Accordions Go Crazy – Overboard

Accordions Go Crazy - Overboard LP front
Accordions Go Crazy - Overboard LP back cover
Accordions Go Crazy - Overboard LP side 1
Gary Larson

An offshoot from the London Musicians’ Collective, Accordions Go Crazy, formed 1985, included musicians then playing with Kahondo Style, the English Gamelan Orchestra or British Summer Time Ends, as well as other British performance groups.  They released 3 LPs on the German Trikont label between 1988 and 1991, this one being the first. Members Sylvia Hallett and Clive Bell also included one of the band’s compositions on their 1988 Golden Apples compilation, posted here.

♫ All members (Mike Adcock, Clive Bell, Dean Speedwell Brodrick, Nicola Hadley, Sylvia Hallett and Stuart Jones) play accordion alternatively, in addition to various instruments. Overboard is a joyous celebration of the accordion’s ebulient potentialities through evocative, festive and multi-colored dancing numbers sourced from Cajun, Bulgarian, Romanian and Klezmer traditions. In line with the accordion’s generosity and profuse output, the arrangements favor musicians’ virtuosity and interplay, a trait further enhanced by live-in-the-studio recording conditions. Of course, the title of the band doesn’t imply the instruments are crazy but rather that the accordions will drive you crazy. You’ve been warned.

01 Symphony For Massed Bands Nr. 1 (4:05)
02 Cotswold Twostep (2:54)
03 Tango René (2:24)
04 Halinka’s Fall (4:08)
05 Violin Solo “The Red Shred”/Imalamayka (4:33)
06 See My Baby Jive (4:37)
07 The Falcon Waltz (3:28)
08 Ciocirlia “The Lark” (3:14)
09 Lebedik Un Freilach (2:23)
10 Colinda (3:10)
11 The Delta (2:25)
12 Sea Cruise (2:29)
13 Diamond Tongued (1:39)
14 The Third Coming (5:29)

Total time 47:00
LP released by Trikont, Germany,1988


Accordions Go Crazy discography:
1988 Overboard, LP, Trikont, Germany
1989 Zombie Dancer, LP, Trikont, Germany
1991 The Art Of Paper-Folding, LP, Trikont, Germany

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5 Responses to “Accordions Go Crazy – Overboard”

  1. 2 continuo March 23, 2011 at 8:28 am

    You’re welcome.

  2. 3 imo July 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    years ago a friend gave me a cassette labelled only “Accordions Go Crazy”–it turned out to be one of my favorite albums ever, and I could never track down any info about it. so thanks!!

  3. 4 imo July 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    i think the one i have must be “Zombie Dancer”

  4. 5 continuo July 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    The addiction to accordion is not curable, it seems!
    Glad I could help, anyway.

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