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Very good - but not the best of Derek & Clive,
This review is from: Rude & Rare The Best Of Derek & Clive (Audio CD)
There are many comedians who are very funny, and there are many comedians who are offensive. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore on their Derek & Clive recordings achieved the rare feat of being very funny and very offensive simultaneously - and they did it again and again over three LPs during the 1970's.
At under a fiver this two disc collection is great value for money. Amongst these CDs is some of the funniest comedy ever recorded. There's the sidesplitting "Horse Racing", the epic "The Horn" and the downright shocking "Records".
Disc One contains 17 tracks, the first eights tracks are taking from their third album Ad Nauseam, the rest of the disc is from their second album Come Again. Sadly, there is no material here from their first album Derek & Clive (Live), which features some of their finest moments. Also missing is "The Critics" which is one of their greatest sketches.
Disc Two contains 15 previously unreleased tracks. Many of the tracks are excerpts from the film Derek & Clive Get The Horn. "Sex Education" and "Stripper" are from the film and don't work without the visuals. "Drumming Session" is pointless as it's just three and a half minutes of Peter Cook messing about on a drum kit. "Ballroom" is a studio version of the live track "Top Rank" from Derek & Clive (Live).
There are notes in the inlay card by Ricky Gervais - and I totally agree with him when he writes about the material getting funnier with age.
This release has been giving the title Rude & Rare: The Best Of Derek & Clive, and whilst very good does not represent the best of Derek & Clive. If you're new to the world of Derek & Clive this double CD serves as an effective introduction. Then I'd recommend getting hold of the albums Derek & Clive (Live), Ad Nauseam and Come Again (in that order).
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2012 20:16:12 GMT
I would think that "Top Rank" should be a Best Of. That's my favorite of the Derek & Clive sketches. One memorably surreal piece of comedy.
Posted on 17 Apr 2012 13:03:57 BDT
Mr. Martin J. Adams says:
I agree. What a way to run a f***ing ballroom. Perfect
Posted on 3 May 2012 12:37:44 BDT
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Posted on 16 Nov 2012 15:09:48 GMT
Christopher Nash says:
Top Rank was from the first album Derek And Clive Live, which was released on the Island label. Virgin don't have the rights to anything from that first one, hence it's non appearance. The tracks on this Best Of are taken from the 2 Virgin albums that followed.
I think the best of the Rare tracks is Punk Song, which is a brilliantly funny and perceptive analysis of how punk was just a cynical marketing exercise by the middle class establishment. After singing those scabrous lyrics, the singer adopts a posh BBC voice and announces they're going to do Yummy Yummy Yummy I've Got Love In My Tummy!
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