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The Best Of Rambling Syd Rumpo

Kenneth Williams Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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The Best Of Rambling Syd Rumpo + The Bona World of Julian and Sandy: Starring Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick & Kenneth Horne (BBC Radio Collection) + "Round the Horne", the Very Best Episodes: v. 1 (BBC Audio)
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  • Audio CD (8 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000A1OF8M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Song Of The Australian OutlawKenneth Williams 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Song Of The Bogle ClencherKenneth Williams 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sussex Whirdling SongKenneth Williams 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tinker's LamentKenneth Williams 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Ballad Of The Royal Scottish Pretender (Posselwaite Lament)Kenneth Williams 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pewter Woggler's Bangling SongKenneth Williams 1:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Runcorn Splod Cobblers SongKenneth Williams 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Ballad Of The Woggler's MoulieKenneth Williams 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sea Shanty MedleyKenneth Williams 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Clacton Bogle Pickers LamentKenneth Williams 1:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Lummockshire AirKenneth Williams 1:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Terrible Tale Of The Somerset NogKenneth Williams 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Soldier SoldierKenneth Williams 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Black Grunger Of HounslowKenneth Williams 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Green Grow My Nadgers Oh!Kenneth Williams 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Drunken NurkerKenneth Williams 1:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Don't Put Your Daughters On The StageKenneth Williams 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Facts Of Life (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams0:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Just Another Girl (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 1:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Words And Music) (1999 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Why Did It Have To Be Spring (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Read All About (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. For Adults OnlyKenneth Williams 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Finale: Just Pals (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams0:530.99  Buy MP3 

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind 5 stars - this deserves TEN 3 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
So ---

how are you when it comes to loosening your grussets, traddling your thrums and letting your bossocks down as you consider the stresses of being a bogle clencher?

If none of that makes sense to you, then I'm not sure why you're looking at this CD. Mark you, none of it does make any sense at all; not in the slightest - but it is brilliant beyond belief for just that reason.

Rambling Syd first became a cultural icon when he sang his cordwangler's ballads in the BBC Radio series 'Round the Horne'. His laments and love songs from the long-lost days of fumbling shops and thunder jugs truly captured the essence of Englishness with their poignant tales of love, yearning and unrequited desire - not to mention various forms of unmentionable afflictions of the moolies and lallies.

Take, as a simple example, 'The Sussex Whindling Song' which Syd discovered whilst dipping into his gander bag. (His lengthy introduction is nothing less than pure joy to listen to)

Will you still love me Mary - O

when my grussets be bended low,

when my orbs grow dim and my pubes grow white

and my cordwangle makes an ugly sight

and my grussets be bended low,

and my grussets be bended low.

You ask me if I'll love you - O

though your grussets be bended low,

though your orbs be dim and your pubes be white

and your cordwangle makes an ugly sight.

If I feel the way I do tonight,

my answer will still beeeeeeeeEEeeee - NO!

The fact that all the songs are based on well known traditional melodies makes this whole listening experience even more authentic. Martin Carthy was NEVER like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling!!! 24 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Excellent if you know what you are getting!! Short traditional folk tunes set with new and - different - words!! Classic Comedy with the emphasis on it all being in your head, and it will be. The last 8 tracks are Kenneth Williams singing other songs, mainly Noel Coward, and are slightly disappointing after the first 16.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made me clench my artefacts 12 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps it's because the original recordings of these songs on "Round the Horne" are more familiar that I found this compilation disappointing. The Syd Rumpo tunes are funny, and at times hilarious but it would seem that the recording is a reprise of the sketches recorded for the radio show and therefore lack the tension and anticipation of the BBC artefacts.

What are glaringly missing are the reluctant and trepidacious introductions from Kenneth Horne. This also means that on this CD you don't get Kenneth Williams fully in the character of Rambling Syd, only singing the songs.

And of course tracks 17 to 24 are fillers and not the wonderful Rambling Syd Rumpo at all, including KW singing very much in the style of Noel Coward as to be almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

A better buy is the cassette compilation "40 Warbles from "Round the Horne's" Doyen of Folk Singers: Starring Kenneth Williams & Kenneth Horne (BBC Radio Collection)"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If you're reading this, it's a fair bet that you're already aware of what's here, and who Rambling Syd Rumpo is. For the uninitiated, suffice to say that Rambling Syd was one of the incomparable Kenneth Williams' alter egos, and probably one of England's finest folk singers (and I say that with no hint of sarcasm, he was genuinely a fine singer).

Rumpo had a fine yokel accent, and used a language all of his own that was incredibly open to interpretation. He takes well know old folk melodies and gives them new words (mainly written by Marty Feldman and Barry Took) with hilarious effect. Don't just look at the humour though, the singing is of a very high standard.

Most of the songs featured here were originally heard as part of `Round The Horne', one of radios most successful comedy shows. The recordings here are a bit different to the ones heard in that show, and seem to be taken from a separate concert. Also included are Williams singing it straight in 2 wonderful tributes to Noel Coward (`Don't Put Your Daughters n The Stage' and `Mad Dogs), which are quite magnificent, and apparently won the approval of Coward himself. There are also a few forgettable non-Rumpo tracks, the origin of which is not revealed by the liner notes, said notes are suitably rambling and uninformative.

Sound quality is top notch, with every carefully enunciated syllable shining through. An album which has given me hours of pleasure. 5 stars and recommended to all fans of Williams, folk music and classic British comedy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Rambling Syd Rumpo 7 Oct 2009
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A very good CD but not entirely Rambling Syd. I was surprised there were other songs included on the disc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenneth Williams...genius! 9 Oct 2013
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I got this for my husband and he listens to it all the's brilliantly silly and fun and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Kenneth Williams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane 31 July 2009
By M. Law
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Oh those Sunday afternoons hidden from mum and dad with the transistor on and finding 'Round the Horne' - seemed subversive, never heard anything like that before - and such weird and wonderful names, accents and humour - so this was a right trip back down memory lane to the days of the old Bush set and the earpiece plugged in while Sunday lunch was quietly (well sometimes not so quietly) digesting - lovely
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it probably sounds like a load of tripe
Well my deario, I listened to this complete disc whilst boggling in my ganderbag. To most of you under 65 years who are reading this, it probably sounds like a load of tripe. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Anthony Castell
5.0 out of 5 stars Most amusing
I love this humour and Kenneth's character is terrific.
The recording is excellent quality and the product itself has been well used.
Good for a laugh.
Published 2 months ago by ABitterpill
3.0 out of 5 stars Cd
Don't no
Published 6 months ago by podge
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Always been a fan of Kenneth Williams from the Carry On films and have only heard snippets of "Rambling Syd Rumpo" in the past. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and nostalgic
I used to have this on cassette tape but over the years it has become damaged with age. I was amazed to see it on CD. So funny and all the memories came flowing back, thank you
Published 15 months ago by Maggie Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars classic kenneth
If you enjoyed Kenneth Williams shows you will love this collection of Syd rumpo songs and an added bonus is a collection of songs by Noel coward. Read more
Published 18 months ago by phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo funny
Rambling Syd is a one off. Great listening. Good laughs. Bought for my husband but I will enjoy it too.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Mcsorley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not like the Radio Show I remember !!
definately not the best of.. it was not a collection from the best parts of each show,it was presented maybe years later to a single audience, it lost all the momentum of the shows... Read more
Published 19 months ago by john standley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
The weirdness that must have gone on in Kenneth Williams' conk makes one think he may have imbibed various substances.
Published 19 months ago by Pete Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of radio pleasure my dearios
Rambling Syd Rumpo began his werdling and noodling on the Round The Horne, and rambled off from there. Kenneth Williams gives a fantastic performance and is a joy to listen to.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. D. Boocock
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