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I say it’s MB28 season and I say fire! • Carl StallingThe Carl Stalling Project (Warner Bros.) :: Two, I say, two volumes of the greatest animated film music ever heard in the history of the human eardrum! • The Dan BandThe Dan Band (Side One Dummy) :: Even Bowie at his cokehead best didn’t dare cover “I Am Woman” on David Live. But if Dan’s live romp is any indication, maybe he should’ve. Any of this gettin’ through to ya, son? • Chuck JonesChuck Amuck (Farrar Straus Giroux) :: This good-natured glimpse behind the scenes at Termite Terrace by one of the world’s greatest directors is more fun than an Illudium Pew 36 Explosive Space Modulator. Pay attention, boy! I’m cuttin’, but you ain’t bleedin’! • A Change Of PaceAn Offer You Can’t Refuse (Immortal) :: No it’s not, and yes I can. Nice boy, but he’s built a little too low to the ground! • Over ItSilverstrand (Lobster) :: Oh, so you three guys actually like having a bland singer without a shred of personality in his voice? Well, that explains everything. You’ve gotta keep your eye on the ball, son! • RushRush (Moon) :: Don’t laugh. Xeroxed bands like the previous two could learn a lot from songs like “Finding My Way” and “In The Mood.” Eye! • Full White DragEverything Will Fall One Night (Inter-Flight) :: So could Canada’s plodding answer to the Stranglers. Ball! • Mel BlancThat’s Not All Folks! (Warner Books) :: This delightful memoir covers everything from Mel’s “Cu … camonga” days on The Jack Benny Show to his heavyweight reign as Looney Tunes’ voice man supreme. Eyeball! • SIZZLING CLAGHORN OF THE WEEK: I almost has a column there, son! Joke, that is. • Uh-b’uh, uh-b’uh, uh-be seeing you!

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