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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2005
I first heard these guys on Jooles Hollands New Years Eve Show. My friends and I were amazed at their cover of Teen Spirit (originally done by Nirvana) and were amused by the fact it was played by 6 ukuleles and a bass guitar XD
I then got to meet them and hear them Live and i bought this Cd :3
It is surprisingly incredibly good music to listen to, and great for having a laugh as well. I especially love Le Freak whilst my mum loves Macaruthur park. Something for everyone you might say.
I would highly recomend this record :3
Ever get the chance to see these guys live, you MUST go!!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2006
The Secret of Life by The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain is more likely to irritate than a trip through the nettle fields wearing nothing but a smile. But the majority of the 12 tracks will make you smile. My kids love the Ms Dynamite take off but I have to say, the 6 mins and 13 seconds of Macarthur Park are well worth a listen. More than once. Even my mum recognised it and she's 67. I first heard TUOOGB on a radio show playing Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. I hope one day to find an album or CD of the track. As for Secret Life. Buy it. Play it. Dont admit you put it on. But smile when it is on, because thats what you'll do. Five star Kitsch. Trust me.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2005
Just seen them live and they blew me away! Unmissable, quirky and heart warming stuff - endlessly surprising and worth every penny.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2009
Heard a track on local radio and loved it.I never thought I would be hooked on ukulele music.The latest album is even better than this one.The Dambusters theme played by ukuleles is unbelievable.Both albums are addictive and you will find yourself singing along.Very highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 February 2011
Founded in 1985, the orchestra has performed in many worldwide venues, such as Glastonbury, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as appearing on television, and their repertoire includes their 'take' on music from a wide range of musical styles, from classical to punk.

"The Secret Of Life", contains some very easy listening numbers including "Miss Dy-na-mi-tee", with which the orchestra issued as a single which actually made it to number 81 in the UK charts. Other favourite tracks were a surprisingly erotic version of "Je T'aime -Mais Non Plus", a great instrumental version of "Wonderful Land", "The Secret Of Life", and the Platters 50's mega-hit "Only You".

The orchestra have largely, understandably, kept away from featuring George Formby numbers, but do include on this album "Leaning On A Lampost", but performed in a Russian Cossack Style.

This album gives the listener a completely different musical experience to that usually encountered, its not hip, or classical in a conventional sense, but does cover mostly well known numbers in a completely new way, that comes across as imaginative and enjoyable.
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on 20 May 2014
I was blown away with this. never heard of them before, but I will go and see them. I am learning to play the ukulele and would love to get to their standard.
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on 18 February 2014
As I really enjoy ukulele music this cd was wonderful but unless you are really keen on this type of music I don't think you would enjoy it as much as I did.
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on 27 October 2013
I love this band but this album was expensive for the number of tracks and the studio recordings don't quite do justice to the live band which is fantastic.
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on 19 January 2013
These made our xmas this year.
Clever, just south of pretentious, mostly tasteful and casually very competant and a contrast to death metal.
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on 7 April 2014
Bought as a piece of fun.

Listened and loved it.

I can not recommend this too highly. But don't take it too seriously.
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