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At The Establishment And At The BBC

Franke Howerd Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B000Q6ZGMA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Frankie Howerd at The Establishment24:23Album Only
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3.0 out of 5 stars Establishment gold, BBC silver 21 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Don't buy this assuming that the BBC material includes Howerd's history TW3 appearance which catapulted him back to stardom. It doesn't - and the BBC material is of variable comedic quality and sounds like it's from three separate shows, despite being presented as one track. The Establishment recording is, however, pure gold, showing Howerd at his best, well able to deal with the braying of Kenneth Williams and others in the very appreciative audience.

Whether or not it was an issue with licensing it's possible to understand why the TV comeback was not included - substantial portions, based on the extracts in documentaries I have heard, are the same as his Establishment act - but given its importance it would be worth listening to in its entirety, just as we are accustomed to alternative takes by jazz musicians etc. According to David Benson, who has heard the whole TW3 act, it tails off at the end - Howerd slightly outstays his welcome and loses the audience- but it would still be fascinating to hear.

Part, at least, of the BBC material is by Barry Took and Marty Feldman, and if you are familiar with Took's Laughter in the Air book on radio comedy you will recognise the opening BBC segment which is reproduced in the book. But the CD is well worth getting for the twenty odd minutes of the Establishment act which show a Howerd well able to tailor his comedy to the satirical needs of the day without being anything other than, well, Frankie Howerd.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Frankie 12 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a welcome reissue of an album that captured part of Frankie Howerd's famous comeback in the early Sixties at Peter Cook's Establishment Club. The likes of Johnny Speight wrote him some new satirical material, and Frankie revived his career in one night. You can even hear Kenneth Williams in the audience, laughing so loudly he interrupts one of Frankie's comments. Brilliant memento of a very funny man.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recording of a great artist. 18 Feb 2008
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The only bad thing I can say about this album is that it's just not long enough. About three hours would have been great. ;o) Still, get this and enjoy Frankie at his titterest best, great sleeve notes too! Superb!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity. 12 Aug 2013
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The selection from The Establishment is poor. A BBC radio documentary in my possession has funnier extracts ('You need a Degree these days to be filthy'....) and surely someone, somewhere will one day have the wit to release the whole gig. This just isn't worth the entry fee, and, fifty years on, does Frankie no favours.
The other side isn't any better, so don't waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankie was a true genius. 9 Dec 2012
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Everyone who thinks modern comedians are funny should take time to hear the real thing. Frankie is a lost treasure.
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