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Prepare to be disillusioned...,
This review is from: The Remains Of Tom Lehrer (Audio CD)...with today's comedy. After having listened to Tom Lehrer, you'll find it difficult to be so entertained by comedians today, many of whom seem to think standing on stage and swearing is funny.
No, there's not a single swear word on these CDs. No reference to sex either (unless, of course, you count Oedipus Rex) or any of the other topics today's entertainers fall back on. Mr. Lehrer is, however, one of funniest people to ever get up on stage.
He covers issues which would appear completely devoid of humour brilliantly. The theme of nuclear fallout, for example, is taken and turned into a ballad entitled 'We Will All Go Together When We Go' (which includes the great rhyme of "sooner'll" with "funeral").
What's amazing is how much of the material here could have been written yesterday. 'Send the Marines' is a case in point, and could easily have been written about the recent war in Iraq. Some, of course, - particularly some of the songs on disc 3, which were recorded for a current affairs show - are obviously dated, but even when this is the case, the songs are still enjoyable in their own right. You might even learn a bit about '60s American politics...
Personally I prefer the live records to the studio ones, and rarely listen to the latter.
Yes, as others have mentioned, quite a lot of the material is very similar, but for just over £20, you get 2 concerts, and a book, as well as the duplicate songs for completeness. Is it worth the money? Yes. Definately. 100%. Just do yourself a favour and buy it.
To close, a quote from the liner notes:
"Any ideas expressed on this record should not be taken as representing Mr. Lehrer's true convictions, for indeed he has none. 'If anyone objects to any statement I make,' he has said, 'I am quite prepared not only to retract it, but also to deny under oath that I ever made it.' So don't write in, Okay?"
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