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  • Audio CD (8 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000A1OF8M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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So ---

how are you when it comes to loosening your grussets, traddling your thrums and letting your bossocks down as you consider the stresses of being a bogle clencher?

If none of that makes sense to you, then I'm not sure why you're looking at this CD. Mark you, none of it does make any sense at all; not in the slightest - but it is brilliant beyond belief for just that reason.

Rambling Syd first became a cultural icon when he sang his cordwangler's ballads in the BBC Radio series 'Round the Horne'. His laments and love songs from the long-lost days of fumbling shops and thunder jugs truly captured the essence of Englishness with their poignant tales of love, yearning and unrequited desire - not to mention various forms of unmentionable afflictions of the moolies and lallies.

Take, as a simple example, 'The Sussex Whindling Song' which Syd discovered whilst dipping into his gander bag. (His lengthy introduction is nothing less than pure joy to listen to)

Will you still love me Mary - O

when my grussets be bended low,

when my orbs grow dim and my pubes grow white

and my cordwangle makes an ugly sight

and my grussets be bended low,

and my grussets be bended low.

You ask me if I'll love you - O

though your grussets be bended low,

though your orbs be dim and your pubes be white

and your cordwangle makes an ugly sight.

If I feel the way I do tonight,

my answer will still beeeeeeeeEEeeee - NO!

The fact that all the songs are based on well known traditional melodies makes this whole listening experience even more authentic. Martin Carthy was NEVER like this.
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Perhaps it's because the original recordings of these songs on "Round the Horne" are more familiar that I found this compilation disappointing. The Syd Rumpo tunes are funny, and at times hilarious but it would seem that the recording is a reprise of the sketches recorded for the radio show and therefore lack the tension and anticipation of the BBC artefacts.

What are glaringly missing are the reluctant and trepidacious introductions from Kenneth Horne. This also means that on this CD you don't get Kenneth Williams fully in the character of Rambling Syd, only singing the songs.

And of course tracks 17 to 24 are fillers and not the wonderful Rambling Syd Rumpo at all, including KW singing very much in the style of Noel Coward as to be almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

A better buy is the cassette compilation "40 Warbles from "Round the Horne's" Doyen of Folk Singers: Starring Kenneth Williams & Kenneth Horne (BBC Radio Collection)"
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Well my deario, I listened to this complete disc whilst boggling in my ganderbag. To most of you under 65 years who are reading this, it probably sounds like a load of tripe. The Round the Horne series was so far ahead of its time as far as comedy was concerned, and Rambling Syd Rumpo, Julian and Sandy, Dame Celia Molestrangler and ageing juvenile lead Binky Huckerback, were all part of it. You can keep your modern day comedians as most of what they spout is a load of rubbish and usually quite crude. Yes, Round the Horne was steeped with inuendo, but of course the meaning was in the eye of the beholder. A first class product, from a first class programme.
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If you're reading this, it's a fair bet that you're already aware of what's here, and who Rambling Syd Rumpo is. For the uninitiated, suffice to say that Rambling Syd was one of the incomparable Kenneth Williams' alter egos, and probably one of England's finest folk singers (and I say that with no hint of sarcasm, he was genuinely a fine singer).

Rumpo had a fine yokel accent, and used a language all of his own that was incredibly open to interpretation. He takes well know old folk melodies and gives them new words (mainly written by Marty Feldman and Barry Took) with hilarious effect. Don't just look at the humour though, the singing is of a very high standard.

Most of the songs featured here were originally heard as part of `Round The Horne', one of radios most successful comedy shows. The recordings here are a bit different to the ones heard in that show, and seem to be taken from a separate concert. Also included are Williams singing it straight in 2 wonderful tributes to Noel Coward (`Don't Put Your Daughters n The Stage' and `Mad Dogs), which are quite magnificent, and apparently won the approval of Coward himself. There are also a few forgettable non-Rumpo tracks, the origin of which is not revealed by the liner notes, said notes are suitably rambling and uninformative.

Sound quality is top notch, with every carefully enunciated syllable shining through. An album which has given me hours of pleasure. 5 stars and recommended to all fans of Williams, folk music and classic British comedy
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Wonderful, the rudeness is all in your mind...

It's Sunday lunch with Round The Horne playing on the radio, the cast have mainly passed away and so are many of the people you listened with. This is from a time when smut was intelligent and humour was not so innocent. Anyway I am off to play with my cordwangle and listen to my Gruntfuttocks
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