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The British duo Flanders and Swann were the actor and singer Michael Flanders (1922–1975) and the composer, pianist and linguist Donald Swann (1923–1994), who collaborated in writing and performing comic songs.

Between 1956 and 1967 they performed some of their songs in their long-running two-man revues At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat. Both revues were ... Read more in Amazon's Flanders & Swann Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Aug. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000026LBT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Transport Of Delight
2. Song Of Reproduction
3. The Gnu Song
4. Songs For Our Time (Philological Waltz/Satellite Moon/A Happy Song)
5. A Song Of The Weather
6. Greensleeves
7. Misalliance
8. Madeira M'Dear?
9. The Hippopotamus Song
10. All Gall
11. Horoscope
12. The Gas Man Cometh
13. Sounding Brass
14. Ill Wind
15. First And Second Law
16. By Air
17. A Song Of Patriotic Prejudice
18. Hippo Encore
19. The Wompom

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on 21 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you enjoy comedy, and you haven't had the pleasure of hearing Michael Flanders and Donald Swann's hilarious act before, then this is a good candidate for you. Although, I would say that you may want to pick up "The Complete Flanders & Swann" instead of just the best of, because you will miss out on some very funny stuff if you purchase this instead of the complete collection. Nevertheless, this is a good starting place and certainly a less expensive option than the other. Flanders and Swann were Michael Flanders (actor and singer), and Donald Swann (composer, pianist, and linguist) and together they wrote, and sometimes performed their marvelous songs.

Known best for a series of Animal songs, the most popular was probably "The Hippopotamus", they also wrote many songs commenting on popular culture, "Song of Reproduction", and the oddities of life, "The Gas Man Cometh", and even occasionally politics, "All Gall". All of them are delightful and funny, as is Michael Flanders commentary between each number. Sadly, neither Michael Flanders nor Donald Swann is with us any longer, but they will never be forgotten as long as their music and their humor stay with us.

This best of retrospective consists of 10 songs from their 1960 album "At the Drop of a Hat", and 10 songs from their 1964 album "At the Drop of another Hat". It closes with an encore of "The Wompom", which appeared on their album "The Bestiary of Flanders & Swann" from 1961. If you appreciate English humor at all you are going to love this CD, and if you are anything like me you will pick up on new things each time you hear it and grow to love it even more. Your only regret from buying this would be that you will likely realize that you should have bought "The Complete Flanders & Swann" box set, but you have been warned.
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This recording comprises 19 selections (plus two intros) taken from the three CDs available as a boxed set. Nine of Hat's 17 selections, nine of Another Hat's 17, and only one of Bestiary's 25. (Several of the omitted items from the two Hat albums include spoken pieces by Flanders, and pieces played and sung by Swann alone.) Purchasing this album will get you the most good F&S for your money, particularly if you have a special interest in just one of the selections -- every hornist aware of its existence wants his/her own copy of "Ill Wind." But if you want a gem like "Los Olivados" you must still buy the set. Many of the omitted selections are quite good, and EMI would have done better to have simply offered Another Hat for sale separately. EMI has also failed us on a second count. As with the three complete albums, the tracks on this CD are separated so that Michael's prefatory remarks for a song appear at the end of the prior track, rather than at the beginning of the track to which they pertain, so one is unable to program a meaningful selection of tracks to be played, or to simply call up "Ill Wind" or "Song of Patriotic Prejudice" and hear the entire "bit" without pressing the fast-reverse button.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The material on this CD is superb - Flanders and Swann were wonderful performers and superb comic song writers. Not only that, but they're clearly thoroughly enjoying performing - you can clearly hear Swann laughing away during Flander's monologues, even though he must have heard it all hundreds of times before. The material has a gentle, dry humour about it, which sems to be missing from modern comedy. Much of the fun comes from poking a little fun at day to day life, along with some very witty word play. Perfect listening for a wet sunday afternoon at home.

Though the material and performances are top notch - I have rarely enjoyed a CD more - I have to knock a star off for the rather strange editing by EMI. Each song has a short monologue from Flanders to introduce it, but instead of having the intro and song on the same track, the intros are all tacked onto the end of the previous song. THis means you have to listen to all the tracks in order to get the intros and tracks in the right order, and can't just listen to the odd track in isolation, or the whole thing won't make much sense.

So all in all, classic material which anyone will enjoy, let down by the CD editing.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Maclennane VINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
A reasonably-priced compilation featuring all their best; I purchased it for:
Madeira M'dear
The Gnu
The gas man cometh
The Hippopotamus
Patriotic Prejudice
There are some other gems on there, but the interspersed bits of stand-up are quickly tiring, and the subject matter of much of the satire has become obscure.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. Bailey VINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I only bought this album for a couple of tracks, but, having played it all I love it all!!!
The quality of some of the tracks hints at the age of the recordings, but what can you expect?
A brilliant album!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I remember being introduced to "At the Drop of a Hat" while in college in the mid 60's. The songs where original and humorous with a touch of social satire. To this day I still remember words to many of them. Being a horn player I loved their rendition of the Rondo from Mozart's Horn Concert #4 that they entitled "Ill Wind." Actually I believe this tune was on their album "At the Drop of Another Hat." When I learned it had been re-released, I knew I had to get the CD. I know I'll be entertained just as I was over 30 years ago with songs and wit that is timeless.
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