to the John Barry Seven alone ("Tit Willow Twist"), but also on Kevin Scott's "A Wandering Minstrel," which sounds pretty close to a just-pre-Beatles British teen idol pop record. Presumably there's also John Barry Seven involvement on the silly but infectious rock twist version of "The Sun's Hooray"; the liner notes on the reissue aren't too detailed, and don't make that clear.


The Music

This is a song compilation. The John Barry Seven pop group contributed only one song, "The Tit Willow Twist."


Release Notes

The LP was issued in the UK and went out of print, making it rare and very collectable. The CD is a recent release.