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Still Wombling Wonderful!,
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This review is from: Wombling Songs (Audio CD)
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".
It's not a long album - they weren't in those days - but it is here complete with a booklet inside reproducing the original album sleeve on its front and back cover and all the song lyrics inside. Not that I needed them - I found I remembered all the lyrics word for word from 1973! This was the album that introduced me to the musical talents of Mike Batt and I remain a fan today. How wonderful to hear it again crackle and click free. Thanks Dramatico.