Monday, November 8, 2010

Mae West - Great Balls of Fire

Mae West was born in 1893. This record was released in 1972. She was 79. So yes, ladies and gentlemen, cougars are nothing new. The amount of groaning she does on the album however makes me wonder if she's trying to be sexy, or just has a really bad case of indigestion.

Anyway, the horrible celebrity vocals continue. Much like Mr. Savalis, she's not THAT bad...just not that good. Anybody for a Telly Savalis/Mae West duet? Ah, if only...

I tend to enjoy those classic movies occasionally, but I never really cared too much for Mae West. I'd rather watch a Katherine Hepburn title...did she ever make an album? Hah!

Side 1:
Great Balls of Fire
The Naked Ape
The Grizzly Bear
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Side 2:
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen(Oh my. She actually sings it, "Happy birthday twenty-one." She's coming on to a fan who's "all grown up" now. She sounds like she's been stalking her young fans... Ew.)
After the Lights Go Down Low
Light My Fire (Oh man...the music on this is kind of fun, but wow, this is totally campy. Check it out. "No time to walla' in the mire...and our love become a flaming pie.")

How Miss West Won World Peace
(She charmed Mao. Could she have found bin Laden?)
Rock Around the Clock


Where did you buy this record and when?

"I can't remember. I either got it at Izzy's or 'Off the Record'"

Do you own it in any other format?


What is your over-all impression of this album?

"It's horrible! But that's why I keep it!"

Favorite Track?

"I can't remember anything about it."

How many stars out of five?

"Negative 5!"


  1. Neat, definitely so bad it's good (or at least fun)...I'd like to know who the organist is on "Light My Fire"; he's not bad.

  2. I would choose listening to Mae West's album over more recent "rock star" attempts from people like Lindsey Lohan or Paris Hilton any day of the week!

  3. Mae West was pure class! Her 1966 version of Twist And Shout is worth hearing as well.

    It appears the backing on 'Great Balls Of Fire' was by a group called The Hot Rockers.

    I found your blog while trying to find ore info on Light My Fire, in preparation for a mega-collection of Light My Fire versions I intend posting soon over at my place.

  4. Is there a link to download this?


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