The Remains of Tom Lehrer

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Ciabattoni
An autopsy of the three-CD set The Remains of Tom Lehrer shows that beneath the buttoned-down exterior of this present-day UC Santa Cruz mathematics teacher beats the heart of one of the greatest wits of the 20th century. Sure, Sir No?l Coward was literate and clever, but he never wrote rhymes that produced cackles of laughter like Lehrer's Catholic lampoon "The Vatican Rag": "Do whatever steps you want if/you have cleared them with the Pontiff." Writing primarily in the ?50s and ?60s, Lehrer came from a school of comedy that couldn't rely on four-letter words to get a laugh, but Lehrer was more fond of funny-sounding nine-letter words anyway. For the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Ciabattoni
An autopsy of the three-CD set The Remains of Tom Lehrer shows that beneath the buttoned-down exterior of this present-day UC Santa Cruz mathematics teacher beats the heart of one of the greatest wits of the 20th century. Sure, Sir Noël Coward was literate and clever, but he never wrote rhymes that produced cackles of laughter like Lehrer's Catholic lampoon "The Vatican Rag": "Do whatever steps you want if/you have cleared them with the Pontiff." Writing primarily in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Lehrer came from a school of comedy that couldn't rely on four-letter words to get a laugh, but Lehrer was more fond of funny-sounding nine-letter words anyway. For the censorship-skewering song "Smut," he ingeniously rhymed "philately" with "Lady Chatterley," which winds up loads funnier than any profane take on the subject could ever be. Bolstered by copious liner notes and text from Lehrer and Dr. Demento, this potent box set culls all of the master satirist's popular tunes, including many live recordings spotlighting his turns of phrase and his jolly piano style. Also collected are some recent and unreleased recordings, including some that Lehrer did for the children's television show "The Electric Company." Although the full orchestration on some of the children’s songs occasionally dulls their sparkle, nothing can strip them of the genius Lehrer buried in their words and tunes. As The Remains of Tom Lehrer makes plain, it doesn't take a math whiz to see that the sum of his work adds up to a comic American masterpiece.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Rhino's three-disc box set The Remains of Tom Lehrer presents 75 tracks from the satirist's four decade career. The first disc concentrates on Lehrer's studio output, including pieces from his 1953 debut Songs by Tom Lehrer and his 1959 album More of Tom Lehrer, as well as a 1996 version of "I Got It from Agnes" and "That's Mathematics," a previously unreleased track from 1993. Disc two gathers his '59 performances at MIT and Harvard, captured on the albums Tom Lehrer Revisited and An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer which offered many of the same selections as their studio predecessors. The third disc is a mix of live and studio tracks, including the material from the album That Was the Year That Was, songs written for PBS's The Electric Company in 1971-72, orchestral versions of songs conducted by Richard Hayman in 1960, and four new songs, including "Selling Out" and "I'm Spending Hanukkah In Santa Monica." Song-by-song notes by Lehrer, rare photos, and an essay by Dr. Demento add an extra depth to The Remains of Tom Lehrer making it the ultimate collection of his irreverent social commentary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227983123
  • Catalog Number: 79831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fight Fiercely, Harvard (1:25)
  2. 2 The Old Dope Peddler (1:26)
  3. 3 Be Prepared (1:32)
  4. 4 The Wild West Is Where I Want to Be (2:03)
  5. 5 I Wanna Go Back to Dixie (1:53)
  6. 6 Lobachevsky (3:11)
  7. 7 The Irish Ballad (3:01)
  8. 8 The Hunting Song (1:18)
  9. 9 My Home Town (2:39)
  10. 10 When You Are Old and Gray (1:52)
  11. 11 I Hold Your Hand in Mine (1:27)
  12. 12 The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz (1:55)
  13. 13 Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (2:13)
  14. 14 Bright College Days (2:06)
  15. 15 A Christmas Carol (1:42)
  16. 16 The Elements (1:26)
  17. 17 Oedipus Rex (1:39)
  18. 18 In Old Mexico (4:08)
  19. 19 Clementine (4:18)
  20. 20 It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier (2:40)
  21. 21 She's My Girl (1:48)
  22. 22 The Masochism Tango (3:03)
  23. 23 We Will All Go Together When We Go (3:26)
  24. 24 I Got It from Agnes (1:47)
  25. 25 That's Mathematics (1:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Introduction (3:14)
  2. 2 I Wanna Go Back to Dixie (2:53)
  3. 3 The Wild West Is Where I Want to Be (2:31)
  4. 4 The Old Dope Peddler (1:42)
  5. 5 Fight Fiercely, Harvard (2:44)
  6. 6 Lobachevsky (4:20)
  7. 7 The Irish Ballad (5:10)
  8. 8 The Hunting Song (1:58)
  9. 9 My Home Town (2:58)
  10. 10 When You Are Old and Gray (2:25)
  11. 11 The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz (2:21)
  12. 12 I Hold Your Hand in Mine (2:01)
  13. 13 Be Prepared (2:29)
  14. 14 Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (2:37)
  15. 15 Bright College Days (3:04)
  16. 16 A Christmas Carol (2:55)
  17. 17 The Elements (2:11)
  18. 18 Oedipus Rex (3:41)
  19. 19 In Old Mexico (6:24)
  20. 20 Clementine (4:41)
  21. 21 It Makes a Fellow Proud to Be a Soldier (4:53)
  22. 22 She's My Girl (2:53)
  23. 23 The Masochism Tango (3:32)
  24. 24 We Will All Go Together When We Go (5:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 National Brotherhood Week (2:36)
  2. 2 MLF Lullaby (2:24)
  3. 3 George Murphy (2:09)
  4. 4 The Folk Song Army (2:12)
  5. 5 Smut (3:15)
  6. 6 Send the Marines (1:46)
  7. 7 Pollution (2:14)
  8. 8 So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III) (2:23)
  9. 9 Whatever Became of Hubert? (2:13)
  10. 10 New Math (4:30)
  11. 11 Alma (4:25)
  12. 12 Who's Next? (3:03)
  13. 13 Wernher Von Braun (1:47)
  14. 14 The Vatican Rag (2:22)
  15. 15 Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (2:08)
  16. 16 The Masochism Tango (2:55)
  17. 17 The Hunting Song (1:49)
  18. 18 We Will All Go Together When We Go (2:40)
  19. 19 L-Y (2:12)
  20. 20 Silent E (1:34)
  21. 21 O-U (The Hound Song) (1:12)
  22. 22 S-N (Snore, Sniff, and Sneeze) (2:33)
  23. 23 N Apostrophe T (2:13)
  24. 24 Selling Out (1:48)
  25. 25 (I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Lehrer Primary Artist
Al Klink Tenor Saxophone
Richard Hayman Conductor
Ray Alonge French Horn
Seymour Barab Cello
Mac Ceppos Violin
Alex Cores Violin
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet
John Frosk Trumpet
Jack Gale Trombone
Seymour Red Press Clarinet, Flute
Joe Raposo Conductor
George Shaw Bass
Ralph Silverman Violin
Thomas Parshley Clarinet, Flute
Morris Wechsler Piano
Arcadie Birkenholz Violin
Richard Sarpola Bass
Technical Credits
Tom Lehrer Producer
Richard Hayman Arranger
Don Geis Engineer
Ray Hall Engineer
Jimmy Hilliard Producer
Joe Raposo Arranger, Producer
Russell Warner Arranger
Fred Christie Engineer
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Stephen Fassett Engineer
James Stagliano Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More, more, I'm still not satisfied!

    Does anyone else fantasize that one day he'll pop up again in pop culture (on The Daily Show perhaps?) with an updated version of "George Murphy" rewritten for the Governator? I agree with the above reviewer... for intelligent comedy I'll just have to continue to turn to Eddie Izzard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Appalling drivel reappears like a bad penny

    You think you know funny? I'll tell you funny. Tom Lehrer. That's funny OK? Still. And he's been dead since Mozart was a boy.

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