Classic Lehrer comedy; there should be more like him.
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"Only To Call It, Please . . . .Research !"
Brent Evans | Rockhampton, Australia | 08/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is basically the album 'Songs by Tom Lehrer' in a live setting . . .and is a whole lot better for it. The audience reaction is preferable to the sterile studio-and-solo-piano of Lehrer's first release. The audience gasps at the sheer audacity of Lehrer's lyrics; stomping on subjects that some still won't talk about today . . .and this was in 1959! Tom Lehrer is the yardstick to which other satirists have to be measured . . .may this album show you exactly why!INTRODUCTION - What better way to save costs than to introduce yourself to your audience . . .and in such a modest way,too!I WANNA GO BACK TO DIXIE - All the Southern song cliches are skewered (and a few civil rights points scored) in a song that makes the controversial lyrics of Neil Young's Southern Man seem like a nursery rhyme.THE WILD WEST IS WHERE I WANNA BE - A barb directed at nuclear testing out in the desert and arid regions of the west in the 50's. Those who were in that region certainly felt the effects eventually . . .remember John Wayne and the cast/crew of 'The Conqueror'?THE OLD DOPE PEDDLER - A disrespected fixture of the community.
.You can hear the audile audience gasp on this one.FIGHT FIERCELY,HARVARD - A football fight song as sung by an intellectual snob who would've probably gotten creamed if he stepped on a football field.LOBACHEVSKY - An ode to the great Russian mathematician, Lobachesky; sung in the tongue twisting style of an early Danny Kaye routine. The secret of his success: "Plagiarise; only to call it please . . .research!"THE IRISH BALLAD - A more ghoulish Irish ballad you'll never, ever hear.Sounds like a script of an old cheesy early '80s slasher flick. You can bet they'll never be singing this little emerald isle parody in any Irish Pub soon.THE HUNTING SONG - Dedicated to all would be 'wild sportsmen' out there. "You just stand there looking cute, and if something moves . . . you shoot!" LOL!MY HOME TOWN - A town full of weirdies and nasties crawling out of the woodwork; guaranteed to kill off any thoughts of homesickness. During the stanza about Parson Brown, Lehrer would always imply that he had to leave a lyric line out due to censorship; it always left the audience wondering.WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GREY - This couple will not grow old gracefully together. For the male protaganist of this ditty, youth holds all the charm.THE WEINER SCHNITZEL WALTZ - An fractured take on the love ballad
, this time on the romance of the waltz. "I drank wine,you drank chocolate malts".I HOLD YOUR HAND IN MINE - A love song that some rockers like Alice Cooper would later draw inspiration from (check out Alice's song 'Roses On White Lace' for comparisions). Another audience gasper.BE PREPARED - Lessons never taught to real boy scouts! Some of them are really helpful: "Don't write diry words in books if you can't spell!" LOL!L-Y - A bonus track from Lehrer's quick flirtation with 'The Electic Company'. See kids, learning can be funny.SILENT E - Another 'Electric Company' bonus track. It's a pity that this collaboration did not lead to another album of fresh Lehrer material,but we must be thankful for what we do have."
I've never tired of this man's recordings!
Brent Evans | 08/23/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"True, I almost got kicked out of college for playing this man's recordings. I played them for my children as they grew up in the 60s and 70s. As a socially aware citizen, I cherish this man's ability to portray with sarcasm, exaggeration, humor, some of the foibles of the everyday American in any age, of any age. We still need Tom Lehrer to remind us of what we are and what, perhaps, we could be."
Itamar Katz | Ramat-Gan, Israel | 06/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tom Lehrer's first album may not be his best (the humor of That Was The Year That Was is far more mature and sophisticated), but it's a wonderful showcase of his very unique style. Lehrer's humor is subtle and sophisticated; he sings simplified, stereotypical versions of popular musical styles, with almost banal lyrics; the jokes, when they come, usually at the end of a line or a verse (or sometimes just as a punchline at the very end of the song), are so grotesque and blunt that they take you completely by surprise. Some lines are shockingly gorish, and they create a wonderful contrast with Mr. Lehrer's bored, slightly monotonic singing voice and his simple, cheerful tunes and piano playing. 'I Hold Your Hand Is Mine' is shockingly, brilliantly horrid, as are 'My Home Town' and 'The Irish Ballad'. 'I Wanna Go Back To Dixie', 'Be Prepared' and 'The Old Dope Peddler' are also songs that did not do well with critics and mostly censors at the time of the album's release. All of them are brilliant satires. In complete contrast, the bonus tracks (Silent E and L-Y) are a fine example of Lehrer's more recent work, far calmer and tamer. Still, these cheerful little tunes posess at least some of Lehrer's unique wit.Most of the songs on Revistited were later re-recorded in a studio, fully orchestrated, and put into some collection albums, but Lehrer's studio recordings were never as funny as his live ones. His between-songs comments are almost as funny as the songs themselves, and should not be missed; also, his solo work with only his voice and a piano is beautifuly simple and makes the jokes all the more surprising. For a good Lehrer record get one of his three live ones (the other ones are That Was The Year That Was and An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer). Better yet, get all three. You won't regret it."
I love it and so can you
Brent Evans | 08/04/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First note the words bouns tracks... -l-y, and Silent E, music intended for children yet so desired by adults. This album containes live comentay by the genuis himself, which sometimes proves better then the songs. If you think Tom Lehere is for the old, you think wrong; for I am only 18. His mind has transended time, he speaks to all generations, we all can understand him.There are so meny levels to his lyrics, you can be smart or stupid and you will still get something from him. I love this album, and so can you but you have to buy it first...trust me you'll love it!"