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The Very Best Of Rambling Syd Rumpo

8 Aug 2005 | Format: MP3

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2:24
2
2:08
3
3:19
4
2:07
5
2:53
6
1:29
7
2:04
8
2:26
9
3:08
10
1:50
11
1:39
12
3:39
13
2:23
14
2:42
15
2:15
16
1:18
17
2:05
18
0:53
19
1:04
20
2:47
21
2:38
22
3:01
23
2:22
24
0:53


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Aug 2005
  • Release Date: 8 Aug 2005
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 53:27
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  • ASIN: B001J9L9E2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,403 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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27 of 28 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Molly Cule on 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 By Jodi Auld on 9 Oct 2013
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I got this for my husband and he listens to it all the time...it's brilliantly silly and fun and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Kenneth Williams.
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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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