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Another Super Wombles' Album!,
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This review is from: Superwombling (Audio CD)
The last of the four The Wombles studio albums released in just two years sees Batt well and truly understanding the science and art of the parody! One of my all-time favourite Wombles tracks, and with quality far beyond what you would expect from a chidren's album, "The Myths And Legends Of King Merton Womble And His Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" is a brilliant affectionate poke at Rick Wakeman with full orchestra and choral backing rating the production values higher and higher. Just marvellous. This track alone is worth the very modest price Dramatico have placed on their releases of the Wombles albums.
Then, of course, there is the title track "Superwomble" which I remember exciting children of the day as a single release and the other major single from this album "Wombling White Tie And Tails" pleasing the adults with it's hugely amusing observations on Hollywood musicals in general and Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers in particular.
Other clever parodies include "The Womble Shuffle", "Down At The Barbershop (Singing In Harmony)", "Miss Adelaide"; pop reggae, "Wombles On Parade"; brass band march and the guitar pickin' "Nashville Wombles".
One of my favourite's, though, has to be the blues "woke up this morning" track; "The Empty Tidy Bag Blues" which includes the lyrics "I wrote myself a letter, I put it in the post, it said 'Dear Orinoco, you are lazier than most.' I opened up the letter, I knew that it was true, so I went back to sleep again, it seemed the thing to do."
But the parody I have left to last has stood the test of time so well. Mike Batt should be asked to write the theme to a James Bond film as he shows with his humour how well he understands the genre. "To Wimbledon With Love" is just brilliant - just brilliant.
Once again a booklet inside reproduces the album sleeve outside and all the lyrics inside. Another fantastic set of songs which show just how talented and versatile Mike Batt is. Thank you Dramatico for releasing this album.