This is a 2CD compilation, consisting of 32 tracks, all of them composed by Ray Dorset (and not by *ahem* Jerry Mungo, as some wag on YouTube posted), and featuring all of Mungo Jerry's hits (and misses) except for "You Don't Have to Be in the Army to Fight in the War".
As will become apparent, thirtytwo tracks (not 34, as it states on the sleeve) is a bit extravagant really, as whilst Mungo Jerry's star burned brightly, their time at the top was relatively brief, the band scoring four hit singles and a hit album (Electronically Tested
) over the course of a year or so, whereupon they abruptly disappeared. The band did apparently continue to release albums for many years beyond their initial success, none of which troubled the charts even slightly.
The band's short time in the sun was probably due to Dorset moving away from the sound that made them so popular in the first place - that being good-time jugband music, with lashings of rollicking piano and a goodly dose of high-spirited and memorable tunes - ideal for summertime beach parties and the like.
The sound was fresh and original too, spawning a host of imitators, such as the chameleonic Jonathan King via his 'UK' record label with Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs "Seaside Shuffle" (sung by Jona Lewie, and also the song that actually inspired Mungo Jerry's No.1 smash "In the Summertime", though "Seaside Shuffle" was only a hit after Mungo Jerry's rise to the top), The Mixtures "Pushbike Song", and - at a stretch, but attributable to Mungo Jerry's influence thanks to the kazoo - McGuinness Flint's "When I'm Dead and Gone".
by Reviewer: bluemoon