Complete Flanders & Swann

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Lewis
The Complete Flanders and Swann is a three-disc compilation that includes live recordings of their two revues -- At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat -- and also a studio recording of their other songs, entitled The Bestiary of Flanders and Swann. The latter was a collection of songs that had appeared occasionally in their revues, but had mostly been written for other performers. The first disc, At the Drop of a Hat, was recorded at London's Fortune Theatre in 1959. It contains some of their best known songs, and covers a range of subject matter, all of it done in a genteel, mannered, very English way. Songs ranged from "A Transport of Delight," about ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Lewis
The Complete Flanders and Swann is a three-disc compilation that includes live recordings of their two revues -- At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat -- and also a studio recording of their other songs, entitled The Bestiary of Flanders and Swann. The latter was a collection of songs that had appeared occasionally in their revues, but had mostly been written for other performers. The first disc, At the Drop of a Hat, was recorded at London's Fortune Theatre in 1959. It contains some of their best known songs, and covers a range of subject matter, all of it done in a genteel, mannered, very English way. Songs ranged from "A Transport of Delight," about London buses, "Design for Living," about the fashionable House and Garden set in England, "The Reluctant Cannibal," a song about hypocrisy and "Madeira M'Dear," about seduction. Their two best known songs are included here -- "The Gnu Song" Pronounced "g-nu" all through the song, about just such an animal, and the much-loved "Hippopotamus Song," with the classic refrain "Mud, mud, glorious mud." The second Hat revue, At the Drop of Another Hat, was as brilliant as the first. More overtly political this time on songs like "Slow Train," about the British government's closure of unprofitable train lines, and on "All Gall," a run-down of the career of Charles de Gaulle, but also managing to allude to the Profumo scandal. In living up to the first revue's high standard, Flanders and Swann created several classics here: the jazz-inspired "First and Second Law" a song about the laws of thermodynamics, "Ill Wind," in which Flanders sings an adaptation of a Mozart horn concerto and "In the Desert," a song about camels, sung in Russian by Swann. The final disc, The Bestiary of Flanders and Swann, is, as the title may suggest, a collection of songs about animals. The songs are as good as the revue tracks, but being a studio recording means that something of the atmosphere that Flanders and Swann created with an audience has been lost. This disc also features the Extiary, included only in this collection. The Extiary is a group of ten songs not found elsewhere, that were mainly extracts from revue performances. The most interesting songs here are the two fierce anti-war songs, "20 Tons of TNT" and "The War of '14-'18" - the former so named as Swann had discovered that the amount of man-made destructive material stockpiled in the world equated to 20 tons per man, woman and child on the planet. Flanders and Swann's entire legacy is included in this compilation, and it shows two superb musicians and comedians at the height of their talents. While some of their work has dated unavoidably since it was first performed, their comedy and social observations are still on the whole relevant and very funny. Immensely popular throughout the 1950s and '60s, it is a shame that this music is not better known today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/1994
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 077779746422
  • Catalog Number: 797464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Transport of Delight - Donald Swann (5:53)
  2. 2 Song of Reproduction - Donald Swann (7:06)
  3. 3 The Gnu Song - Donald Swann (3:26)
  4. 4 Design for Living - Donald Swann (3:52)
  5. 5 Je Suis Les Tenebreux - Donald Swann (2:27)
  6. 6 Songs for Our Time (Philological Waltz; Satellite Moon; A Happy Song) - Donald Swann (4:16)
  7. 7 A Song of the Weather - Donald Swann (2:05)
  8. 8 The Reluctant Cannibal - Donald Swann (3:55)
  9. 9 Greensleeves - Donald Swann (7:51)
  10. 10 Misalliance - Donald Swann (3:55)
  11. 11 Kokoraki - Donald Swann (5:05)
  12. 12 Madeira M'Dear - Donald Swann (3:52)
  13. 13 Too Many Cookers - Donald Swann (3:12)
  14. 14 Vanessa - Donald Swann (3:55)
  15. 15 Tried by the Centre Court - Donald Swann (3:45)
  16. 16 The Youth of the Heart - Donald Swann (4:17)
  17. 17 The Hippopotamus Song - Donald Swann (3:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Gas-Man Cometh - Donald Swann (6:44)
  2. 2 Sounding Brass - Donald Swann (2:53)
  3. 3 Los Olividados - Donald Swann (6:38)
  4. 4 In the Desert - Donald Swann (3:45)
  5. 5 Ill wind (3rd movement) - Donald Swann (5:01)
  6. 6 First and Second Law - Donald Swann (2:56)
  7. 7 This Old Man, children's song - Donald Swann (3:53)
  8. 8 Horoscope - Donald Swann (1:10)
  9. 9 Friendly Duet - Donald Swann (2:20)
  10. 10 Bedstead Men - Donald Swann (3:16)
  11. 11 By Air - Donald Swann (6:17)
  12. 12 Slow Train - Donald Swann (5:26)
  13. 13 A Song of Patriotic Prejudice - Donald Swann (2:51)
  14. 14 Built up Area - Donald Swann (3:22)
  15. 15 In the Bath - Donald Swann (2:34)
  16. 16 Sea Fever - Donald Swann (3:55)
  17. 17 Hippo Encore - Donald Swann (1:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Warthog (The Hog Beneath the Skin) - Donald Swann (4:14)
  2. 2 The Sea Horse - Donald Swann (1:31)
  3. 3 The Chameleon - Donald Swann (1:01)
  4. 4 The Whale (Mopy Dick) - Donald Swann (3:29)
  5. 5 The Sloth - Donald Swann (3:14)
  6. 6 The Rhinoceros - Donald Swann (2:36)
  7. 7 Twosome-Kang & Jag (Kangaroo Tango and Jaguar) - Donald Swann (2:04)
  8. 8 Dead Ducks - Donald Swann (0:41)
  9. 9 The Elephant - Donald Swann (2:40)
  10. 10 The Armadillo - Donald Swann (3:52)
  11. 11 The Spider - Donald Swann (2:21)
  12. 12 Threesom: Duck Billed platypus / The Humming Bird / The Portuguese Man- - Donald Swann (1:05)
  13. 13 The Wild Boar - Donald Swann (2:23)
  14. 14 The Ostrich - Donald Swann (2:56)
  15. 15 The Wompom - Donald Swann (5:52)
  16. 16 Twice Shy - Donald Swann (4:12)
  17. 17 Commomwealth fair - Donald Swann (4:06)
  18. 18 p**P*B****B**D****** - Donald Swann (6:20)
  19. 19 Paris - Donald Swann (4:05)
  20. 20 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Cha Cha Cha (excerpt from 1st movement) - Donald Swann (0:31)
  21. 21 The Hundred Song - Donald Swann (1:09)
  22. 22 Food for Thought - Donald Swann (3:55)
  23. 23 Bed - Donald Swann (3:19)
  24. 24 20 Tons of TNT - Donald Swann (2:30)
  25. 25 Lovely War - Donald Swann (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flanders & Swann Primary Artist
Michael Flanders Vocals, Track Performer
Donald Swann Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Martin Producer
John Amis Liner Notes, Digital Editing, Sleeve Notes
Charles Fox Liner Notes
Bob Barratt Producer, Liner Notes, Digital Editing
Michael Flanders Librettist, Arranger
Donald Swann Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
Charles Philip Fox Liner Notes
Charles Fox Liner Notes
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