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Complete Flanders & Swann
     

Complete Flanders & Swann

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/2010
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
5099960845924
catalogNumber:
6084592

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Disc 1

  1. A Transport Of Delight  - Donald Swann
  2. Song Of Reproduction  - Donald Swann
  3. The Gnu Song  - Donald Swann
  4. Design For Living  - Donald Swann
  5. Je Suis Le Tenebreux  - Donald Swann
  6. Songs For Our Time  - Donald Swann
  7. A Song Of The Weather  - Donald Swann
  8. The Reluctant Cannibal  - Donald Swann
  9. Greensleeves  - Donald Swann
  10. Misalliance  - Donald Swann
  11. Kokoraki  - Donald Swann
  12. Madeira M'Dear  - Donald Swann
  13. Too Many Cookers  - Donald Swann
  14. Vanessa  - Donald Swann
  15. Tried By The Centre Court  - Donald Swann
  16. The Youth Of The Heart  - Donald Swann
  17. The Hippopotamus Song  - Donald Swann

Disc 2

  1. The Gas Man Cometh  - Donald Swann
  2. Sounding Brass  - Donald Swann
  3. Los Olividados  - Donald Swann
  4. In The Desert  - Donald Swann
  5. Ill Wind  - Donald Swann
  6. First And Second Law  - Donald Swann
  7. All Gall  - Donald Swann
  8. Horoscope  - Donald Swann
  9. Friendly Duet  - Donald Swann
  10. Bedstead Men  - Donald Swann
  11. By Air  - Donald Swann
  12. Slow Train  - Donald Swann
  13. A Song Of Patriotic Prejudice  - Donald Swann
  14. Built Up Area  - Donald Swann
  15. In The Bath  - Donald Swann
  16. Sea Fever  - Donald Swann
  17. Hippo Encore  - Donald Swann

Disc 3

  1. The Warthog (The Hog Beneath The Skin)  - Donald Swann
  2. The Sea Horse  - Donald Swann
  3. The Chameleon  - Donald Swann
  4. The Whale (Mopy Dick)  - Donald Swann
  5. The Sloth  - Donald Swann
  6. The Rhinoceros  - Donald Swann
  7. Kang And Jag (Kangaroo Tango/Jaguar)  - Donald Swann
  8. Dead Ducks  - Donald Swann
  9. The Elephant  - Donald Swann
  10. The ;Armadillo  - Donald Swann
  11. The Spider  - Donald Swann
  12. The Duck Billed Platypus/The Humming Bird/The Portugese Man O War  - Donald Swann
  13. The Wild Boar  - Donald Swann
  14. The Ostrich  - Donald Swann
  15. The Wompom  - Donald Swann
  16. Twice Shy  - Donald Swann
  17. Commonwealth Fair  - Donald Swann
  18. P P B B D  - Donald Swann
  19. Paris  - Donald Swann
  20. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik Cha Cha Cha  - Donald Swann
  21. The Hundred Song  - Donald Swann
  22. Food For Thought  - Donald Swann
  23. Bed  - Donald Swann
  24. Twenty Tons Of TNT  - Donald Swann
  25. The War Of 14 To 18  - Donald Swann

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