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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Unchallenging, 29 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Remembering... Kenny Everett (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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These CDs are a selection of Kenny Everett's work for BBC radio. What you get are excerpts from his own radio shows (sketches, jingles, spoof serials), and appearances on other shows , notably Desert Island Discs and Kaleidoscope, loosely held together by a commentary by Barry Cryer. It is definitely more of an appreciation of his work rather than an autobiography, with his story only being told in a very sketchy manner

The best things about the CDS are probably the interviews of him, where you learn something about the nature of the man, two amazing interviews he carried out with the Beatles during the recording of Sgt Pepper and the White Album (the moptops being noticeably stoned), an appreciation of his sheer technical brilliance, and interestingly an understanding of how much work he did for Radio 4. I'd always thought of him as being primarily a DJ, but on the evidence available here, a significant part of his output was for the speech network. What also shines through is his sheer love of radio in general and of the BBC in particular, despite his continual baiting of the latter. Finally, these CDS show both (although it is not mentioned here) how strong an influence the Goons were upon him, and the monumental impact he had on his successors.

Less successful elements of the package are: a) Extended series of sketches. Sadly some of these are a little flat, not through any fault of the material itself, but because Everett has had so many imitators since, and also because one of Everett's strengths was his immediacy, audacity and illusion of spontaneity , which are rather lost on a CD at a distance of 30 - 40 years; b)the CDs verge on a hagiography. Cryer's commentary is uncritically positive, I would've appreciated an understanding of more of Everettt's darker side; and c) the missing material. This is just his work at the BBC, which is probably understandable, but amazingly there is not even a mention of the seminal TV show, let alone any excerpt, very strange.

Overall though recommended, it's a perfectly entertaining CD with which to wile away a couple of car journeys.
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