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Wombling Songs


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  • Audio CD (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dramatico
  • ASIN: B0052EV8A0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wombling Song
2. Wombles Everywhere
3. Exercise Is Good for You (Laziness Is Not)
4. The Wombles' Warning
5. Tobermory
6. Dreaming in the Sun
7. Madame Cholet
8. Great Uncle Bulgaria's March
9. Wellington Womble
10. Bungo's Birthday
11. The Wombling Song (Full Version)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bucket on 27 Jun. 2011
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Great for tots but not the place to start if you're over... 40? :-)
This one's directly aimed at the kindergarten set but once the shameless non-tot has reveled in the daft genius of Mike Batt's other 3 Womble masterworks (also just re-issued, which pull off the supreme Monkees/Batman feat of appealing to every age group) "Wombling Songs" will become essential.
Pitiful as it may be to some, but life here has definitely taken a mild upward swing due to the fact that I now own "Bungo's Birthday", "Wellington Womble", "Tobermory" and "Dreaming in the Sun" on CD! A melody-harmony-chords-counterpoint feast of the richest ingredients. In every sense of the word.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Harrison on 20 Jun. 2011
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When given the opportunity to write the short theme song for the upcoming Wombles TV series Mike Batt negotiated the musical rights to the characters rather than accept the customary fee. He envisioned an album that would introduce the characters from the TV series to their audience and the resulting album does that quite admirably with songs for or involving each character and a couple about Wombles in general.

Musically, these are the sort of songs that would be sung by young Wombles in the Womblegarten hence some might be regarded as twee/overly saccharine. On the other hand the "ever-so-rather-"" descriptions from "Wellington Womble" may be a nod to the Kinks "and he's oh so - " lines from "A Well Respected Man", indicating that there was more to the music than one would expect. Nevertheless, Batt deftly moves the Wombles through a number of musical styles in inventive arrangements utilizing harpsichord, synthesizer, clarinet, strings, and winds, invoking comparisons to the Zombies "Odessey [sic] & Oracle" or some of the other baroque pop-psychedelia of the time. It has the simplicity and charm reminiscent of the Beatle's "Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You" single, yet it also has music that invokes some of the 1966-68 psychedelic Beatles as well. Influences from the Small Faces, Hollies, and the aforementioned Kinks can also be detected.

Batt knew that that the full version of the McCartneyesque "Wombling Song" would be a hit, and when it looked like his hopes were to be dashed, he came up with the brilliant idea of dressing up as Orinoco to help plug the record. That and a decision by the record company to make the single a priority yielded the Wombles' first hit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on 22 July 2011
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Good ol' Mike Batt and Dramatico Entertainment. They have released all the Wombles albums from the seventies in their entirity - and at highly affordable prices.

Although marketed for children, the quality of the writing of Wombles' songs is far too good to be restricted only to under 11s. Batt's writing was already very high class and some of his later parodies were both clever and amusing.

I am listening to the album as I type this review and what a joy to behold. It transports me back over 37 years in one leap! I am particularly pleased to listen to this album, the first album of the four studio recordings. This one gives me the most pleasure as the only previous releases on CD have been compilation albums which have included very few tracks from this album. So much so that I transferred a very scratchy and worn vinyl copy of my own on to CD complete with hisses, pops, clicks and fuzzes as it was so well played in my childhood/youth. The reason, apparently, is that Mike Batt does not rate most tracks on Wombling Songs as highly as the later work. How wrong he is about his own work!

Of course "The Wombling Song" is on this album - both the original tv theme and the extended single version and the classic "Madame Cholet" features. "Dreaming In The Sun" (not on complilation albums) is one of my favourite Wombling songs and should have had higher listening potential than the purchasers of this album. I remember "Exercise Is Good For You (Laziness Is Not)" being a dance routine for The Second Generation (choreographed by the legendary Dougie Squires) on Seaside Special the BBC hugely successful Saturday Night variety show (they don't make 'em like that anymore) and the original appears on this album. And as a boy I just loved "Bungo's Birthday".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caracatus on 26 July 2011
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This is without doubt an excellent album. Mike Batt set out to create something as fantastic as the beatles - as he says there were four of them and only one of him, but as a concept album it is brilliant. As Mike Batt provved with hits like Bright Eyes and Only A Winters Tale, he is a super songwriter and some of the songs here - dreaming in the sun for example - most people would be very proud to have written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alibongo on 21 July 2011
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At last, all four original albums on CD.
Thank You Mr Batt.
Thanks for the music,
thanks EB for the chararacters and thanks bernard for the Voices!
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