Track 2 - The Toy Trumpet
Track 3 - Tobacco Auctioneer
Track 4 - New Years Eve In A Haunted House
Track 5 - Manhattan Minuet
Track 6 - Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals
Track 7 - Reckless Night On Board An Ocean Liner
Track 8 - Moment Musical
Track 9 - Twilight In Turkey
Track 10 - The Penguin
Track 11 - Oil Gusher
Track 12 - In An 18th Century Drawing Room
Track 13 - The Girl At The Typewriter
Track 14 - Siberian Sleighride
Track 15 - At An Arabian House Party
Track 16 - Boy Scout In Switzerland
Track 17 - Bumpy Weather Over Newark
Track 18 - Minuet In Jazz
Track 19 - War Dance For Wooden Indians
Track 20 - The Quintet Plays Carmen
Track 21 - Huckleberry Duck
Track 22 - Peter Tambourine
An under appreciated genius, Raymond Scott began his career composing swing music before taking an interest in electronic music ( often creating his own instruments ). In 1943 he sold the publishing rights of his music to Warner Bros. and from there many of his songs were picked up for use in Looney Tunes cartoons ( "Powerhouse" being the most familiar example ). Scott's compositions have also appeared in the Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy and Animaniacs which gives you some clue as to the whimsical and playful nature of the tracks on offer in this 1992 compilation.
Most of the music is uptempo, jazzy and just a bit manic which is probably a good description of the man himself. On his Wikipedia page there is a quote from Henry Rollins which I quite like..."It's those front-line types that go into uncharted areas, and pave the way for others. Life is short. Always go to the source, sources like Raymond Scott."
I will post more of Scott's groundbreaking work in the near future so stay tuned!