Monday, August 20, 2007

Popeye's Zoo




This is sort of an odd album that's put out by a record company I've never heard of (Noble Records). On it, Popeye tells stories and sings fun songs about the animals in the zoo. We do have Jack Mercer doing the Popeye voice here, which is nice. However, even though the album cover shows many of the other characters, it's all Jack here. According to the back cover, this album was released to coincide with the "brand-new series of 208 cartoon films produced especially for television by King Features Syndicate". That's also reinforced by the main bad guy being referred to as Brutus instead of Bluto. These songs were all written especially for this album, and we even have a new recording of "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" with some added lyrics about the zoo. I especially liked the song "Don't Pet the Alligator" that's sung in Popeye's smoother "mumbly" sort of voice. I thought this album was pretty neat, and I think you will too!


Here's the track list:




  1. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man


  2. Tiger Tiger


  3. The Camel Ride


  4. The Hippo Song


  5. The Tricky Monkey


  6. Funny Giraffe


  7. The Elephant's Nose


  8. Don't Pet the Alligator


  9. The Bouncy Kangaroo


  10. It's Time to Feed the Seals


  11. The Penguin Song


  12. Grumpy Grizzly Bear


Click here or here to download!



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I REALLY ENJOYED POPEYE'S ZOO.
I WANT TO CONFESS THAT I WAS GOING TO HIT NEXT BLOG ON TOP OF PAGE AND I HIT OBJECTIONABLE BY ACCIDENT.
I FIND NOTHING OBJECTIONABLE. IF THIS CREATES A PROBLEM PEASE SHOW THEM MY COMMENT.
I ALSO LIKE THE BOB HOPE YOU HAVE DISPLAYED.
VINCE

Craig D said...

Tony:

I have a copy of this same LP on the VOCALION label. I'm going to guess it was an earlier (if not the original) issue.

Starngely enough, during the intro, Popeye refers to Olive Oyl, et al as his "comic book friends" rather than "comic strip" friends or "cartoon" friends.

Huh.

Great album, in any case. Is the "stereo" really "stereo" or is it reprocess mono, I wonder?

Craig D.

dave said...

I took this album to show and tell when I was in kindergarten. I am now 51 and still enjoy the songs.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this. I loved this LP as a kid, and it's still a hoot.