Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Michael Flanders, Donald Swann|
The Best of Flanders & Swan - A Transport of Delight
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Not quite the best, but pretty good...
T. Connor | Idaho, USA | 06/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Flanders and Swann were brilliant, witty songwriters who wrote acute but subtle satire (among other things). In spite of the title, this record is not a "Best Of" collection, but a repackaging of their two best-known albums, "At the Drop of a Hat" and "At the Drop of Another Hat." A lot of people don't realize that there were two recordings of "At the Drop of a Hat": the first, produced by George Martin for Parlophone, was recorded during its original run at the Fortune Theatre in London in the late '50s, and is much better than the Angel Records version recorded on Broadway. This reissue, unfortunately, uses the Broadway version, in which Flanders seems a little bored with the material (or perhaps unsure that the American audience will get some of the jokes) and tends to rush the punch lines. This collection also omits one of the best songs from "At the Drop of a Hat"(which certainly belongs on any CD with this title), the conscientious-objection allegory "The Reluctant Cannibal."
While this is well worth listening to, your money would be better spent on the original "Hats" in their complete form (with "Cannibal"), preferably the Martin-produced version, if it's still available."
Funny and very English songs
Rick Row | Palo Alto, CA USA | 06/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Flanders and Donald Swan composed and sang their own amusing songs, accompanied by Donald Swan playing the piano. Flanders was a large man in a wheelchair and Swan a slight man. Good natured, somewhat dry, very English lyrics, and somewhat dated as they were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. They did wonderful stage shows in those simpler times."
athena | nc | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This live recording of some of the best loved Flanders and Swann songs is truly a transport of delight!"