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I'm Sorry I Haven't a lot more of Humph.,
This review is from: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: Chairman Humph (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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I fear some other people reviewing this item may actually be reviewing the life of the great man. Humph, it goes without saying, deserves five stars all the way. The three stars that I give this CD should in no way be seen as a slight to Mr Lyttelton. The fact is though that this is a one-time listen. Various friends and colleagues are assembled to give praise, which is all very fine, but what would have been better would have been less tribute talk and more excerpts of Humph being Humph. There is no better tribute to the man than his glorious music, his superb wit and peerless comic timing.
A highlight though was the recording from the VE day celebrations in London. The typical BBC announcer described the scene including reference to a trumpeter playing for the crowds below him. Wafting up over the decades you can make out the tune of Roll out the Barrel drifting up from the throng as the announcer falls silent. It was of course Humph, as ever the life and soul of the party.
Better to remember him through his own work I think, than through other people's reminiscences. Its very right that this programme was made and broadcast in the wake of his passing, but that doesn't make it a CD you will necessarily feel the need to own. Personally I will remember Humph without it, as I remember also Lionel Blair on Give Us a Clue, his hands a blur, trying to pull off twelve angry men in under two minutes.