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The Complete Flanders & Swann [Box set]

Flanders & Swann Audio CD
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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 (21 Dec 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Transport Of Delight
2. Song Of Reproduction
3. The Gnu Song
4. Design For Living
5. Je Suis Le Tenebreux
6. Songs For Our Time (Philological Waltz/Satellite Moon/A Happy Song)
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Gas Man Cometh
2. Sounding Brass
3. Los Olividados
4. In The Desert
5. Ill Wind
6. First And Second Law
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Warthog (The Hog Beneath The Skin)
2. The Sea Horse
3. The Chameleon
4. The Whale (Mopy Dick)
5. The Sloth
6. The Rhinoceros
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of British Satire 14 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The genius that is Flanders and Swann lives on in this boxed set of their complete works. One cannot help but wonder how they might have changed the historical course of musical satire had Michael Flanders lived longer and they had continued writing and recording their songs. This is musical satire at its very best, and along with Tom Lehrer are memorable examples of the genre. Even though I already own the three individual analogue recordings that comprise this set, the compulsion to hear the recordings without the crackles, hisses, pops and squeaks of black plastic was overwhelming. As a bonus, there are some previously unreleased songs on the last CD....fine examples of what might have been. Gone, but not ever forgotten, these two great artists have their rightful place in the history books for their contribution to music and comedy.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Example of the Genre 3 Sep 2001
By irgle
Format:Audio CD
Flanders and Swann epitomise the 1950s and 1960s revue and (gently but somehow more powerfully) satirical comedy (c.f Tom Lehrer). The context is amazing (brought together in the booklet and with sleeve notes compiled by John Amis, an erstwhile friend and colleague of them both) - they wrote songs for other people and then decided they would hire a theatre and invite a few friends to hear them sing "At the Drop of a Hat"! There is also one video (EMI/PMI MVP 9913393 - it may no longer be available) to feature them with COLOUR footage recorded in the US in April 1967 which contains some of the old favourites and a few of the newer songs. CD set is well worth having even if you have them on analogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless humour 11 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I don't expect there are many 20-something year olds who enjoy Flanders and Swann but I am proud to be one of them. I learnt to sing the Hippopotamus Song at school and then my mum introduced me to this fine collection.
Nothing makes me giggle more that The Gas Man Cometh or playing the Song of Patriotic Prejudice at top volume with 'foreigners' in the house!
I am proud to say I once saw Donald Swann on stage about a year before his death (and, thanks to a kindly employee, even have his autograph). Together, Flanders and Swann were one of a kind - unmissable British humour at its best!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real humour 25 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From touching songs such as "The Youth of the Heart" and "Friendly Duet" to "Misalliance" and "Madeira M'Dear" to the animal songs, Flanders & Swann showed not only their talent for displaying clean, true humour, but their range of talent as well. They were a credit to comic musicians who today, would do well to learn from the example this duo set forth.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very English Brilliance 10 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The outputs of the partnership between Michael Flanders and Donald Swan are very English and very much a product of their time.
They predate the age of satire that followed with the likes of TW3. Their performances are genteel, subtle, and funny. This is not the "English" humour of Monty Python or the Goons. It is an understated humour that is perhaps more rewarding in the long run.
Songs such as "The Hippopotamus" and "The Gas Man cometh", are timeless, but those songs that date the performers, such as their sad euolgy to the railways before the Beeching cuts, convey a deep feeling for the period and should not be discounted.
All in all, an essential item on the shelf for all lovers of English humour.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They make an old fan very happy 17 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Flanders, the perfect after dinner speaker with a delightfully mellow and versatile baritone voice; Swann, the supreme partner, both on the keyboard and in the singing. Michael Flanders is expert with language, Donald Swann with music: the latter achieving the highest art -- that of singing counterpoint with MF while playing the perfect accompanist on the piano to them both. All this, and it is VERY funny: even when the jokes are dated they retain their punch and they are told and sung so well that they still convey their humour, and, on occasion, biting satire. These are timeless pieces with duets, solos, monologues and instrumental displays linked by MF in inimitable form. There will never be the like again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transcending age 21 Dec 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Written and performed 50 years and more ago these monologues and songs have, for the most part, managed to remain unravaged by time and many still have much relevance today. If you're wandering who they were, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann were performers of comic songs and short monologues, in particular two stage shows 'At the drop of a hat' & 'At the drop of another hat'. They wrote songs you've probably heard but not thought about like 'The Gnu song', ("I'm a Gnu, a G'nother Gnu"), & 'The hippopotamus song',(" Mud mud glorious mud"), for instance. They also wrote of subjects that, although technology has changed things, still encounter similar problems today like utility services and various means of transport. A great favourite was their wry look at all sorts of animals.
They were parodied in 'The Armstrong & Miller show' who called their characters Brabbins & Fyffe, one on a piano and the other bearded character in a wheelchair singing bawdy songs that got worse as they progressed. Flanders & Swann were also pretty risque for their time and although not downright smutty would happily use innuendo and double entendre, usually to great effect. The standard of their writing was always very good and much of their songwriting, when not leaving you laughing out loud, will have you singing along with them.
An odd pairing and certainly an odd release, this will grow on you, it is very comprehensive with over 50 tracks across 3 CD's this comes in at close to three and a half hours running time. Nevertheless I have not given this 5 stars because it still seems pricey. The content alone is well worth 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous English humour
Warm, clever, good humour without malice, charming.
Published 3 days ago by Nic Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product, price and service all first rate.
Published 14 days ago by Mr. Paul C. Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still makes me laugh twenty years after I first heard them!
Published 27 days ago by maria carradice
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia in sound
what a pair of geniuses
Published 1 month ago by ian lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as much fun as when I first heard them all those years ago,where have all those years gone
Published 1 month ago by punch miller
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Such a good genuine laugh with very clever lyrics, talk and music. Introduced to my grandson - he loves it!
Published 3 months ago by Maggy L.
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as we remember
Flanders and Swann are unique. It is great to have a complete version of their work together. The only fault is that the recording quality on the first disc is not good; this was a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Prof
5.0 out of 5 stars Good nostalgia
I love the musicality and the humour and the polish and skill of the delivery of the two veteran artists.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars As brilliant as ever
Excellent value, three discs of this brilliant duo. Many of the little digs are still completely relevant, and the topical references are still completely comprehensible - I don't... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Niobe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts
Flanders and Swann were a great double act, Flanders having real talent as a lyricist (sometimes in the Coward class) and Swann providing a neat counterpoint in pastiche with the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. J. Downs
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