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Format: Audio CD
Unsatisfied that bop was considered a thing of the past, Dave Parker (saxes), Mike Murley (saxes), Richard Underhill (saxes), Jim Vivian (bass) and Stitch Wynston (drums) collaborated and jammed on the streets of downtown Toronto to produce some of the most unlikely songs to ever break into the Canadian Top 40. "Spadina Bus" (an ode to the Toronto bus system) and "Out Of My House, Roach" received unexpected attention on Much Music (Canadian MTV), and the album sold 15 000: a record for a Canadian independant release that was eventually bested by The Barenaked Ladies' "Yellow Tape".
The songs are tightly written to promote bop ideals and values delivered with a sophisticated blend of musicianship and absurdity. The vocal tracks (Spadina Bus, Out Of My House Roach and The Puker) are entertaining bop rap songs, but the strongest moments of the album are on their instrumental tracks, such as Gabi's Gimi Suit and The Shuffle Monster.
The melodies tend to be very repetitive, but are decorated appropriately with a tapestry of sax interplay, though Vitamin K is the most notable exception, not only being the most elaborately written song on the album, but could easily have been written in the very era the Demons are representing. This album will appeal to fans of 50s and 60s bop, mild avant-garde, and is a solid addition to any jazz collection.
Tracks 1-6 and 9 appeared on the original release. Tracks 7, 8, 10 & 11 are live bonus tracks.