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Genius on a disk
on 26 February 2009
Jake Thackray was one of the most intelligent songwriters out there. That he chose to make a career of out clever parody and linguistic athletics made him appeal to a select rather than wide audience.
But whether you remember him through his television work on That's Life or his concerts in small theatres and folk clubs, you will appreciate this compilation.
If you are a budding songwriter and want to inject observational comedy into your work, this was the master. Funnily enough, if you want to use a classical guitar to accompany song, learn how to do it here.
All the old corkers are here. A pity that he has an orchestra for some of the songs, they lose their edge.. If, like me, you remember sitting on a wooden box because the pub had run out of chairs, in a full room with the audience howling with laughter and occasionally lost in deep thought through something he said or sang, you will love this.