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  • Audio CD (8 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000A1OF8M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Song Of The Australian OutlawKenneth Williams 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Song Of The Bogle ClencherKenneth Williams 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sussex Whirdling SongKenneth Williams 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tinker's LamentKenneth Williams 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Ballad Of The Royal Scottish Pretender (Posselwaite Lament)Kenneth Williams 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pewter Woggler's Bangling SongKenneth Williams 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Runcorn Splod Cobblers SongKenneth Williams 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Ballad Of The Woggler's MoulieKenneth Williams 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sea Shanty MedleyKenneth Williams 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Clacton Bogle Pickers LamentKenneth Williams 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Lummockshire AirKenneth Williams 1:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Terrible Tale Of The Somerset NogKenneth Williams 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Soldier SoldierKenneth Williams 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Black Grunger Of HounslowKenneth Williams 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Green Grow My Nadgers Oh!Kenneth Williams 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Drunken NurkerKenneth Williams 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Don't Put Your Daughters On The StageKenneth Williams 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Facts Of Life (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams0:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Just Another Girl (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 1:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Words And Music) (1999 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Why Did It Have To Be Spring (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Read All About (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. For Adults OnlyKenneth Williams 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Finale: Just Pals (2005 Digital Remaster)Kenneth Williams0:53£0.99  Buy MP3 

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sturgess on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Davies on 24 July 2007
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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 By Jonny Cowper on 12 Oct. 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Law on 31 July 2009
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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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I've no idea what reminded me of the Rambling Syd Rumpo but once he had crossed my mind I was transported back to Christmas 1970 with my late father and late uncles crying with laughter as they listened. I laughed too although at 11 I probably didn't understand all the suggestiveness and innuendoes.

Much to my surprise I found this CD on Amazon so bought it. As I was about to play it I felt a pang of imminent disappointment which thankfully was unfounded. A few seconds in and I remembered it almost word for word and was once again back in 1970.

The songs are daft really as they don't mean anything per se but with a bit of imagination they come to life as dirty schoolboy humour folk songs - I am laughing as I am typing this 'there's an octopus up my dando'!

I think you have to have a certain madness (I nadgered at my snod) to listen to this and I am sure many people would find it stupid and puerile which it probably is.

Absolutely loved it!

Keep on wurdling.
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