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Frankie Howerd: Please Yourselves (Vintage Beeb),
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Whoever at BBC Worldwide came up with the idea of re-releasing the BBC's classic LPs from yesteryear deserves a medal.
We live in an age where consumers are completists and look for box sets of our favourite comedy shows. Whilst there is nothing wrong with that, we miss the fact that sometimes it's just great to have 45 minutes of comedy gold highlights, such as Unique Hancock: (Vintage Beeb) and It's Morecambe and Wise (Vintage Beeb), which is what these original LPs were all about.
Even better, some weren't highlights at all but produced especially for LP release, such as this disc, Frankie Howerd: Please Yourselves: (Vintage Beeb). There is great joy in being able to just stick on a disc and get a whole raft of comedy genius in a nice consumable chunk. As this was recorded for LP in the late '70s, it's a cracking stereo recording. Pedantics may be interested to know that it's generally a gapless album programme, and there is no gap between the original "side 1" and "side 2". Whilst this offers a nice seamless blend, some fans of the original vintage album may find it disappointing - especially as Frankie himself instructs us to "please turn over"!
Regardless of this, this album is one of the best from Vintage Beeb. Buy it.