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High Anxiety: Mel Brooks' Greatest Hits

  • 1. High Anxiety: Main Title
    2. High Anxiety: High Anxiety
    3. High Anxiety: Anxious Theme
    4. High Anxiety: If You Love Me Baby, Tell Me Loud
    5. High Anxiety: End Title
    6. Producers: Springtime for Hitler, The
    7. Producers: Prisoners of Love, The
    8. Twelve Chairs: Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst, The
    9. Twelve Chairs: Vorobyaninov's Theme, The (The Walk Through Russia)
    10. Blazing Saddles: Blazing Saddles
    11. Blazing Saddles: The French Mistake
    12. Blazing Saddles: I'm Tired
    13. Young Frankenstein: Main Title
    14. Puttin' on the Ritz
    15. Silent Movie: Burt Reynold's House
    16. Silent Movie: Silent Movie March
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5501

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Lawrence Weschler.
    Photographer: Max Hellweg.
    While this set has looked lopsided ever since the Wounded Bird label reissued it 2012, High Anxiety: Mel Brooks' Greatest Hits was originally released in 1977. That explains why that year's Brooks film, High Anxiety, is over-represented with five tracks that also comprised the original "side one" of the album, including the incidental music of John Morris, which isn't so much funny but fun. Side two is where the old-school classics reside, as The Producers is represented by the great "Springtime for Hitler" while Blazing Saddles gets not just the great theme song, not just Bernadette Peters' fantastic "I'm Tired," but the glorious ode to the "The French Mistake" as well, all delicious 31 seconds of it. Young Frankenstein's "Puttin' on the Ritz" caps off the undisputed highlights, and while that's a hilarious EP's worth of music for the Brooks faithful to cherish, fans should be warned that many of these cuts are straight from the films with dialog, sound effects, and other distractions left in. Still, there will be a time when you just need to belt out those Blazing Saddles tracks, so for romantic picnics, family car trips, and chorus-line practice with all the "gals," High Anxiety: Mel Brooks' Greatest Hits is all the schnitzengruben you'll ever need. ~ David Jeffries

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