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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen [Warner Bros., 1975]
I don't know how you record the Airmen, whose wacked-out marginal proficiency always loses charm when etched in plastic for the ages, but it's no accident that the best thing here originated with Phil Harris. I have a couple of observations for their new producer, country-rock pro John Boylan. First, Billy C. Farlow's soul is located in his adenoids, and second, "Willin'" has already been covered by Linda Ronstadt. C+