Boss Ross

:: The Zipped Up Mixed Up ::

Despite dying suddenly at age 52 of a heart attack, Ross Bagdasarian is immortal. About as immortal as anyone can be, except maybe Jesus or L Ron Hubbard. After speeding up his voice while experimenting in the studio one day, he gave the world the Chipmunks, and at that point it didn't matter that he'd already written hit songs or that he had appeared in films like Hitchcock's Rear Window. From that moment on he was David Seville and he accepted the role wholeheartedly.

The Robot has covered Bagdasarian before, so it's not worth writing extensively about him again, but I will say that I'm really glad I own this, his only full length non-Chipmunk album. Recorded in 1966, at a time when the cartoon rodents were highly successful on TV, but had already played out on record, Bagdasarian needed an outlet for his song writing and recording studio skills, and thankfully his longstanding relationship with Liberty Records payed off. The Mixed-Up World Of... gives us more of the kind of stuff Ross had been slipping on B sides of Chipmunk singles over the years, as well as new renderings of some of his pre-Chipmunk hits (Armen's Theme and Come On-A My House).

I didn't know the record existed until I saw it at the Pasadena Record Swap Meet about a year ago. The seller wanted some astronomical price for it, so I passed but started to keep an eye out for it. Finally I found this copy, still sealed at the Record Surplus blowout sale a couple of weeks ago for about $12.00. It's not stereo, but that's ok. It was well worth the money just to hear "Yeah, Yeah", his not so subtle swipe at the British Invasion. Considering Ross only had a few years left, I'm glad he made this album while he could, and although his son, Ross Jr. continues to keep the Chipmunks alive to this day, only the old man had the ability to make them an interesting musical act first and foremost.

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Monday, June 04, 2007 11:49:00 AM

Hey Mike - -

Happy to see the Bagdasarian LP on your site, and the links to those great chipmunkless B-sides!

There is an earlier LP, however. 'The Music of David Seville' (Liberty 3073), released in 1957.

Here's a link where you can see the cover, the track listings, and the liner notes by Bagdasarian's cousin, playwright William Saroyan...

- - As you can see, a few of those same Liberty B-side tracks, and other similar material.

My story in finding that record is very similar to yours in finding this one. I suppose many record collectors' stories are often pretty much the same...



Monday, June 04, 2007 2:05:00 PM

Nice! Well now I've got to find that one. Thanks!


Wednesday, June 06, 2007 11:10:00 AM

You beautiful bastard! Thank you for just being you! And for the Ross!

Be Well,
Reverend Dan    

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 7:11:00 AM

I'm a year late to the party. Any chance of a re-post?    

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 8:53:00 AM

My name is Franklyn, I was introduced to the Mixed up world of the Bagdasarian in around 1966 while working as a Lot Boy for Avis Rent a Car. The was a Record salesman that came in to the lot with his vehicle and he had a trunk load of albums that he said we could just take our pick. Stuff that wasn't that popular i guess. Anyway my bro and I got the biggest kick out of Naval Manuver for years afterwards. Just this morning i happened to think of it, for whatever reason and typed it in on a search. Glad to meet all you mixed up Bagdasarians. Yer lookin good! Blessings    

Monday, September 22, 2008 8:46:00 PM

This is one of my favourite record albums of all time. Ever since I first put the needle on it, I was hooked.

And BTW, the link at the top of this post seems to be dead. I've uploaded my copy of the LP if anyone is still looking for it. You can find it by clicking here.

Let the spirit of Ross Bagdasarian Sr. live on!    

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:09:00 PM

New download link (the file became inactive):    

Monday, November 22, 2010 5:12:00 PM

Any wasy to upload this to megaupload where it won't keep expiring?


Saturday, May 02, 2015 9:36:00 AM

Hey guys!

I've uploaded the album to Dropbox, that way the link won't expire. You can grab it here:

Thanks guys!    

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