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