The Hellers - Singers, Talkers, Players, Swingers and Doers

The Hellers - Singers, Talkers, Players, Swingers and Doers
Genre: Vocal
Duration: 28:52
Artist: The Hellers
Album: Singers, Talkers, Players, Swingers and Doers
Release Date: 1968
Recording Location: Helectronic Studios, Hollywood, CA; Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, CA; Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA

This 1968 LP stands as a particularly strange UFO in the UFO-filled sky of the psychedelic and kitsch record collector. In 1968, producer Enoch Light commissioned an LP from Hugh Heller, a publicist who used to put together albums of skits and short musical spoofs his agency privately distributed to industry people. Heller teamed up with his agency's commercial jingle composer Dick Hamilton. Together, they wrote 12 light comedy tracks and brought in visionary electronician Robert Moog (inventor of the Moog synthesizer) to give their project a space-age feel. The result is an unusual cross between Perrey-Kingsley's infamously kitsch outer-worldly music, the Lawrence Welk Show, and The Partridge Family Show -- technology, ballroom music and variety show one-liners, all rolled into one. This half-hour of material has aged tremendously, but to most connoisseurs of the genre, that is where its value resides. Some themes are actually nice and groovy ("And Now the News," the Schoolhouse Rock-esque "Take 46"), and Moog gets to stretch out in "High Fly Ball," but the format chosen (two-minute tunes) means that nothing gets developed and what you hear on first listen is what you get: thirty minutes of collaged commercial jingles. The album failed to sell, but attained a certain cult status.

Fallout Records reissued it on CD in 2006 with explanatory liner notes. Still, this is the kind of thing you will most likely listen to only once.

It's 74 in San Francisco / Dick HamiltonThe Hellers2:05
And Now the News / Dick Hamilton / Hugh HellerThe Hellers2:12
The Elevator / Dick Hamilton / Hugh HellerThe Hellers2:01
Take 46 / Dick HamiltonThe Hellers2:12
The Piano Lesson / Dick Hamilton / Hugh HellerThe Hellers3:08
The Flight / Dick Hamilton / Hugh HellerThe Hellers2:36
The Mist of Time / Dick HamiltonThe Hellers2:49
High Fly Ball / Dick Hamilton / Hugh HellerThe Hellers2:28
Life Story / Dick Hamilton / Hugh HellerThe Hellers2:12
I Can't Get Around in the Morning / Dick HamiltonThe Hellers2:33
The Mechanic / Dick Hamilton / Hugh HellerThe Hellers2:36
The Button Man / Dick HamiltonThe Hellers2:00

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