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Oranges and Lemmings

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mrs Ackroyd
  • ASIN: B00002R0WT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Bates on 31 July 2010
Les Barker leads The Mrs. Ackroyd Band, a loose collection of respectable folk musicians, including June Tabor, Martin Carty and Eliza Carthy. The band exists for the sole purpose of producing lighthearted music (mostly) within the folk tradition. Many of the songs are parodies of existing folk or rock songs, while others are musical settings of Barkers poems. The musical chops of Barker's collaborators is sans pareil, and all of the songs on Oranges and Lemmings are good-naturedly amusing, although one or two don't bear repeated listening, falling, as they do, into the 'novelty' category. Personal highlights are "The Trains of Waterloo", "She Moves Through The Fair", "Hunting The Cutty Wren", "The Hard Cheese of Old England" and "The William Patel Overture".

I don't usually do a song-by-song breakdown, but the tracks are quite varied and it is worth looking at each individually:

Tortoise from Hell (Martin Carthy) parodies Bat Out of Hell; the folkies do a good job on the rock'n'roll.

The Trains of Waterloo (June Tabor and Lesley Davies) is a lovely pastiche of the type of folk song which starts out with a pastoral stroll and the meeting of a fair maid; it then mentions Basingstoke and then degenerates (in a very tasteful way) into an all out inter-commuter battle. Based, I think, on the trad song "The Plains of Waterloo". It's got nothing to do with ABBA, nor with The Kinks.

Steven and Stella (Les Barker) is a spoken tale of weasel-lemming love with sung backing and chorus; there is a hint of the Cliff Richards about this one. Slightly annoying in its novelty value.

Nancy and Willie (Lesley Davies) is original folk, with suggestive lyrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Holt on 22 July 2012
At his best, Les Barker writes beautifully observed comic verse in the Stanley Holloway tradition, and wonderfully subversive parodies. It's the latter category that makes `Oranges & Lemmings' a must-buy. Really high-class performances by artists of the calibre of June Tabor and Martin Carthy add an extra dimension - "The Trains Of Waterloo", for instance, is a mildly amusing leg-pull, but Tabor puts as much heart and soul into it as she does when she sings the original `Plains of Waterloo"; the result is both extremely funny and disconcertingly moving. Similarly, Alison Younger sings "She Moves Through The Fair" (as amended by Barker) with an otherworldly lyricism that makes the parody both irresistibly funny and oddly irrelevant.
If you're new to Les Barker and the Mrs Ackroyd Band, this is a good place to start; the music isn't quite up to the standard set by, say, "Tubular Dogs", but the funnies are as good or better and you don't need to know the originals in order to get the joke.
The CD is worth buying just for the best ever use of the word `salient' (in `Hunting The Cutty Wren') and the way Barker rhymes `snails' and `Marseilles'. Funny songs are a neglected and dying genre. Barker & Co show just how delightful and effective they can be, if taken seriously...
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By Lyn Walsh on 9 Mar. 2015
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Very funny! Persuaded me to buy more ...
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