This single-disc release compiles two of the Bonzo Dog Band
's late-'60s LPs, namely Tadpoles
. The style has changed somewhat from the band's two previous albums (both compiled on Vol. 1 of this collection), but noticeably the high quality of humor and music remains. The absolutely hilarious "Shirt" skit is featured here, and is unquestionably one of the highlights from the Bonzos
' career. "Mr. Apollo," the band's take on hard rock and muscle-building courses, also ranks alongside "Shirt" as one of the finest comedic tracks ever. Vol. 2 is full of imaginative music that can leave the listener roaring with laughter. Indeed, kazoo solos are commonplace, and even the "electric shirt-collar" is featured, if one is to believe Neil Innes
. The latter half of this compilation, however, lets this disc down somewhat. Fortunately, the few forgettable tracks on Keynsham
are far outnumbered by the side-splitting moments. Vol. 2: The Outro is a superb release that captures the comedy genre, and the band, perfectly. Those uninitiated in the comedy scene will invariably find Vol. 2 a superb compilation, offering a refreshing slice of music that's just full of surprises.