Since George Melly died earler this year, I have tried to buy up some of the recordings that made him famous and brought back memories of the two occasions when I was lucky enough to see him perform live. Of all the available albums, this one may not have the most recognisable standards (though Frankie and Johnny are present and correct) but it perhaps sums 'Goodtime George' up best - the title really does say it all.
Even the more bluesy numbers feel quite swinging and up-tempo (check out Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair) and fun numbers like Mississippi Mud and Abdul Abulbul Amir - not one you could get away with singing these days, I should think! - transport you to a night at Ronnie Scott's just before Christmas, the booze flowing freely, cigarette smoking still permitted.
Good on you, George - you'll be sorely missed!