An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrerby Tom Lehrer
Recorded in March 1959 at a live show in Lehrer's home base of Cambridge, Massachusetts, this concert collection didn't exactly waste the Harvard mathematician-turned iconoclastic pianist/songwriter. Instead, AN EVENING WASTED WITH TOM LEHRER solidified his reputation as a caustic musical comedian during the Eisenhower years. What can you say about a guy who takes a Gilbert and Sullivan song and turns it into a complete inventory of the Periodic Table of Elements? In the late '60s Lehrer would quit writing (saying that he could not laugh at Vietnam). This disc, however, captures Lehrer at a simpler, more artful time, laughing at everything from nuclear annihilation ("We Will All Go Together When We Go") to simple human meanness ("Poisoning Pigeons in the Park"). The folk revival would later give us Dylan, Phil Ochs, and a slew of topical singer-songwriters. In the late '50s, however, those who liked a scathing dose of witty social commentary with their musical fare looked to the records of Tom Lehrer. This is one of the best.
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- Reprise / Wea
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